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(Absolute Beginner Season 2 , Lesson 1 - Want to Stay in a Thai Guesthouse?)
Pim: สวัสดีค่ะ (sà-wàt-dii khâ)
Ryan: Ryan here! Absolute Beginner Season 2 , Lesson 1 - Want to Stay in a Thai Guesthouse?
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 will learn how to use ที่ (thîi) to mean “that”, “which”, or “who”.
Pim: This conversation takes place at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Ryan: The conversation is between Dan, a tourist from the US, and a taxi driver.
Pim: The speakers are strangers, therefore they will be speaking polite Thai.
Ryan: Let’s listen to the conversation.
คนขับแท็กซี่: สวัสดีครับ ไปไหนครับ(sà-wàt-dii khráp bpai năi khráp)
แดน: ไปถนนข้าวสารครับ(bpai thà-nŏn hkâao-săan khráp)
(เสียงรถวิ่ง)
คนขับแท็กซี่: เกสต์เฮ้าส์ไหนครับ(géet-háo năi khráp)
แดน: อืมมม...ยังไม่รู้เลยครับ แต่อยากพักเกสต์เฮ้าส์ที่ถูกๆ(uuem ... yang mâi rúu looei khráp dtàae yàak phák géet-háo thîi thùuk thùuk)
คนขับแท็กซี่: อ้อ...ผมรู้จักเกสต์เฮาส์ที่สะอาด และราคาถูกอยู่ที่หนึ่งครับ ชื่อ แมงโกเฮ้าส์(âaw ... phŏm rúu-jàk géet-háo thîi sà-àat láe raa-khaa thùuk yùu thîi nùeng khráp chûue maeng-gôo háo)
แดน: แมงโกเฮ้าส์ เป็นชื่อที่ตลกจริงๆ โอเคครับ ไปที่แมงโกเฮ้าส์ครับ(maeng-gôo háo bpen chûue thîi dtà-lòk jing jing oo-khee khráp bpai thîi maeng-gôo háo khráp)
English Host: Once again, slowly.
Thai Host: อีกครั้ง ช้า ๆ (ìik khráng cháa cháa)
คนขับแท็กซี่: สวัสดีครับ ไปไหนครับ(sà-wàt-dii khráp bpai năi khráp)
แดน: ไปถนนข้าวสารครับ(bpai thà-nŏn hkâao-săan khráp)
คนขับแท็กซี่: เกสต์เฮ้าส์ไหนครับ(géet-háo năi khráp)
แดน: อืมมม...ยังไม่รู้เลยครับ แต่อยากพักเกสต์เฮ้าส์ที่ถูกๆ(uuem ... yang mâi rúu looei khráp dtàae yàak phák géet-háo thîi thùuk thùuk)
คนขับแท็กซี่: อ้อ...ผมรู้จักเกสต์เฮาส์ที่สะอาด และราคาถูกอยู่ที่หนึ่งครับ ชื่อ แมงโกเฮ้าส์(âaw ... phŏm rúu-jàk géet-háo thîi sà-àat láe raa-khaa thùuk yùu thîi nùeng khráp chûue maeng-gôo háo)
แดน: แมงโกเฮ้าส์ เป็นชื่อที่ตลกจริงๆ โอเคครับ ไปที่แมงโกเฮ้าส์ครับ(maeng-gôo háo bpen chûue thîi dtà-lòk jing jing oo-khee khráp bpai thîi maeng-gôo háo khráp)
English Host: Once again, with the English.
Thai Host: อีกครั้ง พร้อมภาษาอังกฤษ (ìik khráng phráawm phaa-săa ang-grìt)
คนขับแท็กซี่: สวัสดีครับ ไปไหนครับ(sà-wàt-dii khráp bpai năi khráp)
Ryan: Hello. Where to?
แดน: ไปถนนข้าวสารครับ(bpai thà-nŏn hkâao-săan khráp)
Ryan: I'm going to Khaosan Road.
Ryan
คนขับแท็กซี่: เกสต์เฮ้าส์ไหนครับ(géet-háo năi khráp)
Ryan: Which guesthouse?
แดน: อืมมม...ยังไม่รู้เลยครับ แต่อยากพักเกสต์เฮ้าส์ที่ถูกๆ(uuem ... yang mâi rúu looei khráp dtàae yàak phák géet-háo thîi thùuk thùuk)
Ryan: Um...I don't know yet. But I want to stay in a guesthouse that's very cheap.
คนขับแท็กซี่: อ้อ...ผมรู้จักเกสต์เฮาส์ที่สะอาด และราคาถูกอยู่ที่หนึ่งครับ ชื่อ แมงโกเฮ้าส์(âaw ... phŏm rúu-jàk géet-háo thîi sà-àat láe raa-khaa thùuk yùu thîi nùeng khráp chûue maeng-gôo háo)
Ryan: Oh...I know one guesthouse that is clean and cheap. The name is Mango House.
แดน: แมงโกเฮ้าส์ เป็นชื่อที่ตลกจริงๆ โอเคครับ ไปที่แมงโกเฮ้าส์ครับ(maeng-gôo háo bpen chûue thîi dtà-lòk jing jing oo-khee khráp bpai thîi maeng-gôo háo khráp)
Ryan: Mango House. That's really a funny name. OK. Go to Mango House.
Pim: So khun Ryan, what do you think about Khao San Road?
Ryan: Well, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. If you’re a young traveller it can be a pretty exciting place. There’s always lots of people from all over the world, and because most of them are on extended vacations, every night is like a Saturday night. It’s one big party.
