Thai Word of the Day: “tham hai ngung” (ทำให้งง)

“tham hai ngung” (ทำให้งง) can be used in the following ways:

verb: to confuse / to baffle (someone)

The verb “tham hai ngung” (ทำให้งง) is used when someone makes someone else feel that they do not understand something. The person being made to feel confused is place between “tham hai” and “ngung”: “tham hai …. ngung”


kao tham hai chan roo-seuk ngung
(He made me feel confused)

kam-phood kawng-kao tham hai ter ngung
(His words made her confused)

ka-dee ka-dta-gam lao-nee yang tham hai dtam-ruad ngung
(These murders still baffled the police)

tha khun mai a-ti-baai yaang-chad-jane, khun ja tham hai phoo-aan ngung
(If you don’t explain clearly, you will confuse the reader)
to make someone feel that they do not understand something

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