Thai Vocabulary

How to talk about friends in Thai | เพื่อน (pʉ̂an)

By January 27, 2013March 15th, 2019No Comments

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Talking About

Friends in Thai


Hello everyone. I come back with an easy Thai lesson.

Did you know that you can often see friends holding hands here in Thailand regardless of whether they are the opposite sex or not ie man holding man’s hand or woman holding woman’s hand? This is particularly true outside city areas.

I am sure everybody looking at this blog lesson has friends, right?

So today let’s learn some Thai vocabulary about friends!

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To say friend in Thai is “เพื่อน /pʉ̂an/”.

There are many kinds of friends, such as:

เพื่อนสนิท /pʉ̂an sà-nìt/ = intimate friend, a close friend

เพื่อนซี้ /pʉ̂an síi/ = intimate friend, a close friend (slang)

เพื่อนกิน /pʉ̂an-gin/ = fair-weather friend,  false friend

เพื่อนตาย /pʉ̂an-dtaai/ =, in this case, it does not mean “friend dies”, but it means a friend who can die for you which is a faithful friend or  friend in need

เพื่อนแท้ /pʉ̂an-tɛ́ɛ/ =  true friend

เพื่อนรัก /pʉ̂an-rák/ = valued friend, beloved friend

เพื่อนยาก /pᵾ̂an-yâak/ = chum

We can use the word เพื่อน /pʉ̂an/ to talk about someone who is not actually our friend as well.

For example:

เพื่อนร่วมงาน /pʉ̂an-rûam-ngaan/ = colleague

เพื่อนบ้าน /pʉ̂an bâan/ = neighbor

เพื่อนมนุษย์ /pᵾ̂an má-nút/ =fellowman

เพื่อนร่วมโลก /pᵾ̂an rûam lôok/ = one’s world mate

เพื่อนร่วมทาง /pᵾ̂an rûam-taang/ = fellow traveler

แล้วคุณล่ะ คุณมีเพื่อนแบบไหน /lɛ́ɛw kun lâ, kun mii pʉ̂an bɛ̀ɛp nǎi?/

= What about you? What kinds of friend do you have?

Hope you enjoyed learning a little Thai language.

See you next time!

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