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Fun 2-in-1 Activity: Watching Thai Movies while Learning the Thai Language

If you can learn the language from reading books, listening to songs, or watching television, there’s no reason you can’t learn the Thai language through movies. If you like watching movies, this can be a fun way to learn and practice the Thai language. We recommend that you make it your hobby to watch Thai movies that you enjoy, whether once a week or twice a month. If you have no idea about which movies to try out, this is the place for you. Here you’ll find our Thai movies list of 2018, including Thai movies with English subtitles to learn Thai! Here are some tips to improve your pronunciation while watching movies in Thai.

Ways to improve pronunciation

** If you want to learn dialogue related to Thai movies, click here.

Table of Contents

  1. Thai Movies
  2. Vocabulary about Thai Movies
  3. Recommended Thai Movies
  4. Fun Facts about Thai Movies

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1. Thai Movies

Movie genres

Thailand may not be famous for movies like Hollywood is, but there are still a lot of good Thai movies for you to watch. In Thailand, movies in the comedy, romance, and horror genres are very popular, so you can find them quite easily. Apart from cinema, you can watch Thai movies online—there are a few great Thai movies on Netflix—or on television. If that Thai movie is very popular, you may find it with English subtitles.

We think it’s a good idea for all Thai learners to watch Thai movies to learn Thai. You’re likely to hear various accents and get used to the normal speaking speed of Thai people. (You can’t deny that in Thai classes, teachers try to speak very clearly so that it’s easier for students to understand.) Also, you’ll become more familiar with Thai pronunciation, which will definitely improve your listening skills. Another unique aspect of watching Thai movies to learn Thai is that you’ll get to learn Thai slang and Thai culture, as well.

But perhaps the most important reason is that it’s an enjoyable way of learning the Thai language. You should be excited to learn!

Before we give you our Thai movies list of 2018, let’s learn some vocabulary related to Thai movies.


2. Vocabulary about Thai Movies

Top verbs

  • ภาพยนตร์ (phâap-phá-yon) [n.] — “movie”
  • หนัง (nǎng) [n.] — “movie” (spoken language)
  • โรงภาพยนตร์ (roong phâap-phá-yon) [n.] — “cinema”
  • โรงหนัง (roong nǎng) [n.] — “cinema” (spoken language)
  • ตั๋ว (dtǔua) [n.] — “ticket”
  • เวลาฉาย (wee-laa chǎai) [n.] — “showtime”
  • จองตั๋วหนัง (jaawng dtǔua nǎng) [v.] — “book” (ticket)
  • ผู้กำกับ (phûu gam-gàp) [n.] — “director”
  • นักแสดง (nák sà-daaeng) [n.] — “actor; actress”
  • พระเอก (phrá-èek) [n.] — “main male leader”
  • นางเอก (naang-èek) [n.] — “main female leader”
  • แนวภาพยนตร์ (naaeo phâap-phá-yon) [n.] — “genre”
  • ตลก (dtà-lòk) [adj.] — “comedy”
  • รักโรแมนติด (rák roo-maaen-dtìk) [adj.] — “romantic”
  • แฟนตาซี (faaen-dtaa-sii) [adj.] — “fantasy”
  • ดราม่า (draa-mâa) [adj.] — “drama”
  • ผจญภัย (phà-jon-phai) [adj.] — “adventure”
  • แอ็คชัน (áek-chân) [adj.] — “action”
  • ระทึกขวัญ (rá-thúek-khwǎn) [adj.] — “thriller”
  • ลึกลับ (lúek-láp) [adj.] — “mystery”
  • สยองขวัญ (sà-yǎawng-khwǎn) [adj.] — “horror”


3. Recommended Thai Movies

As mentioned above, there are a lot of good Thai movies to watch. So, we’ve made a list of interesting movies for you to choose from, categorized by genre or type. Keep in mind that in most cases, it’s pretty easy to find Thai movies with English subtitles—just a heads-up!

1- Thai Movies Based on a True Story

1. พี่มาก…พระโขนง (phîi mâak phrá-khà-nǒong)

Thai movie 2013 / Romantic / Comedy / Horror / Thai movie on Netflix

Every Thai person knows the story of แม่นาก พระโขนง (mâae nâak phrá-khà-nǒong). It’s a story about a woman named นางนาก (naang nâak). Waiting for her husband to come back from war, she died while pregnant and became a ghost. This is believed to be a true story that happened during the King Rama 4 period. One piece of evidence for this is her shrine at Máhǎabùt Temple.

This Thai film is a romantic-horror story of a woman that wouldn’t let even death tear her apart from her husband, พี่มาก (phîi mâak). This story is so famous that it’s been produced as a movie twenty times, as a TV show/drama eight times, and as a musical show four times.

พี่มาก…พระโขนง (phîi mâak phrá-khà-nǒong) is one of these movies, produced based on the story of nang-nâak. Still, the tone of this movie is different from others and it portrays the story in other ways. Instead of being scary and a little romantic, the audience tends to find it very funny, scary, and very romantic at the same time. This movie was launched in 2013 and gained more than 100-million Baht within the first week. Currently, it’s the Thai movie with the highest revenue in Thailand, more than 1-billion Baht. Its revenue guarantees that this is the best Thai movie of all time to learn Thai. So if you’re not the type of person who can bear horror movies, พี่มาก…พระโขนง (phîi mâak phrá-khà-nǒong) is a must.

Quotes:

Movie quote: ฉันก็แค่อยากอยู่กับคนที่ฉันรัก (chǎn gâaw khâae yàk yùu gàp khon thîi chǎn rák)
Meaning: “I just want to be with the person I love.”

Movie quote: ฉันมารอพี่ที่ท่าน้ำทุกวันเลยนะ (chǎn maa raaw phîi thîi thâa nám thúk wan looei-ná)
Meaning: “I have been waiting for you at the waterside everyday.”
Note: This is a popular quote in the story of naang nâak.

Movie quote: เค้าขอโทษนะ ที่ตัวเองตายก่อนเค้าไม่ได้แล้ว (kháo khǎaw-thôot ná thîi dtuua-eeng dtaai gàawn kháo mâi dâi láaeo)
Meaning: “I’m sorry that you cannot die before me.”
Note: Phîi mâak once said he wanted to die before his wife.

The audiences said that all of these quotes made them cry. Each one shows how much naang nâak loved her husband.

** If you want to know more about other films based on the story of naang nâak, click here.

2. ขุนพันธ์ (khǔn phan)

khun phan poster
Thai movie 2016 / Thai movie 2018 / Action / Fantasy

พลตำรวจตรี ขุนพันธรักษ์ราชเดช (Police Major General khǔn phan-thá-rák-râat-chá-dèet) was a hero in the police department. Around eighty years ago, there were a lot of bandits who robbed people, making people feel unsafe in their own house. Khǔn phan was a police officer who caught several bandits during his year of working. The superstitious elements of his story make it more interesting than most others. Until this day, Khǔn phan is still a role model for policemen in the police department.

Since his story is so interesting, it was produced as a movie. The first movie was launched in 2016 and the second one was launched in August 2018. This movie is not a biographical film; it’s a movie that portrays how Khǔn phan investigated and caught bandits who also have magic and incantation just like him. If you like action movies, these two movies are recommended.

Quotes:

Movie quote: สิ่งที่นายทำอยู่ มันผิดกฎหมาย (sìng thîi naai tham yùu man phìt gòt-mǎai)
Meaning: “The things that you do are illegal.”

Movie quote: ถ้าพวกมึงสัญญาว่าจะเลิกเป็นโจรแล้วไปบวชซะ กูสาบานว่าจะจับเป็นพวกมึง (thâa phûuak mueng sǎn-yaa wâa jà lôoek bpen joon láaeo bpai bùuat sá gu sǎa-baan wâa jà jàp bpen phûuak mueng)

Meaning: “If you promise to stop being a bandit and then ordain, I swear to capture you alive.”
Note: This quote shows the character of Khǔn-pan. He is strict, but he is also fair.

3. Top Secret วัยรุ่นพันล้าน (Top Secret wai-rûn phan-láan)

top secret poster
Thai movie 2011 / Drama / Biography

อิทธิพัทธ์ พีระเดชาพันธ์ (Ìt-thí-phát Phii-rá-dee-chaa-phan) or ต๊อบ (dtâwp) is a founder of Taokaenoi Food and Marketing company limited. This company produces and sells fried seaweed snacks, which are one of the most popular snacks in Thailand. What’s special about him is that he founded his company when he was only nineteen years old and within 7 years, his company has revenue higher than 1.5-billion Baht. His family wasn’t rich and was unable to give him financial support, in case you’re doubting this fact’s significance. Moreover, he was also addicted to playing games and barely passed middle school. Being successful at this young age, his story is surely interesting and even inspiring; thus, it’s been made into a movie.

Top Secret วัยรุ่นพันล้าน (Top Secret wai-rûn phan-láan) is a drama-biographical Thai film. It’s the kind of movie that should inspire you to try hard to be successful.

Quotes:

Movie quote: ไม่มีใครเด็กเกินจะรวย (mâi mii khrai dèk gooen jà ruuai)
Meaning: “Nobody is too young to be rich.”
Note: This inspirational quote sums up everything in the movie. If you try hard enough, you can be successful even at a young age.

2- Thai Animation Movies

1. ก้านกล้วย (gâan glûuai)

gaan gluuai poster
Thai movie 2006 / Thai movie 2009 / Animation / Adventure

ก้านกล้วย (gâan glûuai) is not the first Thai animation movie. But it is the first Thai animation movie that’s very successful and receives a lot of positive feedback. It changed the animation movie market in Thailand. This movie is based on the information from Thai historical records during King Naresuan. However, instead of portraying the story of people from that time, it portrays the story of King Naresuan’s elephant, เจ้าพระยาปราบหงสาวดี (jâo-phrá-yaa bpràap hǒng-sǎa-wá-dii) or ก้านกล้วย (gâan glûuai), from its birth to becoming the king’s elephant.

Quotes:

Movie quote: สำหรับนักรบ ไม่สำคัญหรอก ว่าเราจะมีชีวิตอยู่นานแค่ไหน แต่อยู่ที่ว่า การตายของเราได้สร้างประโยชน์อะไรไว้ให้กับแผ่นดินบ้าง (sǎm-ràp nák-róp mâi sǎm-khan ràawk wâa rao jà mii chii-wít yùu naan khâae nǎi dtàae yùu thîi wâa gaan dtaai khǎawng rao dâi sâang bprà-yòot à-rai wái hâi gàp phàaen-din bâang)
Meaning: “For warriors, it is not important how long we live but how our death provides benefit to our country.”
Note: This quote changes Gânglûay’s attitude toward his father’s death, and later he decides to become the king’s elephant.

