4 complaining Thai words you will hear all the time

It is always fun to spy what the locals are talking about, but it is not as easy as it seems when it comes to exotic languages. But not to worry, there is some Thai word that you might hear Thai people saying all the time – they are simply short words and that’s why it is easy for you to catch them.

Ron (ร้อน)

As a tropical country, the weather seems to be the most popular issue of Thai people to complain about – especially during the summer!  The word “Ron” means hot and you might have heard local people saying this word all the time.

And the reason why they keep saying that is obvious – well, if you are already in Thailand, I don’t think it needs any further explanation…

Rodtid (รถติด)

Topping many lists of bad traffic jam in the world, Bangkok certainly has a horrible traffic problem. Most of the time you will hear locals say or complain to each other “Rodtid”, meaning bad traffic.

As a tourist, you will hear taxi driver often complaining rodtid as an excuse not to go to the place where you want to, or to take the expressway.

Hew (หิว)

Thai people and food are inseparable as there are numerous choices of tasty food to enjoy all day. So you can expect that most of the topics that they are discussing will be about food.

One of the words that you will hear from them a lot will be “Hew” meaning hungry. If you have Thai friends, most of the time you will find them asking you “Hew yang?” meaning “are you hungry?” Well, what can I say, we are considerate people.

Pang (แพง)

Bangkok is considered to be one of the best and cheapest places for shopping in the world. So you can guess that Thai people love to shop and bargain!

The word “Pang” means expensive – it will also be a very useful word for tourists to complain for the seller to sell stuff cheaper for you. Thai people say that a lot when they are on shopping in the market where they can bargain their ass off for the best and cheapest price – maybe you can try using this word when you shop in Bangkok!

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1 Response

  1. Gato says:

    Ron also used to beverages, like “cafe ron”. And yen means cold but only to beverages or things, not for weather. When you are thirsty, you can say Hew nam (nam means water). BTW, great post!

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