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สวัสดีค่ะ(sà-wàt-dii khà) Welcome back to ThaiPod101.com’s Thai in three minutes. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Thai.
From the previous lesson we learned, ขอบคุณค่ะ(khàawp-khun khà)“Thank you”. ขอโทษค่ะ(khǎaw-thôot khà) “I’m sorry”. ไม่เป็นไรค่ะ(mâi-bpen-rai khà) “it’s ok”.
Just imagine you are in Thailand with family…
Suddenly, your daughter got a bad stomachache from seafood!
In this lesson, we’re going to learn one of the most important survival phrases: “Excuse me. Can you speak English?” in order to find some English-speakers and ask for help.
Looks what we have here…
ขอโทษ(khǎaw-thôot) “Excuse me” or “I’m sorry”. Use this phrase in order to attract someone’s attention.
If you are male, say…
ขอโทษครับ(khǎaw-thôot khráp)
If you are female, say…
ขอโทษค่ะ(khǎaw-thôot khà)
ขอโทษ(khǎaw-thôot) “Excuse me”
พูดภาษาอังกฤษได้ไหม(phûut phaa-sǎa ang-grìt dâai mái)
means “Can you speak English?”.
Again, if you are male, say…
พูดภาษาอังกฤษได้ไหมครับ(phûut phaa-sǎa ang-grìt dâai mái khráp)
If you are female, say…
พูดภาษาอังกฤษได้ไหมคะ(phûut phaa-sǎa ang-grìt dâai mái khá)
พูดภาษาอังกฤษได้ไหม(phûut phaa-sǎa ang-grìt dâai mái)
“Can you speak English?”
Let’s break down this sentence…
The subject “YOU” is omitted. Then,
พูด(phûut) is a verb which means “speak”
ภาษา(phaa-sǎa) means “language”
อังกฤษ(ang-grìt) means “English”
ได้(dâai) is a Verb which means “can” OR “could”
ไหม(mái) is a word that makes a sentence becoming a question.
พูดภาษาอังกฤษได้ไหมคะ(phûut phaa-sǎa ang-grìt dâai mái khá)
พูดภาษาอังกฤษได้ไหม(phûut phaa-sǎa ang-grìt dâai mái)
“Can you speak English?”
There you go!
Time for Rawinporn’s hint… ta da…
Do smile J when you ask for a favor.
Thais are very kind. Even though they can’t speak English, they will try to find someone else to help you!
Until now, I’m sure you got some idea about Thai language, culture and country. Find more about Thai at Thaipod101.com
See you next time. สวัสดีค่ะ(sà-wàt-dii khà)

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Wednesday at 07:12 PM
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Hello Stevens,


Thank you for question. Yes, you are right "daai" is an auxiliary of potential, denoting possbility, ability, or permission. Hope that’s help. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.


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Stevens
Monday at 02:37 PM
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Hello, I have a simple question, just in order to get it clear. In this case "Daai" works as an auxiliar verb, right? So, Is it going to be always in the end of the sentence? Thank you.

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Sunday at 04:56 PM
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Hello Geordie,


Thank you for question. "daai" means "can" in Thai sentence: Can you speak english? used for asking people from non English speaking country. Hope that helps. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions. I will be glad to help.


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Geordie
Friday at 06:52 AM
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Is this specifically requesting someone to speak english as opposed to asking if they are capable of speaking the language? Or is it used interchangeably in each situation? That's why I'm confused.

Geordie
Friday at 06:51 AM
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What is the meaning of daai mai at the end of the "can you speak english?" sentence?

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Thursday at 11:16 PM
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Hi again Gabriel,


Thank you very much for your comment. We're really appreciated and happy we can help you. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions. I will be glad to help.


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Gabriel
Wednesday at 06:33 AM
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I loved this lesson!

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Monday at 08:05 PM
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Hello Paul,


Thank you very much. I will let our team consider your recommend. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions. I will be glad to help.


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Paul
Sunday at 11:10 PM
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You should be able to add the whole sentence to flash cards :\

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Tuesday at 10:28 PM
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Hello Ryan,


Thank you very much for your comment and question. For your question, I think you should try to say it the right way because sound changed according to tone and length of vowel and speaking speech. They surely not say "may die". lol Take advantage of hearing to get use to the sound Thai people make. Keep practice. :). Hope that's help. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help. We wish you will have a good progress with your Thai.


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