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    a coffee please

    Suppose a Thai friend would ask me:
    س ҡ (What would you like to drink?)

    And I would like to answer: a coffee please

    What would be the best way to translate that in Thai?
    1) س
    2)
    3) Ѻ

    Or perhaps something else?

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    Re: a coffee please

    Quote Originally Posted by suvois View Post
    Suppose a Thai friend would ask me:
    س ҡ (What would you like to drink?)

    And I would like to answer: a coffee please

    What would be the best way to translate that in Thai?
    1) س
    2)
    3) Ѻ

    Or perhaps something else?
    I variously say:

    1. ͡ΌФѺ
    and
    2. ѺΌФѺ

    I'm pretty sure 1 is a standard polite way of saying it. No one has corrected me for saying 2 so hopefully it is correct. I'm confident it will at least sound polite even if not the way a Thai person would say it.

    I usually say Ѻ in preference to as I feel can sound very abrupt if you don't use exactly the right tone of voice.

    س is a word I don't understand very well but I don't think it bears a really close relationship with please - at least in the way we use please for everyday polite requests.
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    Re: a coffee please

    I think the best would be:

    ͹ ˹ Ѻ

    "gaffee lawn neung gaeo kap". -- One cup of hot coffee please.

    Most places sell hot & cold coffees, so you have to specify hot coffee. Then cup is also a classifier, so "gaeo" gets thrown in.

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    Re: a coffee please

    1) س
    If you said this, people would understand what you meant, but it's grammatically incorrect. س has to be used with a verb, and it's a fairly formal word that's not commonly used in normal speech anyway.

    2)
    3) Ѻ
    Either of these would be ok. You don't really need the here but you can use it if you like, Ѻ or not depending on who you're talking to and how polite you want to be. As cdnmatt says, use ͹ instead of just if you think there's a possibility of misunderstanding. If you want a full sentence, then cdnmatt's is correct too although I think in most situations a full sentence answer would be a bit too polite. It's the same as in English really, if someone asks you "What do you want to drink?" it'd be more usual to reply "A coffee, please" than "(I'd like) one cup of coffee, please". Or maybe I'm just not as polite as others

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    Re: a coffee please

    Commonly most thais will answer w/one of the below.....

    ͡ῤѺ
    ҡῤѺ
    or
    ҡῤѺ
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    Re: a coffee please

    should it be or for the classifier..?

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    Re: a coffee please

    ^ not necessary, as you will normaly get one cup/glass at a time anyway.
    Unless you want more than one at a time, then you can include the classifier

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    Re: a coffee please

    ok thanks...ermmm or ..?
    both is ok?

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    Re: a coffee please

    Generally

    .....for hot coffee - a cup of coffee

    ....for iced coffee - a glass of iced coffee
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    ps.....
    Unless you're in the place that is selling both in a Styrofoam/paper cup, then everything will be in a “glass/” as the thais would normally call it that way...and can be a bit confusing for a non-native Thai speaker.

    But in the op's context.....you're being asked of what do you want, not ordering it yourself.
    In this case if you have more than one choice....you can elaborate your choice of coffee to either

    ͹
    or
    Last edited by Moxy; 08-04-10 at 03:03 PM.

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    Re: a coffee please

    Wow, what a lot of help, thank you guys!

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