Episode 40 : Thai personal promouns part 2

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Welcome back to 2 episode of Thai personal pronouns. On the last episode,  we talked about Thai personal pronouns as the meaning of “I/me”. And now we will talk about the personal pronouns which mean “YOU” in Thai language.

Second personal pronoun for polite situation


“คุณ/kun” means “YOU” is used to address the person you talk to by both men and women and can be used in a polite situation. And as a 2nd or the 3rd person pronouns, name or nickname also can be leaded by the word “คุณ/kun

 Example sentences

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 kun wâang mái krúb ?

Do you have free time?


wâang kà

Yes, I do.


kun sǒm-chai mee à-rai hâi châuy mái ká?

Mr. Somchai, how may I help you?


pǒm yàak bpai gin kâao gùb kun.

I would like to go to dine with you.


ว่าง /wâang / free, available

ช่วย/ châuy/  to help

คุณ+สมชาย/kun+Somchai/polite way to address a person name Somchai

กินข้าว – Gin khao – to have meal

Although, the word “กินข้าว/gin kâao” means “eat rice” but the meaning is to have meal not only to have rice.

Learn how to use มั้ย/mái as a question word in Thai

Second personal pronoun for same age


 “เธอ/ter” means “YOU”, it’s for informal conversation only.  It is usually used with people of the same age or by the older speaker.

Example sentences

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ter gam-lang taam à-rai?

What are you doing?


chǎn gam-lang kíd thěung fan  

I’m thinking of my boyfriend.


กำลัง /gam-lang/  in the duration of acting, doing something.

คิดถึง/ kíd thěung /thinking of

Learn how to use อะไร/ à-rai as a question word in Thai

Second personal pronoun for young children


“หนู/nǒo” means “YOU”, it can be used as the 1st and also the 2nd person pronoun BUT  it is mostly used for/with young children when they talking to adult or women or girls to their supervisors.

Example sentences

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nǒo jà bpai tîi nǎi krúb?

Where are you going to?


nǒo jà kâam tà-nǒn kà

I going to cross the street.


bpai sòng nǒo dâi mái ká?

Can you take me there?


ข้ามถนน / kâam tà-nǒn/ to cross the street

ไปส่ง/bpai sòng /to take to somewhere

Learn how to use ที่ไหน/tîi nǎi question word in Thai

Second personal pronoun address younger people

เรา/ rao

“เรา/rao” means “YOU” is used to address younger people, men and women and for both singular or plural. It implies some sense of superiority in the speaker.

 Example sentences

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taam mai rao maa cháa?

Why you are late?

ขอโทษครับ รถติดมากครับ

kǒr-tôd kráb rót dtìd mâak kráb

Sorry ! the traffic is very bad.

ขอโทษครับ ขอโทษครับ

kǒr-tôd kráb kǒr-tôd kráb

I’m sorry, I’m sorry


rao gôr  maa cháa

You are also late.


ทำไม /taam mai /why

มาช้า/maa cháa/being late

รถติด/ rót dtìd /traffic jam

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Second personal pronoun using name or nickname

In Thai you may call people whom you addressing by their nicknames or by names when you are close to or know them well. But you have to be either older or at least the same age to call the people by their names. However, again in the family, the older members of a family will address the younger one by their nicknames too.

Last episode, we learn about Thai nickname in detail, if you’ve missed it please check it out

Example sentences

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May nâa rák aà

You are cute.


jing rěu ?



Fuu chôb May ná

I like you


น่ารัก/nâa rák / cute, pretty

จริงเหรอ?/ jing reu?/ really?

Second personal pronoun for highly respected people


ท่าน/thân is a 2nd person pronoun. It is used when you talk to highly respected people such as monk, royal family members, court judges, Prime Minister, minister or director of the organization.

Example sentences

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thân jà bpai nǎi ká?

Where are you going, sir?


ja bpai tá-na-kaan

I am going to the bank.



Second personal pronoun for close friend

แก /gae

As a 2nd person intimate pronoun Thais use the word แก/gae for addressing their close friends, siblings or cousins either male or female. It may sound impolite with people. So, please use this word only among your close friends.

Example sentences

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gae taam gan-bâan réu yang?

have you done the homework?

ยัง แกละ

yang gae là?

Not yet, what about you?



รึยัง/réu yang/ or not yet?

To answer รึยัง/réu yang question

-if your answer is “YES”

Use the verb of the question+แล้ว/láew

-if your answer is “No”


Impolite/cursing second personal pronoun

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 It’s the old way of addressing people. At the present time they are considered very impolite. But as I told you in the 1st episode of Thai first personal pronoun. These kinds of words in Thai are still being used among close friends when they talk to each other and also said by the elderly people in the family to the younger family’s members. And of course, as you are a foreigner it’s better if you don’t use these words.

Example sentence


meung aàn rai aà?

What are you reading?


goo aàn ga-toon?

I am reading a cartoon book.

Now, it’s your turn to answer my question

what are the personal pronoun I’m not recommend you to use from previous episode and this episode?

Any other question is also welcome…




13 thoughts on “Episode 40 : Thai personal promouns part 2

  1. As a ฝรั่ง I should not use กู ( I/me) or มึง / เเก ( you). Anyways, have to learn a lot before using something different from ผม and คุณ ;-)

  2. hi my name is yoram and i came from israel, i’m have been in thailand on and off for the last 18 years. my level is advanced. do you have lesenes for guys like me? i will appreciate. thank’s

  3. Sawatdee krap Kru Mia! The personal pronouns that are not recommended to speak for us foreigners are meung, koo lae kae.

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