Thai Language and Phrase Book
A little understanding can go a long way
Young Learners and their Teacher
Thai language can be somewhat difficult for the
average westerner to attempt, let alone master. This useful phrase book
will help you to learn to speak a few words and phrases. It's always
appreciated by the locals if you can attempt a few words and
it will certainly put a smile on their faces and perhaps even a few
giggles as well.
Also, you should not be offended as it will definitely
break the ice so to speak. Remember that you are on their turf so it is
just polite to be able to exchange a few pleasantries with whoever you
should meet as you travel around this vast continent, whether in the
cities or the back roads and beyond. Besides it can also be a lot of fun
Most Thai's can speak a little English and there are many English
and Thai teaching schools all over Thailand where you can try your hand
improving your language skills. I shall get to the various schools
later should you be spending more than the average time in Thailand.
Thai Language and Phrases
The more important words and phrases listed below are all you need to know for a short vacation in Thailand. There is really little
need to be even remotely fluent as most of the time you will be
understood in English.
Just remember to speak in a clear voice and ever so slower.
Should you like to try a little Thai however, then please note that
words or phrases take the suffix kha should the speaker be female and khrap should the speaker be male. Shall we begin with our first lesson!
Sawaddee Kha (you as the female speaking) Hello or Goodbye
Sawaddee Khrap (you as the male speaking) Hello or Goodbye
Khawp Khun Kha (you as the female speaking) Thank you
Khawp Khun Khrap (you as the male speaking) Thank you
Are you beginning to get the idea of how it works? Just follow the
simple male /female speakings terms and after a few mistakes you will in
time, master the correct pronunciations.
I'm still learning the Thai
language all the time myself, so don't feel bad. Besides, when you make a
mistake, Thai's maybe a little amused, but they will give you 10 out of
10 for trying.
It will almost certainly open up a few new doors and avenues. You
only need to ask and Thai's will gladly help put things right for you.
Have some fun with it and enjoy the pleasantries that go with it. Just
remember the Khrap and Kha component and you're almost there.
You pronounce Kha as in Ka and Khrap as in Krup - Lets move on.
Young School Kids
Thai Language and Phrases
Sabai dee mai? How are you?
Sabai dee I'm fine
You nai...? Where is...?
Yaak pai... I want to go...
Hawng nam Bathroom
Taw rai...? How much...?
Paeng marg Too expensive
Khun cheu arai khrap? What is your name? (Male is speaking)
Khun cheu arai kha? What is your name? (Female speaking)
Leou khwa Turn right
Leou sai Turn left
Trong pai Straight ahead
Yoot tee nee Stop here
Wan nee Today
Meua wan nee Yesterday
Proong nee Tomorrow
Rawng ram Hotel
Raan ahaan Restaurant
Sathanee tamruat Police station
Prai-sannee Post Office
Rong phaya-bahn Hospital
Sanam bin Airport
Kreung bin Aeroplane
Sathanee rot fai Train station
Sathanee rot meh Bus station
Hew nam Thirsty
Hew kao Hungry
Young Children on their way to School
Please note that you pronounce syllables as if they form English words.
a as in ago
b as in hen
c as in thin
e as in pet
o as in on
ah as in rather
ai as in Thai
air as in pair
ao as in maoism
ay as in day
er as in enter
ew as in few
oh as in go
oo as in boot
oy as in toy
g as in give
ng as in sing
This concludes our lessons for the day. We shall start afresh
tomorrow with a brand new lesson... No, just kidding! This is as far
as I shall take you because I am not that great a Thai
language teacher. Besides, you probably haven't a clue as to what I have tried to
teach you up till now, but I did give it my best shot.
leave the rest up to you as you go along. And you know what they say... practice makes perfect. Good luck and have a great time in Thailand.
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