Dom’s Thai Port Thai: Lesson 2 – Terrace Thai

Shout Outs

There aren’t many words you need to know on the terrace. To be fair there aren’t any you need to know, as long as you’re cheering the right team. During the game there are a few things you hear more than anything else. Basically six things I hear regularly at every game: ying, song, lam naa, bai leuang, bai daeng and awk pbai.

ส่ง ,   sòng =  to pass

ส่งบอล ,  sòng bawn =  to pass the ball

ยิง ,  ying   =  to shoot

ยิงประตู  ,  ying pbratuu  =  to shoot at the goal

When Port have a chance for a shot or at set pieces you will sometimes hear,

Ying,  ying,  ying mâeng loei

ยิง แม่ง เลย = ying mâeng loei,  =

this translates literally as “shoot, shoot, shoot them all”
(Thanks to Nig Dammusig for that addition)

ล้ำหน้า ,  lám nâa  =  offside

Sometimes just shortened to “lam”

เขาล้ำหน้า แล้ว kăo lám (nâa) láew   =  he’s offside already

เขา ล้ำหน้า ไหม kăo lám (nâa) mai?  =  was he offside?


ออกไป ,  àwk bpai  =  get off , = get out

“àwk pbai” is a good all-purpose phrase it can mean “to get off or get out”, used for a bad foul or play acting striker hamming up his injury.


“àwk pbai” is also shouted at underperforming managers and owners not splashing out the cash. In our relegation season under car crash of a manager Adul, “Adul àwk pbai” was a regular call.


If the play acting of an injury goes on a bit too long, àwk bpai might well turn into this,

ไป โรงบาล (โรงพยาบาล) , pbai rong baan   =  go to the hospital



Calling for a yellow or red card at the unfair hacking of our star centre forward is,

ใบเหลือง  ,  bai leuăng  =  a yellow card

ใบแดง ,  bai daeng  =  a red card


Worried fans might be saying around you as our perfectly well behaved defender is cruelly punished with a possible second yellow card.

เขาติดเหลืองเล้วไหม  ,  kăo dtìt bai leuăng  láew măi?  =  has he got a yellow card already?

ศิวกร, เขาติดเหลืองเล้ว  ,   Siwakorn, kăo dtìt bai leuăng láew =  Siwakorn, he’s got a yellow card already


Who Scored?

ทำประตู  ,  tam bpratuu  =  to score a goal

ใคร ทำประตู  ,  krai tam bpratuu  = Who scored the goal?


Other Useful Match Vocabulary

ง่าย ง่าย  ,  ngaai ngaai  =  easy

เล่นง่าย ง่าย  ,  lên ngâai ngâai    =  to play the easy ball

ให้ มัน  , hâai man  =  give it ,  give it to him

เปิดบอล  ,  pbèrt bawn  =  to cross

ได้บอล  ,  dâai bawn  =  to get the ball

เสียบอล  ,  sĭa bawn  =  to lose the ball

โหม่งลูก ,  mòng lûuk  =  to head the ball

เลี้ยงบอล ,   líang bawn  = dribbling

เก็บบอล  ,  gèp bawn  =  for a player to keep the ball , =  for a team to keep it in the defence

เตะลูกออก  ,  tàe lûuk awk  =  a clearance

บอล   or  ลูก    bawn or  lûuk can both be used for ball.

bawn is the same as ball

lûuk is a general classifier for balls, fruit and round objects; but not testicles.

บุก  ,  bùk  =  to attack
ตั้งรับ  ,  tâng ráp  =  to defend


The football vocabulary is largely from , not Thai for picking up, a good website for learning Thai. This page has the essential vocabulary and all important sound files for the football words and phrases  We can write out vocab in English, but to really get the sounds right it’s good to listen to the sound files.


Dominick Cartwright

Dominick Cartwright

Originally from London, Dominick has been teaching English in Bangkok since 2006 and has been following Port FC since 2011.

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  1. Thai_Footy_Farang says:

    Hello Kruu Dom,

    in the phrase

    ให้ มัน , hăai man = give it , give it to him

    why is it pronounced hăai and not hâi? Thai is so confusing for a beginner like myself. 🙁

    Thank you!

    • Dominick Cartwright
      Dominick Cartwright says:

      Good question,
      It’s written as hăai and not hâi, because I’m not paying attention sometimes. You’re right I’m wrong on the tone of the word. It should be hâai

      But it is a long vowel there are words like น้ำ water, ได้ can and ใกล้ near , where the vowel is written as a short vowel, but pronounced as a long vowel. They are exceptions to the normal written vowel length. As I remember I learnt that a long time time ago. I think they are the four most common examples of this.


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