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A Funny Story from Kruu Angela

‘Sweet Potato’


Teacher Angela would like to share a funny teaching experience.

When Angela teaches students online via Skype, she would normally share her computer screen with her student.

One day the teacher greeted the student as follows;


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With Transliteration No Transliteration Thai Script Only


angela-chesterTeacher Angela:


Sà-wùd-dee Kâ

hello + female polite particle

= Hello



Koon Sà-baay~Dee Măi? Ká

you + be well/fine + ? / Are…? + female polite particle

= Are you well?





Sà-wùd-dee Krúb

hello + male polite particle

= Hello



Pŏ’m Sà-baay~Dee Krúb

I (male) + be well/fine + male polite particle

= I am fine.



Kòrb~Koon Krúb

thank + male polite particle

= Thank you.



Láew Koon Lâ Krúb

and then + you + shorten particle + male polite particle

= And you? / How about you?



Teacher Angela:


Chŭn Sà-baay~dee Kâ

I (female) + be well/fine + female polite particle

= I am fine.



Kòrb~Koon Kâ

thank + female polite particle

= Thank you.



Koon Gìn Kâaw Rŭee~Yung? Ká

you + to eat + rice/food + Have/Has…yet? + female polite particle

= Have you eaten?



Gin Kâaw Gùb À-rai? Ká

to eat + rice + with + what? + female polite particle

= What have you eaten? / What do you eat the rice with?





Pŏ’m Gìn Kâaw Láew Krúb

I (male) + to eat + rice/food + already + male polite particle

= Yes, I have eaten.



Gin Kâaw Gùb Mŭu~Pîng Láe’ Pùk Sò’d Krúb

to eat + rice + with + pork~to grill + and + vegetable + be fresh/raw + male polite particle

= I had grilled pork and fresh vegetables.



Láew Koon Lâ Krúb

and then + you + shorten particle + male polite particle

= And you? / How about you?



Teacher Angela:


Chŭn Gìn Láew Kâ

I (female) + to eat + already + female polite particle

= Yes, I have eaten.



Gìn Gài~Ò’b Gùb Mun~Gaew~Píng

to eat + chicken~to roast + potato~(name)~to grill

= I had roast chicken and grilled sweet potato.





Mun~Geaw Kuee À-rai? Krúb

= What is Mun~Geaw?

(มันแกว : Mun~Geaw  is a new word for the student.)



Teacher Angela:


Mun~geaw Kuee Sweet Potato.

potato~(name) + to be; is/am/are (fact) + Sweet Potato.

= Mun~gaew is Sweet Potato.
(In northern dialect, we call sweet potato ‘มันแกว : Mun~Gaew’ and in central dialect we say ‘มันเทศ : Mun~Tê_d’)





Pŏ’m Mâi Rúu~Jùk.

I (male) + no/not + to know/recognise.

= I don’t know it.



Mun Kuee À-rai? Krúb

It + to be; is/am/are (fact) + what? + polite particle.

= What is it?



Teacher Angela:


Chŭn Jà Hâi Koon Duu Rûub Jàak Google Ná Ká

I (female) + will + to let/have + you + to watch/see/look + photo/picture + from + Google + emphasis particle + female polite particle

= I will show you a photo from google.



Teacher Angela used Google to search for photos to help explain the vocabulary.

The teacher wrote the word “รูปมันแกว” in Google image search.

Many photos appear!!!

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โอ้!!! คุณครู

Oh!!! Koon Kruu

exclamation + Mr/Ms + teacher

= Oh, teacher!!!



Teacher Angela:

โอ้! ฉันขอโทษค่ะ

Oh! Chŭn Kŏr~Tôd Kâ

exclamation + I (female) + to apologise + female polite particle

= Oh! Sorry about that.



Then teacher Angela wrote the word “รูปมันเทศ”  in Google search instead.

All the pictures then show photos of sweet potatoes!

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Teacher Angela:

ฉันขอโทษค่ะ มันแกวเป็นเน็ตไอดอลที่ไทยค่ะ

Chŭn Kŏr~Tôd Kâ. Mun~Gaew Bpe’n Net Idol Têe Thai Kâ

I (female) + to apologise + female polite particle. …(name)… + to be; is/am/are (status) + net idol + at/in (place) + Thai/Thailand + female polite particle

= I’m so sorry. That was an internet idol in Thailand named Mun~Gaew.




คุณครู ผมอยากกินมันแกวปิ้งครับ!

Koon Kruu, Pŏ’m Yàak Gìn Mun~Gaew Pîng Krúb!

Mr/Ms + teacher, I (male) + to desire + to eat + ..(name).. + to grill + male polite particle

= Teacher I would like to eat Mun~Gaew Pîng!



Teacher Angela:


Koon Jà Dtôrng Pîng Ko’n Deaw Ná Ká

you + will + must/have to + to grill + person/human + only/singularly + emphasis particle + female polite particle

= You must grill it for yourself!


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