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30: Thai proverbs made of simple words – อยู่ (yuu) “to be / to live”

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Thai transcription provided by thai-language.com. Capital letters at the end of each syllable indicate tones.

[01:03]
เพื่อนกินหาง่าย เพื่อนตายหายาก
pheuuanF ginM haaR ngaaiF pheuuanF dtaaiM haaR yaakF
“It’s easy to find false friends, but difficult to find real friends.”
“A friend in need is a friend indeed.”

เพื่อนกิน pheuuanF ginM “false friends”
เพื่อนตาย pheuuanF dtaaiM “real friends”

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[02:21]
ความพยายามอยู่ที่ไหน ความสำเร็จอยู่ที่นั่น
khwaamM phaH yaaM yaamM yuuL theeF naiR khwaamM samR retL yuuL theeF nanF
“Wherever there is attempt, there is success.”
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

ความพยายาม khwaamM phaH yaaM yaamM “attempt; endeavor”
ความสำเร็จ khwaamM samR retL “success”

[05:40]
กินเพื่ออยู่ ไม่ใช่อยู่เพื่อกิน
ginM pheuuaF yuuL maiF chaiF yuuL pheuuaF ginM
“Eat, so you can live. Don’t just live, so you can eat.”

เพื่อ pheuuaF “for the purpose of”

[08:02]
คับที่อยู่ได้ คับใจอยู่ยาก
khapH theeF yuuL daiF khapH jaiM yuuL yaakF
“If a place is uncomfortable, we can live there. But if a relationship is uncomfortable, it’s difficult to be there.”

คับ khapH “tight; little room to move around (implying uncomfortable)”

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