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Vocabulary for This Lesson

Introducing Yourself

With these words you'll be able to introduce yourself, ask someone's name, and tell them your name.
ชื่อ
chûu
name, to be named
ขอโทษ
kǎw-tôte
excuse me, pardon me
อะไร
à-rai
what (question word)
นะ
a question particle
นะ is added to questions to make them sound less abrupt, or nicer.
กรุณา
gà-rú-naa
please
Note that the first syllable is formed by ก without a vowel. This special spelling has an implied à sound. So you say gà-rú-naa (not grú-naa). gà-rú-naa. กรุณา is one of two different words that are used like the English word please. The other word is โปรด (bròte).
พูด
pôot
to speak; to say
อีกที
eèk-tee
again, one more time
ได้ไหม
dâi-mǎi
can you? are you able to?
นามสกุล
naam-sà-gune
last name, family name
ใช่ไหม
châi-mǎi
Isn't that right? Correct?
When ใช่ไหม is added to a statement, it forms a question. It is used when the speaker is seeking confirmation of something. It is very similar to the word หรือ, and in most cases either word can be used.
ไม่ใช่
mâi-châi
it is not so, no, negative response
ไม่ได้
mâi-dâi
can not, is not
ใช่
châi
yes, to be so
ใช่ is used as an affirmative response to certain questions. Loosely translated, it means "yes, or correct".
เปล่า
blào
no
เปล่า is a particle that means "No". It indicates a strong disagreement with the information content of a question. You will often hear the words หรือ เปล่า (rǔu bplào), which is like saying or not? at the end of a statement to form a question. If you strongly disagree, say เปล่า.
ไม่
mâi
no, not

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