Thai Language in ThailandEdit This
Learning Thai as a "farang" is not really easy, 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.
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 => ok
No = mai-chai
Thank you = kob-khun
Thank you very much = kob-khun-khrap
You're welcome = mai-pen-rai
Please = ka-ru-na
Excuse me = kor-tot/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 [English]? = khun-ja-pood-nee-pen-[pa-sa-ang-glish]-wa-young-lai?
Do you speak ... = khun-pood ...?
English = pa-sa-ang-krit
French = pa-sa-fa-rang-sez
German = pa-sa-yer-re-man
Spanish = pa-sa-spain
Chinese = pa-sa-jeen
I = chan (f), phom (m)
We = puak-lao
You (singular, familiar) = khun
You (singular, formal) = khun
You (plural) = khun
They = puak-kao
What is your name? = khun-cheu-ar-rai
Nice to meet you. = dee-jai-tee-dai-pob-khun
How are you? = khun-sa-bai-dee-mai?
Good = dee
Bad = mai-dee
So so = kor-young-narn-lae
Where is the bathroom? Where is the toilet? = hong-nam-you-tee-nai?
Asfr you see, the Thai language is not easy at all! When you try to pronounce the above sentences, you will also have to watch the "tones". If you don't, a Thai will simply not understand you! Therefore my advice is NOT to try to learn Thai efore you go there. The chance that you will be able to speak it in a few weeks is practically zero. However, the Thais speak English rather well but they pronounce it a bit different from what you expect. They normally will emphasize the last syllable of every word, to give just one example. Therefore my advice is: In Thailand carefully listen to the Thais and try to master the way they pronounce English!
February 22, 2005 change by hasekamp