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Hello and welcome to Thai Survival Phrases brought to you by ThaiPod101.com. This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Thailand. You’ll be surprised at how far a little Thai will go.
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Lesson focus

In today's lesson, we'll introduce you to a phrase that you will use countless times on your travels! For everyone out there who likes Thai food, places, or whatever it is, this is the phrase you want to know so that you keep getting more and more of it!
In Thai, "I like it!" is châawp jang looei.
châawp jang looei
Now, let’s break it down by syllable: châawp jang looei.
Now, let’s hear it once again, châawp jang looei.
Although this phrase is often used as it is, you may want to add khâ or khráp to make this phrase more formal and polite.
Therefore, women say châawp jang looei khâ.
châawp jang looei khâ
And men say châawp jang looei khráp.
châawp jang looei khráp
The first word, châawp means "like," followed by jang which means "quite." The last word looei usually means "passing by," but in this case, it’s added to make this phrase smoother and casual. Therefore, châawp jang looei khâ and châawp jang looei khráp means "I like it!"
You can also say "I like it very much" by adding the word "very" which is mâak.
To say “I like it very much” is châawp mâak looei khâ.
châawp mâak looei khâ
And châawp mâak looei khráp.
châawp mâak looei khráp
On the other hand, if you don't like something, you can say "I don't like it." This phrase is also very similar to the phrase we just learned. Simply add the word no or mâi in the beginning of the phrase, then we get "I don't like it" which in Thai is mâi châawp looei khâ.
mâi châawp looei khâ
And mâi châawp looei khráp.
mâi châawp looei khráp
Don't forget that you can say it casually by leaving aside khâ and khráp in all these phrases.
As I mentioned earlier, these phrases are spoken in casual in the way that most Thai people would say. You may hear the phrase slightly different such as châawp jang or accompanied with "I" such as phǒm châawp jang looei or chǎn châawp jang looei as well. If you meant to say "I like it" as an answer of the questions whether you like it or not, you can just use the word châawp or "like" as an answer.


Okay, to close out today's lesson, we'd like for you to practice what you just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible of saying it aloud. You will have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so chôok-dii khâ, that means "good luck" in Thai.
Remember, khâ is for women and khráp is for men.
Ok, here we go!
“I like it!” - châawp jang looei
châawp jang looei
châawp jang looei
“I like it very much!” - châawp mâak looei
châawp mâak looei
châawp mâak looei
“I don't like it.” - mâi châawp looei
mâi châawp looei
mâi châawp looei
All right. That’s going to do it for today. Remember to stop by ThaiPod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.