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INTRODUCTION
Pim: Hello everyone! I'm Pim, and welcome to ThaiPOD101.com.
Ryan: With us, you'll learn to speak Thai with fun and effective lessons.
Pim: We also provide you with cultural insights...
Ryan:...and tips you won't find in a textbook.
Ryan: In this lesson, you’ll learn about how to greet people when meeting them for the first time.
Pim: "ใช่ค่ะ(châi khâ)" "That’s right!"
Ryan: So, "khruu" Pim, where does this conversation take place?
Pim: "บนเครื่องบินค่ะ(bon khrûueang-bin khâ)" on the airplane. Steve is talking to a passenger sitting next to him, "khun" Supanee. "เอาล่ะค่ะ ไปฟังบทสนทนากันเลยดีกว่า(ao lâ khâ bpai fang bòt sŏn-thá-naa gan looei dii gwàa)" "Let’s listen to the conversation!"
DIALOGUES
สตีฟ:สวัสดีครับ ผมชื่อสตีฟครับ (sà-wàt-dii khráp. phǒm chûue sà-dtíip khráp)
สุภาณี:สวัสดีค่ะ ดิฉันชื่อสุภาณีค่ะ (sà-wàt-dii khâ. dì-chǎn chûue sù-phaa-nii khâ)
สตีฟ:ยินดีที่ได้รู้จักครับ (yin-dii thîi dâai rúu-jàk khráp)
สุภาณี:ยินดีที่ได้รู้จักเช่นกันค่ะ (yin-dii thîi dâai rúu-jàk chên-gan khâ)
สตีฟ:ขอโทษครับ ชื่ออะไรนะครับ ช่วยพูดช้าๆได้ไหมครับ (khǎaw-thôot khráp. khun chûue à-rai ná khráp. chûuai phûut cháa-cháa dâai mǎi khráp)
สุภาณี:สุ ภา ณี...ค่ะ (sù...phaa...nii khâ)
Ryan: One more time, slowly.
สตีฟ:สวัสดีครับ ผมชื่อสตีฟครับ (sà-wàt-dii khráp. phǒm chûue sà-dtíip khráp)
สุภาณี:สวัสดีค่ะ ดิฉันชื่อสุภาณีค่ะ (sà-wàt-dii khâ. dì-chǎn chûue sù-phaa-nii khâ)
สตีฟ:ยินดีที่ได้รู้จักครับ (yin-dii thîi dâai rúu-jàk khráp)
สุภาณี:ยินดีที่ได้รู้จักเช่นกันค่ะ (yin-dii thîi dâai rúu-jàk chên-gan khâ)
สตีฟ:ขอโทษครับ ชื่ออะไรนะครับ ช่วยพูดช้าๆได้ไหมครับ (khǎaw-thôot khráp. khun chûue à-rai ná khráp. chûuai phûut cháa-cháa dâai mǎi khráp)
สุภาณี:สุ ภา ณี...ค่ะ (sù...phaa...nii khâ)
Ryan: Once again, with English.
สตีฟ:สวัสดีครับ ผมชื่อสตีฟครับ (sà-wàt-dii khráp. phǒm chûue sà-dtíip khráp)
Ryan:Hello. My name is Steve.
สุภาณี:สวัสดีค่ะ ดิฉันชื่อสุภาณีค่ะ (sà-wàt-dii khâ. dì-chǎn chûue sù-phaa-nii khâ)
Ryan:Hello. My name is Supanee.
สตีฟ:ยินดีที่ได้รู้จักครับ (yin-dii thîi dâai rúu-jàk khráp)
Ryan: Nice to meet you.
สุภาณี:ยินดีที่ได้รู้จักเช่นกันค่ะ (yin-dii thîi dâai rúu-jàk chên-gan khâ)
Ryan: Nice to meet you, too.
สตีฟ:ขอโทษครับ ชื่ออะไรนะครับ ช่วยพูดช้าๆได้ไหมครับ (khǎaw-thôot khráp. khun chûue à-rai ná khráp. chûuai phûut cháa-cháa dâai mǎi khráp)
Ryan:Excuse me. What is your name again? Could you please speak slowly?
สุภาณี:สุ ภา ณี...ค่ะ (sù...phaa...nii khâ)
Ryan: Su…pa…nee.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Ryan: Like in other cultures, Thai also has a greeting gesture, right?
Pim: Right! It’s called a "ไหว้(wâai)". And to make a proper "ไหว้(wâai)", you place your palms together in front of your chest with the fingers pointing upwards and then you bend your head down slightly at the neck while raising your hands toward your face. And Thai people do not only "ไหว้(wâai)" when saying "สวัสดี(sà-wàt-dii)" to others, but also when saying "thank you" or "sorry".
Ryan: So, "ไหว้(wâai)" goes together with "สวัสดี(sà-wàt-dii)".
Pim: Yes, but not always the case. I mean, there’s no need to do a "ไหว้(wâai)" when you say "สวัสดี(sà-wàt-dii)" to someone who is about your age or younger than you.
Ryan: So how should I greet them then?
Pim: You can just say "สวัสดีครับ(sà-wàt-dii khráp)" or "สวัสดีค่ะ(sà-wàt-dii khâ)" and smile.
Ryan: Okay. Onto the vocabulary.
VOCAB LIST
Ryan: Next, let's look at the vocabulary and phrase list for this lesson. The first word is:
Pim: ชื่อ (chûue) [natural native speed]
Ryan: name
Pim: ชื่อ (chûue) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pim: ชื่อ (chûue) [natural native speed]
