What does สู้ๆ mean?

by | Sep 30, 2020 | Vocabulary, Thai

I bet you have seen or heard Thai people saying สู้ๆ (sôo sôo) in many situations. But do you actually know what สู้ๆ means and when are appropriate situations to use it?

People cheering - Meaning of สู้ๆ

The meaning of สู้ๆ

สู้ๆ literally translates to “fighting fighting” however the real uses of สู้ๆ (sôo sôo) are to say something like the following:

  1. You can do it!

  2. Don’t give up! / Don’t quit! / Don’t be discouraged!

  3. Keep going!


There are many situations where you can use สู้ๆ and these situations are related to telling someone to keep going and not to quit. Let me give you some examples:


  • a: I haven’t been able to reach my boyfriend. I think he died!
    ฉันยังไม่สามารถติดต่อแฟนฉันได้ ฉันสงสัยว่าเขาจะตายแล้ว
    chăn yang mâi săa-mâat dtìt dtòr faen chăn dâai · chăn sŏng-săi wâa kăo jà dtaai láew

    b: You’ll contact him soon, don’t give up!
    เดี๋ยวก็ติดต่อได้ สู้ๆ
    dĭeow gôr dtìt dtòr dâai · sôo sôo

  • a: I study every day for the exam
    chăn dtriam sòp túk wan

    b. Don’t be discouraged, keep studying!
    สู้ๆ เรียนต่อไป
    sôo sôo· rian dtòr bpai

  • Manchester United, you got this!
    แมนเชสเตอร์ยูไนเต็ด สู้ๆ
    maen-châyt-dtêr yoo-nai-dtèt · sôo sôo

I hope you now understand สู้ๆ and know when to use it.

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