Thai Word of the Day: “lab dtaa” (ลับตา)

“lab dtaa” (ลับตา) can be used in the following ways:

adjective: is private / is out of sight / is hidden (from someone or something)

The adjective “lab dtaa” (ลับตา) is used for saying that a place is not easy to find or where other people cannot see or hear you.

Examples:

kao yeun mawng jun-gra-thang ter lab dtaa bpai
เขายืนมองจนเธอลับตาไป
(He stood watching until she was out of sight)

chan chawb thee-nee phraw waa man lab dtaa phoo-kon
ฉันชอบที่นี่เพราะว่ามันลับตาผู้คน
(I like it here because it’s out of sight of people)

khun ad-ja haai bpai glai lab dtaa, dtae khun mai haai bpai jaak jai kawng-phom
คุณอาจจะหายไปไกลลับตาแต่คุณไม่หายไปจากใจของผม
(You may disappear far out of sight, but you are not disappear from my heart)

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