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Ryan: All about Thai lesson 12, top five useful Thai phrases for the classroom. Hi everybody. Welcome back to the All About Thai series.
Rawinporn: In this lesson, you will learn the top five phrases you will hear in the classroom.
Ryan: These are phrases that a teacher would use often. You'll get a head start by already knowing these phrases. Without further ado, let's listen to the first phrase: gà-rú-naa phûut dtaam khráp.
Rawinporn: Gà-rú-naa phûut dtaam khâ.
Ryan: So when you're in a classroom, hopefully you'll be doing a lot of speaking.
Rawinporn: The teacher will probably make you say or repeat many words and phrases, right?
Ryan: Right. So first we'll introduce the phrase, "Please repeat after me."
Rawinporn: For this one, we say gGà-rú-naa phûut dtaam khâ. It literally means "please repeat it after."
Ryan: So a teacher might say a phrase or some vocabulary and ask you to repeat after him or her.
Can you say that phrase again?
Rawinporn: Gà-rú-naa phûut dtaam khâ.
Ryan: gà-rú-naa phûut dtaam khráp, "please repeat.".
Rawinporn: Let's listen to the next phrase,
Ryan: gà-rú-naa maawng thaang-níi khráp
Rawinporn: gà-rú-naa maawng thaang-níi khâ
Ryan: Sounds a lot like the phrase we just went over.
Rawinporn: That's right. gà-rú-naa means "please." Therefore, when you ask someone to do something, the tone would be softer if you add gà-rú-naa in front of the phrase.
Ryan: Oh, okay. Can we hear it again?
Rawinporn: gà-rú-naa maawng thaang-níi khâ
Ryan: "Please look this way."
Rawinporn: For example, if the teacher points at the whiteboard, he or she might say,
Ryan: gà-rú-naa maawng thîi-níi khráp
Rawinporn: It literally means "please look at here"
Ryan: or in regular English, "please look over here." Now the next phrase is another request, gà-rú-naa àan khráp.
Rawinporn: gà-rú-naa àan khâ. If the teacher wants you to practice reading some words, phrases, or passage, you can expect to hear this, gà-rú-naa àan khâ.
Ryan: What if the teacher wants you to write something, what will he or she say?
Rawinporn: That would be our next phrase,
Ryan: gà-rú-naa khǐian khráp.
Rawinporn: gà-rú-naa khǐian khâ.
Ryan: The next phrase we'll introduce is a question - khâo-jai mǎi khráp.
Rawinporn: khâo-jai mǎi khâ.
Ryan: Teachers want to make sure that their students are keeping up with everything, so they'll often ask whether everyone understands. Right?
Rawinporn: Right. khâo-jai mǎi khâ means, "Do you understand?" khâo-jai is a word that means "to understand." Mai indicates a question. It's like a question mark.
Ryan: And don't forget to add khâ if you're female or khráp for a male speaker to make the sentence polite.
Rawinporn: Be careful here, ladies, when asking a question, the polite ending khâ changes to a high tone. Use khâ when asking a question, but use khâ with a falling tone for other sentences.
Ryan: Now, if you are asked by somebody, do you understand? It is good to know how to answer. To say, "yes, I understand." Just repeat the verb,
Rawinporn: khâo-jai khâ.
Ryan: But to say, "I don't understand," you just add one small word.
Rawinporn: mǎi khâo-jai khâ.
Ryan: So mǎi with a falling tone always comes right before a verb or adjective to make it negative. Just remember, mǎi with a rising tone, turns a sentence into a question; and mâi with a falling tone is used to answer "no" or "not."
Rawinporn: You might also hear, oo-khee mǎi khâ?
Ryan: This literally means, "is it okay" or "is everything okay?"
Rawinporn: This one is used pretty often as well. It is less formal.
Ryan: In other situations, it would probably be translated as, "Are you Okay?" But in a classroom, it can be used to confirm whether or not someone understands something. Can we hear that phrase again?
Rawinporn: oo-khee mǎi khâ?
Ryan: "Is everything okay?" So let's recap what we've learned in this lesson. Can we hear all of those phrases again? One more time?
Rawinporn: No problem.
Ryan: "Please repeat after me."
Rawinporn: gà-rú-naa phûut dtaam khâ.
Ryan: "Please look this way."
Rawinporn: gà-rú-naa maawng thaang-níi khâ.
Ryan: "Please read."
Rawinporn: gà-rú-naa àan khâ.
Ryan: "Please write it."
Rawinporn: gà-rú-naa khǐian khâ.
Ryan: "Do you understand?"
Rawinporn: khâo-jai mǎi khâ
Ryan: khâo-jai khráp, oo-khee khráp.
Ryan: There you have it. All five phrases for the classroom. See you next time.
Rawinporn: sà-wàt-dii khâ.
Ryan: sà-wàt-dii khráp.