2. 9 ศาสตรา (gâo sàat-dtraa)

gao saat-dtraa poster
Thai movie 2018 / Animation / Fantasy / Adventure / Action

This is the best 2018 Thai animation movie so far. It’s the story of one young man, อ๊อด (áawt), who’s destined to save his homeland. “Thai boxing” or มวยไทย (muuai-thai) is used as one of the main themes in the movie. This movie gets positive feedback in terms of production, sound, and story. It has been sold in eighteen countries and continues to offer several products such as models, art books, and games. If you want to know more about this Thai movie, click here.

Quotes:

Movie quote: สู้เพื่อพวกพ้อง สู้เพื่อกอบกู้ สู้ด้วยศรัทธา (sûu phûuea phûuak-pháawng sûu phûuea gàawp-gûu sûu dûuai sàat-dtraa)
Meaning: “Fight for us, fight to save, fight with faith.”
Note: This is a quote used in promoting the movie.

Movie quote: ปาฏิหารย์ก่อเกิดจากศรัทธา (bpaa-dtì-hǎan gàaw gòoet jàak sàt-thaa)
Meaning: “Miracle comes from faith.”

3. ยักษ์ (yák)

yak poster
Thai movie 2012 / Animation / Fantasy

Yák is an animation that got its inspiration from Ramayana, portraying the character in robot style. In Ramayana, Rama and Ravana have been fighting each other for many thousands of years. This movie is produced based on the question: “Do enemies have to fight each other forever?” After the war between robots, what will happen if two robots wake up with no memory and have been tied together by an unbreakable chain? The friendship between the characters in this movie will surely touch your heart. Children as well as adults can enjoy this Thai movie.

Quotes:

Movie quote: เราเป็นเพื่อนกันแล้ว จะทำลายกันอีกทำไม จะรบกันไปอีกกี่ชาติ (rao bpen phûuean gan láaeo jà tham-laai gan ìik tham-mai jà róp gan bpai ìik gìi châat)
Meaning: “We are friends now. Why do we have to destroy each other? How long do we have to fight each other?”

3- Horror Movies

Among Thai movies, horror films are Thai’s special. Thai horror films are known to be very scary and realistic. Also, there are many ghost stories and legends in Thailand. So if you like this kind of film, don’t forget to try watching something from this list—don’t forget that you can often find Thai movies online with English subtitles, to maximize the fear factor these films offer. Of all the movies in Thailand, the movie list below gathers all the best and scariest Thai horror films.

1. 4 แพร่ง / 5 แพร่ง (sìi phrâaeng / hâa phrâaeng)

sii phraaeng poster
Thai movie 2008 / Thai movie 2009 / Horror / Thriller / Mystery / Thai movie on Netflix

Since there are many stories about ghosts in Thailand, there are likewise several movies that portray all of these short stories. Sìi phrâaeng is composed of four short horror films: เหงา (ngǎo), ยันต์สั่งตาย (yan sàng dtaai), คนกลาง (khon glaang), and เที่ยวบิน 224 (thîiao bin 224).

Hâa phrâaeng is composed of five short horror films: หลาวชะโอน (lǎao-chá-oon), ห้องเตียงรวม (hâawng dtiiang ruuam), Backpacker, รถมือสอง (rót muue sǎawng), and คนกอง (khon gaawng). Apart from entertainment, these movies also give moral lessons.

The first movie gained 85-million Baht while the second movie gained 113.5-million Baht in revenue.

Quotes:

Movie quote: ความผิดบางอย่างที่เกิดขึ้น มันยากเกินจะแก้ (khwaam phìt baang yàang thîi gòoet khûen man yâak gooen gâae)
Meaning: “Some mistakes can be too difficult to fix.”

Movie quote: มันมี แต่ไม่มีจริง (man mii dtàae mâi mii jing)
Meaning: “It exists but not real.”
Note: People are still discussing the meaning of this quote.

Movie quote: ผมก็เหมือนกัน อยู่คนเดียวมาครบร้อยวันแล้ว (phǒm gâaw mǔuean gan yùu khon diiao ma khróp ráauy wan láaeo)
Meaning: “Me too, I have been alone for one-hundred days now.”

2. ลัดดาแลนด์ (lát-daa-laaen)

lat daa laaen poster
Thai movie 2011 / Horror / Thriller / Mystery / Thai movie on Netflix

This ghost movie is based on a real story. In Chaingmai, Laddaland is the grimmest and creepiest place because a cruel murder happened there. This movie is based on this story. It portrays the story of one family whose father ธีร์ (Thii) tried his best to buy a house and provide a better life for his family. He finally decided to move his family to Chaingmai in the village called “Laddaland.” Unfortunately for him and his family, a woman was killed in that village on the day they moved in. And that’s when this horror story begins.

Quotes:

Movie quote: หมู่บ้านนี้จะอยู่หรือย้าย เมื่อคนตายมาถึงบ้าน (mùu-bâan níi jà yùu rǔue yáai mûuea khon dtaai ma thǔeng bâan)
Meaning: “Will you move if the death visit your house?”
Note: Since Tee already invested everything to achieve his dream house, will he decide to move?

3. ชัตเตอร์ กดติดวิญญาณ (chát-dtôoe gòt dtìt win-yaan)

chat dtooe got dtit win-yaan poster
Thai movie 2004 / Horror / Thriller / Mystery / Thai movie on Netflix

This is one of the best horror movies in Thailand. Tham (ธรรม์), the photographer, and his girlfriend accidentally hit a woman while driving their car. They decided to run away from the accident, but later, they start to face weird incidents. Each photo that Tham takes has a shadow similar to that of the woman they hit. But when they try to find out about the woman they hit, they find nothing. It’s like that woman doesn’t exist. If you like this kind of story, you shouldn’t miss this movie.

Quotes:

Movie quote: รู้มั๊ย บางครั้งวิญญาณก็แค่อยากมาอยู่ใกล้คนที่พวกเขารัก (rúu mái baang khráng win-yaan gâaw khâae yàak maa yùu glâi khon thîi phûuak khǎo rák)
Meaning: “Do you know? Sometimes, spirit just want to be with the one they loved.”

** If you want to know more about another Thai ghost, click here.

4- Feel-good Movies

1. น้อง พี่ ที่รัก (náawng phîi thîi rák)

naawng phii thii rak poster
Thai movie 2018 / Romantic / Drama / Comedy

When Thai people first watch the teaser for this movie, we all think this is either a Thai comedy or a Thai romance. However, people seem to guess it wrongly, as this is really a drama film. The name of the movie says it all (it means “sister brother lover” in English). The movie mainly shows the relationship between brother and sister. As a sister, have you ever become annoyed by your big brother? As a brother, have you ever felt that you’re just not a good enough brother? After watching this film, people are touched by the love being siblings and many say that it’s one of the few movies that’s really worth watching. It has gained more than 146-million Baht in revenue.

Quotes:

Movie quote: เป็นพี่แล้ว รักน้องให้มาก ๆ นะ (bpen phîi láaeo rák náawng hâi mâak mâak ná)
Meaning: “Since you’re a big brother/sister now, you have to love your younger brother/sister a lot.”
Note: This quote shows that despite all his action, Chát (the brother) did love his sister, but he just failed to show her that.

2. ฟรีแลนซ์…ห้ามป่วย ห้ามพัก ห้ามรักหมอ (Freelance…hâam bpùuai hâam phák hâam rák mǎaw)

freelance poster
Thai movie 2015 / Romantic / Drama / Comedy

This is another Thai feel-good movie that you should watch. The name of the movie means, “Freelance, can’t be sick, can’t take a break, can’t love doctor.” As you may have guessed, it’s the love story between a freelancer and a doctor. Apart from the love story, it also shows how freelancers work and live, which is quite different from what people generally tend to think. In terms of production, you may be surprised to learn that this movie took only sixteen days to film. Still, audiences all said that its production is very good. So if you have time, this is a movie that everyone can watch.

Quotes:

Movie quote: คนที่คิดว่าความตายไม่ใช่เรื่องน่ากลัว คือคนที่เค้าไม่มีใครให้คิดถึง (khon thîi khít wâa khwaam-dtaai mâi châi rûueang nâa gluua khuue khon thîi kháo mâi mii khrai hâi khít-thǔeng)
Meaning: “People who think death isn’t scary are the ones who have nobody to think of.”

Movie quote: บางอย่างถ้ามันกินแล้วไม่มีประโยชน์ แต่ถ้าทำให้มีความสุข มันก็โอเคนะ (baang yàang thâa man gin láaeo mâi mii bprà-yòot dtàae thâa tham hâi mii khwaam-sùk man gâaw oo-khee ná)
Meaning: “Some food may not have any benefit to your body. But it is okay to eat it if it makes you happy.”

** About to go on a date with a Thai? Click here to learn all the phrases you need to know.

3. ไอฟาย…แต๊งกิ้ว…เลิฟยู้ (i-faai dtáaeng-gîu lóoep-yuu)

I'm fine poster
Thai movie 2014 / Romantic / Comedy / Thai movie on Netflix

From the name of the movie, you may notice that it’s weird English (it should be “I’m Fine, Thank You, Love You”). Yes, that represents Yim, the main character of this movie. For all Thai learners, you may feel a strong connection to this movie. It’s the story of a man who wants to learn English to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend who lives abroad. But he ends up falling in love with his English tutor instead. This is one of the best Thai comedies ever and you should definitely watch it. This film generated a revenue of over 300-million Baht.

Quotes:

Movie quote: ผมบอกเลิกผู้หญิงทางโทรศัพท์ได้นะ แต่ผมบอกชอบผู้หญิงทางโทรศัพท์ไม่ได้หรอก (phŏm bàawk lôoek phûu yĭng thaang thoo-rá-sàp dâi ná dtàae phŏm bàawk châawp phûu yĭng thaang thoo-rá-sàp mâi dâi ràawk)
Meaning: “I can break up with a woman on the phone. But I cannot confess my love on the phone.”

Movie quote: ในฐานะที่เป็นวิศวกรซ่อมบำรุง ผมเชื่อว่าอะไรที่เสียได้ ก็สามารถซ่อมได้ คุณจะเสียใจ ถ้าคุณไม่เลือกผม (nai thăa-ná thîi bpen wít-sà-wá-gaawn sâawm bam-rung phŏm chûuea wâa à-rai thîi sĭa dâi gâaw săa-mâat sâawm dâi khun jà sĭia jai thâa khun mâi lûueak phŏm)
Meaning: “As a maintenance engineer, I believe everything that is broken can be fixed. You will be sorry if you don’t choose me.”

Audiences think these two quotes are hopelessly romantic.

** Click here to learn other vocabulary words about positive feelings.
** Learn other quotes about love here.

5- New Style of Thai Movie

Most successful Thai movies are feel-good movies, romantic-comedies, or horror movies. However, recently other styles of Thai movies have been receiving positive feedback from audiences as well. Here’s a list of those movies.