Next:
Pim: พูด (phûut) [natural native speed]
Ryan: to speak
Pim: พูด (phûut) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pim: พูด (phûut) [natural native speed]
Next:
Pim: ช้าๆ (cháa-cháa) [natural native speed]
Ryan: slowly
Pim: ช้าๆ (cháa-cháa) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pim: ช้าๆ (cháa-cháa) [natural native speed]
Next:
Pim:นะ (ná) [natural native speed]
Ryan:particle used to soften speech
Pim:นะ (ná) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pim:นะ (ná) [natural native speed]
Next:
Pim: ขอโทษ (khǎaw-thôot) [natural native speed]
Ryan: Excuse me. / Sorry.
Pim: ขอโทษ (khǎaw-thôot) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pim: ขอโทษ (khǎaw-thôot) [natural native speed]
Next:
Pim: เช่นกัน (chên-gan) [natural native speed]
Ryan: me too
Pim: เช่นกัน (chên-gan) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pim: เช่นกัน (chên-gan) [natural native speed]
Next:
Pim: ชื่ออะไร (chûue à-rai) [natural native speed]
Ryan:What is your name?
Pim: ชื่ออะไร (chûue à-rai) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pim: ชื่ออะไร (chûue à-rai) [natural native speed]
Next:
Pim: ยินดีที่ได้รู้จัก (yin-dii thîi dâai rúu-jàk) [natural native speed]
Ryan: Nice to meet you.
Pim: ยินดีที่ได้รู้จัก (yin-dii thîi dâai rúu-jàk) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pim: ยินดีที่ได้รู้จัก (yin-dii thîi dâai rúu-jàk) [natural native speed]
Next:
Pim:ช่วย...ได้ไหม? (chûuai...dâai mǎi?) [natural native speed]
Ryan:Could you please…?
Pim: ช่วย...ได้ไหม? (chûuai...dâai mǎi?) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pim: ช่วย...ได้ไหม? (chûuai...dâai mǎi?) [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Ryan: Let's have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Pim: The first word/phrase we’ll look at is....
Ryan: Let’s have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first phrase is?
Pim: "เช่นกัน(chên-gan)."
Ryan:"เช่นกัน(chên-gan)" means "too" or "also" in English. Now, "เหมือนกัน(mǔuean gan)" also means "too" or "also." However, "เช่นกัน(chên-gan)" sounds more formal and is often used in business situations.
Pim:Right! And remember that "เช่นกัน(chên-gan)" is always placed at the end of the sentence, as in "ยินดีที่ได้รู้จักคุณเช่นกันค่ะ(yin-dii thîi dâai rúu-jàk khun chên gan khâ)," meaning "nice to meet you too."
Ryan:The next one is?
Pim:"นะ(ná)"
Ryan:"นะ(ná)" is a particle that is added to soften a sentence. It makes the speech sound less abrupt and more gentle to the ears.
Pim:That’s right! Plus, "นะ(ná)" is added at the end of a question to confirm some information, such as "ชื่ออะไรนะคะ(chûue a-rai ná khá)," meaning "What’s your name again?"
Ryan:So how do you say "What did you say again?" then?
Pim:"พูดว่าอะไรนะคะ(phûut wâa a-rai ná khá)"
Ryan:Okay. Listeners, please repeat after "khruu" Pim. "What’s your name again?"
Pim:"ชื่ออะไรนะคะ(chûue a-rai ná khá)"
Ryan:[pause] "What did you say again?"
Pim:"พูดว่าอะไรนะคะ(phûut wâa a-rai ná khá)"
Ryan:[pause] The next word is?
Pim:"ช้าๆ(cháa cháa)"
Ryan:"ช้าๆ(cháa cháa)" is an adverb that means "slowly." Actually, the word "ช้าๆ(cháa cháa)" is rooted from the word "ช้า(cháa)," which is an adjective meaning "slow." But when we double its pronunciation, an adjective will turn to an adverb.
Pim:Right! But this rule doesn’t go with every adjective, just some of them. Another example is the opposite word of "ช้า(cháa)," which is "เร็ว(reo)," meaning "quick." When we say " เร็วๆ(reo reo)," it means "quickly," which is an adverb.
Ryan:On to the grammar section.

