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Use of the word "I" in Thai
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    Use of the word "I" in Thai

    Hi everybody,

    I am suvois from the Netherlands, and I am new here.

    In the courses on the internet I already found, I haven't been finding yet the word "I" translated. So, could it be that in case you speak in the first person "me" in Thai the I-word is usually left out?
    So, if you want to say: "I have a cat", then in Thai you say:

    (have cat)

    ?

    Kind regards,
    suvois

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    Re: Use of the word "I" in Thai

    Quote Originally Posted by suvois View Post
    Hi everybody,

    I am suvois from the Netherlands, and I am new here.

    In the courses on the internet I already found, I haven't been finding yet the word "I" translated. So, could it be that in case you speak in the first person "me" in Thai the I-word is usually left out?
    So, if you want to say: "I have a cat", then in Thai you say:

    (have cat)

    ?

    Kind regards,
    suvois
    ǵ˹ I have a cat (Male speaking)
    ѹǵ˹ I have a cat (male or female speaking)


    There are many many other words for "I" in the Thai language. These two are probably the most commonly used on a daily basis.

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    Re: Use of the word "I" in Thai

    You are right. In everyday conversation the "I" (pom or chan) is often left out. rao is also used sometimes for "I". Children may use nu (mouse) for I.

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    Re: Use of the word "I" in Thai

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Use of the word "I" in Thai

    i think i hear being used for "I" more than ..unless using upon meeting a stranger..??

    the "" in also turns into an "" as in "" right..?

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    Re: Use of the word "I" in Thai

    if it is not ambiguous from the context who has that cat, I don't think there is a subject in the sentence.
    also, depending on who you speak to, you can use other relationship words to mean "I", to refer to yourself.
    if you talk to your students, you would say "teacher has a cat".
    if you talk to your children, you would say "father / mother has a cat".
    etc.

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    Re: Use of the word "I" in Thai

    Quote Originally Posted by alvinkhoo View Post
    i think i hear being used for "I" more than ..unless using upon meeting a stranger..??

    the "" in also turns into an "" as in "" right..?
    The R/L thing has been discussed at length before. But since you asked and didn't get an answer yet :

    The R sounding like an L is a pronounciation tendency by part of the population, it doesn't mean that you can just switch R's with L's in writing. remains

    An R is basically a "rolling" L... If you use just 1 roll, it will sound about the same as an L, so not surprising that there can be a shift between the 2

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