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Arai means What(?) Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Beginner

There is a joke students like to play on their Thai speaking teachers, one similar to the ‘who’s on first base’ joke.

Student: What does อะไร mean?
Teacher: What
Student: What does อะไร mean?
Teacher: What
Student: What does อะไร mean?
Teacher: What!!!!!

The joke is that อะไร means ‘what’ . . .

During class the other week a student of mine pointed out that the word aMraiMอะไร is confusing due to the many ways it can be used. It has two other meanings, roughly translating to ‘something’ and ‘anything’. But in some cases it doesn’t directly translate over very well, so the best way to learn the word would be using the below examples.

 

It is something that I don’t want.

manM bpenM aMraiM teeF pomR maiF owM

มันเป็นอะไรที่ผมไม่เอา

 

What is it?

manM kueM aMraiM

มันคืออะไร?

 

Are [you] ok?

bpenM aMraiM maiR

เป็นอะไรไหม?

 

What’s up?

Something you want to say?

Do [you] have anything?

meeM aMraiM maiR

มีอะไรไหม?

 

I don’t want anything.

aMraiM aMraiM gawF maiF owM

อะไรๆก็ไม่เอา

 

What am I looking for?

pomR haaR aMraiM

ผมหาอะไร?

 

I’m looking for something to read.

pomR haaR aMraiM aanL yuuL

ผมหาอะไรอ่านอยู่

 

Is there something [you] want to eat?

meeM aMraiM teeF yaakL ginM maiR

มีอะไรที่อยากกินไหม?

 

There wasn’t anything.

maiF meeM aMraiM loyM

ไม่มีอะไรเลย

 

I don’t need anything.

maiF dtawngFgaanM aMraiM kaF

ไม่ต้องการอะไรค่ะ

 

What is it?

aMraiM laawR

อะไรเหรอ?

 

What are [you] doing?

tumM aMraiM yuuL

ทำอะไรอยู่?

 

What color is it?

seeR aMraiM

สีอะไร?

 

What does ‘what’ mean?

aMraiM blaeeM waaF aMraiM
อะไรแปลว่าอะไร?

 

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