Lesson focus

Ryan:In this lesson, we’ll focus on the phrase "ช่วย(chûuai) blah blah blah ได้ไหม(dâai mái)," meaning "Could you please…?"
Pim:Right! "ช่วย(chûuai) blah blah blah ได้ไหม(dâai mái)," meaning "Could you please…?" This is a very useful phrase. Whenever you want to ask someone to do something for you in a polite manner, especially when you make a request from someone you meet for the first time. I really recommend that you use this phrase. And this phrase is very easy to use. You just place the verb between the words "ช่วย(chûuai)" and "ได้ไหม(dâai mái)."
For example, "speak slowly" is "พูดช้าๆ(phûut cháa cháa)." So "Could you please speak slowly?" is…?
Ryan:"ช่วยพูดช้าๆได้ไหมครับ(chûuai phûut cháa cháa dâai mái khráp)." Okay. Repeat after "khruu" Pim. "Could you please speak slowly?"
Pim:"ช่วยพูดช้าๆได้ไหมคะ(chûuai phûut cháa cháa dâai mái khá)" [pause]
Ryan:So, "khruu" Pim, how would you say "Could you please walk quickly?"
Pim:"ช่วยเดินเร็วๆได้ไหมคะ(chûuai dooen reo reo dâai mái khá)"
Ryan:"Could you please drive slowly?" is?
Pim:"ช่วยขับช้าๆได้ไหมคะ(chûuai khàp cháa cháa dâai mái khá)"
Ryan:Now, let’s learn how to respond to a "Could you please…?" type of question.
Pim:If you want to say "sure" or "of course!" you can say "ได้ครับ(dâai khráp)" for males or "ได้ค่ะ (dâai khâ)" for females. "ได้(dâai)" is the verb meaning "to be able," so you are really just saying "I can." Or instead of saying anything to answer the question directly, you can just do what you are asked to do.
Ryan:What if you can’t do it. How would you reply then?
Pim:Saying "no" to people’s requests is seen as too direct in Thai society. So, instead of saying "no, I can’t," you can start off with saying "ขอโทษค่ะ(khǎaw-thôot khâ)" or "ขอโทษครับ(khǎaw-thôot khráp)," which means "I’m sorry," and then explain the reason why you can’t do it.
Ryan:Okay. Now, let’s review! Think of what you would say in this situation. Pretend you are talking with your Thai friend and he or she speaks very quickly. What would you say to your friend if you want him or her to speak slowly? [pause] "Khruu" Pim, the answer is?
Pim:"ช่วยพูดช้าๆได้ไหมคะ(chûuai phûut cháa cháa dâai mái khá)"
Ryan:Okay. That just about does it for today’s lesson.
Pim:"มีคำถามอะไรไหมคะ(mii kham-thăam a-rai mái khá)"
Ryan:"Do you have any questions?"
Pim:If you do, please ask us in the comment section. "แล้วพบกันใหม่ค่ะ(láaeo phóp gan mài khâ)"
Ryan:"See you next time!"
Wrap-up
Ryan:That just about does it for today.
Ryan:Before we go, we want to tell you about a way to improve your pronunciation drastically.
Pim:The voice-recording tool!
Ryan:Yes, the voice-recording too...
Pim:Record your voice with a click of a button,
Ryan:...and then play it back just as easily.
Pim:Record and listen. Then...
Ryan:Compare it to the native speakers...
Pim:...and adjust your pronunciation!
Ryan:This will help you improve your pronunciation fast!

