Thai Word of the Day: “phaan” (ผ่าน)

“phaan” (ผ่าน) can be used in the following ways:

main verb: to pass through / to go pass by (something or somewhere)

The verb “phaan” (ผ่าน) is used when we go past something or somewhere, or to overtake another vehicle that is travelling in the same direction.


– baang-krang phuak-rao phaan gan thee tha-non
(Sometimes we pass each other in the street)
– phuak-rao phaan baan kawng-ter meua-waan-nee
(We went passed her house yesterday)
– phuak-kao yud thee kaam, raw hai rot-fai phaan bpai
(They stopped at the crossing, waiting for the train to pass)
– kao kap-rot phaan raan cha-cha, dtae kao mai hen ter
(He drove slowly passed the shop, but he didn’t see her)

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