Useful Thai Language Phrases
Whenever you travel to a foreign country you should learn basic words and phrases, not only for your own convenience but to show locals that you respect their culture and want to communicate as effectively as possible. Here in the Land of Smiles, even being able to use a few common words and phrases goes a long way when shopping, eating or chatting with locals. Thai people love to share their culture and will gladly correct or teach you the local language if you ask.
One of the biggest components of the Thai language is the use of krap (for men) and kha (for women). You will find that krap and kha are used at the end of almost every sentence; these particles are used to display politeness when speaking with others. Generally, in conversation, you may use them for the first few minutes, then it is perfectly polite to drop them for convenience. However, when speaking with Thai officials such as immigration staff or police officers, it is commonplace to continue using them at the end of most of your sentences to show politeness and respect. Don’t worry about this too much though – once you get out and about in Phuket you will quickly pick up on these cues through regular interactions.
Here are some quick phrases that will help you around the gym and local area. Write them down in a handbook or on your phone, and update your list as you learn more. Most of all, don’t be afraid to practice the language with locals, and especially with our Thai staff here at AKA Thailand. They will correct your pronunciation and maybe even teach you a few new things!
|Hello||Sawatdee (krap/kha)||1 ||Neung|
|Thank you||Kob khun (krap/kha)||2||Song|
|How are you?||Sabai dee mai? or Sabai dee ru? (krap/kha)||5||Haa|
|Fine / I am fine||Sabai dee (krap/kha)||6||Hok|
|Never mind / No problem||Mai pen rai||7||Jet|
|Do you understand?||Kow jai mai?||8||Paed|
|I don't understand||Mai kow jai||9||Gow|
|I can't speak Thai||Pood Thai mai dai||10||Sip|
|How much?||Nee tao rai?||11||Sip-et|
|Toilet (if you need a restroom)||Hong naam||12||Sip-song|