Thai Language in BangkokEdit This
They also (mostly) emphasize the last syllable of a word heavily when they speak English, which makes it difficult to understand them.
Learning Thai as a "farang" is not really easy. It would be more realistic to call the language very difficult to learn for westerners. But the Thai people really appreciate if you make an effort. If you want to learn basic words and sentences buy a Thai language course which is available in every book shop selling English language books.
However, if you really want to make an attempt to learn the language, the only way to possible success is a course that uses the Thai alphabet as a basis. The Thai alphabet - and only that - contains the keys to the tones of the language.
Thai is a very complicated language to learn with a unique alphabet to make it even more difficult. To master a few words is not difficult however and will be greatly appreciated by the locals. Here are some essential words. For more information on the Thai language go to Travlang. Notice that Khrap is used as a polite ending for men and kha for women:
Yes = chai
No = mai-chai
Thank you = khop-khun
Thank you very much = khop-khun-mark
You're welcome = mai-pen-rai
Please = ga-ru-na
Excuse me = kaw-tote/kor-a-nu-yart
Hello = sa-wat-dee
Goodbye = lar-korn
So long = narn/yao-narn
Good morning = sa-was-dee-torn-chao
Good afternoon = sa-was-dee-torn-bai
Good evening = sa-was-dee-torn-khum
Good night = ra-tree-sa-was
I do not understand = chan-mai-kao-jai (f) pom-mai-kao-jai (m)
How do you say this in = khun-ja-pood-nee-pen-[pa-sa-ang-grit]-wa-young-lai?
Do you speak ... = khun-pood ...?
English = pa-sa-ang-krit
French = pa-sa-fa-rang-set
German = pa-sa-yer-re-man
Spanish = pa-sa-spain
Chinese = pa-sa-jin
I = chan (f), phom (m)
We = puak-rao
You (singular, familiar)= khun
You (singular, formal) = khun
You (plural) = khun
They = puak-kao
What is your name? = khun-cheu-a-rai
Nice to meet you. = dee-jai-tee-dai-pob-khun
Welcome = yin-dee
How are you? = khun-sa-bai-dee-mai?
Good = dee
Bad = mai-dee
So so = kor-young-narn-lae
Where is the bathroom? = hong-nam-you-tee-nai? Where is the toilet?
I want it. = Ow
I want this one. = ow-an-nee.
I want that one. = ow-an-nan.
I don't want it. = mai-ow
to go = by
I'm going to [Chiang Mai] = by-[Chiang Mai]
My Thai Language School in Bangkok is an interesting school with qualified teachers where you can learn Thai Language from beginner to advanced level.
Language Express in Ploenchit Bangkok is a large, modern school with a first rate multi-level language program and fully trained teachers.