Learn Thai Vocabulary | Family relationships and names

By April 1, 2009Thai culture, Thai Vocabulary

Family Relationships and Names

Thai families are often big and confusing.  The names we use to address each person in family are based from the fathers side, the mother side and seniority. Many foreign students at my Thai  Language School find it complicated and hard to understand as the father and mothers side of the family have different names or titles depending on their relationship. The table below will help you to understand the relationships and vocabulary of the Thai family better. Check it out!

Mother Side

Father Side

Mother

Maê แม่

Father

Porพ่อ

Grandmother

Yaai ยาย

Grandmother

Yaâ ย่า

Grandfather

Dtaaตา

Grandfather

Poò ปู่

Uncle (elder brother of mother)

Lungลุง

Uncle (elder brother of father)

Lung ลุง

Uncle (younger brother of mother)

Naáน้า

Uncle (young brother of father)

Aa อา

Aunt (elder sister of mother)

Paâป้า

Aunt (elder sister of father)

Paâ ป้า

Aunt (younger sister of mother)

Naâ น้า

Aunt (younger sister of father)

Aa อา

Family= krawb-kruaครอบครัว

Daughter

Loôk-saăoลูกสาว

Son

Loôk-chaaiลูกชาย

Elder sister

Peê-saăoพี่สาว

Elder brother

Peê-chaaiพี่ชาย

Younger sister

Náwng-saăoน้องสาว

Younger brother

Náwng-chaai น้องชาย

Siblings / brothers & sisters= peê-náwngพี่น้อง

Cousins = loôk-peê-loôk-náwng ลูกพี่ลูกน้อง

Relatives = yaâdญาติ

Grandchildren = laănหลาน

Niece/ granddaughter

Laăn-saăoหลานสาว

Nephew/ grandson

Laăn-chaai หลานชาย

Mother-in-law (of the bride)

Maê-saă-meeแม่สามี

Father-in-law (of the bride)

Pôr-saă-meeพ่อสามี

Mother-in-law (of the gloom)

Maê-yaaiแม่ยาย

Father-in-law (of the gloom)

Pôr-dtaaพ่อตา

Daughter-in-law

Loôk-sà-páiลูกสะใภ้

Son-in-law

Look-koĕiลูกเขย

Sister-in-law (older one)

Peê-sà-páiพี่สะใภ้

Brother-in-law (older one)

Pee-koĕiพี่เขย

Sister-in-law (younger one)

Nâwng-sà-pái น้องสะใภ้

Brother-in-law (younger one)

Náwng-koĕiน้องเขย

The bride

Jâo-saăoเจ้าสาว

The groom

Jâo-baàoเจ้าบ่าว

Miss

Naang-saăoนางสาว

Mr.

Naai นาย

Mrs.

Naang นาง

Polite Title for both men and women

Khunคุณ

It might look complicated…just take your time! Thai language is not that difficult. Now you can talk with your Thai friends about their families…..

Hope you enjoyed speaking Thai!!

Kru Mulan J (Thai Language Teacher)

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