Thai Word of the Day: “bpen dtua-kawng-dtua-ayne” (เป็นตัวของตัวเอง)

“bpen dtua-kawng-dtua-ayne” (เป็นตัวของตัวเอง) can be used in the following ways:

adjective: is independent / to be independent / to be oneself

The adjective “bpen dtua-kawng-dtua-ayne” (เป็นตัวของตัวเอง) is used when we prefer to do things by ourselves and are not depending on other people for help or money.


ter chawb bpen dtua-kawng-dtua-ayne
(She likes to be independent)

man meuan gap waa rao mai bpen dtua-kawng-dtua-ayne
(It’s like I can’t be myself)

chan ja pha-yaa-yaam bpen dtua-kawng-dtua-ayne hai maak thee-sud
(I will do my best to be as independent as much as possible)

Li Morrissey
Course Co-ordinator & Tutor
Thai Language Tuition UK