1. ฉลาดเกมส์โกง (chà-làat geem goong)

Bad genius poster
Thai movie 2017 / Thriller / Thai movie on Netflix

This movie is known in English as “Bad Genius.” It’s the story of a very clever student, ริน (Rin) who uses her intelligence the wrong way. She sells test answers to her friends in exchange for money. Despite doing the wrong thing, the audience keeps their fingers crossed for her sake. Part of the reason this movie is so successful is that it portrays educational inequality in Thai society. This movie makes the highest revenue abroad among all Thai movies. So let’s find out together whether Rin will be successful with her cheating or not.

Quotes:

Movie quote: ไม่ใช่หนูคนเดียวนี่คะ ที่หากินกับเรื่องการศึกษา (mâi châi nǔu khon diiao nîi khá thîi hăa gin gàp rûueang gaan sùek-săa)
Meaning: “It is not only me who makes money from education.”
Note: Rin indirectly said that teachers and schools also try to make money from education (in Thai, rich parents sometimes donate to famous schools so that their child can study there).

Movie quote: ถึงเราไม่โกงใคร ชีวิตก็โกงเราอยู่ดี (thǔeng rao mâi goong khrai chii-wít gâaw goong rao yùu dii)
Meaning: “Although we don’t cheat, we are cheated by life anyway.”
Note: This quote shows very well the daily despair that some people experience. Despite trying hard, some people don’t get what they deserve.

2. BNK48: girls don’t cry

BNK48 poster
Thai movie 2018 / Documentary

You may know or have heard of AKB 48, SKE 48, SDN 48, and so on. In Thailand, we also have BNK 48. The concept of BNK 48 is pretty much the same as that of other sister groups. This movie portrays their story. You’ll get to see behind-the-scenes of these famous idols as well as hear their thoughts and feelings. The revenue of this movie may not be very high since it’s very niche, but if you’re a fan of this girl group, you shouldn’t miss it.

Quotes:

Movie quote: ความพยายามไม่เคยทำร้ายคนที่ตั้งใจจริง ๆ เหรอ (khwaam phá-yaa-yaam mâi khooei tham ráai khon thîi dtâng jai jing jing rǒoe)
Meaning: “Does the effort really never hurt people with strong determination?”
Note: This quote is the question to the lyric in “Sonichi Song.” It also reflects the thoughts of members who try their best but are unable to become senbatsu.

Movie quote: ทุกคนมีความพยายาม แต่ใช่ว่าทุกคนจะถูกมองเห็น (thúk khon mii khwaam phá-yaa-yaam dtàae châi wâa thúk khon jà thùuk maawng hĕn)
Meaning: “Not everyone with effort will be recognized.”
Note: This quote shows a harsh truth for members who aren’t senbatsu.

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3. 2215 เชื่อ บ้า กล้า ก้าว (chûuea bâa glâa gâao)

chuuea poster
Thai movie 2018 / Documentary

In 2017, there was a mega project that caught the attention of Thai people. To financially support eleven public hospitals in Thailand, อาทิวราห์ คงมาลัย or ตูน (Aa-thí-wá-raa Khong-maa-lai or Toon), a famous rock singer, tried to raise funds of 700-million Baht by running from the Betong district in Yala—the southernmost point of Thailand—to the Maesai district in Chaingrai, which is the northernmost point of Thailand. People cheered him on, donated money, and wished for him to succeed. It took him fifty-five days to complete his own mission and in the end, he raised more than 1-trillion Baht. That’s the story Thai people know. However, this movie shows every moment of this journey. For those who want inspiration in life, you shouldn’t miss this.

Quotes:

Movie quote: ความเชื่อเนี่ย มันมีเชื้อเพลิงมาจากความดื้อเว้ย (khwaam chûuea nîia man mii chúuea phlooeng maa jàak khwaam dûue wóoei)
Meaning: “Belief is fueled by persistence.”

Movie quote: ถ้าพี่ตูนทำได้ ทุกคนก็ทำได้ (thâa phîi dtuun tham dâi thúk khon gâaw tham dâi)
Meaning: “If Toon can do this, everyone can also do this.”
Note: This quote encourages everyone to try hard to achieve something, like Toon did.

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4. Fun Facts about Thai Movies

  1. Nickname for main actors/actresses: When a movie gains more revenue than 100-million Baht, the main actress will gain a nickname from the press: พระเอกร้อยล้าน (phrá-èek ráauy láan) and นางเอกร้อยล้าน (naang-èek ráauy láan). These mean one-hundred-million main male leader and one-hundred-million main female leader. For actors and actresses, this is very good for their career path.
  2. Movie Remakes: There are a few Thai stories that are so famous that people keep remaking them into movies, dramas, and musicals, such as the stories of naaang nâak and khûu gam. As mentioned above, naang nâak has been produced as a movie twenty times, as a TV show/drama eight times, and as a musical four times since 1936.
  3. Famous movie companies: The Thai movie industry isn’t an easy market. Several Thai movies are made, but Thai people don’t even know that many of these exist. It’s quite difficult to survive in this market, and if you notice, only a couple of companies are truly successful. Those are GDH 559 and Sahamongkol Film International.

To sum up, watching movies is a great way to practice the Thai language. It’s an enjoyable educational activity that allows you to naturally pick up new Thai words and become more familiar with Thai accents after a while. Luckily for movie lovers, there are new interesting Thai movies coming out every year, so you always have new good options to choose from. Apart from learning Thai from movies, there are other ways to learn Thai lessons as well. Of course, the best way is to visit ThaiPod101.com for other fun Thai lessons such as those on the Thai alphabet, Thai pronunciation, or Thai words you can use in daily life.

Hopefully you were able to learn a lot from our list of Thai films with English subtitles to learn Thai. Don’t forget to look for these Thai movies on YouTube, Netflix, and other places online. Enjoy watching and learning! ^^

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Enjoy Learning Thai through Thai TV shows

Learning the Thai language through lessons alone can be boring sometimes. Good news for everyone: There’s another fun way of learning the Thai language—watching Thai TV shows. After the coming of TV digital, there are tons of Thai TV shows for everybody to watch…soap operas, dramas, TV series, news, variety shows about lifestyle, cooking, travelling, and the list goes on.

You can choose to learn the Thai language from Thai TV shows that best fit your tastes. And with internet, despite living outside of Thailand, you can watch Thai TV live (for some TV shows) or watch Thai TV online for free after the show is broadcasted. Now, it’s really just a matter of finding the best TV shows to learn Thai!

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Table of Contents

  1. Thai TV Shows
  2. Basic Vocabulary about Watching Thai Television
  3. Recommended Thai TV Shows
  4. Fun Facts about Learning from Thai TV Shows


1. Thai TV Shows

As mentioned before, there are a lot of shows to watch on Thai TV nowadays. If you live in Thailand, you can always watch Thai TV shows live on television or through IPTV for Thai TV online, such as AIS Playbox and True Vision. You can also watch Thai TV shows online in HD after the show is broadcasted on YouTube, LINE TV, and applications developed by each channel for online/live Thai TV channels.

Most of the channels upload their shows immediately or a few days after the show is broadcasted. And good news for you, most online Thai TV is free. Thai people love drama and variety shows, so the famous TV shows for Thai people often fall into these categories. There are many channels that are famous among Thai people, including Thai TV 3, Thai TV 5, Thai TV 7, Thai TV 8, Workpoint channel, Channel One, and Channel GMM 25. Apart from these, currently, there are some Thai TV shows that are broadcasted only on YouTube.

Watching Thai TV shows can help people who want to learn Thai in many ways. For example, as you watch Thai TV shows, you automatically become more familiar with the Thai accent. So it definitely helps with listening skills, which leads to pronunciation improvement. You’ll also understand more about how the language varies among different groups of people. And last but not least, you get to hear many examples of how to use words, phrases, and slangs in conversation. By watching the best Thai TV shows of 2018, you’re opening up so many new doors to learning opportunities!


2. Basic Vocabulary about Watching Thai Television

If you want to watch Thai TV shows, it’ll be easier for you to understand if you know these related basic vocabularies.

  • โทรทัศน์ (thoo-rá-thát) [n.] — “television”
  • ทีวี (thii-wii) [n.] — “TV” (shortened word for television; spoken / informal language)
  • รายการโทรทัศน์ (raai-gaan tho-rá-thát) [n.] — “TV show”
  • รายการทีวี (raai-gaan thii-wii) [n.] — “TV show” (shortened word for TV show; spoken / informal language)
  • ช่อง (châawng) [n.] — “channel”
  • ตอน (dtaawn) [n.] — “episode”
  • โฆษณา (khoo-sà-naa) [n.] — “advertisement”
  • สิ่งที่น่าสนใจ (sìng thîi nâa sǒn-jai) [n.] — “interesting thing; advertisement” (In Thai TV, when the hosts say “We will take a break for สิ่งที่น่าสนใจ (sìng thîi nâa sǒn-jai) for a while,” they refer to advertisements.)
  • ออกอากาศ (àawk aa-gàat) [v.] — “broadcast”
  • ฉาย (chǎai) [v.] — “on air” (spoken / informal language)
  • ดู (duu) [v.] — “watch”
  • เริ่ม (rôoem) [v.] — “start”
  • จบ (jòp) [v.] — “end”


3. Recommended Thai TV Shows

There are many good Thai TV shows for you to watch, both live and online. The following is a list of interesting Thai TV shows for you to choose from, categorized by the genre or type of show. Without further ado, here are our Recommended TV shows to learn Thai!

1- ละคร (lá-khaawn) / “Drama”

1. ล่า (Lâa) / “Revenge”

ล่า (Lâa) is a life-thriller drama that was broadcasted in 2017. It portrays the life of a woman named Máthúrós, starting from the fall of her marriage, to becoming a single mother, to her daughter being the victim of a criminal, to the unfair justice toward her daughter, and finally to her revenge. When it comes to Thai TV drama shows, this is among the very best.

This drama has been shot and broadcasted three times, as both a movie and a TV drama, since 1977. The latest Thai drama version was very successful and got a lot of attention. It got three rewards as well as positive comments from viewers. So if you like this type of drama, make sure you don’t miss this one. It’s really good and the actress is so good that you’ll feel a real connection toward the female lead. Still, this drama isn’t recommended for children as its tone is very dark. You can watch ล่า (Lâa) online.

Vocabulary

  • ล่า (lâa) [v.] — “hunt”
  • ระทึกขวัญ (rá-thúek khwǎn) [adj.] — “thriller”
  • แค้น (kháaen) [v.] — “irate to the point you want to avenge”
  • แก้แค้น (gâae kháaen) [v.] — “avenge”
  • ล้างแค้น (láang kháaen) [v.] — “avenge” (synonym of แก้แค้น [gâae kháaen])
  • แม่เลี้ยงเดี่ยว (mâae líiang dìiao) [n.] — “single mother”
  • ความยุติธรรม (kwam-yúd-thì-tam) [n.] — “justice”
  • ยาเสพติด (yaa sàeb-thìd) [n.] — “drugs”
  • ข่มขืน (khòm-khǎun) [n./v.] — “rape”

2. บุพเพสันนิวาส (bùp-phee sǎn-ní-wâat) / “Love Destiny”

บุพเพสันนิวาส (bùp-phee sǎn-ní-wâat) is a 2018 drama. It has the highest rating since the beginning of the digital TV era. Everything about this Thai drama is very popular, from the food to the songs. It’s a historical romantic drama, portraying the life of a woman who studied Thai history who’s sent back to the Ayudhaya period (around 350 years ago). She gets to witness the change of dynasty that she studied in books and historical evidence while trying to adapt to the past ways of living.

