I know that you
want to learn
how to say and
use the word,
‘Know’ in Thai
Hello everyone long time no see! How have you been doing?
In this lesson, we will learn how to use the word “รู้ /rúu/” and “รู้จัก /rúu-jàk/”.
Unlike English where there is one word, ‘know’ in Thai, there are two words which have slightly different meanings. ‘Know’ in the Thai language can be “รู้ /rúu/” or “รู้จัก /rúu-jàk/” in English this is combined into the single word.
The word “รู้ /rúu/” is “to know” in the sense of knowledge or knowing information. The word “รู้จัก /rúu-jàk/” is “to know” in the sense of knowing someone or someplace. These words are not interchangeable. You must use the right word for the right meaning or you will not be understood.
รู้ /rúu | To have knowledge or knowledge of in Thai
ตัวอย่างเช่น /dtua-yàang chên /
คุณรู้ไหม เขาอยู่ที่ไหน /kun rúu mái káo yùu tîi-nǎi / = Do you know where she is?
ผมรู้เขาชอบอาหารเผ็ด /pǒm rúu káo chɔ̂ɔp aa-hǎan pèt / = I know she loves spicy food.
รู้จัก /rúu-jàk | To know a person or place in Thai
คุณรู้จักผู้หญิงคนนั้นไหม / kun rúu-jàk pûu-yǐng kon nán mái / = Do you know that women…..?
ฉันอยากให้คุณรู้จักเพื่อนสนิทของฉัน /chán yàak hâi kun rúu-jàk pʉ̂an-sà-nìt kɔ̌ɔng chán/
= I would like you to know my close friend.
*ฉัน /chán/ is “I” or “me” for male speaker
*ผม /pǒm/ is “I” or “me” for male speaker
I think you now understand. Now go and practice 🙂
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