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Funny Thai Words Translated To English That Will Make You Laugh

Language has always been a fun thing. From English to Luxembourgish, the languages ​​surprise again and again and even the most fluent speakers can conjure up a smile at the strangest words from time to time. We are now traveling to Thailand and translating 11 Thai words into English that are guaranteed to make you laugh.

"Aouk" - With

A translation has never sounded so uncomfortably close to its actual meaning. Aouk in Thai means vomiting in English. Vulgar, but still memorable.

"Porn" -Bessing

Let the sexual innuendos and your provocative magazines rest for that next Thai word. Porn in Thai means blessing. From monk blessings to Buddhist blessings and more, there is enough porn to go around.

"Bless Your Soul" | © Courtesy Kent / Flickr

"Tong Sia" diarrhea

Unruly bowels are no laughing matter. While poop puns are off, the word for diarrhea in Thai is sure to crack a smile on even the least humorous people. Tong means stomach, and sia means broken. The Thai word literally means "broken stomach".

Toilet | © Courtesy of Chris Feser / Flickr

"Fuk" gourmet

Visitors to Thailand who hear this particular word mutter may be a little dismayed. Fuk what means pumpkin sounds terribly similar to one of the most vulgar words in the English language by many people's standards. Also, this particular word is spoken a lot in Thailand. Of fuktong (Pumpkin) desserts up fuk kheao (Wax gourd) curry, prepare yourself for a whole lot fuk in front.

Green Pumpkins In Pak Klong Talad Market, Bangkok | © Courtesy of Andrea Kirkby / Flickr

"Prick" chili

While the world's dictionaries define the word "prick" as a number of seemingly innocent things, many minds go straight for the gutter instead of hearing the word. Prick however in Thai means chili. Those who love spicy stuff can do more than one Sting while others with a sensitive palate don't have a single one Sting devour when visiting.

Fresh Chillies | © Courtesy of David Davies / Flickr

"Thong" gold

Tourists traveling to Thailand hear the word tanga often on their travels. Thai people, contrary to what many people think when they hear this word, do not speak from their slim underwear all the time. Instead means tanga a number of different things depending on how it is said in Thai. Translations include gold, straight, stomach, and more.

Wat Arun, Bangkok. Thailand | © Courtesy Juan Antonio F. Segal / Flickr

"Maew" Cat

Learning a new language is usually a difficult endeavor. From varying tones to arduous pronunciations, the Thai language keeps stumbling upon those hoping to learn a handful of words, with the exception of one. Maew (sounds like meow), which means cat, is probably the easiest word to remember in Thai. It might not be the most helpful word, but it's certainly funny.

Cat in Pratunam Market | © photo courtesy Kelly Iverson

"Kăo" - He / She / She

Don't feel offended if someone treats you as kăo designated. The Thai word for the pronouns he, she, and they unfortunately sound similar to the farm animal, cow.

Thailand-3616 | © Courtesy Dennis Jarvis / Flickr

"Moo" -Pig

Visitors might think that the Thai word moo Means cow in English. If maew Cat means there is sure to be a pattern here. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Moo means "pig" in English. This is confusing, but this is an important word for those hoping to try some of the most notable Thai dishes while traveling through the land of smiles.

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"Hâa" -Five

Make a Thai friend or two while visiting the Land of Smiles and travelers are sure to get the following message: 555. The number of fives sent varies, but one thing remains constant: someone is laughing. Hâa in Thai the word means "five". So instead of sending a "laughing loud" message, they will instead consist of a few fives.

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"Ow" -Want

This is a word that travelers will hear on a regular basis. But that's not because someone is hurt, but because they want something. Ow means in Thai and Thai much a lot of stuff.


Author: Victoria George

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