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Beginner Thai Vocabulary – Drinks Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Beginner

We’ve talked a lot about Thai food here in the past few months, and for good reason – it’s one of the most delicious and famous cuisines on Earth. In case you missed out, here are some previous posts you can review to build your vocabulary when it comes to food:

As you probably know, Thai food can be a bit spicy. If you’re enjoying a feast of papaya salad and tom yom goong, chances are you’ll want something refreshing to wash it all down with. Perhaps a lime juice, a glass of water, or maybe even a cold Chang beer.

Mmmm.... fresh smoothie!

Mmmm…. fresh smoothie!

You can probably order your drink in English, but why not try to do it in Thai? Here are 20 drinks in Thai for you to study up on:

  • water น้ำ nám

  • tea ชา chaa

  • iced tea ชาเย็น chaa yen

  • hot tea ชาร้อน chaa rón

  • coffee กาแฟ gaa fae

  • iced coffee กาแฟเย็น gaa-fae yen

  • hot coffee กาแฟร้อน gaa-fae rón

  • fruit juice น้ำ ผลไม้ nám pŏn-lá-máai

  • orange juice น้ำส้ม nám sôm

  • lime juice น้ำมะนาว nám má-naao

  • coconut juice น้ำมะพร้าว nám má-práao

  • smoothie น้ำผลไม้ปั่น nám pŏn-lá-máai bpàn

  • milk นม nom

  • soda โซดา soh daa

  • Coke โค้ก kóhk

  • beer เบียร์ bia

  • wine ไวน์ wai

  • red wine ไวน์แดง wai daeng

  • white wine ไวน์ขาว wai kăao

  • liquor/spirits สุรา sù raa

You’ll notice that to order a drink hot or cold, you’ll say the name of the drink first in Thai. In Thai, you order a “coffee iced,” not an “iced coffee.” The same goes for ordering your wine, as you’ll ask for “wine red” or “wine white.” When ordering a juice, just use the short word for juice (น้ำ) followed by the name of the fruit. Here are a few more words that will come in handy when ordering drinks:

  • bottle ขวด kùat

  • can กระป๋อง grà-bpŏng

  • glass แก้ว gâew

  • cup/small bowl ถ้วย tûay

  • small เล็ก lék

  • medium กลาง glaang

  • large ใหญ่ yài

Have you fallen in love with Thai style iced tea and wish you could drink it all the time? Blogger Mark Wiens has put together a great video on YouTube showing you how to make it yourself. Check it out, and good luck mixing up your own batch of ชาเย็น!

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Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, 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 trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.