You are a Winner!

from left to right group members Cat, John, Opp, Bo and yours truly (in case you’ve missed it I’m the farang in the pic haha)

Sawasdee Krab!

No this blog does not mean spam has wormed it’s way in here. Today I am “borrowing” our forum to announce the latest winners of my monthly contest for members of the Thai langauge group here in DC.

As a semi co-moderator of our group, or at least the most persistant e-mailer, ๐Ÿ˜‰ I try to find new ways to make things interesting so present members and new members alike can get involved. One of my ideas is a new contest each month for everyone to compete in which I give out prizes to the winner at our next meet up. I actually got the idea from another member a couple months back who started it all with a simple trivia question.

In May, Oop who you see in the pic up there, asked if anyone knew what important holiday it was. For those who don’t know the answer since it was May 5 was easy to figure out, it was Coronation Day. Two minutes and a carefully worded search on Google was all I needed to find the answer hehe. Our great webmaster Richard, as usual, wrote a terrific blog on the holiday that you can read here.

The contest is sent out by our group e-mail and the first one to reply with the correct answer wins! Unfortuately since I usually live on e-mail when I am at home I had a disadvantage over our other members. Therefore to be fair I took up the torch and started my own new contest each month to which I would obviously be disqualified so everyone has a fair chance ๐Ÿ˜›

The next month I continued the game with a related question, what two, also very important holidays in Thailand, celebrate the Royal Family. This was a fairly easy one and fellow farang member Tiffany quickly researched the answer. The two holidays are of course, Fathers Day on December 5th which is also HM the Kings Birthday, and Mothers Day on August 12th also HM the Queens Birthday ๐Ÿ™‚

Now this was a pretty cool idea to come up with every month but I wanted something more challenging and not so easy to answer just by looking it up online ๐Ÿ˜€ So I came up with something new for this months contest. This time out it was an essay, yes, yes I can hear students out there groaning already as an automatic reaction haha. This new contest was actually, I thought, a really unique idea.

All you had to do was send an e-mail telling me What is your favorite Thai word? simple, just write what your favorite word is, what it means and why you like it. You can make your essay as long or short as you like, you can make it serious or witty, surreal or silly, just not naughty like your what’s your favorite pick up word to use over in Patpong ๐Ÿ˜‰ As an add on if you can send in your favorite word written in Thai then you get bonus points!

I admit I was a tad disappointed there was not more response to this one but we do have a winner! So without further ado the winner of this months Thai langauge contest is……drum roll please!

Joe our member from Woodbridge, Virginia!

Congratulations to both Joe and Tiffany for being winners! This coming Saturday is our next group meet up get together and Joe and Tiffany (who had to miss the last meet up) will get their prizes. I am sending out an e-mail after this blog post to our group members to come here and find out who wins hehehe. So you’ll have to wait until this weekends blog to find out what Joe and Tiffany each won but I can definitely tell you they are getting some pretty cool prizes.

Now for the official unveiling here is Joes winning contest submission, especially if this even works with the Thai font!

My favorite Thai word is (meaning ‘love’) because it reminds me of my visit to Thailand. I loved the people, the food, the countryside, the weather (in the northern area) and the list goes on. How’s that?

P.S. Please excuse the very crappy drawing.

As you can see Joe actually submitted a written รัก to my e-mail so he also got the bonus points, a free appetizer at the resturant this Saturday when we get together, that much I am giving way here. Thanks for the great word and extra effort!

How about you? Let’s hear it from everybody out there in Blog land ๐Ÿ˜€ Whats your favorite Thai word? Sorry I don’t have prizes for you too but everyone gets an honorable mention here in this blogs comments section, hows that? Till next time!


5 responses to “You are a Winner!

  1. I can’t promise I’ll be at the meetup. This is my weekend with my son and, well, he’s got the highest priority for me. But there’s a chance, if I can find a sitter.

    And thanks for choosing me the winner this time. I really didn’t think I’d get it.


  2. My favorite Thai word, well more like a phrase: Hew Mai? – Are you hungry?

    We Thais always want our guests well-fed. I LOVE it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My American friends would say I’m a gracious host for offering them food even when they are supposed to stop by for a few minutes. I have to tell them that it’s a Thai thing. Like you’re taking off your shoes coming in to our apartment, you also can’t leave here hungry. Haha!

  3. gilbert gonzalez

    My favorite frase is i hope i spell it right Tam Nam Kha pome…Means will you marry me!

  4. Thanks for your contribution Gilbert!

    So your looking to get married? Maybe bring a nice Thai girl home to meet the folksies? Well if you want to really impress her when you pop the question there are several ways to correctly say it in Thai although ‘marry me’ in English would usually be sufficient ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You could say –

    “I want to marry you”

    Pom yaak dtaeng ngaan gap khun.

    Pom/Chan (Pom or chun are both ways to say “I” or “me” so you can choose one or the other) yaak (want) dtaeng ngaan (marry) gaap (with) khun (you)

    “Do you want to marry me?”

    Yaak (want) dtaeng ngaan (marry) gaap (with) pom/chan (me) mai (yes? said as a rising tone indicates this is a question)

    or simply you could say

    Marry me!

    Dtaeng ngaan (marry) gaap (with) pom/chan (me) na (a softer, more informal way to phrase a sentence as a question)

    I would love to include the phrases as they are actually written in Thai but the comments section of has issues about that. Let me see what I can do and I will come back to this.

    I hope this helps and if you have a certain girl in mind already then choke dee! (good luck!)