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BANGKOK 17 August 2019 17:59
SteveK

Thai words for "thing"?

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Hi guys,

 

I wonder if someone can clarify something for me. I am confused about the Thai word for thing or things, e.g. when I catch 2 fish they say song dtua, when I buy a box of something is says x chin, and today when my neighbour came over with her daughter and I let our little dogs out she said song an.

 

What is the difference between these words?

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an/chin/khon/toa/song/etc =piece, but they have a crapton of

classifiers,  i will never make this 100%, neither will you

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Thai classifier words ... have fun.

 

https://www.thailanguagehut.com/classifiers/

 

Here is a list of the 334 classifiers currently listed in our online dictionary, and the nouns they classify. For introductory information on classifers in the Thai language, please have a look at the reference page on Numeric Classifers.
 

http://www.thai-language.com/ref/classifier-list

 

 

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When I first came to Thailand, I heard Thais joking using the wrong classifiers a couple times.

 

One was an answer to a question about having any kids.  The guy's answer was something like "I have "song loog" (two balls).  Another time the guy referred to his two kids as "tua".  Another guy responding to a question about being married or not held up his hands and said he had two wives.  I forget how he phrased it and what classifier he used.  Classifiers can be fun.

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2 hours ago, brokenbone said:

when in doubt, use chin

Or ask. 

 

Ni (this) Ben (is) Arai (what)?  Chin, An, Loog, Lem or Arai?

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11 hours ago, SteveK said:

That wasn't helpful.

If it has arms or legs ........Dtua

If it doesn't I generally just use ....... An

 

Two classifiers is enough for me.

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39 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

If it has arms or legs ........Dtua

If it doesn't I generally just use ....... An

 

Two classifiers is enough for me.

Dtua. Although you'd generally assume it's going to be an animal. A chair has arms and legs and appropriately uses dtua,

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1 minute ago, bluesofa said:

Dtua. Although you'd generally assume it's going to be an animal. A chair has arms and legs and appropriately uses dtua,

.......... and clothing.

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3 minutes ago, BritManToo said:
4 minutes ago, bluesofa said:

Dtua. Although you'd generally assume it's going to be an animal. A chair has arms and legs and appropriately uses dtua,

.......... and clothing.

Oh yes, trousers, shirts - more items with legs and arms ha ha!

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