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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Thai Season 1, Lesson 15 - Where Are You Going? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask where someone is going in Thai.
Body
Eric: Here's the informal way to ask "Where are you going?" in Thai.
Jay: [Normal] เธอกำลังไปที่ไหน()
Eric: First is a word meaning "You (Informal)"
Jay: [Normal] เธอ [Slow] เธอ (thooe)
Eric: Next is the phrase meaning “to be” or “is doing something”
Jay: [Normal] กำลัง [Slow] กำลัง(gam-lang)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning "to go"
Jay: [Normal] ไป [Slow] ไป(bpai)
Eric: Last is the word meaning "Where"
Jay: [Normal] ที่ไหน [Slow] ที่ไหน(thîi-nǎi)
Eric: Listen again to the informal question meaning "Where are you going?"
Jay: [Slow] เธอกำลังไปที่ไหน [Normal] เธอกำลังไปที่ไหน
Eric: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, "Where are you going?" for female speakers.
Jay: [Normal] คุณกำลังไปที่ไหนคะ (thooe gam-lang bpai thîi-nǎi khá)
Eric: First is a formal pronoun meaning "You.”
Jay: [Normal] คุณ [Slow] คุณ (khun)
Eric: Next is the phrase meaning “to be” or “is doing something”
Jay: [Normal] กำลัง [Slow] กำลัง(gam-lang)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning "to go"
Jay: [Normal] ไป [Slow] ไป(bpai)
Eric: Next is the question word meaning “where”
Jay: [Normal] ที่ไหน [Slow] ที่ไหน(thîi-nǎi)
Eric: Last is the sentence ending particle used to make questions and requests polite if you are a female speaker.
Jay: [Normal] คะ [Slow] คะ(khá)
Eric: Listen again to the formal question meaning "Where are you going?" if you are a female speakers.
Jay: [Slow] คุณกำลังไปที่ไหนคะ [Normal] คุณกำลังไปที่ไหนคะ
Eric: Here's a response meaning "I'm going to the supermarket."
Jay: [Normal] ฉันกำลังไปซูเปอร์มาร์เก็ต (chǎn gam-lang bpai súp-bpôoe-maa-gêt)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning "I"
Jay: [Normal] ฉัน [Slow] ฉัน(chǎn)
Eric: Next is the phrase meaning “to be” or “is doing something”
Jay: [Normal] กำลัง [Slow] กำลัง(gam-lang)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning "to go"
Jay: [Normal] ไป [Slow] ไป(bpai)
Eric: Last is the word meaning "Supermarket"
Jay: [Normal] ซุปเปอร์มาร์เก็ต [Slow] ซุปเปอร์มาร์เก็ต(súp-bpôoe-maa-gêt)
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning "I'm going to the supermarket."
Jay: [Slow] ฉันกำลังไปซุปเปอร์มาร์เก็ต [Normal] ฉันกำลังไปซุปเปอร์มาร์เก็ต
Eric: Here's a response meaning, "I'm going to work."
Jay: [Normal] ฉันกำลังไปทำงาน(chǎn gam-lang bpai tham-ngaan)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning "I"
Jay: [Normal] ฉัน [Slow] ฉัน(chǎn)
Eric: Next is the phrase meaning “to be” or “is doing something”
Jay: [Normal] กำลัง [Slow] กำลัง(gam-lang)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning "to go"
Jay: [Normal] ไป [Slow] ไป(bpai)
Eric: Last is the verb meaning "to work"
Jay: [Normal] ทำงาน [Slow] ทำงาน(tham-ngaan)
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning "I'm going to work."
Jay: [Slow] ฉันกำลังไปทำงาน [Normal] ฉันกำลังไปทำงาน
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Jay: When you want to ask what someone is doing now, you can use the word yùu. It can be used as an auxiliary verb to indicate progressive tense. So the question will be “tham à-rai yùu?” meaning “What are you doing?” Tham means “to do”, à-rai is “what” and yùu in this phrase is an auxiliary verb. You can answer the questions with yùu too, for example, "I am working" which is tham-ngaan yùu. “I am having a meal" is gin khâao yùu, and "I am studying" is riian yùu.

Outro

Eric: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Jay: สวัสดี ค่ะ

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Let's practice – Where are you going this weekend?

ThaiPod101.com
Wednesday at 5:02 pm
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Hello Steven,


Thank you for question. I'm affraid that is not how we would speak. Hope that's help. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have future questions. I will be glad to help.


Have a great day.

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Steven
Tuesday at 2:52 am
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Hello


In asking 'what are you doing' we say 'khun tham a-rai yuu'. Can we say 'khun bpai thii-nai yuu' when asking where someone's going?


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Wednesday at 4:08 pm
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Hello Balazs,


Thank you very much for your comment and questions. There are some word that build up of a two word like "tham-ngaan", ngaan is a noun means "work or event". Why we not put "tham" with to study is because, there're already a verb "riian" which means "to study". The sentence is already complete. Subject + verb + object. We use "them" with noun or noun phrases, for examples: "tham aa-hǎan = to cook" / "tham gaan-bâan = to do homework" and tham-ngaan-bâan = to do house work.". Hope that's help. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help you. We wish you will have a good progress with Thai.

Have a nice day.


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Balazs
Tuesday at 1:31 pm
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I'm confused about when and when not to use "tham". If "I'm working" is tham ngaan yuu, the shouldn't "i'm studying" be tham riian yuu, instead of just riian yuu?


thank you