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Seasons and Weather in Thai Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Beginner

No matter where you are, people love talking (and complaining) about the weather. This is true in Thailand, where people often complain about it being too hot or too rainy. Why not join them and complain in Thai as well? Let’s learn about the seasons and weather in Thai in this post.

Seasons

Looks like rain. Image by Mike Behnken from flickr.com.

Some like to joke that Thailand only has three seasons – hot, hotter, and hottest.  While there is some truth to that, here’s how Thailand actually breaks down its seasons:

  • cold season: ฤดูหนาว réu-doo năao

  • hot season: ฤดูร้อน réu-doo rón

  • rainy season: ฤดูฝนตก réu-doo fŏn dtòk

While it’s true that it never really gets cold in Thailand, there is actually a “cold season” there. If you’re like me and are from a freezing place like Michigan, you probably laugh at the notion that 60-65F is cold. This season generally lasts from November to February, and it is probably the most pleasant time to travel in Thailand.

The hot (or dry) season lasts from February to May. There are lots of hot, sunny days during this time. In the northern part of the country there’s very little rain, and even droughts, while in the south on the islands there’s already quite a bit of rain.

The rainy season in Thailand lasts from May to October. Usually it will rain once a day for a few hours, so it’s really not that bad. Keep in mind, though, that some places may experience flooding during the rainy season.

Weather Vocabulary

Seasons and Weather in Thai

Nice and hot on the islands!

Now let’s learn some useful Thai vocabulary for talking about the weather:

 

อากาศ

ร้อน

ร้อนมาก

เย็น

หนาว

ฝนตก

พายุ

ฟ้าผ่า

ฟ้าร้อง

ปลอดโปร่ง

เมฆ

มีเมฆ

ลม

ลมแรง

ลมพัดแรง

ความชื้น

มรสุม

พายุทอร์นาโด

พายุเฮอริเคน

น้ำท้วม

aa-gàat

rón

rón mâak

yen

năao

fŏn dtòk

paa-yú

fáa pàa

fáa róng

bplòt bpròhng

mâyk

mee mâyk

lom

lom raeng

lom pát raeng

kwaam chéun

mor-rá-sŭm

paa-yú tor-naa-doh

paa-yú hay a-rí kayn

nám túam

weather

hot

very hot

cool

cold

rain

storm

lightning

thunder

sunny

cloud

cloudy

wind

windy

strong winds

humid

monsoon

tornado

hurricane

flood

Practice Sentences

Ang Thong Marine Park

The weather is nice here!

อากาศดี aa-gàat dee

The weather is nice.

 

ฝนตกอยู่ fŏn dtòk yòo

It’s raining.

 

มันร้อนมาก man rón mâak

It’s very hot!

 

ข้างนอกปลอดโปร่ง kâang nôk bplòt bpròhng

It’s sunny outside.

 

ดูเหมือนฝนจะตก doo mĕuan fŏn jà dtòk

It looks like it will rain.

 

Now you’re all set to talk and complain about the weather along with the Thai people! But let’s be honest, the weather in Thailand is pretty awesome. For more practice, check out this video from My Thai Language School in Bangkok:

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About the Author:sasha

Sasha is a teacher, student, writer, photographer, web designer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently planning a trip through Central/South America.


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