Day 172 : Phom Rak Rian Pasah Thai

If you’ve seen the cats in Thailand, you would see that they are very skinny. Why? Because whenever Thais try to feed them, the cats would go “meow, meow” and the people would stop giving them food. Why? Because “meow” sounds like “mai ow”, the Thai phrase that means “don’t want”… *gua gua gua*

And that was how my first class in Basic Thai began. Our teacher (kru), Christine, made learning (rian) the language (pasah) so much fun!

I was supposed to start the class 3 months ago but had been so busy, I kept missing the start dates until now. The Groupon voucher I bought for this 10-lesson deal at S$99 (+ S$30 for a coursebook) was about to expire so I cannot postpone any further even though I am facing an eternal abyss of work.

If you are ever interested in learning Thai, here’s the first golden rule : BROKEN ENGLISH MAKES GOOD THAI. No joke. The Thai language (pasah Thai) reverses the sequence of adjectives and nouns and omits connecting words such as ‘the’, ‘is’, ‘are’, etc in some sentences. So while we would say “beautiful woman” in English, Thai would have it as “woman beautiful”.

By the way, if you would like to tell this blogger he is really very cute in Thai, you say “khun (you) nah rak (cute) mak mak (very / many / much) jing jing (really)”. Haha.

Think I’ll (phom) love (rak) learning (rian) the Thai language (pasah Thai)… here’s wishing you “sabaai dee mak mak (blissful and good many many)”!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. spunktitud3
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 03:26:59



  2. Aini
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 16:35:31

    Hi Darren! Just wondering how fast it took Cambridge to reply you when you first contacted them..

    I purchased a $99 deal for Spanish class two months back and have been trying to contact them but all I got was an automated email reply saying they will get back to me (but never!), or unanswered phonecalls. I am slowly losing my patience haha.

    So yeap, was it a speedy reply from Cambridge that you got?


    • Darren Ng
      Nov 05, 2012 @ 20:57:30

      hi aini… cambridge replied pretty quickly and i managed to get them on the phone to confirm my classes. otherwise, u can go down to their office at peninsula plaza and find out in person if u have the time.


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