Thai Word of the Day: “mai koi …. thao-rai” (ไม่ค่อย….เท่าไหร่)

“mai koi….thao-rai” (ไม่ค่อย….เท่าไหร่) can be used in the following ways:

adverb: not so… / not that… / not so very…

The adverb “mai koi….thao-rai” (ไม่ค่อย….เท่าไหร่) is used to refer back to something that has been mentioned, saying that it is less true for someone or something else.

Sentence Structure: Subject + mai koi + adjective + thao-rai

Examples:

man mai koi phaeng thao-rai
มันไม่ค่อยแพงเท่าไหร่
(It wasn’t very expensive)

rian pha-sa Thai mai koi yaak thao-rai
เรียนภาษาไทยไม่ค่อยยากเท่าไหร่
(Learning Thai is not that difficult)

chan aa-sai yoo thee Hua Hin, mai koi glai jaak Grung-thaype thao-rai
ฉันอาศัยอยู่ที่หัวหินไม่ค่อยไกลจากกรุงเทพฯเท่าไหร่
(I live in Hua Hin, not so far from Bangkok)

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