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Do you know there are 3 different ways to say “want” in Thai?
Do you know there are 3 different ways to say “want” in Thai? Let’s talk about it!

As a native thai speaker, I want to write about this and share it with Thai learners. Hopefully it will be useful for anyone who is learning Thai.

You might have already learned the meaning of want in Thai. We say อยาก or ต้องการ, right?

If we want something both objective and subjective, we will say อยากได้ or ต้องการ. For example, ฉันอยากได้มะม่วง which means I want mangoes. ฉันต้องการอาหาร means I want foods. ฉันอยากได้ความรักจากคุณ means I want love from you.

If we want to do something, we will say อยาก or ต้องการ and then the verb will come after. For example, ฉันอยากกินผัดไท which means I want to eat Pad Thai. ฉันอยากไปวิ่ง means I want to go running.

If we want someone to do something, we will say อยากให้ or ต้องการให้. For example, ฉันอยากให้คุณเรียนภาษาไทย which means I want you to learn Thai language. เค้าอยากให้ฉันช่วยเค้า means ‘He wants me to help him’.

See? There are 3 different ways to say “want” in Thai.


From my experience, I would rather say and hear อยาก than ต้องการ, because อยาก is shorter and easier to speak.
When I want to say “I want you or I need you” which implies that I need your help or I need you by my side, I would say ฉันต้องการคุณ.
If I say ฉันอยากได้คุณ, it could be a strong desire. I hope you understand what I mean. 😆

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Apr 29, 2020 12:49 PM
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