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.

Examples:

– 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