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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Thai Season 1, Lesson 4 - Asking How Someone Is. In this lesson, you'll learn how to ask and answer the question How are you? in Thai.
Body
Eric: Here's the way to ask "How are you?" in Thai.
Jay: [Normal] คุณสบายดีไหมครับ(sà-baai-dii mǎi khráp )
Eric: Note that this is for male speakers because it has the particle..
Jay: khráp
Eric: at the end. If you’re a female speaker, use the particle..
Jay: khâ
Eric: ...instead. Listen to the entire question once more. “How are you?” in Thai is
Jay: [Normal] คุณสบายดีไหมครับ(sà-baai-dii mǎi khráp )
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning "you” politely.
Jay: [Normal] คุณ [Slow] คุณ (khun)
Eric: Next comes the word meaning “fine"
Jay: [Normal] สบายดี [Slow] สบายดี(sà-baai-dii)
Eric: Followed by a particle that indicates a yes or no question.
Jay: [Normal] ไหม [Slow] ไหม(mǎi)
Eric: And lastly, the polite sentence ending for men.
Jay: [Normal] ครับ [Slow] ครับ(khráp)
Eric: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the question meaning "How are you?"
Jay: [Slow] คุณสบายดีไหมครับ [Normal] คุณสบายดีไหมครับ
Eric: Now, imagine you were asked the question “How are you?” Here's the formal way to respond, "I’m fine" if you are a female speaker.
Jay: [Normal] ดิฉันสบายดีค่ะ(dì-chǎn sà-baai dii khâ.)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning "I" for women.
Jay: [Normal] ดิฉัน [Slow] ดิฉัน (dì-chǎn)
Eric: Then comes the word meaning "fine"
Jay: [Normal] สบายดี [Slow] สบายดี(sà-baai-dii)
Eric: And last is the polite sentence ending for women.
Jay: [Normal] ค่ะ [Slow] ค่ะ(Khâ)
Eric: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal response "I’m fine" as a female speaker.
Jay: [Slow] ดิฉันสบายดีค่ะ [Normal] ดิฉันสบายดีค่ะ
Eric: Now let’s cover the way to respond "I’m fine" for male speakers.
Jay: [Normal] ผมสบายดีครับ(phǒm sà-baai-dii khráp)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning "I" for men.
Jay: [Normal] ผม [Slow] ผม(phǒm)
Eric: Next comes the word meaning "fine"
Jay: [Normal] สบายดี [Slow] สบายดี(sà-baai-dii)
Eric: And last is the polite sentence ending for men.
Jay: [Normal] ครับ [Slow] ครับ(khráp)
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning "I’m fine" for male speakers.
Jay: [Slow] ผมสบายดีครับ [Normal] ผมสบายดีครับ
Eric: Here's the way to respond, "I’m sick." if you are a male speaker.
Jay: [Normal] ผมไม่สบายครับ(phǒm mâi sà-baai khráp)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning "I" for men.
Jay: [Normal] ผม [Slow] ผม(phǒm)
Eric: Next is the word meaning "not"
Jay: [Normal] ไม่ [Slow] ไม่(mâi)
Eric: Then comes the word meaning "fine"
Jay: [Normal] สบาย [Slow] สบาย(sà-baai)
Eric: And last is the polite sentence ending for men.
Jay: [Normal] ครับ [Slow] ครับ(khráp)
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning "I’m sick." for male speakers.
Jay: [Slow] ผมไม่สบายครับ [Normal] ผมไม่สบายครับ
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Jay: In Thai, you can use the same verb to say both "I am fine" and “I am sick.” The verb Sà-baai means “fine,” and you can change its meaning from “fine” to “sick” by simply adding the prefix mâi, meaning “no” or “not”. You say sà-baai to mean “fine” and mâi sà-baai to mean “sick”. Literally, it means “not fine.” It’s easy to remember, right?

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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Listeners! How are you? Try answering this question in Thai.

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Tuesday at 4:52 pm
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Hello Helen,


Than you very much. ม in "mai" depend on what tone and meaning it is. maai ไมล์ mile / mài ใหม่ new/ mâi ไม่ no/not or ไหม้ to burn / mǎi ไหม silk or ไหม(มั้ย) question particle used to ask general questions. Hope that's help. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions. I will be glad to help.


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Helen
Tuesday at 4:18 am
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Hi there not exactly.... I thought that m letter ม would be at the start of mai. Also i dont understand the yes no aspect of it as surely asking how someone is, is not a yes no answer. Thanks 😁

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Thursday at 2:25 am
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Hello Helen,


Thank you very much. ไหม mǎi a particle indicating yes/no question, it is rising tone by how it's spell but speak with "high tone". Is this what make you confused? Hope that's help. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions. I will be glad to help.


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Helen
Wednesday at 5:26 am
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Hi I am confused with the makeup of letters in the word mai, the 'm' seems to be last. Im sure this is a silly question but as i am learning to write and use the alphabet this word and some others are confusing me.

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Dear Ki Tae Stünzi,


Thank you very much for your comment and question. We made a mistake the sentence should be คุณสบายดีไหม[ครับ] sà-baai-dii mǎi [khráp] How are you? . Hope that's help. Please let us know if you have future questions. I will be glad to help you. We wish you will have a good progress in learning Thai.


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Ki Tae Stünzi
Monday at 4:44 am
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In phrase one you write in thai คุณสบายดีไหม and put as romanization sà-baai-dii mǎi khráp but i cant find ครับ khráp instead i read คุณ khun. So in my eyes romanization should be like khun sà-baai-dii mǎi. Or did i miss something?

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Hello Afnan,


Thank you very much for your comment and feedback. We really appreciated your kind support. Please let me know if you have any future question. I will be glad to help. We wish you will have a good progress with Thai.


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Hello ML,


Thank you very much for your comment and question. ดี mean "good" which is a positive but ไม่สบาย is a negative, and it sound strange to have ดี in the phrases. Hope that help. Please let me know if you have any questions. I will be glad to help. We wish you have a good progress with Thai.


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ML
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Why do you leave off the ดี in สบายดี when you say ผมไม่สบายครับ?