As soon as this TV series ended, the new season was confirmed to be broadcasted within the next five years. So this is one Thailand TV series that will have a second season. Although around 60% of the Thai language used in this drama isn’t the same Thai language people use today, viewers still get to learn Thai culture and history. The popularity of this Thai drama guarantees that it’s worth watching. You can watch this drama at Thai TV online.

Vocabulary

  • บุพเพสันนิวาส (bùp-phee sǎn-ní-wâat) [n.] —There’s no English word for this Thai word. It’s used to explain the situation in which a man and a woman who used to be lovers in the previous life become lovers again in this life.
  • ประวัติศาสตร์ (bprà-wàt-dtì-sàat) [n.] — “history”
  • อิงประวัติศาสตร์ (ing bprà-wàt-dtì-sàat) [n.] — “historical”
  • มะม่วง (má-mûuang) [n.] — “mango”
  • น้ำปลาหวาน (nám-bpraa whǎan) [n.] — name of the sweet and salty dip for fruit
  • กุ้ง (gûng) [n.] — “prawn; shrimp” (Thai people called prawn and shrimp by the same name)
  • กษัตริย์ (gà-sàt) [n.] — “king”
  • แต่งงาน (dtàaeng-ngaan) [v.] — “marry”
  • ฝรั่ง (fá-ràng) [n.] — “guava; foreigner” (In the past, Thai people couldn’t pronounce English words (foreign) well. They pronounced it incorrectly so that it sounded similar to the word “guava” in Thai. So Thai people called foreigners who look Caucasian fá-ràng to this day.)

3. เลือดข้นคนจาง (lûueat khôn khon jaang) / “In Family We Trust”

This Thai drama tells the story of a Thai-Chinese family involved in killing for heritage. In Thai TV drama, there are a few in the mystery/suspense categories. Still, this drama gained a lot of attention since it was first broadcasted in September 2018.

On social media, people come up with many theories to find the killer, so much so that it’s become a trend on Thai Facebook and Twitter. Some theories are purely based on guessing, while others are based on science. Yes, that’s how into it Thai people are. Needless to say, this is one of the most famous Thai TV drama shows.

The name of this drama is worth learning. In Thai, there’s an idiom called เลือดข้นกว่าน้ำ (Lûueat khôn gwàa nám). When you break it down, เลือด (lûueat) is “blood,” ข้น (khôn) is “thick,” กว่า (gwàa) is “more than,” and น้ำ (nám) is “water.” So its literal English meaning is “Blood is thicker than water.” In Thai, the meaning of this idiom is the same as its English idiom. It means relatives and family members are more important than anyone else to an individual. But in this story, family members kill each other for heritage, which implies that family is less important. Thus, the word จาง (jaang)—which is the opposite of ข้น (khôn)—is used to describe family members. The word play and use of an idiom make this Thai drama’s title interesting and unique.

Vocabulary

  • ลึกลับ (lúek-láp) [adj.] — “mystery”
  • ฆ่า (khâa) [v.] — “kill”
  • ฆาตกรรม (khâat-dtà-gam) [n.] — “murder”
  • คนจีน (khon-jiin) [n.] — “Chinese people”
  • ตระกูล (dtrà-guun) [n.] — “clan”
  • งานรวมญาติ (ngaan ruuam yâat) [n.] — “family gathering”
  • มรกด (maaw-rá-dòk) [n.] — “heritage”
  • โลภ (lôop) [adj]. — “greedy”
  • ริษยา (rít-sà-yǎa) [v.] — “jealous”

2- รายการสำหรับครอบครัว (raai-gaan sám-ràp khrâawp-khruua) / “Variety Show for Family”

1. “The Return of Superman Thailand”

This is one of our recommended Thai variety shows for good reason. This Thai variety-reality TV show will tug at your heartstrings and help you enjoy the innocence of childhood and joy of parenting once again. The concept of this show is for the father to understand how hard it is for the mother to take care of their kids, and to spend time with them. It shows how celebrity dads take care of their kids while their mother is away for 48 hours. The tone of this show is fun and lovely. The second season is already over and many people are waiting for season three. You can watch seasons one and two on Thai TV online 7.

ลูกจ๋า ป๊ะป๋ามาแล้ว (lûuk jǎa bpá-bpǎa maa láaeo) is the phrase after the name of the show.

Vocabulary

  • ลูก (lûuk) [n.] — “son/daughter”
  • จ๋า (jǎa) [affirmative modifier] — the word that Thai people put after someone’s name when calling them to make the tone of calling more sweet and endearing; an answer when one person is called, like “yes” in English
  • ป๊ะป๋า (bpá-bpǎa) [n.] — spoken word for “daddy”
  • มาแล้ว (maeoa láa) [v.] — “already coming”
  • พ่อ (phâaw) [n.] — “father”
  • แม่ (mâae) [n.] — “mother”
  • ลูกชาย (lûuk-chaai) [n.] — “son”
  • ลูกสาว (lûuk-sǎao) [n.] — “daughter”
  • แฝด (fàaet) [n.] — “twin”
  • ครอบครัว (khrâawp-khruua) [n.] — “family”
  • ชั่วโมง (chûua-moong) [n.] — “hour”

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2. Thailand Got Talent

We’re sure everyone can guess, Thailand Got Talent is a talent competition reality show. This Thai TV show has been on-air for seven seasons now, and is one of the most popular Thai competition TV shows at the moment. The current season is produced by Work Point Entertainment and is one of Thailand’s live shows. Tune in to watch comedy acts, listen to great songs from amazing singers, or see a Thai show from Bangkok. You can watch this Thai TV show online for free at TV Thailand online.

Vocabulary

  • ความสามารถพิเศษ (khwaam-sǎa-mâat phí-sèet) [n.] — “talent”
  • การแสดง (gaan-sà-daaeng) [n.] — “show”
  • กรรมการ (gam-má-gaan) [n.] — “judge”
  • การแข่งขัน (gaan-khàaeng-khǎn) [n.] — “competition”
  • ผู้เข้าแข่งขัน (phûu khâo khàaeng-khǎn) [n.] — “competitor”
  • ผ่าน (phàan) [v.] — “pass”
  • ปุ่ม (bpùm) [n.] — “button”
  • ชนะ (chá-ná) [v.] — “win”
  • สีทอง (sǐi-thaawng) [n.] — “gold” (Thai people value gold so they often compare things of importance with this color.)

3. หน้ากากนักร้อง (nhâa-gàak-nák-ráawng) / The Mask Singer

In Thailand, TV shows about singing are very popular now. The most famous one is The Mask Singer. The concept of this show is to have celebrities wear a costume and mask during the singing competition. Viewers enjoy trying to guess the identity of the celebrities behind the mask—the interesting costumes add even more intrigue. This show has been broadcasted for five seasons within two years and made many singers gain popularity. You can watch it live every Thursday at 8.05 to 9.45 p.m. on Thai TV online free live or watch all episodes of the current season at TV online Thailand. This made it to our list of recommended Thai singing shows for good reason—go check it out!

Vocabulary

  • หน้ากาก (nâa-gàak) [n.] — “mask”
  • นักร้อง (nák-ráawng) [n.] — “singer”
  • ร้องเพลง (ráawng-phleeng) [v.] — “sing”
  • เพลง (phleeng) [n.] — “song”
  • พิธีกร (phí-thii-gaawn) [n.] — “host”
  • รอบ (râawp) [n.] — “round”
  • รอบชิงชนะเลิศ (râawp ching chá-ná-lôoet) [n.] — “final round”
  • ทาย (thaai) [v.] — “guess”
  • สัมภาษณ์ (sǎm-phâat) [v.] — “interview”

3- รายการเกี่ยวกับอาหาร (raai-gaan gìiao gàp aa-hǎan) / “Food Shows”

1. เชฟกระทะเหล็กประเทศไทย (chéep grà-thá lèk bprà-thêet thai) — “Iron Chef Thailand”

This is a Thai cooking-reality TV show that has been aired on channel 7 since 2013. The concept of this show is to get the challenger (a chef) to compete with the show’s Iron Chefs using the main ingredient provided. The show has seven Iron Chefs whom the competitor can choose to challenge, each specialized in different kinds of food. The main ingredient is assigned and the chef has 60 minutes to cook five kinds of food for six people. The champion will be voted by three judges based on many criteria such as taste and creativity. For those who are interested in this show, you can watch it live on Thai TV online live/Thai TV channel 7 live stream every Saturday from 12:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. or watch it online later at Thai online 7.

Vocabulary

  • กระทะ (grà-thá) [n.] — “pan”
  • เหล็ก (lèk) [n.] — “iron”
  • ประเทศไทย (bprà-thêet thai) [n.] — “Thailand”
  • การทำอาหาร (gaan tham aa-hǎan) [n.] — “cooking”
  • ทำอาหาร (tham aa-hǎan) [v.] — “cook”
  • พ่อครัว (phâaw khruua) [n.] — “male cook; male chef”
  • แม่ครัว (mâae khruua) [n.] — “female cook; female chef”
  • วัตถุดิบ (wát-thù-dìp) [n.] — “ingredient”
  • อาหาร (aa-hǎan) [n.] — “food”
  • หมดเวลา (mòt wee-laa) [v.] — “time up”

2. ครัวคุณต๋อย (khruua khun dtǎauy) / “Dtǎauy’s kitchen”

This is another food-related Thai show, aired since 2013. The owners of famous restaurants are invited to the show and are asked to cook their signature dish while giving viewers cooking tips. You can check out all the episodes online at TV show Thailand.

Vocabulary

  • ครัว (khruua) [n.] — “kitchen”
  • เปิดเผย (bpòoet-phǒoei) [v.] — “reveal”
  • เคล็ดลับ (khlét-láp) [n.] — “tips”
  • รสชาติ (rót-châat) [n.] — “taste”
  • กลิ่นหอม (glìn hǎawm) [adj.] — “smell good”
  • อร่อย (à-ràauy) [adj.] — “delicious”
  • ตามฤดูกาล (dtaam rúe-duu gaan) [adj.] — “seasonal”
  • สมุนไพร (sà-mǔn-phrai) [n.] — “herb”

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3. กิน อยู่ คือ (gin yhùu khuue) / “Eat Am Are”

This food show is broadcasted on Thai PBS Channel. Each week, the host will give information about food according to each week’s topic—for example, pickled food, types of oil, or mango ripeness level. And of course, this show will show you how to cook food. If you like documentary-style shows, you can watch it live at Thai PBS Channel TV Thai every Sunday at 4:05 to 4:30 p.m.

