APPENDIX 6: THAI LANGUAGE
Days of the Week
Thailand uses the same calendar as the west. There are 12 months a year and 7 days a week. The 7 days are named after the sun, the moon and the five nearest planets. This means if you learn the days of the week then as long as you can remember the association, you have the added bonus of learning the names of 7 celestial bodies.
|Sunday||wan ah-tit||Sun||pra ah-tit|
|Monday||wan jan||Moon||pra jan|
|Tuesday||wan ang-kahn||Mars||daow ang-kahn|
|Wednesday||wan poot||Mercury||daow poot|
|Thursday||wan paruhat||Jupitur||daow paruhatsabadee|
|Friday||wan sook||Venus||daow sook|
|Saturday||wan sao||Saturn||daow sao|
The Thai word for day is 'wan'. It is put at the start of the name of each day.
You should note it is easy to associate some of the days with their celestial body. The celestial body for Sunday is the Sun, for Monday it is the Moon and for Saturday it is Saturn.
|daow||star or celestial body|
|pra||buddha image or monk
(is more esoterically associated with celestial bodies and it is used as the prefix word for the sun and moon.)
|daow dtok||shooting star|
|sao ah-tit||weekend (informal)|
|soot sapdah||weekend (formal)|
mah jahk daow ang-kahn - comes from mars. A joke term to say something or someone is strange.