Thai Word of the Day: “sam laeo sam lao” (ซ้ำแล้วซ้ำเล่า)

“sam laeo sam lao” (ซ้ำแล้วซ้ำเล่า) can be used in the following ways:

adverb: repeatedly / over and over again / again and again ‘ time and time again

The adverb “sam laeo sam lao” (ซ้ำแล้วซ้ำเล่า) is used to say that something happens many times. We can also use “sam laeo sam eek” (ซ้ำแล้วซ้ำอีก).


kao aan jod-maai jaak ter sam laeo sam lao
(He read through the letter from her over and over again)

chan hai aa-phai kao sam laeo sam lao gio-gap garn-gra-tham-dtua chen nee
(I have forgiven him again and again for behaving like this)

ter bon gio-gap reuang derm-derm sam laeo sam lao jun sa-mee kee-giat fang
(She moans about the same things repeatedly until her husband fed up of listening)

chan bawk kao sam laeo sam lao waa kao dtawng sai muak-gan-knock
(I’ve told him time and time again that he must wear a helmet)

Li Morrissey
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