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สวัสดีค่ะ ดิฉันกิตติยาค่ะ (sà-wàt-dii khâ. dì-chǎn Kittaya khâ)
Hi everybody! I’m Kittaya.
Welcome to ThaiPod101.com’s “Learn Thai in 3 minutes.” The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Thai.
In the last lesson, we learned how to ask "Who" questions in Thai.
This time, we are going to ask questions with the interrogative word "Why?"
Imagine your boss is giving you a call because you are not at work today... He will certainly ask you ทำไมวันนี้คุณไม่มาทำงาน(tham-mai wan-níi khun mâi maa tham-ngaan)? “Why didn’t you come to work today?”
[slowly] ทำไมวันนี้คุณไม่มาทำงาน(tham-mai wan-níi khun mâi maa tham-ngaan)?
So let’s break down this question:
First we had:
ทำไม(tham-mai) which is the basic translation of "Why" in Thai.
วันนี้(wan-níi) is “today” , คุณ(khun) is “you”
ไม่(mâi) is "don’t” or “doesn’t"
มา(maa) means “come”
and finally we have ทำงาน(tham-ngaan) which is “to work”
All together, it is ทำไมวันนี้คุณไม่มาทำงาน(tham-mai wan-níi khun mâi maa tham-ngaan)?
So in Thai, ทำไม(tham-mai) is the exact translation of "Why", used to ask the reason for something.
So for example, if your boss is asking you "Why are you late today?" he will say ทำไมวันนี้คุณมาสาย(tham-mai wan-níi khun maa sǎai)?
Here, he uses "Why" in order to get explanations and reasons.
How can we you answer “ทำไม(tham-mai)” question?, we can answer by using “เพราะว่า(phráw wâa)” which can translate into “Because”
Another way to ask for reasons or an explanation is เพราะอะไร(phráw à-rai)? which literally means “Because of what?”
Now it’s time for Kittaya’s Insights.
A common expression in Thai is ทำไม(คุณ)ไม่(tham-mai (khun) mâi…)? which means “Why don’t (you) ….”as a suggestion.
For example, if a friend seems to be bored, you might suggest to her "Why don’t you go shopping with me?" “ทำไมไม่ไปซื้อของกับฉันล่ะ(tham-mai mâi bpai súue khǎawng gáp chǎn lâ)?
Before ending this lesson, Let’s review all the ways to translate "Why" in Thai:
- ทำไม(tham-mai) is the basic translation of "Why," as in ทำไมคุณมาสาย(tham-mai khun maa sǎai)? "Why are you late?"
- เพราะอะไร(phráw à-rai)? which is “Because of what?”
Finally, ทำไม(คุณ)ไม่(tham-mai (khun) mâi...)? is “Why don’t (you) ….”
This is the last lesson of this Absolute Beginner video series.
But it’s hopefully not the last you learn about the Thai language! To take your language ability to the next level, check out ThaiPod101.com, the fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Thai. Thanks for joining me, everyone!
สวัสดีค่ะ(sà-wàt-dii khâ)

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Saturday at 2:14 pm
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Hello Lyrie,


Thank you very much for your comment. yin-dii kâ = your welcome. ขอบคุณ spell with ข Please let me know if you need any future assistants. I will be glad to help.


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Lyrie
Thursday at 12:40 pm
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คอบคุณมาก

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Lyrie
Thursday at 12:38 pm
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Vẻry gôod explaination .ขอบคุณที่ คะ

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Tuesday at 5:16 pm
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Hello Trent,


Here is the link for more question "Why?" https://www.thaipod101.com/2015/10/26/3minute-thai-17-why/


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Trent
Sunday at 9:56 am
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Where is the relevant lesson content for asking "why" in thai?


"He is always late for class."

"You are always late for work."

"The parade is today."

"Today was an extraordinarily hot summer day."

"Today is our special day."

"Today is my mother's elder brother's birthday."


None of those phrases have any criteria for learning how to ask a "why" question in thai.

Am I missing something or not understanding your choice of lesson content?

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Monday at 12:50 pm
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Hi sai,


Thank you for the comment, please have a look to Thai Words of the Week with Ja for Beginners.

If you have questions, please let us know.


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sai
Sunday at 1:19 pm
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This is the ONLY video lesson I found it useful for the conversation. Can you produce more of these videos, example of colloquial sentence using other common words?

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Tuesday at 10:40 am
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Hello David,


Thank you very much. I'm glad to hear that you found our lesson is interesting and helpful.

I wish you enjoy learning Thai.


Have a good day. :)


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David
Saturday at 6:09 pm
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A good learning source of Thai Language, i can't help but download as many as possible videos that i guess are better than merely audio materials. tks for you! i hope i can make my trip to the country in the near future, submerging in the local life to feel and experience!:smile: