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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Thai Season 1, Lesson 6 - Refusing Politely. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to refuse an invite politely in Thai.
Body
Eric: Here's the way to say "No, thank you." in Thai.
Jay: [Normal] ไม่เป็นไร ขอบคุณค่ะ(mâi-bpen-rai khàawp-khun khâ)
Eric: Note that if you are a male speaker, you need to end the sentence with
Jay: khráp
Eric: First is the phrase meaning "No problem."
Jay: [Normal] ไม่เป็นไร [Slow] ไม่เป็นไร (mâi-bpen-rai)
Eric: Next is the word meaning "thank you"
Jay: [Normal] ขอบคุณ [Slow] ขอบคุณ(khàawp-khun)
Eric: Last is the polite sentence ending for female speakers.
Jay: [Normal] ค่ะ [Slow] ค่ะ(khâ)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning "No, thank you.” as a female speaker.
Jay: [Slow] ไม่เป็นไร ขอบคุณค่ะ [Normal] ไม่เป็นไร ขอบคุณค่ะ
Eric: Ok, now let's take a look at the way to say "No, thank you.” as a male speaker.
Jay: [Normal] ไม่เป็นไร ขอบคุณครับ(mâi-bpen-rai khàawp-khun khráp)
Eric: Note that if you are a female speaker, you need to end the sentence with
Jay: khâ
Eric: First is a phrase meaning "No problem."
Jay: [Normal] ไม่เป็นไร [Slow] ไม่เป็นไร (mâi-bpen-rai)
Eric: Next is the word meaning "thank you"
Jay: [Normal] ขอบคุณ [Slow] ขอบคุณ(khàawp-khun)
Eric: Last is the polite sentence ending for male speakers.
Jay: [Normal] ครับ [Slow] ครับ(khráp)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning "No, thank you.” as a male speaker.
Jay: [Slow] ไม่เป็นไร ขอบคุณครับ [Normal] ไม่เป็นไร ขอบคุณครับ
Eric: Next up is the way to say "Sorry, but I already have an appointment.” as a female speaker.
Jay: [Normal] ขอโทษ แต่ดิฉันมีนัดแล้ว(khǎaw-thôot dtàae dì-chǎn mii nát láaeo)
Eric: First is a word meaning "Sorry"
Jay: [Normal] ขอโทษ [Slow] ขอโทษ(khǎaw-thôot)
Eric: Next is the word meaning "but"
Jay: [Normal] แต่ [Slow] แต่(dtàae)
Eric: Next is the pronoun meaning “I” for female speakers.
Jay: [Normal] ดิฉัน [Slow] ดิฉัน(dì-chǎn)
Eric: Next is the phrase meaning "already have"
Jay: [Normal] มี...แล้ว [Slow] มี...แล้ว(mii...láaeo)
Eric: Last is the word meaning "appointment"
Jay: [Normal] นัด [Slow] นัด(nát)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning "Sorry, but I already have an appointment.” as a female speaker.
Jay: [Slow] ขอโทษ แต่ดิฉันมีนัดแล้ว [Normal] ขอโทษ แต่ดิฉันมีนัดแล้ว
Eric: Finally, here is a way to say "Sorry, but I already have an appointment.” as a male speaker.
Jay: [Normal] ขอโทษ แต่ผมมีนัดแล้ว(khǎaw-thôot dtàae phǒm mii nát láaeo)
Eric: First is a word meaning "Sorry"
Jay: [Normal] ขอโทษ [Slow] ขอโทษ(khǎaw-thôot)
Eric: Next is the word meaning "but"
Jay: [Normal] แต่ [Slow] แต่(dtàae)
Eric: Next is the pronoun meaning “I” for male speakers.
Jay: [Normal] ผม [Slow] ผม(phǒm)
Eric: Next is the phrase meaning "already have"
Jay: [Normal] มี...แล้ว [Slow] มี...แล้ว(mii...láaeo)
Eric: Last is the word meaning "appointment"
Jay: [Normal] นัด [Slow] นัด(nát)
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning "Sorry, but I already have an appointment.” as a male speaker.
Jay: [Slow] ขอโทษ แต่ผมมีนัดแล้ว [Normal] ขอโทษ แต่ผมมีนัดแล้ว
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Jay: To refuse or turn down someone or something, you can say [mâi-bpen-rai]. It means "It's ok." Using this phrase, you can refuse something more politely than turning down someone’s suggestions directly.
You can use [mâi-bpen-rai] in almost all situations, whether you don't know if you can make it or don't want to do something.

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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ThaiPod101.com
Monday at 6:30 pm
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Hey Listeners! How would you refuse an invitation? Let's practice.

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Thursday at 11:28 am
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Hello Pual,


Thank you very much for your comment. For your questions, both “mai-chai mai-bpen-rai” and “mai mai-bpen-rai” are same and translate directly from English to Thai. You can only say "mâi-bpen-rai".


Have a nice day.


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Paul
Sunday at 3:55 pm
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What about "mai-chai mai-bpen-rai" or "mai mai-bpen-rai"