Thai Word of the Day: “thaang lad” (ทางลัด)

“thaang lad” (ทางลัด) can be used in the following ways:

noun: shortcut

The noun “thaang lad” (ทางลัด) is a route that leads from one place to another and is quicker and more direct than the usual route; or a way of saving time or effort in doing something.


chan roo jak thaang lad bpai nai dtua-meuang
(I know a shortcut to the city center)

man bpra-yad way-laa keun yehn meua roo bpum thaang lad bon keyboard
มันประหยัดเวลาขึ้นเยอะ เมื่อรู้ปุ่มทางลัดบนคีย์บอร์ด
(It saves a lot of time when knowing the shortcut buttons on the keyboard)

phuak dek-dek chai thaang lad phaan laan jawd-rot pheua bpai rong-rian
(The kids take a shortcut through the parking lot to get to school)

phom pha-yaa-yaam chai thaang lad pheua leek-liang garn-ja-raa-jawn dtid-kad, dtae nai thee-sud gaw lung-thaang
ผมพยายามใช้ทางลัดเพื่อหนีการจราจรติดขัด แต่ในที่สุดก็หลงทาง
(I tried to take a shortcut to avoid traffic jams, but in the end I got lost)

Li Khomkham
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Thai Language Tuition UK