DRINK THAI BEER LIKE A PRO
The time has come to explore your favourite topic. To all of you mighty beer drinkers (I know you are out there) listen up because this entry is made specifically for you to help you maximise your potential in Thai beer drinking badassery!
First thing to do if you want to be a Thai beer drinking badass?
1. Open up your contacts list and ask your friends out for a beer.
You’ll want to say “Let’s go drink beer” = /pay kin Beer kan!/
Where: /pay/ = to go, /kin beer/ = drink beer casually, /kan/ =when at the end of the sentence it means let’s go.
Note: “Deum” is also sometimes used to say “drink.”
2. Second on the to learn list is how to pronounce Thai beer correctly.
No one says SingHA! The only correct way to pronounce this beer brand is to simply say “Sing” and to cut out the “ha.” Simple.
Second is the matter of Chang Beer. It is not pronounced “Cheng,” but rather “CHAAANG.” Bring out that “a” sound down and then up again to a cosmic level for the best results.Next is Leo Beer. This one is easy; instead of pronouncing it how it is spelled, just switch the “e” for an “i” and pronounce it “LII – OOO.”
3. Now that you know how to pronounce your beers, it is time to order one.
First off, you have to learn the units of beer or classifiers of beer.
Perhaps a glass of beer? In Thai “glass” = “kaew”
Perhaps a bottle of beer? So “bottle” = “khuad”
Now let’s get to the fun part.
“I would like to have…” = “chan/phom khoor…” (ฉัน/ผม ขอ……)
“Beer + amount + unit”
“I would like to have 3 bottles of beer.” = “chan khoor beer sam khuad.”
“I would like to have two glasses of Singha beer.” = “chan khoor beer Singha soorng kaew.”
Just a tip. If you hadn’t noticed already Thailand is pretty damn hot, so you will sometimes see beer being served with ice! Horrendous you might think. In order to prevent this catastrophe from happening, all you have to do is say: “I don’t want ice.” = “may aw naam-khaeng.”
4. The final, and perhaps, most important step: how to say “Cheers!”
There are several ways to call out cheers in Thai language, as it has also adopted several foreign words such as “cheers” itself or “kampai”, but the original Thai way to say cheers is:
“Chon – kaew!” which literally means hitting glasses!
Alternatively, you can say:
“Chai – yooo.”
There is honestly no limit to the amount of o’s you want to put there as it mostly progresses with the amount of beers you’ve had.
Note: there is an additional phrase people often say: “Mhod Kaew!”
More so than “cheers”, the meaning more aptly translates to “bottoms up”, however, it is often simply used in the same way.
And there it is, you are 100% initiated into the amazing world of thai beer drinking. Now get out there and drink like there is no tomorrow. Just kidding, be sure to:
“Mao may Khab.” = NO DRUNK DRIVING!
Drinking beer is a great way to socialise with friends, colleagues, and even with strangers and locals. As it is a common and enjoyable recreational activity, it is also one which can greatly help you exercise your skills in Thai. We therefore invite you to head out tonight to your favourite beer place in town, order, and drink like a pro, because now you are one. That’s right, we are encouraging you to drink 😉
Let me know how your drinking experiences unfold and if you have any questions,
please feel free to contact me “here”