Vocabulary

  • กิน (gin) [v.] — “eat”
  • รับประทาน (rráp-bprà-thaan) [v.] — formal word for “eat”
  • ทาน (thaan) [v.] — shortened word for รับประทาน (rúb-prà-tarn)
  • คุณผู้ชม (khun-phûu-chom) [n.] — “viewer”
  • ต้ม (dtôm) [v.] — “boil”
  • ผัด (phàt) [v.] — “stir-fried”
  • ทอด (thâawt) [v.] — “fried”
  • นึ่ง (nûeng) [v.] — “steam”
  • ตุ๋น (dtǔn) [v.] — “stew”
  • หั่น (hàn) [v.] — “slice”
  • สับ (sàp) [v.] — “chop”

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4- รายการข่าว (raai-gaan khàao) / “News”

1. เรื่องเล่าเช้านี้ (rûueang lâo cháo níi)

This show changed how the news is reported in Thailand. Instead of having a news reporter sit and just report the news, the host talks about the news as though viewers were friends, neighbors, or colleagues. Watching the news used to be boring, but the concept of this show adds a level of comfort and flair. This show is broadcasted every Monday to Friday at 6 a.m. Viewers can watch it live on Thai TV3 online news at Thai TV3 news today. Being a news show, you’ll hear a good deal of Thai language used, making this one of the best TV shows to learn Thai.

Vocabulary

  • เรื่องเล่า (rûueang lâo) [n.] — “story”
  • เช้า (cháo) [n.] — “morning”
  • เช้านี้ (cháo níi) [n.] — “this morning”
  • ข่าว (khàao) [n.] — “news”
  • การเมือง (gaan-muueang) [n.] — “politic”
  • เศรษฐกิจ (sèet-thà-gìt) [n.] — “economy”
  • สังคม (sáng-khom) [n.] — “society”
  • บันเทิง (ban-thooeng) [n.] — “entertainment”
  • อุบัติเหตุ (ù-bàt-dtì-hèet) [n.] — “accident”

2. สีสันทันโลก (sǐi-sǎn than lôok)

This news show reports interesting stories of what’s going on around the world each week—for example, foot golf competitions, the birth of a white rhino, a moving church, etc. This news show is documentary-style in tone, and is aired once a week on Saturday at 1 p.m. for 45 minutes. If you like this kind of show, you can watch it live at Thai PBS Channel/Thai News TV Online.

Vocabulary

  • สีสัน (sǐi-sǎn) [n.] — “color”
  • ทัน (than) [adj.] — “in-time”
  • โลก (lôok) [n.] — “world”
  • รอบโลก (râawp lôok) [adj.] — “around the world”
  • ต่างประเทศ (dtàang-bprà-thêet) [adj.] — “foreign”
  • น่าสนใจ (nâa sǒn-jai) [adj.] — “interesting”
  • แปลก (bplàaek) [adj.] — “weird”

3. จั๊ดซัดทุกความจริง (ját-sát-thúk-khwaam-jing)

This is another Thai talk show combined with news report broadcasted on one channel. Instead of reporting the news, this show focuses on discussing a topic related to news that highly interests people at that time, or an issue in Thai society. The host’s name is Júd, and his way of talking combined with his worldview makes this show interesting to watch. If you want to know what Thai people think and how Thai people behave, this is a good show to watch. The examples of topics discussed on this show are cigarettes and nation improvement (relating to investment in the tobacco monopoly to increase the nation’s revenue). Of all the latest Thai TV shows, this news show is one of the best for learning both language and culture. Watch this show online at Thai News TV.

Vocabulary

  • ความจริง (khwaam-jing) [n.] — “truth”
  • ความคิดเห็น (khwaam-khít-hěn) [n.] — “opinion”
  • ถกเถียง (thòk-thǐiang) [v.] — “discuss”
  • ประเด็น (bprà-den) [n.] — “issue”
  • กฎหมาย (gòt-mǎai) [n.] — “law”
  • วิเคราะห์ (wí-khráw) [v.] — “analyze”
  • วิธีแก้ปัญหา (wí-thii gâae bpan-hǎa) [n.] — “solution”
  • มุมมอง (mum-maawng) [n.] — “point of view”

5- รายการทีวีเกี่ยวกับการท่องเที่ยว (raai-gaan thii-wii gìiao-gàp gaan-thâawng-thîiao) / “TV Travel Shows”

1. เทยเที่ยวไทย The Route (thooei thîiao thai The Route)

This Thai TV show portrays the lives of its three Kathoey hosts, particularly their traveling lifestyle. The show is very popular and has been on air since 2011. The strong point of the show is the way three hosts talk and tell the story of the places they visit. When it comes to Thai reality TV shows, this one is both fun and educational. If you want to see Thailand from a different angle, you have to watch this show. Watch all episodes online at Thai TV Shows GMM25.

Vocabulary

  • กระเทย (grà-thooei) [n.] — “Kathoey” doesn’t translate 1:1 to English, but you can read an explanation here!
  • เที่ยว (thîiao) [v.] — “travel”
  • จังหวัด (jang-wàt) [n.] — “province”
  • ภาคเหนือ (phâak nǔuea) [n.] — “northern region”
  • ภาคกลาง (phâak glaang) [n.] — “central region”
  • ภาคตะวันออก (phâak dtà-wan-àawk) [n.] — “eastern region”
  • ภาคตะวันออกเฉียงเหนือ (phâak dtà-wan-àawk chǐiang nǔuea) [n.] — “northeast region”
  • ภาคตะวันตก (phâak dtà-wan-dtòk) [n.] — “western region”
  • ภาคใต้ (phâak dtâi) [n.] — “southern region”

** You can check out popular tourist attractions in Thailand here.

2. สมุดโคจร on the way (sà-mùt khoo-jaawn)

This show is a documentary-travel show broadcasted on channel 3. It offers facts about each place the host visits, how to travel there, and gives an interesting story along the way. The show has been on air for eight years and its destinations can be both in Thailand and other countries. You can watch it live every Saturday at 5 p.m. at Watch Thai TV Online Channel 3 or watch it after it’s broadcasted on YouTube’s Thai TV Show.

Vocabulary

  • สมุด (sà-mùt) [n.] — “notebook”
  • โคจร (khoo-jaawn) [v.] — “orbit”
  • เส้นทาง (sêen-thaang) [n.] — “route”
  • สถานที่ (sà-thǎan-thîi) [n.] — “place”
  • วัฒนธรรม (wát-thá-ná-tham) [n.] — “culture”
  • ประเพณี (bprà-phee-nii) [n.] — “tradition”
  • จังหวัด (jang-wàt) [n.] — “province”
  • ธรรมชาติ (tham-má-châat) [n.] — “nature”

** Click here for ten ways to prepare for travel.

3. เปรี้ยวปากเช็คอิน (bprîiao bpàak chék-in)

This is one of the most popular traveling-food shows in Thailand. In the past, this show focused solely on recommending good restaurants, before it started to recommend both good places to travel and good restaurants in that area. The show has a light, fun tone and the hosts are friendly. You can watch this show on Thai TV3 Online.

Vocabulary

  • เปรี้ยวปาก (bprîiao bpàak) [v.] — “crave”
  • ริมทาง (rim-thaang) [n.] — “roadside”
  • อาหารจานด่วน (aa-hǎan jaan dùuan) [n.] — “fastfood”
  • บรรยากาศ (ban-yaa-gàat) [n.] — “atmosphere”
  • สวยงาม (sǔuai-ngaam) [adj.] — “beautiful”
  • สดชื่น (sòt-chûuen) [adj.] — “fresh”
  • ขนม (khà-nǒm) [n.] — “snack”
  • ของหวาน (khǎawng-wǎan) [n.] — “sweets”

** If you want to learn more words about travelling, click here.


4. Fun Facts about Learning from Thai TV Shows

  1. Fun is a part of Thai culture: Once you’ve watched lots of Thai TV shows, you’ll realize this. You may notice that Thailand has several variety shows, but not many documentary shows. Even on news shows, Thai people prefer those where the news reporters talk to each other rather than just report the news, because watching people interact with each other tends to be more fun.
  2. In Thai TV drama, females always wear makeup to bed: If you’re a fan of Thai TV series, you’ll surely notice that female actresses always wear makeup to sleep. In my opinion, it makes Thai TV drama look unnatural and unrealistic.
  3. There’s always a channel logo on the screen: I don’t know why, but for most of the Thai TV shows, there’s always a channel logo somewhere on the screen.

Watching Thai TV shows is one of the most entertaining ways to learn the Thai language. It familiarizes you with the Thai language and can even help you improve your accent. At the same time, you get to learn new words and slangs, and how to use them. The more you watch, the higher the chance is that you can pick up new words, phrases, and slangs. You can visit ThaiPod101.com to find out more about them as well as language learning strategies, top ten free Thai lessons, and recommended methods to learn Thai to increase your Thai understanding as well.

We hope you learned a lot about the Top Thai TV shows from our Thai TV shows blog. If so, go ahead and get started watching your own top picks. You’ll be glad you did once you see yourself becoming more familiar with the language and culture. Enjoy!

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How to Say Happy New Year in Thai & New Year Wishes

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How to Say Happy New Year in Thai

Can you relate to the year passing something like this: “January, February, March - December!”? Many people do! Quantum physics teaches us that time is relative, and few experiences illustrate this principle as perfectly as when we reach the end of a year. To most of us, it feels like the old one has passed in the blink of an eye, while the new year lies ahead like a very long journey! However, New Year is also a time to celebrate beginnings, and to say goodbye to what has passed. This is true in every culture, no matter when New Year is celebrated.

So, how do you say Happy New Year in Thai? Let a native teach you! At ThaiPod101, you will learn how to correctly greet your friends over New Year, and wish them well with these Thai New Year wishes!

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Table of Contents

  1. How to Celebrate New Year in Thailand
  2. Must-Know Thai Words & Phrases for the New Year!
  3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions in Thai
  4. Inspirational New Year Quotes
  5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes
  6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages
  7. How ThaiPod101 Can Help You Learn Thai

But let’s start with some vocabulary for Thai New Year celebrations, very handy for conversations.

1. How to Celebrate New Year in Thailand

Let’s discuss New Year’s Day, or, as it’s generally known, New Year, which is celebrated on January 1 every year. New Year activities in Thailand are unique and quite different to those in other countries.

Now, before we get into more detail, do you know the answer to this question-

On New Year’s Day, one activity that has been popular for a long time is sending “Sor Kor Sor” or “Song Kwam Suk” greeting cards. The full name means “sending happiness”. What is the history behind these?

If you don’t already know, you’ll find out a bit later. Keep reading.

When it gets close to the New Year festival, Thai people will start to clean their houses and decorate them with lights. Then, on December 31, people will go to their local temples or วัด (wát) to listen to preaching and practice Dharma. There are several popular temples where Thai people often go, including Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Kallayanamitra. The most popular activity during New Year’s Eve is praying all night long until the break of the new year. But of course, the New Year’s countdown is a widely recognized tradition as well.

