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"bep" or "bhep" or "bpep" ?? What is it?


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This is an example of "the wall" I'm running into now in learning Thai. I alway hear this word, but nobody can tell me what it means. Mostly they don't even understand what I'm asking.


Not in my little dictionaries, English or Thai.


On TV I hear "bep nee" and "bep noi."





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I bought a little dictionary that is very helpful in this kind of situation It is called "Basic Thai Conversation" Dictionary.


It is English - Thai / Thai - English but the Thai - English part uses Romanisation only. So you look the word up phonetically. It then gives you the English transalation and the word in Thai. This can be quite useful because it enables you to look the word up as it sound. And you can confirm that is is correct by showing it to the Thai speaker.



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baep nii = like (similar to) this

baep nan = like (similar to) that


baep translates in these cases to "similar to".


Baep (à຺) has a lot of other meanings, related to "design, style, pattern" and to "(fashion) model".

In addition its a classifier for "festival, party, ceremony etc".


Some samples are

Ãáà຺ = designing

à຺¿ÃÃìà = (document) form (to fill out)

àÅÕ¹à຺ = to imitate

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Says jai-dee:

Ẻ baaep


noun: fashion model


good overview, jai-dee!


fashion model would be nang baaeb or nay baaeb (female or male); fashion show is sadaeng baaeb


there are a lot of other words in combination with baaeb:

baaeb thai thai style

baaeb chabab prototype, standard

krueang baaeb uniform

baaeb form form (document)

baaeb phim printed form

baaeb phitee ceremony, rite

baaeb fuek hat exercise

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Presumably not to be confused with 'Bpep diaow' - 'just a moment'?


I have heard people use 'Bpep' as a way of delaying thought in a sentence, very much like 'er...'


I would be interested to know if in bpairp nee, the 'bpairp' is spelled the same as 'bpairp' for style. I had assumed they were the same word - fashion/style/manner.


You could translate 'bpairp nee' as the slightly old-fashioned 'in this fashion', could you not?



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