Chapter 1.1: Personal Pronouns and First Conversation

Chapter 1.1

Hello student /nák-rian/, I am excited to start our first lesson. In this video lesson, you will learn Personal Pronouns which are really useful as they can be use as subjects in a sentence. Furthermore, I will introduce you to your essential vocabulary for your first conversation. If you are ready, let's start /rûem-kan!/

Homework: Review all vocabulary you've learned in this lesson on Quizlet Chapter 1/1 and Chapter 1/2

Updated Notes on personal pronouns

  • In Thai language, subject and object pronouns are the same. (No need to conjugate the pronouns)
  • ฉัน (chǎn with a rising tone) is "I/me" for female speaker but in reality, Thais usually pronounce it ชั้น (chán with a high tone)
  • Many times, Thais call themselves by their nicknames as subject pronouns.
  • Oftentimes, Thais skip the subject when casually speaking.
  • The young generations use เรา (raw) as "I" and "we".

Bonus: Countries in Thai language

America = อเมริกา /a-mee-rí-kaa/

Germany = เยอรมนี /yer-rá-má-nii/

France = ฝรั่งเศษ​ /fá-ràng-sèed/

Spain = สเปน /sà-peen/

Protugal = โปรตุเกส /proo-tù-kèed/

Switzerland = สวิสเซอร์แลนด์ /sà-wíd-zer-laend/

Italy = อิตาลี /i-taa-lîi/

Belgium = เบลเยี่ยม /bew-yîam/

China = จีน /ciin/

Cambodia = กัมพูชา /kam-puu-chaa/

Laos = ลาว /laaw/

Korea = เกาหลี /kaw-lii/

Japan = ญี่ปุ่น /yîi-pùn/

Myanmar = เมียนมาร์ /mian-mâa/ or พม่า /pha-mâa/

Please see a list of 40 country names in Thai from my blog post: https://bananathaischool.com/blog/list-of-country-names-and-languages-in-thai. If your country is not here, please feel free to message me. To be honest, the rest counties could be pronounced similarly to English.

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