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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Thai Season 1, Lesson 16 - Asking Directions. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and understand basic directions in Thai.
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Eric: Here's the way to ask "Where is the station?" in Thai.
Jay: [Normal] สถานีอยู่ที่ไหน(sà-thǎa-nii yùu thîi-nǎi)
Eric: First is a noun meaning “station”
Jay: [Normal] สถานี [Slow] สถานี (sà-thǎa-nii)
Eric: Next is the word meaning “is” for asking a location.
Jay: [Normal] อยู่ [Slow] อยู่(yùu)
Eric: Last is the word meaning “where”
Jay: [Normal] ที่ไหน [Slow] ที่ไหน(thîi-nǎi)
Eric: Listen again to the question meaning "Where is the station?"
Jay: [Slow] สถานีอยู่ที่ไหน [Normal] สถานีอยู่ที่ไหน
Eric: Here's a response meaning "Go straight."
Jay: [Normal] ตรงไป(dtrong bpai)
Eric: First is a word meaning “straight"
Jay: [Normal] ตรง [Slow] ตรง (dtrong)
Eric: Last is the verb meaning "to go"
Jay: [Normal] ไป [Slow] ไป(bpai)
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning "Go straight."
Jay: [Slow] ตรงไป [Normal] ตรงไป
Eric: Here's a response meaning "Turn right."
Jay: [Normal] เลี้ยวขวา(líiao khwăa)
Eric: First is a word meaning "Turn"
Jay: [Normal] เลี้ยว [Slow] เลี้ยว(líiao)
Eric: Last is the word meaning "Right"
Jay: [Normal] ขวา [Slow] ขวา(khwăa)
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning "Turn right."
Jay: [Slow] เลี้ยวขวา [Normal] เลี้ยวขวา
Eric: Here's a response meaning, "Turn left."
Jay: [Normal] เลี้ยวซ้าย(líiao sáai)
Eric: First is a word meaning "Turn"
Jay: [Normal] เลี้ยว [Slow] เลี้ยว(líiao)
Eric: Last is the word meaning "Left"
Jay: [Normal] ซ้าย [Slow] ซ้าย(sáai)
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning "Turn left."
Jay: [Slow] เลี้ยวซ้าย [Normal] เลี้ยวซ้าย
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Jay: When you ask for directions, Thai people will sometimes give you the name of the street and the soi number. Soi is a word in Thai that means a side street or alley. All the small streets that branch off from main roads are given a number. For example, if they say “Sukhumvit Soi 14” that means “side street #14 off Sukhumvit Road”. All the even-numbered sois are on one side of the main road, and all the odd numbered sois are on the other side. So, in this case, side street # 14 might be right across from side street #13 or side street #15.

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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Do you know any other phrases you can use to give directions? Write them in the comments!

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Saturday at 1:39 am
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Hello Paul,


Thank you very much for your comment and question. Actually, ไป is not describe the word ตรง because it completed by itself. The word ไป is just a direction of verb away from the speaker. Hope that’s help. Please let me know if you have any questions. I will bad glad to help you. We wish you will have a good progress with Thai.


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Paul Muay
Thursday at 1:08 am
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Why is the verb first for "turn right" and "turn left" when the verb is normally second as in dtrong bpai?

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Friday at 12:31 pm
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Hello Patrick,


Thank again for your comment. For your question, "lae" mean "and" is a conjunction but "laaeo" mean "and then" These are the usage of "laaeo"

1.[adv] [positioned at the beginning of a clause indicating the ordering of events or agreement with main clause] next; then; afterwards; so; finally; and

2.[adv] [positioned at the end of a clause indicating current position, fulfilment of a condition, emphasis, or confirmation] already; any more

3.[adv] [adverbial word indicating past tense or aspect marker indicating present perfect (past continued to present)] in the past; completed; still; to make done

4.[v] to complete; to come to an end


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Patrick
Sunday at 1:30 am
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hi


what is exactly the translation for "and" is "lae" or "laaeo" or have different case?


Thank you