Language Corner (5)

Welcome to the fifth edition of Language Corner, your monthly guide to speaking Thai, brought to you by Insight English Cha-Am and Onlychaam.com.

This month we are going to look at numbers and also learn how to ask for and give your age to someone. Thai numbers are quite simple to learn once you have mastered one to ten. Learn numbers up to a thousand it should make your life a lot easier especially when talking about prices, time and ages!

Practice the following dialogue between Parichat and David:

Parichat: Khun David a-yu tao-rai ka? (How old are you?)
David: Phom a-yu see sip song bpee krap. (I’m 42 years old.)
Khun la krap? (And you?)
Parichat: Chan a-yu saam sip saam bpee ka. (I’m 33 years old.)

Vocabulary:
A-yu = age
Tao-rai = how much?
Khun la = and you?
Bpee = year

Here are the numbers in Thai:
0 = soon
1 = nung
2 = song
3 = saam
4 = see
5 = haa
6 = hok
7 = jet
8 = bpaet
9 = gao
10 = sip
11 = sip et
12 = sip song
13 = sip saam
14 = sip see
15 = sip haa
16 = sip hok
17 = sip jet
18 = sip bpaet
19 = sip gao
20 = yee sip
21 = yee sip et
30 = sam sip
40 = see sip
50 = haa sip
60 = hok sip
70 = jet sip
80 = bpaet sip
90 = gao sip
100 = nung roi
1,000 = nung pan

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