Pim: That’s true. And you know, actually Khao San Road has become a popular place for some young Thais to go hang out too, mostly ones who like to interact with foreigners. How about all the shops on the street?
Ryan: That’s probably the best part about staying there for a traveller. You can find pretty much everything you need. Souvenirs, clothing, internet cafes, drug stores, tour companies, Thai massage, used bookstores, ATMs, a wide variety of restaurants, and multiple branches of 7-11. In fact, in one spot there is a 7-11 right across the street from another 7-11.
Pim: Now that’s convenient! But Khao San Road is also very convenient for sightseeing. The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and the National Museum are all nearby.
Ryan: Very true. The only big downside to staying at Khao San Road is that it’s not so peaceful with all the activity going on. If you want to stay in the same general area you might want to check out Phra Athit Road. It’s just as convenient, but it’s a little more scenic being right on the river. OK, now let’s move along to have a look at the vocabulary.
Ryan: The first word we shall see is:
Pim: ถนน(thà-nŏn) [natural native speed]
Ryan: road
Pim: ถนน(thà-nŏn) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pim: ถนน(thà-nŏn) [natural native speed]
: Next:
Pim: เกสต์เฮาส์(géet-háo) [natural native speed]
Ryan: guesthouse
Pim: เกสต์เฮาส์(géet-háo) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pim: เกสต์เฮาส์(géet-háo) [natural native speed]
: Next:
Pim: ที่(thîi) [natural native speed]
Ryan: at, in, to, that, which, place
Pim: ที่(thîi) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pim: ที่(thîi) [natural native speed]
: Next:
Pim: อยาก(yàak) [natural native speed]
Ryan: to want
Pim: อยาก(yàak) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pim: อยาก(yàak) [natural native speed]
: Next:
Pim: พัก(phák) [natural native speed]
Ryan: to stay, to rest
Pim: พัก(phák) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pim: พัก(phák) [natural native speed]
: Next:
Pim: ถูก(thùuk) [natural native speed]
Ryan: inexpensive, correct
Pim: ถูก(thùuk) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pim: ถูก(thùuk) [natural native speed]
: Next:
Pim: รู้จัก(rúu-jàk) [natural native speed]
Ryan: to know of
Pim: รู้จัก(rúu-jàk) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pim: รู้จัก(rúu-jàk) [natural native speed]
: Next:
Pim: สะอาด(sà-àat) [natural native speed]
Ryan: clean
Pim: สะอาด(sà-àat) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pim: สะอาด(sà-àat) [natural native speed]
: Next:
Pim: ราคา(raa-khaa) [natural native speed]
Ryan: cost, price, to cost
Pim: ราคา(raa-khaa) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pim: ราคา(raa-khaa) [natural native speed]
: Next:
Pim: ตลก(dtà-lòk) [natural native speed]
Ryan: funny, hilarious
Pim: ตลก(dtà-lòk) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Pim: ตลก(dtà-lòk) [natural native speed]
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....
Pim: ไปไหน (bpai nǎi)
Ryan: This phrase is kind of a casual or short way to ask “Where are you going?”, rather than using the longer ไปที่ไหน(bpai nǎi)
Pim: Right. But even though it is short, it is not necessarily rude. To make it more polite you can just add ครับ (khráp) or คะ (khá).
Ryan: And this is a phrase you might often hear from taxi drivers.
Ryan: And the next phrase is...
Pim: ยังไม่รู้ (yang mâi rúu)
Ryan: This phrase means “I don’t know yet.” or “I still don’t know.”
Pim: ยัง (yang) means “still” or “yet”. And ไม่รู้ (mâi rúu) is “don’t know”. This phrase is often said by itself as an answer to a question.
