How to use the indefinite article in Thai

You want to learn how to use the indefinite article in Thai? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Thai lessons complete with useful examples. An apple, a house, a book... we explain it all to you in short, easy to follow lessons.

The Thai indefinite article

The indefinite article is what we call the words 'a' and 'an' in English. The English indefinite article 'a' is 'neng' in Thai. Nouns in Thai are usually accompanied by a socalled classifier or measure word. A classifier (or measure word) is a word which accompanies the noun. It is similar to the use in English in phrases like 'a flock of birds' or 'a head of cattle'.


puyiŋ nùŋ kun
a woman
pön nùŋ kun
a friend
bràtdū nùŋ bān
a door
nùŋ kam
a word
dèk nùŋ kun
a child
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Nān köi bân.
That is a house.
Nān köi sapān.
That is a bridge.
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That is a road.
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That is a lake.
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Step 3 : The indefinite article in Thai

The indefinite article is what we call the word a in English. The indefinite article is used with nouns. To learn to use the indefinite article in Thai, pick just 3 important nouns. We suggest you learn the nouns naŋsö, gaoī and bràtdū (book, chair, door). Then learn how to use each noun with the indefinite article. The nouns together with the indefinite article are nângsû nùŋ lem, gaoī nùŋ dua and bràtdū nùŋ bān (a book, a chair, a door). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the indefinite article in Thai including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the indefinite article with the Thai nouns naŋsö, gaoī and bràtdū, you're ready to move on to Step 4 (the definite article in Thai).

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