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Learn Thai Question word ‘How?’

By June 12, 2012October 11th, 2021No Comments

How to say How in Thai?How in Thai Language

How Questions follow the pattern:

 “Verb   (phrase) + ยังไง /yang-ngai/   (How?)”

The word ‘ยังไง /yang-ngai/’ is written as if were spelt ‘อย่างไร /yang-rai/’, but when using informal speech the normal pronunciation is ‘ยังไง /yang-ngai/’ may be reduced to simply ‘ไง /ngai/’

For Example;

เป็นยังไง /bpen yang-ngai/ = How are things?

เขียนยังไง /kǐan yang-ngai/ = How do you write it?

The word ‘ยังไง /yang-ngai/’ is sometimes used when English uses ‘What?’

For Example;

คุณคิดยังไง /kun kít yang-ngai/ = What do you think?

คุณจะทำยังไง /kun jà tam yang-ngai/ = What will you do?

How? Question (degree)

Some question of degree, such as ‘How tall?’, ‘How long (in time) ?’, ‘How long (in measurement)?’ and ‘How wide?’ follow the pattern;

“Measure   Word + เท่าไหร่ /tâo-rài/ (How much?)”

Such question anticipates a specific numerical response, such as ‘1.65metres’, ‘2 hours’, etc.

For Example;

หนักเท่าไหร่ /nàk tâo-rài/ = How heavy is it?

คุณอายุเท่าไหร่ /kun aa-yú tâo-rài/ = How old are you?

I hope you can now start practising the question word ‘How’ in Thai. How was that?

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By Prae
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