Ryan: It can also be used as the beginning of a longer sentence followed by ว่า (wâa) and some other statement. For example...
Pim: ยังไม่รู้ว่าจะกินอะไรดี (yang mâi rúu wâa jà gin à-rai dii.)
Ryan: “I still don’t know what I’ll get to eat.” The next phrase is...
Pim: จริง ๆ (jing-jing)
Ryan: When used once, จริง (jing) is an adjective meaning “real” or “true”. When it is doubled, จริง ๆ (jing-jing) becomes an adverb meaning “really”. As in...
Pim: วันนี้ร้อนจริง ๆ (wan-níi ráawn jing-jing).
Ryan: “It really is hot today.” And the last phrase is...
Pim: เลย (looei)
Ryan: This is an adverb that can be translated many ways depending on the context. In negative sentences it usually means “at all”, as in...
Pim: ฉันไม่ชอบเลย (chǎn mâi châawp looei)
Ryan: “I don’t like it at all.”
However, in positive statements เลย will often mean something like “immediately” or “simply”. As in...
Pim: เขากลับบ้านเลย (khǎo glàp bâan looei.)
Ryan: “He simply went home.” Or another example...
Pim: กินข้าวเลย(gin khâao looei)
Ryan: “Go ahead and eat”. Ok, now let’s move on to the grammar section.
Ryan: The focus of the grammar for this lesson is using ที่ (thîi) to mean “that”, “which”, or “who”.
Pim: ที่ (thîi) is one of the most commonly used words in the Thai language. It has several different uses. One important use is in forming descriptive phrases. When used in this way, ที่ (thîi) takes the place of “that”, “which”, or “who” in English.
Ryan: Right, so in a sentence, you can have a noun followed by ที่ (thîi) and then some description, either an adjective or a verbal phrase. It’s like saying the “noun that is this description”.
Pim: Exactly. Or if the noun is a person, then it’s like saying the “person who is that description.” For example, ผู้ชาย means “man” and หนวด means “mustache”. So ผู้ชายที่มีหนวด means...
Ryan: “The man who has a mustache”. Can we expand that to make a complete sentence?
Pim: Sure, how about... ผู้ชายที่มีหนวดคือคุณพ่อ(phûu-chaai thîi mii nùuat bpen khun-phâaw.)
Ryan: “The man who has a mustache is my father.” How about a different example. If ผู้ชาย means “man”, then how do we say “woman”?
Pim: ผู้หญิง(phûu-yĭng)
Ryan: And what’s the word for “tall”?
Pim: สูง(sǔung)
Ryan: OK listeners, can you guess how to say “The woman who is tall”?
(pause)
Khru Pim, the answer is...
Pim: ผู้หญิงที่สูง(phûu-yĭng sǔung)
But you know what? ผู้หญิงที่สูง(phûu-yĭng sǔung) can mean “The woman who is tall”, but since the same word is used for the plural “women”, this phrase can be more general and mean “women who are tall” or just “tall women”.
Ryan: I see. Can we put this one into a full sentence too, to see how it works?
Pim: Sure. พี่ชาย(phîii-chaai) means “older brother”, and ชอบ is the verb “to like”. So can you guess what this means... พี่ชายชอบผู้หญิงที่สูง(phîii-chaai châawp phûu-yĭng thîi sǔung)
Ryan: Does it mean “My older brother likes tall women.”?
Pim: That’s right.
Ryan: OK, can we try some example with an inanimate object?
Pim: No problem. You remember the word for “egg” right?
Ryan: ไข่ (khài)
Pim: Correct. And now I’ll give you two new words. แตก(dtàaek) means “to crack” or “to break”, and เน่า(nâo) means “rotten”. So can you guess what this sentence means...ไข่ที่แตกเป็นไข่เน่า(khài thîi dtàaek bpen khài nâo.)
Ryan: Is it “The egg that broke was a rotten egg.”?
Pim: That’s right!
Ryan: Well, I sure wouldn’t want to be around when that happens.
Ryan: Ok, That’s all for this lesson.
Pim: มีคำถามอะไรไหมคะ(mii kham-thăam a-rai mái khá)
Ryan: Do you have any questions? If you do, please ask us in the comment section.
Pim: แล้วพบกันใหม่ค่ะ (láaeo phóp gan mài khâ)
Ryan: See you next time.

