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4 Ways to say “YES” in Thai language

Never say ใช่ /chây/ (yes) all the time

As everyone knows, “Yes” in Thai language is “ใช่” /chây/. However, many people misuse this word for anything that means “yes” in English, while in Thai language, there is more than 1 way to say “yes”. In this post, you will find all possible ways to say “yes” properly with great examples. Are you ready to say “yes” like a pro?

1. ใช่ /chây/ = Yes! (For interrogative question)

When someone asks you a Yes/No question and looks for a confirmation. You would useใช่ /chây/ as “yes” to answer. ใช่ /chây/ sounds more like “That is right”. So you would use it only when you want to confirm the statement.
Tip: ใช่ /chây/ is mostly used when the question ends with “cháy-may” as a question word.

For examples

A: คุณจะทานข้าวกับฉันใช่ไหม /khun jà bpay kàb chãn, chây-mãy/ = Will you eat with me?
B: ใช่ครับ ผมจะทานข้าวกับคุณ /chây khráb/phõm jà bpay kaàb khun/ = Yes, I will eat with you.

A: คุณคือคุณสมชายใช่ไหม /khun khue Somchai, chây-mãy/ = Are you khun Somchai?
B: ใช่ครับ ผมคือสมชาย /chây khrâb/phom khue Somchai/ = Yes, I am Somchai.

 

2. Repeat the verb from the question
When somebody asks you a general question (no expectation for a confirmation), you should repeat the verb used in the previous question.

For examples

A: คุณอยากไปภูเก็ตไหม /khun yàak bpay Phuket mãy/ = Do you want to go to Phuket?
B: อยากครับ /yàak khráb/ = Yes! (I want to)

A: แม่ไปทำงานวันนี้หรือเปล่า /mâe bpay tham-ngaan wan-níi rue-plàw/ = Does mom go to work today?
B: ไปค่ะ /bpay khà/ = Yes! (She goes)

3. คะ /khá/ or ครับ / khrâb/ (to respond to a call)

It is one of the mistakes that foreigners often make.  When somebody calls you, you would say “yes?” to respond. However, in  Thai language, we don’t say “yes ” or ใช่ /chây/, we use คะ /khá/ or ครับ / khrâb/ instead. (Remember ใช่ /chây/ means that’s right in order to confirm the statement only)
Tip: As you know, คะ /khá/ is used by a female speaker, while ครับ / khrâb/ is used by a male speaker and many times men say ครับผม /khráb-phoõm/ to sound a bit more polite.

For examples

A: คุณไมเคิลคะ  /khun Michael ká/ = Khun Michael
B: ครับ /kráb/ = Yes?

A: นี่ คุณซูซาน /nîi, khun Susan/ = Hey, khun Susan
B: คะ /khá/ = Yes?

 

4. ได้ /dây/ = Absolutely, Of course and Sure (to confirm the possibility)

When someone asks you for an opinion, you would say ได้ /day/ for the case of confirming the possibility. Besides, It sounds like you agree with the person.

For examples

A: วันนี้ดูหนังตอนสิบโมงกันไหม /wan-ní duu-nãng dtoorn sib-moong kan mãy/ = Today, do you want to see a movie at 10 am?
B: ได้ /dây/ = Of course!

A: ฉันอยากกินอาหารญี่ปุ่นเย็นนี้ /chãn yàak kin aa-hãan Yîi-pùn wan-ni/ = I want to eat Japanese food this evening.
B: ได้ ฉันอยากกินเหมือนกัน /dây, chãn yaàak kin muean-kan/ = Sure! I want to eat too.

 

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Now you might realize that you have made the same mistakes when saying “yes”, but congratulations,
there will be no more mistake. Hope this help you to sound more like proper Thai speaker.
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