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Jai boon

If you happen to stay in Thailand for a bit longer or if you’re a bit into learning more about Thai language and culture you will certainly come across the term ‘Jai boon‘.  When understanding the term jai boon we have to look at the two words involved. The meaning of ‘jai’ in Thai language In Thai language Jai means “heart”.  Many conversations in Thailand consist of this word.  Many people use it quite frequently which also led to companies using it in their commercials usually more than just once. Mostly…

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Thai idioms: “Arai Kor Dai” – Whatever | อะไรก็ได้

One of the terms that you are likely to hear the most when talking to Thai people is the phrase: Arai Kor Dai (arai gaw dai). Thai: อะไรก็ได้ This is roughly translated to “whatever”, “everything is fine” or “up to you”. As always translations vary and some smart asses might argue that it originates from something else but that doesn’t change that it’s being used as ‘whatever’ or ‘everything works’. [Tweet “Thai idioms: Arai Kor Dai – Whatever – อะไรก็ได้”]

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How to say ‘Happy New Year’ in Thai

Since I’ve been asked many times what to say during the Thai New Year’s Festival (Songkran / Water Festival) I thought I’d publish this short post to explain it briefly.   Sawadee (similar to sawadee krub/ka for ‘hello’). Pee = Year Mai = New   + polite ka (women) or krub (men)   So I’d say:   Sawadee pee mai krub!     If you want to learn the cultural Songkran song, check out Mod’s post.  

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Lost in Translation – Thai Translation: Mission Impossible

Thai is – at least for most people from the western world – quite a hard language to learn and to understand and even harder to read. The Thai language does not use arabic letters and has a complete different way of organizing the alphabet or using grammar. So, when suffering from translation issues, it is always nice if you can ask the internet for help. For example Google Translate. Right? Yeah, well…. Unfortunately google and other translating services are not always right when it comes to translating Thai. Since…

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