Thai Word of the Day: “kiew-ken” (เคี่ยวเข็ญ)

“kiew-ken” (เคี่ยวเข็ญ) can be used in the following ways:

verb: to exhort / to force / to push (someone to do something)

The verb “kiew-ken” (เคี่ยวเข็ญ) is used when someone is trying to strongly persuade someone else to do something.


mae dtawng kiew-ken hai nawng-sao kawng-phom tham garn-baan tuk wan
(Mum had to push my younger sister to do homework every day)

ter gam-lang pha-yaa-yaam kiew-ken faen kawng-ter hai kaw ter dtaeng-ngaan
(She is trying to exhort her boyfriend to propose to her)

ter mai kiew-ken hai kao dtang-naa-dtang-dtaa tham-ngaan yaang-nack pheua wang hai dai leuan dtam-naeng
(She doesn’t persuade him to work hard in hope for a promotion)

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