Present Tense

Thai Lesson 13 (Present Tense & Survival)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in Thai. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Thai Classes.

Present

The present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Thai, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Present Tense in Thai

Present Thai Audio
I see you(ผม / ฉัน) เห็นคุณ
(p̄hm/ c̄hạn) h̄ĕn khuṇ
I write with a pen(ผม / ฉัน) เขียนด้วยปากกา
(p̄hm/ c̄hạn) k̄heīyn d̂wy pākkā
You love applesคุณชอบแอปเปิ้ล
khuṇ chxb xæ ppeîl
You give moneyคุณให้เงิน
khuṇ h̄ı̂ ngein
You play tennisคุณเล่นเทนนิส
khuṇ lèn thennis̄
He reads a bookเขาอ่านหนังสือ
k̄heā x̀ān h̄nạngs̄ụ̄x
He understands meเขาเข้าใจ (ผม / ฉัน)
k̄heā k̄hêācı (p̄hm/ c̄hạn)
She has a catเธอมีแมวหนึ่งตัว
ṭhex mī mæw h̄nụ̀ng tạw
She knows my friendเธอรู้จักเพื่อนของ (ผม / ฉัน)
ṭhex rū̂cạk pheụ̄̀xn k̄hxng (p̄hm/ c̄hạn)
We want to learnเราอยากเรียน
reā xyāk reīyn
We think Spanish is easyเราเข้าใจว่าภาษาสเปนเรียนง่าย
reā k̄hêācı ẁā p̣hās̄ʹā s̄pen reīyn ng̀āy
You (plural) work hereพวกคุณทำงานที่นี่
phwk khuṇ thảngān thī̀ nī̀
You (plural) speak Frenchพวกคุณพูดภาษาฝรั่งเศษ
phwk khuṇ phūd p̣hās̄ʹā f̄rạ̀ng ṣ̄es̄ʹ
They drive a carพวกเขาขับรถ
phwk k̄heā k̄hạb rt̄h
They smileพวกเขายิ้ม
phwk k̄heā yîm

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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in Thai

Accidentอุบัติเหตุ
xubạtih̄etu
Allergyภูมิแพ้
p̣hūmiphæ̂
Ambulanceรถพยาบาล
rt̄h phyābāl
Asthmaหอบหืด
h̄xbh̄ụ̄d
Dangerอันตราย
xạntrāy
Doctorหมอ
h̄mx
Headacheอาการปวดหัว
xākār pwd h̄ạw
Heart attackหัวใจวาย
h̄ạwcı wāy
Help meช่วยฉันด้วย
ch̀wy c̄hạn d̂wy
Hospitalโรงพยาบาล
rong phyābāl
Medicinesยารักษาโรค
yā rạks̄ʹā rokh
Pharmacyร้านขายยา
r̂ān k̄hāy yā
Poisonยาพิษ
yā phis̄ʹ
Policeตำรวจ
tảrwc
Stomach acheอาการปวดท้อง
xākār pwd tĥxng
Strokeเส้นโลหิตสมองแตก
s̄ên loh̄it s̄mxng tæk

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Daily Conversation in Thai

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Thai Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Thai

Are you okay?คุณเป็นอะไรไหม?
khuṇ pĕn xarị h̄ịm?
Call a doctor!โทรเรียกหมอ
thor reīyk h̄mx
Call the ambulance!โทรเรียกรถพยาบาล
thor reīyk rt̄h phyābāl
Call the police!โทรเรียกตำรวจ
thor reīyk tảrwc
Calm down!ใจเย็นๆ
cı yĕn«
Fire!ไฟไหม้
fị h̄ịm̂
I feel sickฉันรู้สึกไม่สบาย
c̄hạn rū̂s̄ụk mị̀ s̄bāy
It hurts hereมันเจ็บตรงนี้
Mạn cĕb trng nī̂
It's urgent!มันเป็นเรื่องเร่งด่วน
Mạn pĕn reụ̄̀xng rèng d̀wn
Stop!หยุด
h̄yud
Thief!ขโมย
k̄hmoy
Where is the closest pharmacy?ร้านขายยาที่ใกล้ที่สุดคือ?
r̂ān k̄hāy yā thī̀ kıl̂ thī̀s̄ud khụ̄x?
You look beautiful! (to a woman)คุณดูสวยจัง
khuṇ dū s̄wy cạng
You have a beautiful nameชื่อคุณเพราะจัง
chụ̄̀x khuṇ pherāa cạng
This is my wifeนี่คือภรรยาของผม
nī̀ khụ̄x p̣hrryā k̄hxng p̄hm
This is my husbandนี่คือสามีของผม
nī̀ khụ̄x s̄āmī k̄hxng p̄hm

Fun Facts

Language Quote: ❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞ ‒Charlemagne

Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in Thai about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Thai Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Thai homepage.

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