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Lesson 4: Can You Speak Thai Language?


One of the most common questions a Thai person will ask you is, "Can you speak Thai Language?" Whatever the answer is, this lesson will teach you how to say it correctly. Similar questions include "reading", "writing" and "understanding".

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Grammar Notes:

Often, you can turn a sentence into a question by simply adding the question word  mái  (meaning "or not") at the end of the sentence. Most questions in Thai Language are similarly structured with the question word at the end of the sentence.

In this lesson, we are asking: "Can you speak Thai Language?" and so the "can or not?" question words  dâi  mái  go at the end of the sentence, like this:

can you speak Thai language ?
kun pôot pah-sǎh tai dâi mái
lit: you speak language Thai can or not?


(Also, don't forget that adjectives come after nouns, so it's "language thai" not "thai language".)

You can answer the question as "can" or "can not", as follows:

I can speak Thai language
 dì-chǎn / pǒm  pôot pah-sǎh tai dâi
lit: I speak language Thai can


I cannot speak Thai language
 dì-chǎn / pǒm  pôot pah-sǎh tai mâi dâi
lit: I speak language Thai not can


Reading, writing, and understanding Thai Language is said the same way.
can you write Thai language ?
kun kě pah-sǎh tai dâi mái
lit: you write language Thai can or not?



Word List:

read àhn อ่าน
understand kôw jai เข้าใจ
French fà-ràng-sèt ฝรั่งเศส
Chinese jeen จีน
speak pôot พูด
can or not? dâi mái ได้ไหม
Japanese yêe-þùn ญี่ปุ่น
English ang-grìt อังกฤษ
Thai tai ไทย
language pah-sǎh ภาษา
write kě เขียน
can not mâi dâi ไม่ได้

Sample Sentences:

These sentences are based on the patterns described in the
Grammar section. Click here to see slightly different versions.
dì-chǎn kôw jai pah-sǎh ang-grìt dâi
ดิฉัน เข้าใจ ภาษา อังกฤษ ได้
I (f.) can understand English language

pôo.ak kǒw pôot pah-sǎh yêe-þùn dâi mái
พวกเขา พูด ภาษา ญี่ปุ่น ได้ไหม
can they speak Japanese language ?

dì-chǎn kě pah-sǎh fà-ràng-sèt mâi dâi
ดิฉัน เขียน ภาษา ฝรั่งเศส ไม่ได้
I (f.) can not write French language

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