On January 1, people will make offerings, listen to preaching, and ask for blessings or คำอวยพร (kham uuai phaawn) from their elders. Some will go to several temples for “luck enhancement”, in the hopes of establishing a good beginning to the new year. Most people will also take time to be with their family and friends and enjoy festive activities. One such activity is drawing lots for gift exchanges. The Thai word for gift is ของขวัญ (khǎawng khwăn).

On the New Year, people usually send greeting cards or การ์ดอวยพร (gáat uuai phaawn) and wish each other luck by saying “Happy New Year” or “Hello New Year” with big smiles on their faces. In addition, shops usually play a popular song called “Pon pee mai” which means ‘New Year blessings’, and was composed by King Rama IX as a gift to the Thai people.

In the past, April 1 was designated as New Year’s Day, but in 1941, the government changed Thailand’s New Year’s Day to January 1 in keeping with the international tradition.

Now it’s time to answer our quiz question-

What is the history of the popular activity on New Year’s Day of sending “Sor Kor Sor” or “Song Kwam Suk”?

Actually, Thailand did not originally have a tradition of sending “Sor Kor Sor”. Rather, they adopted this cultural practice from foreign countries after the late Ayutthaya period. The greeting cards come in the form of paper with writing or printed images.

Happy New Year!
สุขสันต์วันปีใหม่
sùk-sǎn wan-phii-mài

2. Must-Know Thai Words & Phrases for the New Year!

Thai Words & Phrases for the New Year

1- Year

ปี
bpii

This is pretty self-explanatory. Most countries follow a Gregorian calendar, which has approximately 365 days in a year, while in some cultures, other year designations are also honored. Therefore, New Year’s day in Thailand could fall on a different day than in your country. When do you celebrate New Year?

2- Midnight

เที่ยงคืน
thîiang-khuuen

The point in time when a day ends and a new one starts. Many New Year celebrants prefer to stay awake till midnight, and greet the new annum as it breaks with fanfare and fireworks!

3- New Year’s Day

วันปีใหม่ วันปีใหม่
wan-bpii-mài

In most countries, the new year is celebrated for one whole day. On the Gregorian calendar, this falls on January 1st. On this day, different cultures engage in festive activities, like parties, parades, big meals with families and many more.

You can do it!

4- Party

งานเลี้ยง
ngaan-líiang

A party is most people’s favorite way to end the old year, and charge festively into the new one! We celebrate all we accomplished in the old year, and joyfully anticipate what lies ahead.

5- Dancing

เต้นรำ
dtên-ram

Usually, when the clock strikes midnight and the New Year officially begins, people break out in dance! It is a jolly way to express a celebratory mood with good expectations for the year ahead. Also, perhaps, that the old year with its problems has finally passed! Dance parties are also a popular way to spend New Year’s Eve in many places.

6- Champagne

แชมเปญ
chaaem-bpeen

Originating in France, champagne is a bubbly, alcoholic drink that is often used to toast something or someone during celebrations.

7- Fireworks

ดอกไม้ไฟ
dàawk-máai-fai

These are explosives that cause spectacular effects when ignited. They are popular for announcing the start of the new year with loud noises and colorful displays! In some countries, fireworks are set off to scare away evil spirits. In others, the use of fireworks is forbidden in urban areas due to their harmful effect on pets. Most animals’ hearing is much more sensitive than humans’, so this noisy display can be very frightful and traumatising to them.

8- Countdown

การนับถอยหลัง
gaan náp-tháauy-lăng

This countdown refers to New Year celebrants counting the seconds, usually backward, till midnight, when New Year starts - a great group activity that doesn’t scare animals, and involves a lot of joyful shouting when the clock strikes midnight!

9- New Year’s Holiday

วันหยุดปีใหม่
wan-yùt bpii-mài

In many countries, New Year’s Day is a public holiday - to recuperate from the party the previous night, perhaps! Families also like to meet on this day to enjoy a meal and spend time together.

10- Confetti

เศษกระดาษสีที่ใช้โปรยในงานรื่นเริง
sèet grà-dàat sǐi thîi chái bprooi nai ngaan rûuen-rooeng

In most Western countries, confetti is traditionally associated with weddings, but often it is used as a party decoration. Some prefer to throw it in the air at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

11- New Year’s Eve

วันส่งท้ายปีเก่า
wan sòng-tháai bpii-gào

This is the evening before New Year breaks at midnight! Often, friends and family meet for a party or meal the evening before, sometimes engaging in year-end rituals. How are you planning to give your New Year greetings in 2018?

12- Toast

ดื่มอวยพร
dùuem-uuai-phaawn

A toast is a type of group-salutation that involves raising your glass to drink with others in honor of something or someone. A toast to the new year is definitely in order!

13- Resolution

ข้อตั้งใจ
khâaw dtâng-jai

Those goals or intentions you hope to, but seldom keep in the new year! Many people consider the start of a new year to be the opportune time for making changes or plans. Resolutions are those intentions to change, or the plans. It’s best to keep your resolutions realistic so as not to disappoint yourself!

14- Parade

ขบวนแห่
khà-buuan hàae

New Year celebrations are a huge deal in some countries! Parades are held in the streets, often to celebratory music, with colorful costumes and lots of dancing. Parades are like marches, only less formal and way more fun. At ThaiPod101, you can engage in forums with natives who can tell you what Thai New Year celebrations are like!

3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions List

So, you learned the Thai word for ‘resolution’. Fabulous! Resolutions are those goals and intentions that we hope to manifest in the year that lies ahead. The beginning of a new year serves as a good marker in time to formalise these. Some like to do it in writing, others only hold these resolutions in their hearts. Here are our Top 10 New Year’s resolutions at ThaiPod101 - what are yours?

Learn these phrases and impress your Thai friends with your vocabulary.

New Year's Resolutions

1- Read more

อ่านหนังสือมากขึ้น
àan nǎng-sǔue mâak-khûen

Reading is a fantastic skill that everyone can benefit from. You’re a business person? Apparently, successful business men and women read up to 60 books a year. This probably excludes fiction, so better scan your library or Amazon for the top business reads if you plan to follow in the footsteps of the successful! Otherwise, why not make it your resolution to read more Thai in the new year? You will be surprised by how much this will improve your Thai language skills!

2- Spend more time with family

ใช้เวลากับครอบครัวมากขึ้น
chái wee-laa gàp khrâawp-khruua mâak-khûen

Former US President George Bush’s wife, Barbara Bush, was quoted as having said this: “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent.” This is very true! Relationships are often what gives life meaning, so this is a worthy resolution for any year.

3- Lose weight

ลดน้ำหนัก
lóot nám-nàk

Hands up, how many of you made this new year’s resolution last year too…?! This is a notoriously difficult goal to keep, as it takes a lot of self discipline not to eat unhealthily. Good luck with this one, and avoid unhealthy fad diets!

4- Save money

ออมเงิน
aawm-gnoen

Another common and difficult resolution! However, no one has ever been sorry when they saved towards reaching a goal. Make it your resolution to save money to upgrade your subscription to ThaiPod101’s Premium PLUS option in the new year - it will be money well spent!

5- Quit smoking

เลิกบุหรี่
lôoek bù-rìi

This is a resolution that you should definitely keep, or your body could punish you severely later! Smoking is a harmful habit with many hazardous effects on your health. Do everything in your power to make this resolution come true in the new year, as your health is your most precious asset.

6- Learn something new

เรียนรู้สิ่งใหม่
riian-rúu sìng-mài

Science has proven that learning new skills can help keep brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay! It can even slow down the progression of the disease. So, keep your brain healthy by learning to speak a new language, studying towards a qualification, learning how to sew, or how to play chess - no matter how old you are, the possibilities are infinite!

7- Drink less

ลดเหล้า
lót-lâo

This is another health resolution that is good to heed any time of the year. Excessive drinking is associated with many diseases, and its effect can be very detrimental to good relationships too. Alcohol is a poison and harmful for the body in large quantities!

8- Exercise regularly

ออกกำลังกายเป็นประจำ
àawk-gam-lang-gaai bpen bprà-jam

This resolution goes hand-in-hand with ‘Lose weight’! An inactive body is an unhealthy and often overweight one, so give this resolution priority in the new year.

9- Eat healthy

ทานอาหารมีประโยชน์
thaan aa-hǎan mii bprà-yòot

If you stick with this resolution, you will lose weight and feel better in general. It is a very worthy goal to have!

10- Study Thai with ThaiPod101

เรียนภาษาไทยกับ ThaiPod101.com
riian phaa-sǎa thai gàp thai-pàwt wan-oo-wan dàwt khawm

Of course! You can only benefit from learning Thai, especially with us! Learning how to speak Thai can keep your brain healthy, it can widen your circle of friends, and improve your chances to land a dream job anywhere in the world. ThaiPod101 makes it easy and enjoyable for you to stick to this resolution.

4. Inspirational New Year Quotes

Inspirational Quotes

Everyone knows that it is sometimes very hard to stick to resolutions, and not only over New Year. The reasons for this vary from person to person, but all of us need inspiration every now and then! A good way to remain motivated is to keep inspirational quotes near as reminders that it’s up to us to reach our goals.

Click here for quotes that will also work well in a card for a special Thai new year greeting!

Make decorative notes of these in Thai, and keep them close! Perhaps you could stick them above your bathroom mirror, or on your study’s wall. This way you not only get to read Thai incidentally, but also remain inspired to reach your goals! Imagine feeling like giving up on a goal, but reading this quote when you go to the bathroom: “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” What a positive affirmation!

5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes

Language Learning Quotes

Still undecided whether you should enroll with ThaiPod101 to learn a new language? There’s no time like the present to decide! Let the following Language Learning Quotes inspire you with their wisdom.

Click here to read the most inspirational Language Learning Quotes!

As legendary President Nelson Mandela once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” So, learning how to say Happy New Year in Thai could well be a way into someone special’s heart for you! Let this year be the one where you to learn how to say Happy New Year, and much more, in Thai - it could open many and unexpected doors for you.

6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages

Here’s a lovely bonus for you! Why stop with Thai - learn how to say Happy New Year in 31 other languages too! Watch this video and learn how to pronounce these New Year’s wishes like a native in under two minutes.

7. Why Enrolling with ThaiPod101 Would Be the Perfect New Year’s Gift to Yourself!

If you are unsure how to celebrate the New Year, why not give yourself a huge gift, and enroll to learn Thai! With more than 12 years of experience behind us, we know that ThaiPod101 would be the perfect fit for you. There are so many reasons for this!

Learning Paths

  • Custom-tailored Learning Paths: Start learning Thai at the level that you are. We have numerous Learning Pathways, and we tailor them just for you based on your goals and interests! What a boon!
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  • Fun and Easy: Keeping the lessons fun and easy-to-learn is our aim, so you will stay motivated by your progress!

