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Thread: Thai Proverbs

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    Thai Proverbs

    Though it may be nice to have a thread dedicated to Thai proverbs and there meaning.

    It helps me with learning the Language and also being able to throw in a Thai saying or proverb when trying to explain to my TG.

    One I used today I will start off with.

    tam nam phrik lalai mae nam (Hopeless at Thai script as yet sorry)

    To make ducks and drakes of one’s money.

    Basically to spend resources or invest in an enterprise which provides no return whatsoever.
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    Good idea JM.
    I don't know any but will be plesed to be able to learn some.
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    One for wabbs

    Kra tay teun toom
    Like a shocked and frenzied bunny.
    When you are excited, you cannot see the real issue.


    These are just my understandings and spelling (With the help of Dao but not always correct in translation). Please do me a favour and correct me if I get it wrong.

    Just want to put it up to learn.
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    I'm with JC on this subject but also would like to learn.

    Only one I know so far (Maybe Chinese) is "Man who stand on side of mountain with mouth open waiting for roast duck to fly in.....have long wait".
    And where the hell was Biggles.....?....when you needed him last Saturday....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Changone View Post
    I'm with JC on this subject but also would like to learn.

    Only one I know so far (Maybe Chinese) is "Man who stand on side of mountain with mouth open waiting for roast duck to fly in.....have long wait".
    I will add to the Chinese one (well when said with a Chinese accent it sounds cool 555) - "Man who wake up with brown thumb, should wear underwear to bed..." sorryfftopic:
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    One for Nam

    Khayan muean mot

    Be as diligent as an ant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Changone View Post
    I'm with JC on this subject but also would like to learn.

    Only one I know so far (Maybe Chinese) is "Man who stand on side of mountain with mouth open waiting for roast duck to fly in.....have long wait".
    Thats similar to the one i use all the time to say how hungry i am " I am so hunger i could eat the crotch out of a low flying duck " 5555555..i would love to know that one in thai ?
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    I got slapped in the early days trying to explain Dry as a Nun's ___
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    I know one, "Man who go to bed with stiff problem in hand, wake up in puddle" 555555
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    Quote Originally Posted by jontymate View Post
    Though it may be nice to have a thread dedicated to Thai proverbs and there meaning.

    It helps me with learning the Language and also being able to throw in a Thai saying or proverb when trying to explain to my TG.

    One I used today I will start off with.

    tam nam phrik lalai mae nam (Hopeless at Thai script as yet sorry)

    To make ducks and drakes of one’s money.

    Basically to spend resources or invest in an enterprise which provides no return whatsoever.
    สุภาษิตไทย





    แม้ว่ามันอาจจะดีที่มีด้ายทุ่มเทให้กับภาษิตไทยและมี ความหมาย

    มันช่วยให้ผมด้วยการเรียนรู้ภาษาและยังความสามารถในก ารโยนในคำพูดภาษาไทยหรือสุภาษิตเมื่อพยายามที่จะอธิบ ายให้ฉันทีจี

    หนึ่งที่ฉันใช้วันนี้ผมจะเริ่มต้นด้วย

    Tam น้ำพริกละลายแม่น้ำ (Hopeless ที่อักษรไทยเป็นยังเสียใจ)

    เพื่อให้เป็ดและ Drakes ของเงินหนึ่ง

    โดยทั่วไปจะใช้จ่ายทรัพยากรหรือลงทุนในองค์กรที่ให้ผ ลตอบแทนใด ๆ ไม่มี

    Does this help? 555
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    Seriously, yep i reckon you are on a winner.

    Just getting the translation right is the key, I am still smarting when my best efforts at repeating what i thought was exactly the same phrases in Lao, had my teachers rolling around the floor in fits of laughter and tears.....



    Tip when i use the translator it now has a speaker button and provided i use correct grammar, it speaks the sentences in Thai and Australian with a female voice. Khun Klan says it is accurate and correct for Thai readers provided i use correct grammar.

    Same for Thai responses excellent except for slang which changes everything....
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    Proverbs? Dangerous damn things... use them at your peril...
    I found the one below on a thai language website once

    ฝนตกไม่ทั่วฟ้า
    fun tock mai thuaa fah (translation)
    It can't rain everywhere at once = website said the english equivalent was "Every cloud has a silver lining"
    Which makes sense - it can't rain everywhere so somewhere the sun is shining... okay

    So clever Mr M learnt the phrase and sprouted it at every opportunity to show how clever he is by being able to say "there there, never mind and mai bpen lai" all in the one phrase....

    Except in Thailand - think farmers etc - rain is a good thing - it can't rain everywhere at once really means "Well, somebody had to miss out" or "Life is not fair (you loser!)"

    So instead of being supportive like I thought I was when someone had a run of bad luck I was really saying something akin to "toughen up princess" ....555

    Enjoy..
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    ^^^^ I LOVE IT !!!!

    I wear size 11's and can fit both my feet in my mouth at the same time 55555
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    Thai: Kee chang jahb thak-a-thaen
    Ride an elephant to catch a grasshopper
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    A cart's wheels fall into the track.
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    Ok, its probably "Eric Pearce with the late news" but I am learning.

    I was eating with Pi Klan and Khun Klom last night. I added some roast potato to my sticky rai, curry crab and garlic chilli paste and Klom says to me you like Farang? Me ummm farang? Yes you eat farang! That why we call you farang its short for farang ------- which means potato eaters....

    Well call me Spud! I thought it was the word for foreigner, well it is I supppose. G'day my fellow potato eaters.....
    Last edited by Spot; 23rd March 2012 at 19:25. Reason: Wrote Si instead of Pi
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    New one on me spot. My understanding is of European decent. Also the same or similar sounding word for guava fruit. I love guava juice / Farang / Falang drink.

    Edit just asked the leader of the opposition. Yep the spud is farang. Not same same Thai spud

    Man(Thai word for heaps of veggies) farang the spud as we know it. White potatoes.

    Thai man (same same like sweet spuds and derivatives)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jontymate View Post
    New one on me spot. My understanding is of European decent. Also the same or similar sounding word for guava fruit. I love guava juice / Farang / Falang drink.

    Edit just asked the leader of the opposition. Yep the spud is farang. Not same same Thai spud

    Man(Thai word for heaps of veggies) farang the spud as we know it. White potatoes.

    Thai man (same same like sweet spuds and derivatives)
    Yep JTM, well the roast spuds were white potato and sweet potato.. I'll have to ask Klom more about it. This is her first week in OZ she is married to a US farang and has better English than her little sister Klan. Khup
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