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Re: Usuful Thai words and idioms

Post by Pleng » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:30 am

lagojardin wrote:Kin Khao = Eat rice


Kin Khao is a generic term for eating - Rice or otherwise.
It's dependant on context. If you're being asked "Gin Khao Yang?" it means 'have you eaten yet', regardless of what that food might be.

However when discussing what you might want to eat, having been asked "Gin arai?", you can use "Gin Khao" to express your desire to eat something with rice (boiled/steamed rice) as opposed to Issan food (with sticky rice) or Farrang food. Don't use this though if you generally eat rice food or you're in a situation where it's expected that you will be eating Thai food, as answering with "Gin Khao" in those situations can make you come across as being awkward or unhelpful (just ask my gf! :D)

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Re: Usuful Thai words and idioms

Post by Spitfire » Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:12 pm

I'll throw one in......not entirely sure of the phonetic spelling though...

Gam-sanong-gam = Pretty much closely translates into "What goes around comes around."

There are other ways to say it, if I remember correctly, but it's been a while since I learned them so spelling might be out....here's one of them though.

Gam-na-ja-sanong
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Re: Usuful Thai words and idioms

Post by Roel » Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:42 pm

Nice one!
A little study (trial and error on the Thai spelling) revealed:
gam (กรรม) = a deed, an action
sanong (สนอง) = to reply, to respond

So gam sanong gam, a deed replied to with a deed, or an action responded to with a counter-action.
Or 'what goes around comes around'.

See also:
gam dtaam sanong (กรรมตามสนอง) = retribution
gam ma sanong (กรรมสนอง) = recoil
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Re: Usuful Thai words and idioms

Post by Lee1975 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:16 pm

Can someone explain to me what this means?
ขอ โทด / kŏr tôht

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Re: Usuful Thai words and idioms

Post by PeteC » Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:23 pm

Lee1975 wrote:Can someone explain to me what this means?
ขอ โทด / kŏr tôht

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I believe it means "excuse me", but I don't know if the Thai spelling is correct....leave that for others to comment on. Pete :cheers:
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Post by Lee1975 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:51 pm

prcscct wrote:
Lee1975 wrote:Can someone explain to me what this means?
ขอ โทด / kŏr tôht

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I believe it means "excuse me", but I don't know if the Thai spelling is correct....leave that for others to comment on. Pete :cheers:

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Re: Usuful Thai words and idioms

Post by Roel » Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:33 pm

It is spelled like this: ขอโทษ
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Re: Usuful Thai words and idioms

Post by Spitfire » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:48 pm

A fun word to learn that is useful in many situations and often gets a good laugh from the locals is the word for nightmare......which is....

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Post by Scotian2012 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:16 pm

I like this one, very useful:

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Post by richard » Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:33 pm

So please, what does this mean?

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Post by Bamboo Grove » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:53 pm

Richard, it's something like: When you see someone else's girlfriend (boyfriend) then you are happy.
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Post by richard » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:12 am

Does that mean I'm happy for them or fancy the girl?

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Re: Usuful Thai words and idioms

Post by Bamboo Grove » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:16 am

To me it's rather that when you see someone else's, you then appriciate what you have. I could be wrong, though.
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Re: Usuful Thai words and idioms

Post by Korkenzieher » Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:56 am

Yes. It is one which could have a double meaning if you translate it word for word. Something like, "to see another's girlfriend is delightful"

It may be more obvious to a Thai than it is to me!
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Re: Usuful Thai words and idioms

Post by TingTongJohn » Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:01 am

I always liked..Som nam nah..You do to your self..
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