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How to Say ‘Merry Christmas’ in Thai

How to Say Merry Christmas in Thai

Do you know any ways to wish someone a ‘Merry Christmas’ in Thai? ThaiPod101 brings you easy-to-learn translations and the correct pronunciation of Thai Christmas phrases!

Christmas is the annual commemorative festival of Christ’s birth in the Western Christian Church. It takes place on December 25th and is usually celebrated with much food and fanfare! However, not all cultures celebrate Christmas. In some countries, Christmas is not even a public holiday! However, many countries have adapted Christmas and its religious meaning to tally with their own beliefs, or simply in acknowledgment of the festival’s importance to other cultures. If you want to impress native Thai speakers with culturally-appropriate Christmas phrases and vocabulary, ThaiPod101 will teach you the most important ways to wish someone a ‘Merry Christmas’ in Thai!

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Table of Contents

  1. How to Celebrate Christmas in Thailand
  2. Holiday Greetings and Wishes
  3. Must-Know Christmas Day Vocabulary
  4. Twelve Days of Christmas
  5. Top 10 Christmas Characters
  6. How ThaiPod101 Can Help You

1. How to Celebrate Christmas in Thailand

Christmas Words in Thai

Let’s discuss Christmas Day, which falls on December 25 every year. The celebration of this day has been heavily influenced by the West, and although this day has not been officially declared a holiday, Thai people don’t hesitate to celebrate it. It is another day that Thais long for.

Now, before we get into more detail, do you know the answer to this question-

In Thai, “Christmas” has a separate meaning as well. What do you guys think it means?

If you don’t already know, you’ll find out a bit later. Keep reading.

Christmas in Thailand often begins at big department stores, which are elegantly decorated with colorful lights. There is music or ดนตรี (don-dtrii) as well as a Christmas tree, which is a symbol of the festive period. In Thai, a Christmas tree is called ต้นคริสต์มาส (dtôn khrít-mâat). These items create an atmosphere that encourages many people to come out and take pictures as keepsakes. In the past year, the Central World department store imported and exhibited the largest Christmas tree in South East Asia. With a record height of 36 meters, it impressed both Thai people and tourists alike.

Because Christmas is not an official holiday in Thailand, many non-Christian schools continue their normal teaching schedules. Still, in many places events are hosted every year to celebrate Christmas, including chorus competitions, stage shows, and quizzes about Christmas Day. Activities that are highly anticipated by children include parties or งานเลี้ยงสังสรรค์ (ngaan líiang săng-săn) and drawing lots for the gift exchange, because this is a chance for them to eat delicious food and receive new toys.

In Thailand, animals or สัตว์ (sàt) are often dressed in Santa Claus costumes on Christmas Day. Elephants in Ayutthaya are dressed as Santa Claus and walked to schools where they distribute gifts to children. Tigers in the Sriracha Zoo, or (สวนสัตว์ศรีราชา) wear Santa Claus hats and take photos with tourists. Even pandas in the Chiang Mai Zoo (สวนสัตว์เชียงใหม่) wear Santa Claus costumes. People in the West may view this as animal cruelty, but in the eyes of Thai people, it is adorable.

Since many Thai people are Buddhists, there are usually no Christmas tree decorations in houses during Christmas time. Thai children usually misunderstand the traditional story and think Santa Claus is supposed to hand gifts directly to them, because this is what happens in schools, where school teachers usually dress up as Santa Claus and walk around, distributing sweets to children.

Now it’s time to answer our quiz question-

In Thai, “Christmas” has a separate meaning as well. What do you guys think it is?

The word “Christ” refers to ‘Christianity’ and “Mas” means ‘moon’. From the Thai interpretation, Christmas means “Jesus Christ is the light of the world, like moonlight in the night time”.

2. Holiday Greetings and Wishes for the Holiday Season

Holiday Greetings and Wishes

1- Merry Christmas!

เมอร์รี่คริสต์มาส!
mooe-rîi-khrít-mât

Do you know how to say ‘Merry Christmas’ in Thai? Learn here how to pronounce it perfectly! ‘Merry’ means to be joyful, to celebrate and generally be in good spirits. So, with this phrase you are wishing someone a joyful, celebratory remembrance of Christ’s birth!

2- Happy Kwanzaa!

สุขสันต์วันควันซ่า
sùk-sǎn wan khwan-sâa

Surprise your African-American, or West African native friends with this phrase over the Christmas holidays! Kwanzaa is a seven-day, non-religious celebration, starting on Dec 26th each year. It has its roots in African American modern history, and many people celebrate both Kwanzaa and Christmas!

3- Have a happy New Year!

ขอให้มีความสุขในปีใหม่
khǎaw-hâi mii khwaam-sùk nai bpii-mài

In countries where Christmas is not officially celebrated, but a Gregorian calendar is observed, this would be a friendly festive-season wish over New Year.

4- Happy Hanukkah!

แฮปปี้ฮันนูกาห์
háep-bpîi han-nuu-gâa

Hanukkah is the beautiful Hebrew festival over November or December each year. It is also called the ‘Festival of Lights’ and is celebrated to commemorate the Jewish freedom of religion.

5- Have a great winter vacation!

ขอให้สนุกกับวันหยุดฤดูหนาว
khǎaw hâi sà-nùk gàp wan-yùt rúe-duu-nǎao

This is a good phrase to keep handy if someone doesn’t observe any religious festival over the Christmas holidays! However, this will only be applicable in the Northern hemisphere, where it is winter over Christmas.

6- See you next year!

เจอกันปีหน้า
jooe-gan bpii-nâa

Going away on holiday over Christmas season, or saying goodbye to someone about to leave on vacation? This would be a good way to say goodbye to your friends and family.

7- Warm wishes!

ขอให้มีความสุข
khǎaw-hâi mii khwaam-sùk

An informal, friendly phrase to write in Thai Christmas cards, especially for secular friends who prefer to observe Christmas celebrations without the religious symbolism. It conveys the warmth of friendship and friendly wishes associated with this time of year.

8- Happy holidays!

สุขสันต์วันหยุด!
sùk-sǎn wan-yùt

If you forget how to say ‘Merry Christmas!’ in Thai, this is a safe, generic phrase to use instead.

9- Enjoy the holidays!

ขอให้สนุกในวันหยุด!
khǎaw-hâi sà-nùk nai wan-yùt

After saying ‘Merry Christmas’ in Thai, this would be a good phrase with which to wish Christmas holiday-goers well! It is also good to use for secular friends who don’t celebrate Christmas but take a holiday at this time of the year.

10- Best wishes for the New Year!

ขอให้โชคดีในปีใหม่!
khǎaw-hâi chôok-dii nai bpii-mài

This is another way of wishing someone well in the New Year if they observe a Gregorian calendar. New Year’s day would then fall on January 1st.

3. Must-Know Christmas Day Vocabulary

Must-Know Christmas Day Vocabulary

Christmas is associated with many traditions and religious symbols in multiple countries across the world. It originated centuries ago in the West with the birth of Christianity, and the celebrations are often embedded with rich cultural significance. So, by now you know how to say Merry Christmas in Thai! Next, learn pertinent vocabulary and phrases pertaining to Christmas, as well as how to pronounce them correctly. At ThaiPod101, we make sure you sound like a native speaker!

1- Christmas

คริสต์มาสต์
khrít-sà-mât

This is the Thai word for ‘Christmas’. Most happy Christmas wishes in Thai will include this word!

2- Snow

หิมะ
hì-má

In most Northern-hemisphere countries, Christmas is synonymous with snow, and for Christmas, the snowman is often dressed as Santa Claus.

3- Snowflake

เกล็ดหิมะ
glèt-hì-má

Snowflakes collectively make up snow. A single snowflake is small, white, light like a feather and icy cold! When put under a microscope, the snowflake reveals itself to have the most beautiful, symmetrical patterns. These patterns have become popular Christmas decorations, especially in Western countries.

4- Snowman

ตุ๊กตาหิมะ
dtúk-gà-dtaa hì-má

As you guessed - a snowman is only possible to build if it is snowing! What a fun way to spend Christmas day outside.

5- Turkey

ไก่งวง
gài-nguuang

Roast turkey is the traditional main dish on thousands of lunch tables on Christmas day, mainly in Western countries. What is your favorite Christmas dish?

6- Wreath

พวงดอกไม้
phuuang dàawk-mái

Another traditional Western decoration for Christmas, the wreath is an arrangement of flowers, leaves, or stems fastened in a ring. Many families like to hang a Christmas wreath outside on their houses’ front doors.

7- Reindeer

กวางเรนเดียร์
gwaang reen-diia

Reindeer are the animals commonly fabled to pull Santa Claus’ sled across the sky! Western Christmas folklore tells of Father Christmas or Santa Claus doing the rounds with his sled, carrying Christmas presents for children, and dropping them into houses through the chimney. But who is Santa Claus?

8- Santa Claus

ซานตาคลอส
saan-dtaa khláawt

Santa Claus is a legendary and jolly figure originating in the Western Christian culture. He is known by many names, but is traditionally depicted as a rotund man wearing a red costume with a pointy hat, and sporting a long, snow-white beard!

9- Elf

เอลฟ์
éeo

An elf is a supernatural creature of folklore with pointy ears, a dainty, humanoid body and a capricious nature. Elves are said to help Santa Claus distribute presents to children over Christmas!

10- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

รูดอล์ฟกวางจมูกแดง
ruu-dáawp gwaang jà-mùuk daaeng

‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ is a Christmas song based on an American children’s story book with the same name. Rudolph is one of Santa’s reindeer. The song became more famous than the book, and can still be heard playing in many shopping malls over Christmas time across the globe!

11- North Pole

ขั้วโลกเหนือ
khûua-lôok nǔuea

The cold North Pole is where Santa Claus is reputed to live with his reindeer!

12- Sled

เลื่อนหิมะ
lûuean-hì-má

A sled is a non-motorised land vehicle used to travel over snow in countries where it snows a lot, and is usually pulled by animals such as horses, dogs or reindeer. This one obviously refers to Santa’s sled! Another word for sled is sleigh or sledge.

13- Present

ของขวัญ
khǎawng-khwǎ

Gift or present giving is synonymous with Christmas Eve and the greatest source of joy for children over this festive time! This tradition signifies that Christ’s birth was a gift to mankind, but not all people who hand out presents over Christmas observe the religious meaning.

14- Bell

ระฆัง
rá-khang

On Christmas Day, or Christmas Eve, many religious celebrants enjoy going to church for a special sermon and Christmas rituals. The start of the sermon is often announced with bells or a bell, if the church has one. For this reason, the sound of ringing bells is often associated with Christmas Day.

15- Chimney

ปล่องไฟ
bplàwng-fai

The chimney is the entrance Santa Claus uses to deliver children’s presents on Christmas Day, according to folklore! Wonder how the chubby man and his elves stay clean…?!

