Useful Thai word: นัก nak

by | Dec 8, 2020 | Thai, Vocabulary

นัก (nák) is used as a part of many words in Thai. You will definitely hear this word a lot.

Even if you don’t know what the entire word containing nák means, if you hear it you will know it has something to do with a profession. If you know the word that comes after nák then you will be able to guess the meaning!

นัก by itself is used as a prefix before many compound words to describe a profession. For example: นักเรียน (nák rian). นักเรียน means student. เรียน (rian) means “to study”. So the nak prefix + to learn = student.

The formula is นัก (nák) + verb or noun.

Useful Thai word: นัก nak 1

Let’s see some more examples:

nák + verb:

  • Author
    นักเขียน : นัก (nák) = prefix, เขียน (kĭan) = to write
    nák kĭan

  • Traveler, tourist
    นักท่องเที่ยว: นัก (nák) = prefix, ท่องเที่ยว (tông tîeow) = to travel
    nák tông tîeow

  • Actor
    นักแสดง: นัก (nák) = prefix, แสดง (sà-daeng) = to show
    ák sà-daeng

  • Singer
    นักร้อง: นัก (nák) = prefix, ร้อง (róng) = to sing
    nák róng

nák + noun:

  • Musician
    นักดนตรี: นัก (nák) = prefix, ดนตรี (don-dtree) = music
    nák don-dtree

  • Businessman
    นักธุรกิจ: นัก (nák) = prefix, ธุรกิจ (tú-rá gìt) = business
    nák tú-rá gìt

  • Athlete
    นักกีฬา: นัก (nák) = prefix, กีฬา (gee-laa) = sports
    nák gee-laa

  • Prisoner
    นักโทษ: นัก (nák) = prefix, โทษ (tôht) = to blame/punishment
    nák tôht

I hope you now understand why so many words in Thai have นัก (nák) in them!

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