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Learning Thai Tenses with dâai ได้  - Book II 

Secrets 15–22

ISBN 978-952-6651-40-8

Make learning fun!

Books and audio files



ISBN 978-952-6651-20-0

Secrets 1–14


Whether you are a beginner or an advanced learner, you certainly want to learn to speak Thai fluently. This book will take you a long way towards your goal.

dâai ได้ is one of the most common words in Thai. It is a multifunctional helping verb and is used by Thais in several different ways. It has many distinct meanings depending on where it is placed in a sentence and which other words are used with it. With this book you won’t just learn how to use dâai ได้ but will also acquire a deeper knowledge of the Thai language in general.


Included are:

• complete and informative written examples

• audio spoken by native speakers

• highlights and explanations of dâai’s ได้ usage

• sections of simple and easy to understand advice

• useful hints and tips on dâai ได้ and the spoken Thai language


Furthermore, you will get to see the language “through the eyes of dâai ได้”. Study this book and you will be rewarded; your Thai friends will be amazed at your deep understanding of the subtleties of their language. In the Book II (Secrets 15–22) you will learn how to use Thai tenses.



ISBN 978-952-6651-40-8


 Secrets 15–22


Whether you are a beginner or an advanced learner, you will surely want to learn to speak Thai fluently. In order to do this, it is vital to use time words and tense markers correctly. 


The English term tense is also a handy way to talk about past, present and future activities in Thai, even though there are no tenses as such in the Thai language. When compared to English, Thai tenses are expressed very differently.


It is often said that dâai ได้ denotes a past tense. However, it would be better not to think of dâai ได้ as the past tense marker since it can also be used to refer to present or future events.
To help you speak Thai fluently the Book II includes: 


• complete and informative written examples


• audio spoken by native speakers


• highlights and explanations of dâai’s ได้ usage


• sections of simple and easy to understand advice 


• useful hints and tips on dâai ได้ and the spoken Thai language


Books I and II complement each other. However, each book has a different focus. In Book I, Secrets 1–14, we introduced dâai ได้ and explained where it should be placed in sentences. dâaiได้ has several grammatical functions; hence, it also has several meanings depending on the context. In Book II, Secrets 15–22, we focus on tenses. 


Have fun while you study them both; then, you will understand how Thais express themselves in everyday life!  




ISBN 978-952-6651-15-6


hâi, along with words like dâai, láew and kôr, is one of the most important words in the Thai language. 


When speaking Thai, it is important to understand the correct usage of the verb hâi in everyday speech. 


One simple way to use the verb hâi is to give something to someone. It is used in a similar manner as the English verb to give. 


In addition, hâi is used as a causative verb which has several different meanings depending on the situation, and the way it is spoken. It can be translated into English as to let, to allow, to make and even to order or to force someone to do something. 


In some situations hâi is better translated into English as the preposition for, as in for you, for me etc. It is also often used in idiomatic phrases where it carries no meaning itself but denotes only the sense of a command. 

Thais use the verb hâi in an intuitive way in a variety of situations in order to express feelings, wishes, commands and nuances of meaning while communicating with each other every day. 
If you learn this word well, you will be rewarded.




ISBN 978-952-5572-85-8


Twenty-two Secrets of Learning Thai teaches you all the sounds used in spoken and written Thai. It includes 20 consonant sounds, 18 pure vowel sounds, all special vowels and vowels combinations. It points out the main obstacles for learners, for example which Thai sounds are most difficult for an English speaker to produce. It then gives you handy tips to help overcome these difficulties. Much care has been taken to describe each sound in phonetic as well as in practical terms so that everyone should be able to grasp the correct way to produce Thai sounds. 


The book has been designed so that it can be used by all levels of Thai learners. It contains a special exercise section, which teaches you in a step by step manner how to learn to read Thai script. At the same time all the Thai tone rules are taught in theory and practice. The student will get to know the most common Thai consonant symbols as well as rare symbols mostly borrowed from Indic languages, Pali and Sanskrit.

The book includes two audio CDs which feature more than 500 words spoken by native speakers to give you examples of how the words are produced in practice. In addition to individual words, the audio CDs feature many of the most common expressions used by Thai people in everyday conversation.

This book is suitable for self-study and can also be used as an aid in the classroom. It contains a vast number of tips to assist you in learning Thai and understanding some of the crucial cultural aspects of the language.

This book and CDs will set you on the road to confident Thai language learning.