The Basics of Speaking Thai

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Learn a few words in Thai. Click on the Thai word to hear it spoken.

Occasionally, women and men use different words to be polite. Add 'kha' at the end of sentence for Women. For men, add 'krub' at the end of your sentence. It's a little word that goes a long ways.

English Thai Tips
Let's Eat! Gin Kow. literally means eat rice - a phrase used in many Asian languages.
Hello Swad-dee kha for women and
swad-dee krub for men
Good-bye Swad-dee kha for women and
swad-dee krub for men
where is it? (for objects) you te nai Unlike with English, you put the object first:
Where is the chicken? Gai you te nai?
I Pom For men
I Chan or Di- chan For women
want ow Depending on how you use it, it can be very crude. But probably OK for non-Thais.
Do not want Mai ow Don't want chicken: Mai ow gai.
Foreigner Fa-rang It is not derogatory term. It just means any Caucasian.
Hungry. hue  
Full. im  
Spicy hot ped  
Hot (temperature) ron  
Sweet wahn  
Water nam Many liquids are referred to with the word 'nam' something ie. Mae-nam means river, nam-jim is a generic term for sauce.
Chicken gai  
egg kai  
Pork moo  
beef nua  
Shrimp goong  
Pla fish  
Vegetables pug  
Dessert kong wahn  
Restaurant rahn-ah-haan  
Delicious. Aroy-dee.  
Thank you. Kop-khun. Kop-khun-kha for women and kop-khun-krub for men
Thank you very much. Kop-khun-maag.  
Let's go. Pai.  
Bathroom hong-nam Literally means water room.

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