One of the first phrases that any traveler must learn to say in the local language is ‘I don’t understand.’
The Thais say ‘Phohm mai khao jai.’

phohm is a way to refer to oneself
mai is a negation
khao means ‘enter’
jai is the heart

‘Phohm mai khao jai’, translated literally, means ‘It didn’t enter my heart.’

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  1. Andrew Johnson says:

    “Phom”, ผม, also means “hair.” So it (ผมไม่เข้าใจ) also means “hair doesn’t enter the heart.” Which would be, I think, a severe medical issue.

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