There are three distinct levels of vocabulary all language learners must pass to become truly natively fluent. A beginner learns basic vocabulary, like ‘snake, cow, horse, pig, fish, and bird’. Branching out, an intermediate learner learns more specific vocabulary, such as ‘rattle snake, side winder, cobra, python, and serpent’. An expert learner would get even more detailed, learning the individual species names of each rattle snake: ‘diamondback rattlesnake, dusky rattlesnake, South American rattlesnake, Timber rattlesnake’, etc. Native speakers rarely learn this last level as its very specialist knowledge.
In the last post we learned the basic body parts. Now that you’ve learned a general list of body parts, let’s go to the intermediate level and get more specific with one of them: the hand (meuu1 มือ).
This article will teach you the parts of a hand, and other related vocabulary.
Let’s start with the finger names:
|นิ้วกลาง||New4 glaang1||Middle finger|
|นิ้วนาง||New4 naang1||Ring finger|
With reference to the above list, chee4 ชี้ means ‘to point’, glaang1 กลาง means ‘middle’, and tow4 เท้า means ‘foot’.
Sometimes, instead of holding hands, a Thai couple would hold pinky fingers. This is called:
to hold pinkies together
In our previous lesson you learned that kaw1 คอ means ‘neck’. In Thai, the wrist below your hand is also a ‘neck’:
The Thai word for ‘grab’ or ‘to hold’ is jab2 จับ. To hold hands is:
The word for ‘raise’ is yok4 ยก. To raise your hand, to ask a question or whatever, is:
Raise [your] hand
Practice raising your hand:
In English, an expert can be referred to as an ‘old hand’. You can also say this in Thai, where gow2 เก่า means ‘old’:
experienced person, ‘old hand’
But that above expression is uncommon, so it’s better to say:
A beginner is called a ‘new hand’, where mai2 ใหม่ means ‘new’:
Your right hand is:
And your left is:
A cellphone, referred to as ‘a hand carry’ in Thai, is:
A gunman has a gun in his hand, so he is a:
Someone who is empty handed, or unarmed, or whatever, is:
A second hand item, something already used, is just like in English:
A ‘couple’ is called คู่. A ‘manual’, or instruction booklet, is the ‘couple’ for your hand.
This following political term below has two definitions:
1) a euphemism for the monarchy and those in the inner royal circles
2) outside unknown individuals, not directly connected to any known political groups, but intent on causing political violence for specific political purposes
Meuu1 tee3 saam5
the Third Hand