Thai Word of the Day: “taw” (ท้อ)

“taw” (ท้อ) can be used in the following ways:

adjective: is discouraged / is disheartening

The adjective “taw” (ท้อ) is used when we say feel that it is useless to try to do something. We can also use “taw-jai” (ท้อใจ) or “taw-tae” (ท้อแท้), or even “taw-tae jai” (ท้อแท้ใจ).


chan roo-seuk taw-tae dtawn-nee
(I feel discouraged right now)

fang meuan kao taw phraw garn-kaad kwaam-gaaow-naa
(It sounds like he is discouraged by the lack of progress)

tuk-kon roo-seuk taw bpen baang-krai
(Everybody feels discouraged every now and then)

man bpen reuan sam-kan thee khun dtawng hai gam-lang-jai dtua-ayne nai chuang thee taw-tae-jai
(It’s important to pick yourself back up in those disheartened moments)

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