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ไม่เป็นไร | It’s ok | Doesn’t Matter

it doesn't matter, it's ok, Thai expressionไม่เป็นไร mâi bpen rai Thai Expression

 ไม่เป็นไร “mâi bpen rai” is an idiomatic expression meaning never mind, don’t worry about it, it doesn’t matter. We can use mâi bpen rai” to response to “Thank you” ขอบคุณ /kɔ̀ɔp-kun/, when it means you’re welcome and to response to “Sorry” ขอโทษ /kɔ̌ɔ-tôot/, when it means it doesn’t matter.

For example,

Thank you  :  ขอบคุณค่ะ/ครับ kɔ̀ɔp-kun kâ / kráp         response  :  ไม่เป็นไรค่ะ/ครับ mâi bpen rai kâ / kráp

Sorry  :  ขอโทษค่ะ/ครับ kɔ̌ɔ-tôot kâ / kráp                   response  : ไม่เป็นไรค่ะ/ครับ mâi bpen rai kâ / kráp


Moreover, “mâi bpen rai” is able to use if you want to say “no, thank you” indirectly when somebody offers you something and you do not want it. Sometimes, Thais are worried that they could hurt the others feeling if they said “no” directly so they avoid by saying “mâi bpen rai”

For example,

          A : คุณเอากาแฟไหม kun ao gaa-fɛɛ mái?                                 Do you want coffee?

          B : ไม่เป็นไรค่ะ (ขอบคุณค่ะ) mâi bpen rai kâ (kòrp-kun kâ).       No, thank you.


Huh? You would like to give me some snacks? ไม่เป็นไรค่ะ Mâi bpen rai kâ! ^_^


New Thai Vocabulary

ขอบคุณ kɔ̀ɔp-kun = thank you

ขอโทษ kɔ̌ɔ-tôot = sorry

เอา ao = to take + something

กาแฟ gaa-fɛɛ = coffee

ไหม mái = …….or not?

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