Thai Word of the Day: “siang” (เสี่ยง)

“siang” (เสี่ยง) can be used in the following ways:

adjective: is risky

The adjective “siang” (เสี่ยง) is used for saying that there is a possibility of danger, harm, or failure may be involved.


man siang geun-bpai thee ja pha-yaa-yaam bplod aa-wut kao
(It was much too risky to try to disarm him)

chan ja mai tham thaa chan bpen khun – man siang geun-bpai
ฉันจะไม่ทำถ้าฉันเป็นคุณ – มันเสี่ยงเกินไป
(I wouldn’t do it if I were you – it’s too risky)

man siang thee ja lung-ton ngeuhn thang-mud kawng-khun nai krong-garn
(It would be risky to invest all your money in the project)

verb: to take risk

The verb “siang” (เสี่ยง) is used for saying that someone does something although they know that something bad could happen as a result.


khun kid waa chan kuan siang thee ja sung kor-kwaam theung kao mai?
(Do you think I should risk sending him a message?)

man bpen ngeuhn jam-nuan maak thee ja siang gap krong-garn thee mai nae-nawn
(It’s a lot of money to risk on such an uncertain venture)

man bpen kaed thee haam jawd rot, dtae theung-yaang-rai-gaw-dtaam chan dtad-sin-jai thee ja siang
มันเป็นเขตที่ห้ามจอดรถ แต่ถึงอย่างไรก็ตามฉันตัดสินใจที่จะเสี่ยง
(It was a no-parking zone, but I decided to risk it anyway)

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