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Thailand Language

As you know, Thailand is a land of smiles. The Thai people are easy to approach and will be all smiling when you try to speak to them in Thai and that will add to your pleasure during your stay in Thailand.

There is one important thing you should remember in learning to speak Thai, that is the Thai language has five tones with four tonal marks. They are the mid tone, low tone, falling tone, high tone and rising tone. There are many groups of words which have the same sound but with different tones and meanings. For example, the word suai can mean bad luck (suai), bribe (suai1) or beautiful (suai4), depending on the tone.

To prevent you from pronouncing with the wrong tone and unintentionally cause misunderstanding to the listeners, here we will use four numbers to represent four tones: 1 = low tone, 2 = falling tone, 3 = high tone and 4 = rising tone. The mid-level tone syllable will be unmarked.

Listed below are some useful Thai words and phrases for travel in Thailand, with their romanized spellings, tonal marks and their meanings.

(Note : Thais use the word 'khrap' (for men) and 'kha' (for women) to end the sentence or phrase spoken to show politeness. For example, when you want to say 'hello' in Thai, if you are a man, you say 'sawatdi khrap' and if a woman, 'sawatdi kha'.)

  suai4 mak2 very beautiful
  mai2 suai4 not beautiful
  chop2 mak2 like a lot
  mai2 chop2 not like
  na2 rak3 lovely, nice
  sa1 nuk1 (mak2) It's (great) fun.
  mai2 sa1 nuk1 no fun
  di (mak2) (very) good
  mai2 di not good, bad
  a kat1 ron3 The weather is hot.
  a kat1 nao4 The weather is cold.
  a kat1 yen The weather is cool.
  fon4 tok1 It rains.
  phoum4 rak3 khun I love you.(used by men)
  chan4 rak3 khun I love you.(used by women)
  phoum4 chop3 khun I like you.(used by men)
  chan4 chop3 khun I like you.(used by women)
  sa1 wat1 di Hello
  sa1 bai di rue4 How are you?
  sa1 bai di (I'm) fine.
  khop1 khun thank you
  kho4 thot2 Excuse me.
  bai3 bai Good bye
  laeo3 joe kan mai1 See you again.
  khun chue2 a1 rai What's your name?
  phom4 chue2
My name is . . .
(used by men)

di1 chan4 chue2

My name is . . .
(used by women)
  chan4 chue2 My name is . . .
(used by women or men)
  yin di thi2 dai2 ru3 jak1 khun Nice to know you.
Getting around
  khun ja1 pai nai4 Where are you going?
  chan4 yak1 ja1 pai I want to go to…..
  sa1 nam4 bin airport
  sa1 tha4 ni rot3 fai railway station
  rot3 mei bus
  rot3 yon car
  rot3 fai train
  khrueng2 bin airplane
  pai2 rot3 mei bus stop
  tha1 non4 road, street
  soi lane
  trong pai go straight ahead
  leo3 sai3 turn left
  leo3 khua4 turn right
  kham2 tha1 non4 cross the road
Accommodation & Places
  rong raem hotel
  hong2 phak3 (hong2) room
  mi hong2 wang2 mai4 Any room available?
  khuen la3 thao2 rai1 How much per night?
  hong2 nam3 bathroom
  hong2 suam2 toilet
  hong2 (ran3) a han4 restaurant
  prai sa1 ni post office
  ta1 lat1 market
  tha3 na khan bank
  rong pha3 ya ban hospital
  thou2 rai1 How much?
  phaeng pai Too expensive
  lot3 dai2 mai4 Any discount?
  kho4 du an nan3 noi1 Let me see that.
  kho4 long an ni3 noi1 Let me try this.
  man lek3 pai It's too small.
  man yai1 pai It's too big.
  chan4 mai2 chop2 si4 ni3 I don't like this colour.
  mi si4 uen1 mai4 Do you have other colours?
nueng1 one
song4 two
sam4 three
si1 four
ha2 five
hok1 six
jet1 seven
paet1 eight
kao2 nine
sip1 ten
sip1 et1 eleven
sip1 song4 twelve
sip1 sam4 thirteen
yi2 sip1 twenty
yi2 sip1 et1 twenty one
yi2 sip1 song4 twenty two
sam4 sip1 thirty
40 si1 sip1
nueng1 roi3 one hundred
song4 roi3 two hundred
nueng1 phan one thousand
nueng1 muen1 ten thousand
nueng1 saen4 hundred thousand
1,000,000 nueng1 lan3
one million
sip1 lan3 ten million
nueng1 roi3 lan3 hundred million
1,000,000,000 nueng1 phan lan3 one billion
Time & Days
  ki1 mong laeo3 What time is it now?
  wan ni3 today
  phrung2 ni3 tomorrow
  muea2 wan ni3 yesterday
  ton chao3 in the morning
  ton thiang2 at noon
  ton bai1 in the afternoon
  ton yen in the evening
  ton klang khuen at night
  wan a thit3 Sunday
  wan jan Monday
  wan ang khan Tuesday
  wan phut3 Wednesday
  wan pha3 ru3 hat1 (sa1 bo di) Thursday
  wan suk1 Friday
  wan sao4 Saturday
Food & Eating
  a han4 chao3 breakfast
  a han4 klang wan lunch
  a han4 yen dinner
  khao2 plao1 plain rice
  khao2 phat1 fried rice
  khao2 phat1 mu4 fried rice with pork
  khao2 tom2 rice gruel
  kuai3 tiao4 (nam3) noodle (soup)
  tom2 yam kung2 spicy shrimp soup
  som2 tam spicy papaya salad
  kha1 nom4 pang bread
  mu4 pork
  nuea3 beef
  pla fish
  kai1 chicken
  kai1 yang2 roasted chicken
  kung2 shrimp, prawn
  pla muek1 squid
  pu crab
  khai1 egg
  khai1 dao fried egg
  khai1 tom2 boiled egg
  khai1 jiao omelette
  phon4 la3 mai3 fruit
  phak1 vegetable
  nam3 yen cold water
  nam3 khaeng4 ice
  nam3 ron3 hot water
  ka fae ron3 (yen) hot (cold) coffee
  cha ron3 (yen) hot (cold) tea
  nam3 som2 khan3 orange juice
  a roi1 (mak2) (very) delicious, tasty
  phet1 koen pai too spicy
  wan4 koen pai too sweet
  khem koen pai too salty

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