About the song (ҧ :: Elephant)

This is a well known childrens song in Thailand and is taught to children in primary school. The lyric describes an elephant. The melody is adapted from a Thai classical piece (in Burmese mode) called Phama Khwee (Burmese going obliquely).

Culture Notes
ͧ Younger sibling is another kinship term that is used as a term of address or pronoun to address someone younger than the speaker. If it is used by a man, it is normally used to address his beloved lady affectionately.

Grammar Notes
_V_ = have you ever V?
ͧ繪ҧ = have you (=my baby) ever seen an elephant


+V = to be used to V, to have done V in the past
= a question particle placed at the end of a sentence/statement to form a yes/no question

 

Verse by Verse Translation

ҧ (ҧ) ҧ (ҧ) ҧ
Elephant elephant elephant
ͧ ҧ
Have you my darling seen an elephant?
ҧ ѹ
The elephant, it is quite big
١ ¡ ǧ
With a long nose called trunk
ǧ ¡
It has fangs underneath the trunk called tusks
ҧ
It has ears, eyes and a long tail.

 

Vocabulary

ҧ (ҧ) ҧ (ҧ) ҧ
.
ͧ ҧ
.
ҧ ѹ
(adj) = ˭
(adv. colloq.)= quite
١ ¡ ǧ
١ (n) = nose
¡ (v) = to be called
ǧ (n) = trunk
ǧ ¡
(n) = fang
(n) = tusk
ҧ
ҧ (n) = tail