Outro

Ryan:Bye.
Pim:สวัสดีค่ะ(sà-wàt-dii khâ)

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Tuesday at 6:30 pm
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Hi ThaiPod101.com Listeners! Do you prefer it when people are formal and polite? Or casual?

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Tom
Thursday at 10:13 pm
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I prefer casual :) Of course with introductions, business interviews, speaking with those in authority or people 20 or more years your elder higher language is useful. Casual language usually is used with similar age groups, friends and acquaintances.

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Hello Dennis,


Thank you very much for your comment and and question. I think you will like this Thai music brand "kalabaw" .Hope that's help. Please feel free to let me know if you have any future questions about Thai language. I will be glad to help. We wish you will have a good progress with Thai.


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Dennis Schertz
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ok, strange question, I have found that if I can sing a song in a language, It helps me understand and speak that language better.

What would be a cool Thai song to learn?


could be an old song (country)

or modern (cool ) song.

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Hello Tony,


Thank you very much for your comment and question. Yes, we can translate yin-dii thîi dâai rúu-jàk literally. Here it is

yin-dii = glad / thîi = which or that / dâai + verb = did / done something /rúu-jàk is a verb means to know. ไหว้ (wâai), if you can not do the ไหว้ (wâai) posture with your hand on your chest to response to younger person ไหว้ (wâai), you can smile to them and bending your head down a little. Hope that's help. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions about Thai language. I will be glad to help. We wish you will have a good progress with Thai.


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Tony
Wednesday at 2:24 pm
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Question regarding the etiquette of the ไหว้ (wâai). What is the polite thing to do if, for example, someone younger does the wâai to you, but you have something in at least one of your hands? For example, a drink or a camera. Should the older person then put the object down, and then return the waai? What if there is no table nearby to put the object down?

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Wednesday at 2:04 pm
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I am curious, what does yin-dii thîi dâai rúu-jàk literally translate to? (Similar to how "chûuai...dâai mǎi" literally means "Can you help me with"). The reason I ask is that, for some reason, I am having a hard time remembering and pronouncing yin-dii thîi dâai rúu-jàk. It is a tongue twister for me, and the similar-sounding syllables make it difficult for me.

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Daniel Gravidez
Thursday at 1:33 pm
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Hello!


First of all I would like to say that I really enjoy learning Thai with the content you guys provide. I'm an absolute beginner and so far, this has been really helpful!? I was wondering what are some ways I could practice by myself and better improve my Thai as my Thai friends are always busy with school and they don't have a lot of time to help me practice!


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Thank you very much for your comment and suggestion, we are really appreciate that. We will keep that in mind for our future lesson. Now you have a Thai keyboard will help you improve your Thai so make the best out of it. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help. We wish you have a good progress with your Thai.


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