Thai Word of the Day: “len-hoo len-dtaa” (เล่นหูเล่นตา)

“aoy-yeua” (เล่นหูเล่นตา) can be used in the following ways:

verb: to flirt / to ogle / to make eyes at (someone)

The verb “aoy-yeua” (เล่นหูเล่นตา) is used to when someone keep looking at someone else in a way that is too obvious because they think the person is sexually attractive. This word literally means “play-ears play-eyes”.


phuak-kao nang len-hoo len-dtaa gan
(They sit flirting with each other)

phoo-ying baang kon chawb len-hoo len-dtaa gap phoo-chai yaang mai aay
(Some women like to make eyes at men unashamedly)

kao len-hoo len-dtaa gap phoo-ying tuk kon nai rat-waang thee phuak-ter deuhn phaan
(He was ogling all the women as they walked past)

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