3 uses of ที่ têe in Thai

by | Jul 27, 2020 | Vocabulary

The word ที่ (têe) is often confusing for all Thai learners because of its many uses. Here I will explain and give you examples so you will be able to use it.


One of the meaning of ที่ (têe) is ‘that’. But not “that” like when you see something and point at it you can say ‘that! (that one, that thing). For this use of “that” in Thai, we use นั่น nân. Not ที่ têe XXX.

The correct “that” for ที่ is restrictive clauses that use ‘that’ to tell us ONLY about the noun being discussed. Let’s take a look at some examples so you can understand:


  • The person that I love.
    kon têe chăn rák

  • A place that I want to go.
    sà-tăan têe têe chăn yàak bpai

  • Computer that I use.
    kom têe chăn chái

The non-restrictive clause is ซึ่ง sêung which is often translated as ‘which’.


The word place in Thai is สถานที่ sà-tăan têe which is often shortened to ที่ têe in a spoken language.


  • Wad Po is a tourist destination (tourist place).
    wát poh bpen sà-tăan têe tông tîeow

  • This place(here), that place(there), that place further away.
    ที่นี่ ที่นั่น ที่โน่น
    têe nêe têe nân têe nôhn

  • This place(here) is where? (where is this place?).
    têe nêe têe năi

  • A place that I want to go.
    têe têe chăn yàak bpai


This is a direct translation of the word ‘at’ in English. Let’s take a look at some examples. It is placed before a location: at home, at an office, etc.


  • I am at home.
    chăn yòo têe bâan

  • I like living in Thailand (we don’t usually say I live IN Thailand, we say live ‘at’).
    chăn chôp yòo têe bprà-tâyt tai

  • Where are you? I am in the office.
    คุณอยู่ที่ไหน? ฉันอยู่ที่ออฟฟิส
    kun yòo têe năi chăn yòo têe òf-fít

I hope you now understand the 3 uses of ที่ (têe) in Thai. To say “at”, “that”, and “place”.

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