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สวัสดี Agent H,


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Hi Agent H,


Thank you. thà-nŏn (ถนน) It is the way it is. There are a lot more examples which are the same way such as ขนม read as /ขะ-หนม/ so the second syllable is rising tone. When there is a hidden ะ is used with a Middle class or High class consonants, and the following syllable starts with low class consonant, the tone rules may be affected. Frequently, the low consonant will take on the tones characteristics of the initial middles or high consonant. In these cases, the word is pronounced as if the low consonant hid a silent ห (for high consonants) or a silent อ (for middle consonants) in front of it. Hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.


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Agent H
Wednesday at 10:34 AM
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I have a question, in the word thà-nŏn (ถนน). There is only three letters in the Thia word ถนน, why is there only three letters in the Thia version, but 5 sounds in the English version? I hope this makes sense, thanks guys!

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Hi Courtney,


Thank you. We could do like you said but then there are words which we use for describe The guest house such as "sà-àat láe raa-khaa thùuk" need to be place immediately right after the words "géet-háo". Would be good if you provide the sentence you refered to about "dtaawn-nii". I could explain why. Hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.


Have a good day.

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Courtney
Tuesday at 02:53 AM
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hello team


i have been enjoying your lessons so far. i think the resources you have on this website are amazing.


i have a question though.


phǒm rúu-jàk géet-háo thîi sà-àat láe raa-khaa thùuk yùu thîi nùeng khráp


the ending part "yuu thii nueng" means "one place" and if so why not put the phrase after phom ruu-jak geet-hao

ive noticed in other lessons too that for the word thwan-nii meaning right now you place it at the end of the sentence. why not start with or does it not really matter.

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Hi Mario,


Thank you. อยู่ have many meanings, one of it is "to exist" which is apply to the sentence you asked about. Hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.


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Mario Willyam
Tuesday at 01:12 AM
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Hello!


I need help on understanding the usage of อยู่ in และราคาถูกอยู่ที่หนึ่งครับ. Why is it there because in the previous lessons it is learnt as "to be located." Thank you in advance!

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Hello Mario,


Thank you. เกส์ตเฮาส์ tone as it's spell gèet-háo and tone when we actually speak "géet-háo". Hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.


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Mario Willyam
Tuesday at 12:21 AM
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สวัสดีครับ!


I would like to ask why when I search guesthouse in Thai dictionary เกส์ตเฮาส์ it appears as gèet-háo rather than géet-háo? It is at this link: http://www.thai-language.com/id/137449. I know that ก (gaaw-gài) is a middle-class consonant, so it makes sense to say it as gèet-háo, but this lesson teaches to pronounce it as géet-háo. I hope that ThaiPod101 Team could help by explaining this to me. Thank you in advance.