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    Vocabularly Thread

    How about posting interesting/relevant vocabulary you come across and a few words on its use. I've been meaning to start this thread since last LoiKratong when I was going to start with the word for those floating lanterns....which I have now forgot, so if anyone knows....

    ขาดแคลน kaht(L)-klaern(-)

    To be lacking or short of something, e.g. money.



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    They are called kratongs,float them down the river to get rid of your bad spirits..... i floated loads but am sure it will take a lifetime for me.

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    ^Thanks but I was after the name for the paper lanterns that are launched into the air powered by a candle - not just at LoyKratong although the skies around ChiangMai are full with them at that time. Incredibly beautiful....and just a little bit dangerous at times.

    Just re-read my original post - not clear at all what I meant......

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    ok so they are called cum fire i htink

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    You're thinking of "Kom Loi" or "Kom Fai", right?

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    ันคงเป้นเเบบนั้นเเน - 'Mun kong pang bat nang nai'

    is what I tell the old lady when she keeps saying 'Caw satang pai teeow'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gent
    ันคงเป้นเเบบนั้นเเน - 'Mun kong pang bat nang nai'

    is what I tell the old lady when she keeps saying 'Caw satang pai teeow'!
    Can you write Thai Boon ? are you Thai ? I find this quite amazing if you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    Quote Originally Posted by The Gent
    ันคงเป้นเเบบนั้นเเน - 'Mun kong pang bat nang nai'

    is what I tell the old lady when she keeps saying 'Caw satang pai teeow'!
    Can you write Thai Boon ? are you Thai ? I find this quite amazing if you do.
    I am basically teaching myself at present. When I lived in LOS last, was taking classes at AUA.

    As you already know K. Butterfly, I'm Redneck Trailer Trash from Arkansas!

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    Memorize the Thai alphabet, that is the key. The thais don't really speak any different than us Westerns. We say red car, they say car red.

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    I wish I could memorize the Thai alphabet. I can read quite a bit now, but learning that alphabet has proved to be an impossible quest. Old dog, new tricks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danbo
    kaht(L)-klaern(-)
    Kaht-Klaen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gent
    มันคงเป้นเเบบนั้นเเน - 'Mun kong pang bat nang nai'
    มันคงเป็นเเบบนั้นเเน่ - 'Mun kong pen bab nan nae'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buadhai
    You're thinking of "Kom Loi" or "Kom Fai", right?
    Right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gent

    I am basically teaching myself at present. When I lived in LOS last, was taking classes at AUA.

    As you already know K. Butterfly, I'm Redneck Trailer Trash from Arkansas!
    Well, certainly not bad for a Red Stater. Maybe you are not hopeless. You might have enough brain cells to become a "liberal" someday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    Well, certainly not bad for a Red Stater. Maybe you are not hopeless. You might have enough brain cells to become a "liberal" someday.
    Well, I'm a liberal and I've never been able to figure out why all smart people aren't. But, fact remains that smart guys like Boon Mee are of the other persuasion. I figure we all just need to remember one thing: I'm right and he's not.

    Works for me.

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    You guys crack me up - form a comedy routine!

    Goddess...~ 'Mun kong pen bab nan nae' - my pronounciation still sucks but that's because I don't speak Thai 100% of the time. Thanks for the correction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gent
    Thanks for the correction.
    My pleasure.

    I think when Farangs try to speak Thai, it's CUTE!





    That means, you are cute, The Gent!

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    I wish I could memorize the Thai alphabet. I can read quite a bit now, but learning that alphabet has proved to be an impossible quest. Old dog, new tricks.
    Don't really need to.

    Start with 10 or so consonants and a couple of vowels and you are on your way. add to it gradually.

    Just look at signs and stuff and you'll soon see a pattern emerge.
    Took me about 3 months (an hour or more every day) to read fairly proficiently, though I haven't a clue what a lot of it means.
    It's really not rocket science and it's also a little bit daft to be illiterate in a country that you live in.
    Perservere with it and you'll start reading signs when you are stopped at the traffic lights and stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goddess of Whatever
    Quote Originally Posted by The Gent
    Thanks for the correction.
    My pleasure.

    I think when Farangs try to speak Thai, it's CUTE!





    That means, you are cute, The Gent!
    Cheers Goddess - it's good to get some help with with 'phassa Thai'

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    From a luvly Thail girl!!!

    Hehehehe.. no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    I wish I could memorize the Thai alphabet. I can read quite a bit now, but learning that alphabet has proved to be an impossible quest. Old dog, new tricks.
    Don't really need to.

    Start with 10 or so consonants and a couple of vowels and you are on your way. add to it gradually.

    Just look at signs and stuff and you'll soon see a pattern emerge.
    Took me about 3 months (an hour or more every day) to read fairly proficiently, though I haven't a clue what a lot of it means.
    It's really not rocket science and it's also a little bit daft to be illiterate in a country that you live in.
    Perservere with it and you'll start reading signs when you are stopped at the traffic lights and stuff.
    When I was young, this's the way I learn English also. Yes, it works great.

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    Cannot recite the alphabet but recognize 99% of the characters when reading. Funny how there's like two alphabets. One consonant one vowel 'cept the bisexual letters that is.
    Like CMN said
    it's also a little bit daft to be illiterate in a country that you live in.
    learning the latters is easy enough and it's great way to improve vocab. Trying to memorize some 70 odd characters can be a bit daunting. so don't start small and build. most of 'em aren;t used that much anyway.
    The old lady gets bored with my exlaimations when I'm reading. But I read every word of thai I see these days. I'm easily amused.
    When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty -- T. Jefferson


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    Kem - it means salty but it also has a meaning like "sticky" e.g when your landlord doesn't give back your deposit they are being "kem" Is this right GoW?

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    Exactly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    It's really not rocket science and it's also a little bit daft to be illiterate in a country that you live in.
    Perservere with it and you'll start reading signs when you are stopped at the traffic lights and stuff.
    I can read, I just can't memorize the names of all the letters. I know what their sounds are, but when it comes to the "kor kai, kho kai" I get stuck at "yor ying" and can't seem to learn any after that.

    I even wrote a flash card deck for the computer that has the consonants in Thai and IPA, but I'm just too thick to learn it.

    Flash Card Suite - Thai
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