16- Fireplace

เตาผิง
dtao phǐng

In most countries where it snows, Christmas is synonymous with a fire or burning embers in houses’ fireplaces. Families huddle around its warmth while opening Christmas presents. Also, this is where Santa Claus is reputed to pop out after his journey down the chimney!

17- Christmas Day

วันคริสต์มาสต์
wan-khrít-sà-mât

This is the official day of commemorative celebration of Christ’s birth, and falls each year on December 25.

18- Decoration

ของประดับ
khǎawng bprà-dàp

Decorations are the colourful trinkets and posters that make their appearance in shops and homes during the Christmas holiday season in many countries! They give the places a celebratory atmosphere in anticipation of the big Christmas celebration. Typical Christmas decorations include colorful photographs and posters, strings of lights, figurines of Santa Claus and the nativity scene, poinsettia flowers, snowflakes and many more.

19- Stocking

ถุงเท้าคริสต์มาส
thǔng-tháao khrít-sà-mât

According to legend, Santa Claus places children’s presents in a red stocking hanging over the fireplace. This has also become a popular decoration, signifying Christmas.

20- Holly

ฮอลลี
haawn-lîi

Holly is a shrub native to the UK, and parts of Europe, Africa and Asia. It is characterised by glossy, spiny-toothed leaves, small, whitish flowers, and red berries. Ironically, its significance for Christmas relates to Christ’s crucifixion and suffering rather than his birth. However, the leaves’ distinctive shape and image have become popular Christmas decorations.

21- Gingerbread house

บ้านขนมปังขิง
bâan khà-nǒm-bpang khǐng

According to legend, the gingerbread house synonymous with Christmas is related to Christ’s birth place, Bethlehem. Bethlehem literally means ‘House of Bread’. Over centuries, it has become a popular treat over Christmas time in many non-religious households as well.

22- Candy cane

ลูกอมไม้เท้า
lûuk-om mái-tháo

According to folklore, Christmas candy canes made their appearance first in Germany in the 16th century. A choir master gave children the candy canes to suck on in church in order to keep them quiet during the Christmas sermon! Apparently, the candy is shaped like a cane in remembrance of the shepherds who were the first to visit the baby Jesus. Today, like gingerbread houses, they are still a popular sweet over the festive season!

23- Mistletoe

มิสเซิลโท
mít-sôoeo thoo

Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that grows on certain trees. In the Middle Ages, it was believed that the mistletoe has magical powers, and could protect a household from evil if hung above a door during December. The belief didn’t last but the habit did, and the mistletoe is another popular Christmas decoration!

4. Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Days of Christmas

Wow, you’re doing extremely well! You know how to wish someone a Merry Christmas in Thai, and you learned pertinent vocabulary too! The Twelve Days of Christmas is not very well known in modern times, so, you’re on your way to becoming an expert in Christmas traditions and rituals. Well done!

The Twelve Days of Christmas, also known as Twelvetide, is a traditional festive period of 12 days dedicated to celebrate the nativity of Christ. Christmas Day is, for many who observe Twelvetide, the first day of this period.

‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ is also a popular Christmas song about a series of gifts given on each day of Twelvetide. According to experts, these gifts were created as a coded reference to important symbols in the Christian church. Here is a list of those gifts mentioned in the song! Do you recognise them?

5. Top 10 Christmas Characters in American Culture

Top 10 Christmas Characters

This is fantastic, you know how to explain almost everything about Christmas in Thai! However, do you know the most popular Christmas characters in American culture? Your knowledge will not be complete without this list.

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How To Say ‘Thank you’ in Thai

How to Say Thank You in Thai

In most cultures, it is custom to express gratitude in some way or another. The dictionary defines gratitude as follows: it is “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”. Giving a sincere, thankful response to someone’s actions or words is often the ‘glue’ that keeps relationships together. This is true in most societies! Doing so in a foreign country also shows your respect and appreciation for the culture. Words have great power - use these ones sincerely and often!

Table of Contents

  1. 12 Ways to say ‘Thank you’ in Thai
  2. Video Lesson: Learn to Say ‘Thank You’ in 3 Minutes
  3. Infographic & Audio Lesson: Survival Phrases - Thank You
  4. Video Lesson: ‘Thank You’ in 31 Languages
  5. How ThaiPod101 Can Help You

So, how do you say ‘Thank you’ in Thai? You can learn easily! Below, ThaiPod101 brings you perfect translations and pronunciation as you learn the most common ways Thai speakers say ‘Thanks’ in various situations.

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1. 12 Ways to say ‘Thank you’ in Thai

1- Thank you.

ขอบคุณ
khàawp-khun

The magical words that can bring a smile to any face. For one day, truly mean it whenever you say these words, and see how this lifts your spirit too!

2- That’s very kind of you.

คุณใจดีมาก
khun jai dii mâak

This phrase is appropriate when someone clearly goes out of their way to give good service, or to offer you a kindness.

3- Thanks for your kind words!

ขอบคุณสำหรับคำพูดดีๆ ของคุณ!
khàawp khun săm-ràp kham phûut dii dii khǎawng khun

Someone paid you a compliment and made you feel good? That is kind of him/her, so express your gratitude!

4- Thank you for coming today.

ขอบคุณที่มาในวันนี้
khàawp khun thîi maa nai wan níi

This welcoming phrase should be part of your arsenal if you’re conducting more formal meetings with Thai speakers. If you’re hosting a party, this is also a good phrase when you greet your Thai guests!

5- Thank you for your consideration.

ขอบคุณสำหรับการพิจารณาของคุณ
khàawp khun săm-ràp gaan phí-jaa-rá-naa khǎawng khun

This is a more formal, almost solemn way to thank someone for their thoughtfulness and sensitivity towards you. It is also suitable to use when a native speaker has to consider something you submit, like a job application, a project or a proposal. You are thanking them, in essence, for time and effort they are about to, or have spent on your submission.

6- Thanks a lot!

ขอบคุณมาก!
khàawp khun mâak

This means the same as ‘Thank you’, but with energy and enthusiasm added! It means almost the same as ‘thank you so much’ in Thai. Use this in an informal setting with your Thai friends or teachers.

7- Teachers like you are not easy to find.

คุณครูแบบคุณหายาก
khun-khruu bàaep khun hăa yâak

Some phrases are compliments, which express gratitude by inference. This is one of them. If you’re particularly impressed with your ThaiPod101 teacher, this is an excellent phrase to memorize!

8- Thank you for spending time with us.

ขอบคุณที่ใช้เวลาอยู่กับเรา
khàawp khun thîi chái wee-laa yùu gàp rao

Any host at a gathering with Thai speakers, such as a meeting or a party, should have this under his/her belt! Use it when you’re saying goodbye or busy closing a meeting. It could also be another lovely way to thank your Thai language teacher for her time.

9- Thank you for being patient and helping me improve.

ขอบคุณที่อดทนและช่วยให้ฉันพัฒนาตัวเอง
khàawp khun thîi òt thon láe chûuai hâi chăn phát-thá-naa dtua eeng

This phrase is another sure way to melt any formal or informal Thai teacher’s heart! Teaching is not easy, and often a lot of patience is required from the teacher. Thank him/her for it! It’s also a good phrase to use if you work in Thailand, and want to thank your trainer or employer. You will go a long way towards making yourself a popular employee - gratitude is the most attractive trait in any person!

10- You’re the best teacher ever!

คุณเป็นครูที่ดีที่สุด!
khun bpen khruu thîi dii thîi sùt

This is also an enthusiastic way to thank your teacher by means of a compliment. It could just make their day!

11- Thank you for the gift.

ขอบคุณสำหรับของขวัญ
khàawp khun săm-ràp khǎawng khwăn

This is a good phrase to remember when you’re the lucky recipient of a gift. Show your respect and gratitude with these words.

12- I have learned so much thanks to you.

ฉันได้เรียนรู้หลายๆ อย่างจากคุณ
chăn dâi riian rúu lăai lăai yàang jàak khun

What a wonderful compliment to give a good teacher! It means they have succeeded in their goal, and you’re thankful for it.

2. Video Lesson: Learn to Say ‘Thank You’ in 3 Minutes

Wherever your destination may be, manners are a must! And in this respect, Thailand is no different.

1- ขอบคุณ Khàawp-khun.
In Thai, “thank you” is khàawp-khun. What is so unique about Thai is that you can add words at the end of the phrase to make it polite and formal or even to make it friendlier. To make it more polite and formal, we add one word at the end of the phrase.

2- ขอบคุณครับ Khàawp-khun khráp and ขอบคุณค่ะ khàawp-khun khâ.
For women, we add khâ. And for men, we add khráp. That means that when a woman says “thank you,” she says khàawp-khun khâ. And a man would say khàawp-khun khráp. Sometimes you may hear people say it slightly different as khàawp-khun ná khâ or khàawp-khun ná khráp. Thai people use the word ná to express pleasantness or begging, but in this phrase, they add this word to make the phrase sound smoother. You can use khàawp-khun ná khá or khàawp-khun ná khráp everywhere, at any time, and to anybody. It is the most common form of saying “thank you” in Thai. You can use it when people open the door for you, at the store, or even when someone gives you a compliment.

3- ขอบคุณมากๆ Khàawp-khun mâak.
However, there are more interesting ways of saying “thank you” in Thai. If you want to say “thank you very much,” just add one word and you are good to go. In Thai, “thank you very much” is khàawp-khun mâak. The meaning of mâak is equivalent to “very” in English. We add mâak at the end of the phrase along with to make it sound smoother. As a result, “thank you very much” for women is khàawp-khun mâak ná khâ, and for men, it is khàawp-khun mâak ná khráp.

Cultural Insights

Quick Tip 1
How about saying “thanks” to a friend? Make just a little change to the word, and then the meaning is different. When you want to say “thanks” to your friends, you may say khàawp-jai. You may say this to someone younger than you or someone with lower social status than you, such as your younger sister. Khàawp-jai indicates that you are very close to the person. However, we don’t add the words khâ, khráp, or to make it more polite, but instead we add the word . This means, for both men and women, we say khàawp-jai jà.

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3. Audio Lesson: Survival Phrases - Thank You

5 Ways to Say Thank You in Thai

Perhaps you think it’s unimportant that you don’t know what ‘Thank you’ is in Thai, or that it’s too difficult a language to learn. Yet, as a traveler or visitor, you will be surprised at how far you can go using a little bit of Thai in Thailand!

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At ThaiPod101, we offer you a few ways of saying ‘Thank you’ in Thai that you have no excuse not knowing, as they’re so simple and easy to learn. The lesson is geared to aid your ‘survival’ in formal and informal situations in Thailand, so don’t wait! You will never have to google ‘How do you say thanks in Thai’ again…!

4. ‘Thank You’ in 31 Languages

For the global traveler in a hurry, here are 31 ways to say ‘Thank you’! These are the first words you need to learn in any foreign language - it is sure to smooth your way with native speakers by showing your gratitude for services rendered, and your respect for their culture! Learn and know how to correctly say ‘Thank you’ in 31 different languages in this short video.

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