If you’re coming to Thailand you might want to learn a few basic words and phrases to help you along your way. I personally feel that if you’re coming to a new country, it’s polite and shows a lot of respect if you try to learn their language, even if it is just “hello” and “thank you”.
There are some really good apps you can download that will help you learn and listen to some basic Thai words, I really like LuvLingua it’s by far the best Thai speaking app I’ve tried so far. You can also use google translate, but be careful because it’s not always correct. Also, when speaking Thai make sure you add “Kha” on the end of your sentence if your a woman, and “Khrap” if you are a man. Also “I” for a woman is pronounced ” Chan” and “Pom” if you’re a man. Don’t get these confused or you’ll get some funny faces looking back at you when your speaking, most of the apps tend to be for a man learning Thai so just change the ‘pom’ to ‘chan’ if you are a woman. Here are some basic and commonly used words and phrases for you to try out on your next visit to Thailand:
English Thai Pronunciation
Hello สวัสดี Sawat dee (Kar/Karp do this at the end of every sentence)
Thankyou ขอบคุณ Khaawp Khun (Kar/Karp)
How are you? สบายดีหรือ Sabaai de mai (Kar/Karp)
I’m fine ฉันสบายดี Sabaai dee
How much? เท่าไหร่ Thao rai
Yes ใช่ Chai
No ไม่ Mai
Please กรุณา Kruna
I don’t understand ไม่เข้าใจ Chan(Pom for Man) mai khaojai
Where are the toilets? ห้องน้ำอยู่ที่ไหน Haawng suaamyuu theenai
What’s your name? คุณชื่ออะไร Khun cheuu arai
Help me! ช่วยฉันด้วย Chuay duay
Airport สนาม บิน Sa naam bin
Goodbye ลาก่อน Laa gaawn
I love you ฉันรักเธอ Chan rak khun
I don’t know ฉันไม่รู้ Chan mai ruu
I’m a vegetarian ฉันเป็นมังสวิรัติ Chan bpen mang sa wi
I’m allergic to… ฉันแพ้ Chan phaae
Delicious อร่อย A raawy
I feel sick ฉันรู้สึกป่วย Chan ruu seuk bpuay
These are some of the very basic and common words that you might find yourself wishing you knew on a daily bases. The Thai language is very hard to learn and I’ve been teaching myself while living inside Thailand for the past year and my Thai still isn’t amazing. Hopefully, you’ll find these words helpful and please do try to get involved with the culture. Every Thai person I know said they really appreciate it when a foreigner tries to learn their language, but I definitely recommend downloading the app and listening to some youtube videos to get the pronunciation correct.
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