How to say Brother in Thai language

by | Jul 6, 2020 | Vocabulary

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To say brother in Thai you have to specify whether it’s a younger or older brother.

Younger Brother

When it’s a younger brother you would say น้องชาย nóng chaai.

Older Brother

To say older brother in Thai you would say พี่ชาย pêe chaai.

Brothers in Thai


Do you have any brothers?
มีพี่ชายหรือน้องชายหรือเปล่า (literally: do you have older brothers or younger brothers?)
mee pêe chaai rĕu nóng chaai rĕu bplào

My older brother is a writer. My younger brother is a singer.
พี่ชายผมเป็นนักเขียน · น้องชายเป็นนักร้อง
pêe chaai pŏm bpen nák kĭan · nóng chaai bpen nák róng


To summarize, older brother is พี่ชาย pêe chaai and younger brother is น้องชาย nóng chaai.

พี่ pêe is actually a word you will see often that refers to someone older than you while น้อง nóng is used to refer to someone younger than you. For example, the words for sisters follow the same pattern.

ชาย chaai by itself means man.