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Learn 3 Thai Phrases to Save the World

Thailand is well-known as a country for its convenient lifestyle. It is fascinating to see different vendors selling any kinds of products on the street and walking pace.

However, this convenient consumption became a great problem when plastics are just everywhere. Many street food vendors offer too many of unnecessary plastic bags, straws, and undegraded containers.

Here are the 3 Thai phrases
to save the world by rejecting plastics

Phrase 1: no bag!

  • ไม่ใส่ถุง /mây-sày thúng/ = Don’t add it in a plastic bag.
  • ไม่เอาถุง /mây-ao thúng/ = I don’t want a bag.
  • ไม่รับถุง /mây-ráb thúng/ = I don’t want a bag. (more polite)

Please note that if you want to be specific with the plastic-type of a bag, you can easily say /thúng plastic/ or plastic bag.

Phrase 2: no straw!

ไม่เอาหลอด /mây-aw lòrd/ = I don’t want a straw.

Some drinks can be easily served without an unnecessary plastic straw. Luckily, many restaurants and bars started to serve drinks with reusable straws.

Phrase 3: Reduce food containers

ทานที่นี่ /thaan thîi-nîi/ = To eat here.

  • เอากล่องมาเอง /ao glòng maa eng/ = I took my own box.
Well, most of the food containers in Thailand are made from single used plastic and foam which are not environmentally friendly. So I would encourage you to either eat at the restaurant or take it home with a reusable box or containers you bring.

 

Vocabulary charts

    • ทาน  /thaan/ = to eat (polite form of /kin/)
    • ที่นี่ /thîi-nîi/ = here
    • ใส่  /sày/ = to add in / to put on
    • ถุง /thúng/ = shopping bag (In this case, it refers to plastic bags)
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Let me know if you have any other ideas to save the world.
Let’s save the world by rejecting plastics together!

 
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