Thai Word of the Day: “jay-ra-jaa” (เจรจา)

“jay-ra-jaa” (เจรจา) can be used in the following ways:

verb: to negotiate

The verb “jay-ra-jaa” (เจรจา) is used for saying that you want to have formal discussions with someone in order to reach an agreement with them.


– chan gam-lang jay-ra-jaa pheua tham san-yaa mai
(I’m negotiating for a new contract)

– kao mai dtem-jai thee-ja jay-ra-jaa gap phuak-kao eek-dtaw-bpai
(He is not willing to negotiate with them anymore)

– kao dai leuhk pha-yaa-yaam jay-ra-jaa gap jao-naai kawng-kao laeo
(He’d given up trying to negotiate his boss)

– chan saa-maad jay-ra-jaa kaw keun ngeuhn-deuan gap jao-naai dai haa bper-sen
(I’ve managed to negotiate a five percent pay increase with my boss)

Practice Exercise: Practice putting your newly learned word into a sentence by translating the following sentences below.

1. Unions are negotiating over pensions.
2. We need someone to negotiate business deals.
3. The local government and the army negotiated a truce.
4. I’m trying to negotiate a pay raise with my employers.
5. We want to negotiate a settlement that is fair to both sides.

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