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Have fun in Thai

Thai phrase – how to say ‘Have fun!’ in Thai

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When your friends are planning to play football, go on a vacation, do yoga or even watch a movie at a cinema, it would be so nice of you to wish them ‘Have Fun!’, but how to say that in Thai? Check out this post.

Thai phrases are different from English

If you translate a sentence by google translation, sometimes the translated sentences do not sound so natural. It is because of the nature of Thai language: word choices and construction is totally different.

For examples,

เจอกัน /jeer-gan/ = meet you!
While in English, you would say ‘See you!’

ยินดีที่ได้รู้จัก /yin-dii thii-day rúu-jàk/ = I am glad to know you.
While in English, you would say ‘It’s nice to meet you’

Therefore, translating word by word is not a good idea to speak Thai.

Have fun traveling in Thai

How to wish people ‘Have fun!’

Well, there is no word or phrase in Thai for ‘Have fun!’. However, we do have something similar to that.

We would say ‘Have fun ….. (doing something)’ instead.

The sentence structure would be:

Verb + ให้สนุก /hâi sà-nùk/
So it is more like ….. for fun!

Vocabulary keys:

ให้ hâi = for
สนุก sà-nùk = fun

For examples

  • เรียนภาษาไทยให้สนุกนะ, rian paa-sãa-Thai hâi sà-nùk ná = Have fun learning Thai!
  • เล่นฟุตบอลให้สนุกนะ, lên football hâi sà-nùk ná = Have fun playing football!
  • เที่ยวภูเก็ตให้สนุกนะ, thîaw Phuket hâi sà-nùk ná = Have fun traveling to Phuket!
  • ดูหนังให้สนุกนะ, duu-nãang hâi sa-nùk ná = Have fun watching a movie!
  • เล่นโยคะให้สนุกนะ, lên yoo-ká hâi sa-nùk ná = Have fun doing yoga!

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‘Have fun traveling’ in Thai

This quick Thai video lesson will show you how to put this in practice.
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rian paa-sãa-Thai hâi sa-nuùk na

Learn the word play or /lên/ in Thai language

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Play is one of my most favorite English words as I love to play. However it can be use with different things, not only with sports and games in Thai language. Let’s learn with interesting examples.

How to say ‘play’ in Thai?

Play in Thai is เล่น /lên/ (up-down tone)

For examples:

  • เล่นฟุตบอล lên football = to play football
  • เล่นเทนนิส lên tennis = to play tennis
  • เล่นเกมส์ lên game = to play games
  • เล่นไพ่ lên pâi = to play cards

Other cases to use ‘lên’

In English, you can use the word “play” with sports, music, and games, while we can use the word เล่น /lên/ or play in much more cases in Thai language.

เล่น /lên/ can be used with anything that gives you some fun and joy. Now I will show you some interesting examples with the word /lên/

1. To Gamble

เล่นการพนัน /lên kaanpha-nan/
As gambling gives you some excitement and fun, Thai people use the word /lên/ with gambling

  • พนัน /pha-nan/ (verb) = to gamble
  • การพนัน /kaan pha-nan/ (noun) = gambling

Ex. ฉันไม่ชอบเล่นการพนัน /chãn mây chôorb lên kaan-pa-nan/ = I don’t like to gamble. 

2. Do Yoga

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เล่นโยคะ /lên yoo-khá/
Even though, we say “do yoga” in English, we use the word เล่น “lên” or “play” with Yoga as yoga is fun.

  • แม่ของฉันเล่นโยคะทุกวัน
    /mâe-khõrng-chãn lên yoo-khá thúk-wan/
    = My mom does yoga every day.

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3. To do drug

เล่นยา /lên yaa/
Frankly, I don’t wanna touch this topic, but it is so interesting that we use the word /lên/ with drugs.

It is because drugs might give someone temporary joy.


เล่นยา /lên-yaa/ used only with the colloquial term, we use the word /sèeb/ as a proper way to say instead)

  • เสพ /sèeb/ (v) = to consume used mostly with drugs (formal term)
  • ยา /yaa/ (n) = drugs or medicine
  • ยาเสพติด /yaa-sèb-tìd/ (n) = drugs or habit-forming
  • เพื่อนของฉันถูกจับเพราะเล่นยา
    /phûeng khõrng chãn thùuk-jàb phrór lên-yaa/
    = My friend got arrested because he did drugs.

4. To use social media

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เล่นเฟสบุ๊ค /lên Facebook/
Seriously, we use the word เล่น (play) with social media and applications like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

  • คุณเล่นเฟสบุ๊คไหม
    /khun lên Facebook mai?/
    = Do you use Facebook?
  • ฉันชอบเล่นทวิตเตอร์ทุกวัน
    /chãn chôob lên Twitter tûk-wan/
    = I like to use Twitter every day.

That is it for the word ‘เล่น’ or play and how to use this word in different situations in Thai language.

Hope you enjoy this topic, and let me know, what you like to PLAY? Keep learning Thai and see you soon!

Learn 3 Thai Phrases to Save the World

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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.