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Language in Thailand

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain when the locals hear you making an effort trying to speak their local language. Presenting to you some sentences, phrases, words and numbers from Thai: Language in Thailand.

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The official and most widely spoken language in Thailand is Thai. Thai is a tonal language belonging to the Tai-Kadai language family. It uses a unique script known as the Thai alphabet, which consists of 44 consonants, 15 vowel symbols, and various tone markers. 

It’s important to remember that, for each phrase, you will also need to add a gender marker at the end. For females, you should finish with Ka (khaa), and if you are male, you should finish with the word Krup (khrap).

Apart from Thai, several regional dialects are spoken by different ethnic groups in Thailand. Some of these dialects include:

  1. Isan: Spoken in the northeastern region of Thailand (Isan or Isaan). It has similarities to the Lao language.
  2. Southern Thai: Spoken in Southern Thailand, this dialect has influences from the Malay language due to the cultural and historical connections with neighbouring Malaysia.
  3. Northern Thai: Spoken in Northern Thailand, Northern Thai has similarities to the Lanna language. It has its own unique vocabulary and pronunciation.
  • 0 – sǔun
  • 1 – nùeng
  • 2 – sǎawng
  • 3 – sǎam
  • 4 – sìi
  • 5 – hâa
  • 6 – hòk
  • 7 – jèt
  • 8 – bpàaet
  • 9 – gâo

There are two currency units we use which are (Bàat) and (Sà-dtang). 100 (Sà-dtang) is 1 (Bàat).

Some Phrases to use in Thailand for easier communication:

    1. Mai Bpen Rai (my-pen-rye): It doesn’t matter
    2. Kawp Koon (kop-koon): Thank You
    3. Chai / Mai Chai (chai / my-chai): Yes / No
    4. Kor Tot (kor-tot): Excuse Me
    5. Mai Khao Jai (my-cow-jai): I Don’t Understand
    6. Lah Gorn (la-gon) / Goodbye
    7. Some Questions
      1. How? = Yangngai?
      2. Where? = Tiinai?
      3. When? = Muarai?
      4. What? = Arai?
      5. Why? = Tum mai?
    8. At a restaurant
      1. Mai Sai Nam Tam (my-sigh-nam-tam): No Sugar
      2. Chawp Pet Noi (chop-pet-noy): I Like It A Little Bit Spicy
      3. Nam (name): Water
      4. Aroi (a-roy): Delicious

Hello = Sawatdii

How are you? = Sabaaidii mai?

I’m fine = Sabaaidii

I’m not well = Mai sabaii

I come from (America) = Pom/Chan maa jaak (ameerigaa)

What country are you from? = Kun maa jaak bprateet arai?

Sorry = Khot hort

No problem = Mai bpenrai

Can you speak English? = Kun pood paasaa anggrit dai mai

What is your name? = Kun chuu arai?

My name is __ = Pŏm / Chán chuu __.

Add more in the comments.

Here are some important links for your Trip to Thailand

  1. Ultimate 10 Days Thailand Guide
  2. Food in Thailand
  3. Thailand Page 

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I am Supriya, a writer by passion and I have been following up with it from the past 12 years. Stamped initially as a Software Engineer, I switched to ‘All Things Travel’. I travel to find coherence in life and love stories. Admittingly craving local food, meandering through the alleys, and treasuring talks with elderlies, I prefer backpacking to connect with the roots of a place. Bylines include Tripoto, Plan the Unplanned, Women’s Web and Rough Guides. Know her better: supriyasahu.com
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