How to Tell the Time in the Thai Language
How are you getting on with telling day time from my last blog? I hope you are doing great:)
Now let’s continue to the night time. We will start counting from 1 – 5 again and we use the word “tûm” for telling time at night between 7 – 11 p.m.
7 p.m. = 1 tûm = nùng tûm
9 p.m. = 3 tûm = sǎam tûm
10 p.m. = 4 tûm = sìi tûm
and it’s time for Cinderella to return back home, she heard the first stroke of midnight!
It is “tîang-kuun“.
Please note that we don’t really say ‘hòk tûm‘ for 12p.m.
For 1-5 a.m. we have the word “dtii”
1 a.m. = dtii nùng
2 a.m. = dtii sǒrng
5 a.m. = dtii hâa
Please notice that when using “dtii” we put it at the beginning then follow by number 1-5, not like “tûm“ that the number comes first then put tûm at the end.
It is 9 p.m. = 3 tûm = sǎam tûm
It is 3 a.m. = dtii 3 = dtii sǎam
Hooray! now you have got to tell the Thai time all 24-hour clock. Before I let you guy go through it over again, let me ask “What time is it?”
gìi moong léaw ? or
gìi tûm léaw? (at night only)
As always enjoy!
Thai Language Teacher