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25 Useful Thai Words

Officially the country is known as the Kingdom of Thailand. It is the only Southeast Asian country that has never been ruled by a European power. It is known for its martial arts, beaches, temples, nature, delicious mangoes and strict rules. The country is also very popular for the people, the culture, and its cuisine.

Thai people are the main ethnic group of the country and the official language of the country is Thai, also called Siamese. It is the official and literary language of the country, belonging to the Tai language family of Southeast Asia.

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Here are few useful Thai words/phrases you should know when you are in the country

1.      Hello = Sawatdii

2.      How are you? = Sabaaidii mai?

3.      I’m fine = Sabaaidii

4.      What country are you from? = Kun maa jaak bprateet arai?

5.      Thank you = Khop kun

6.      Sorry = Khot hort

7.      No problem = Mai bpenrai

8.      Goodbye = Bai

9.      Can you speak English? = Kun pood paasaa anggrit dai mai

10.  What is your name? = Kun chuu arai?

11.  My name is __ = Pŏm / Chán chuu __.

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Basic Thai words for questions:

Conversing in Thai is a bit difficult. You need to know a few question words to get your answers.

Where? = Tiinai?

What? = Arai?

When? = Muarai?

How? = Yangngai?

Why? = Tum mai?

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Basic Thai words for addressing people:

People are addressed differently based on things like age, gender and social rank. Addressing someone using different words is considered to be disrespectful.

 I (female) = Chán

 I (male) = Pŏmou = Kun

He/She/They = Kao

Female/Male (junior) = Nong

Female/Male (senior) = Pee

You = Kun

Basic Thai phrases for directions:

To travel in a country, the visitors are going to be utilising multiple forms of public transportation. Here are some helpful phrases to travel from point A to point B.

  1. Speak slowly = Puut chaa chaa noi
  2. Do you use the meter? = Chai meter mai 
  3. Nearby = Glai glai
  4. Go straight = Dtrong bpai
  5. Go left = Leo saai
  6. Go right = Leo kwaa
  7. Stop = Yut
  8. Go to the airport = Bpai sanam bin
  9. Station = Sataanii
  10. Bus stop = Bpaai rot mee
  11. Bus = Rot mee
  12. Skytrain = Rodfai faa
  13. Subway = Rodfai dtaaidin
  14. Airplane = Kruang bin
  15. Minibus = Rot dtuu
  16. Car = Rot
  17. Bicycle = Jakgrayaan
  18. Motorcycle = Moodteesai
  19. Boat = Rua

Basic Thai phrases for shopping:

Thailand is very popular for shopping .one has thousands of options to shop from night markets to luxury malls. Knowing a few words in shopping will be more helpful. Here are a few useful words when you are out for shopping!!!

  1. How much? = Taorai
  2. Very expensive = Paang mak
  3. Can you reduce the price? = Lod noi dai mai
  4. I want this one = Ao annii

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