The official language of Thailand is Thai. We use Thai language in our daily lives. Thai language has its own characters, so itis difficult for foreigners who are not familiar with the language to guess the meaning when they see the signs. Some people do not speak English at all, so I think it would be good to learn some Thai words before you visit Thailand.
Anyway, I am not going to teach you to read or write Thai here; I just want to give you some basic words that I think it might help you when you want to communicate with local people.
The three first words that you should know because you will have much chance to say it are hello/ goodbye, thank you, and excuse me.
- Hello/ Goodbye Sa-wad-dee (สวัสดี)
- Thank you Kob-khun(ขอบคุณ)
- Excuse me Kho-toht (ขอโทษ)
To make the conversation more polite, in Thai we will put “Ka” at the end of the words and sentences for female and put “Krub” at the end of the words and sentences for male. So, those words should be said as below
- Hello/ Goodbye Sa-wad-dee-ka (สวัสดีค่ะ) or Sa-wad-dee-krub (สวัสดีครับ)
- Thank you Kob-khun-ka(ขอบคุณค่ะ)or Kob-khun-krub(ขอบคุณครับ)
- Excuse me Kho-toht-ka (ขอโทษค่ะ) or Kho-toht-krub (ขอโทษครับ)
And you should know that some people are lazy to pronounce “r”. So, do not be surprised if you heard the guys say “Kub” instead of “Krub”.
Let’s continue with six more words that you are likely to use them.
- How are you? Sa-bai-dee-mai-ka (สบายดีไหมคะ) or
- I am fine Sa-bai-dee-ka (สบายดีค่ะ) or Sa-bai-dee-krab (สบายดีครับ)
- Yes Chai-ka (ใช่ค่ะ) or Chai-krub (ใช่ครับ)
- No Mai-chai-ka (ไม่ใช่ค่ะ) or Mai-chai-krub (ไม่ใช่ครับ)
- Can Dai-ka (ได้ค่ะ) or Dai-Krub (ได้ครับ)
- Cannot Mai-dai-ka (ไม่ได้ค่ะ) or Mai-dai-krub (ไม่ได้ครับ)
- Never mind Mai-pen-rai-ka (ไม่เป็นไรค่ะ) or
I hope it is not too difficult for you! Enjoy learning.
Have you ever learned Thai? Is it difficult for you? Share your experience with me in the comments!