How to tell the time in Thai

By July 3, 2014Thai Vocabulary

Telling the time in ThaiHow to tell the time in Thai

| Thai Vocabulary

Hi everyone.

Telling the time in Thai is not the same as in Western languages. You need to know the clock pattern used.

In this Thai lesson we will learn and practice how the clock is broken into different parts in Thai language and culture:

Thai Clock AM

> 12 am | midnight = เที่ยงคืน  tîang-kʉʉn
> 1 – 5 am | very early morning = ตี __#__ / dtii __#__ /
> 6 – 11 am | morning  = __#__ โมง(เช้า) / __#__ moong (cháo) /

Thai Clock PM

> 12 pm | midday  –  เที่ยง /tîang/
> 1 pm | early afternoon = บ่ายโมง / bàai moong /
> 2 – 3 pm | mid afternoon = บ่าย __#__ โมง / bàai  __#__ moong /
> 4 – 6 pm  |  late afternoon = __#__ โมง(เย็น) / __#__ moong (yen) /
> 7 – 11 pm | evening = 1 – 5 + ทุ่ม / __#__ tûm /

Clock Vocabulary Examples:

IMG_0707  เที่ยงคืนครึ่ง / tîang kʉʉn krʉ̂ng / = 00:30, 12.30 am

IMG_0700  ตีสามสิบเจ็ดนาที / dtii sǎam sìp-jèt naa-tii / = 03:17, 3.17 am

IMG_0705  แปดโมง (เช้า) / bpɛ̀ɛt moong (cháo) / = 08:00, 8.00 am

IMG_0708  เที่ยงยี่สิบห้า(นาที) / tîang yîi-sìp hâa (naa-tii) / = 12:25, 12.25 pm

IMG_0702  บ่ายโมงครึ่ง /bàai moong krʉ̂ng / = 13:30, 1.30 pm

IMG_0709  บ่ายสอง(โมง) / bàai sɔ̌ɔng (moong) / = 14:00, 2.00 pm

IMG_0703  ห้าโมงสี่สิบแปดนาที / hâa moong sìi-sìp bpɛ̀ɛt naa-tii / = 17:48, 5:48 pm

IMG_0706  สี่ทุ่มห้านาที / sìi tûm hâa naa-tii /= 22:05, 10.05 pm

Practice telling the time with your Thai friends. It does take some practice to get this right.

For a bit more help and practice telling the time in Thai here is our Thai language video about telling the time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIaGl0O4DOo

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By Prae
Thai Language Teacher