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How Do You Say "hello How Are You"

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I sometimes reply with...สบายดีจะตาย แด่ยังไม่ตายนะ "sabai dee ja dtaai,dtae yahng mai dtaai na" 

I like that one much better! "....ja dtaai" is very commonly used, and maybe a less 'shocking' intro to "yahng mai dtaai" for some :o

But, I do agree with Meadish's thoughts. Consideration of the situation is important. And he wasn't wagging his finger at me, I'm sure :D

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Sawatdee ka, gen khao lao yang? :o

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I was under the impression that Snowleopard was Swedish, a nation not known for its imaginative and surreal sense of humour; however after reading about his dive into the crematorium I realise my preconceptions were baseless and utterly without foundation; unless of course he has been indulging in some possibly illicit substances.

On the theme of morbidity, does anyone know of any Thai idiom equivalent to the English, 'one foot in the grave'?

bannork.

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Sawatdee ka, gen khao lao yang?  :D

Hi sbk,

Is it this one you mean or another one? สวัสดีคะ กินข้าวแล้วยัง :o

Snowleopard

Why would you use Laew Yang at the end of that sentence.......Hello I eat rice already still....?????????????????

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I can't read thai so dont know what snowy wrote, but SBK I think is using southern thai dialect for " gin chow roo yang" have you eaten (rice) yet.

Of course I could be wrong, it does happen sometimes :o

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Sawatdee ka, gen khao lao yang?  :D

Hi sbk,

Is it this one you mean or another one? สวัสดีคะ กินข้าวแล้วยัง :D

Snowleopard

Why would you use Laew Yang at the end of that sentence.......Hello I eat rice already still....?????????????????

Actually it should be กินข้าวแล้วหรือยัง "gin kaow laeow reu yang" but Thais often shorten it down when they speak. :o

="Have you eaten yet"?

Snowleopard.

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I can't read thai so dont know what snowy wrote, but SBK I think is using southern thai dialect for " gin chow roo yang" have you eaten (rice) yet.

Of course I could be wrong, it does happen sometimes :D

Hi Random, :o

You're right about what I wrote but I'm not exactly sure if that was what sbk intended to say. :D

I've noticed that you're often right nowadays and have written some great post in several threads.Keep up the good work,will you :D

Cheers.

Snowleopard.

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I was under the impression that Snowleopard was Swedish, a nation not known for its imaginative and surreal sense of humour; however after reading about his dive into the crematorium I realise my preconceptions were baseless and utterly without foundation; unless of course he has been indulging in some possibly illicit substances.

On the theme of morbidity, does anyone know of any Thai idiom equivalent to the English, 'one foot in the grave'?

bannork.

Hi bannork,

Good to see that your appearances on the board are increasing in frequency. :D

On the theme of morbidity, does anyone know of any Thai idiom equivalent to the English, 'one foot in the grave'?

I think the most common way of saying "have one foot in the grave" is...

จวนจะตาย "jo-an ja dtaai" :o

ใกล้จะตาย "glai ja dtaai" is also used.

แต่ยังไม่ตายนะ :D

Snowleopard

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On the theme of morbidity, does anyone know of any Thai idiom equivalent to the English, 'one foot in the grave'?

Hi Bannork,

Here's another expression related to 'snuff it', but it's normally used metaphorically and not literally. :D

แทบตาย 'taep dtaai'=almost died

You can use it in an expression like this...ทำข้อการสอบลำบากแทบจะตาย 'tum khoo gaan sohp lum-baak taep ja dtaai'=The bloody exam was so frigging hard it almost did me in. :o

Cheers.

Snowleopard.

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Sawatdee ka, gen khao lao yang?  :D

Hi sbk,

Is it this one you mean or another one? สวัสดีคะ กินข้าวแล้วยัง :o

Snowleopard

Why would you use Laew Yang at the end of that sentence.......Hello I eat rice already still....?????????????????

Laew ru Yang... Have you eaten already, or yang mai kin?

eaten already, or not yet?

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One of my favoured replies to the question from friends is, 'yang mai thai' Not dead yet! :o

Don't try this at home, kids. "yang mai tai" might be the more standard transliteration. the "t" in english here represents the dentalized "t"in Thai which is halfway between our t and d.

I've also heard "glai(f) ja tai" almost dead -- I think.

i like this but want to make sure i'm saying dead correctly. if it ends up sounding like "yang mai dai" (yet cannot) it would really confuse people. so besides making the "t" sound like "dt", what about the tone and the vowel length?

thx steve

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Laew ru Yang... Have you eaten already, or yang mai kin?

eaten already, or not?

Which would be

Khun gin khao laew rou plao..........

or just Kin Khao rou plao..... :o

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i like this but want to make sure i'm saying dead correctly. if it ends up sounding like "yang mai dai" (yet cannot) it would really confuse people. so besides making the "t" sound like "dt", what about the tone and the vowel length?

thx steve

The actual word is pronounced very similar to the english word...Maybe a slightly raised tone.......When my ex told me that someone in the village had died....her brother run over an old (90+yo) lady with his bike....she said to me "khon Dtai"

I understood immediately....Khon...person ...Dtai....die....I didnt know the word back then and she was excited to tell me about it...it just seemed to fit somehow...LOL

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