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Even though English is a popular language in Thailand, especially in big city like Bangkok, not everyone speaks English. Moreover, knowing a few phrases of the local language will not only help you chat with the locals and but also discover more of a country’s culture.
Thai is a tonal language, which is very different from most Western languages. But don’t worry! Let’s explore some common Thai phrase and try to remember some of them before your exciting trip to this friendly & full-of-smile country!
We can start with this simple rule:
If you are male, you end sentences with the word (khrup/krap) similarly if you are female, you end your sentences with the word (ka/kap). This is used to make your sentence or question polite and respectful.
Greetings and Essentials
-Hello – Sawadee khrup/ka
-How are you? – Sa bai dee mai khrup/ka
-Goodbye! – La gorn khrup/ka
-Thank You - Kawp Koon khrup/ka
-Sorry/excuse me – Khor thoad khrup/ka
"Wai" Thai Greeting. (source: Internet)
Basic Thai for Ordering Food
-Not Spicy – Mai phet
-A little Spicy- phet nit nawy
-Really Spicy – phet mak
-I would like to order - sang aa-haan
-Delicious - Aroy
-No Sugar - Mai Sai Nam Tam
Thailand is well-known for the mouth-watering cuisine (source: Internet)
Other important phrases
-No worries - Mai pen rai
-Where is the restroom– Hong nam yoo tee nai khrup/ka?
-How much does this cost? – Ra ka tao rai khrup/ka?
-Can you give me a discount please? – Ga ru na lot ra ka hai noi khrup/ka?
Thailand is the land of smiles. Be happy & feel free to practice Thai with friendly local people (source: Internet)
So that’s it for the basics! Thailand is a very tourist friendly country and if someone doesn’t understand the language, they will usually point you in the direction of someone who can speak. Don’t be worried and enjoy your trip to the fullest!