Thai Word of the Day: “mee” (มี)

“mee” (มี) can be used in the following ways:

pronoun: There is…. / There are…. / There was…. / There were….

The pronoun “mee” (มี) is used for saying that someone or something is in a particular place, or that someone or something exists or that something happens. It is placed at the beginning of the sentence in order to introduce the subject of the sentence (someone or something) that exist or happens.

Examples:

– mai mee aa-haan leua
ไม่มีอาหารเหลือ
(There is no food left)

– mee phoo-ying kon neung raw kui gap khun
มีผู้หญิงคนหนึ่งรอคุยกับคุณ
(There’s a woman waiting to talk to you)

– mee bpan-haa lek-noy thee phuak-rao dtawng haa-reu gan
มีปัญหาเล็กน้อยที่พวกเราต้องหารือกัน
(There is a small problem that we need to discuss)

– mee kon maak-maai raw yoo kaang-nawk thee-tham-garn bprai-sa-nee
มีคนมากมายรออยู่ข้างนอกที่ทำการไปรษณีย์
(There were loads of people waiting outside the post office)

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

1. There isn’t much time.
2. There are lot of traffic.
3. There is an accident on the motorway.
4. There are a lot of tourist in Hua Hin.
5. There were a lot of people at the party last night.

Miss Urai Khomkham
Course Co-ordinator & Personal Tutor
Thai Language Tuition UK

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