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Archive for September, 2012

Full Kee vocabulary Posted by on Sep 30, 2012

Full Kee has nothing to do with the Thai language – it’s a common name for a chinese restaurant. But that name really bothers me because in Thai, ‘kee3’ means s&%t or ‘crap’. As an adult I shouldn’t be amused by this, but really, a restaurant that is full of kee?

Geelaa See (Thai Sports Day) Posted by on Sep 27, 2012

Not too long ago I got to participate in gee1laa1 see5 กีฬาสี. What is กีฬาสี? It’s the sports day for school, or for some other group. People are divided up evenly into two teams of opposing colors, and then compete. In the west, we’d call it ‘field day’, but in the west we wouldn’t have…

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The Invisible Vowel Rule, part 3 Posted by on Sep 25, 2012

In the first part of this series, I talked about how to determine the vowel when it wasn’t visible. In the second part, I talked about how vowels can change its appearance. In this third part, I will show several more vowels that change it’s appearance.

The Invisible Vowel Rules, part 2 Posted by on Sep 21, 2012

In the first part, I showed how strings of consonants can be pronounced despite not having any visibly defined vowels. I had simplified it as just four easy to remember rules.

The Invisible Vowel Rules, part 1 Posted by on Sep 20, 2012

In English, words are pronounced left to right. You pronounce the first letter of the word first, and the last letter last. But not so in Thai! Vowels are written above, below, to the left, to the right, and even surrounding the consonants. For a beginner it’s an unintuitive concept.

How to use the Thai word ด้วย Posted by on Sep 10, 2012

The word duay3 ด้วย is a multipurpose word that, depending on how it’s used, can have many different meanings in English. It could be translated as ‘by’, ‘together’, ‘with’, ‘out of’, ‘too’, ‘also’, or ‘with’. Sometimes you can tell which to use by identifying the location of surrounding verbs and nouns, but in other cases…

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Animal Practice Word Match Posted by on Sep 3, 2012

Practice Thai animal vocabulary.