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10 Key Thai Phrases Needed in Improve your Stay in Thailand

Posted on 30 August 2014 by ABPC

Sadly, as predominantly English speakers we are often lazy at learning new languages.   Not only would be helpful to speak another language (especially if you are staying in the country for a considerable amount of time) but would been seen as more polite by those around you.  English is widely spoken in Pattaya but not always to a sufficient standard and often things get misunderstood or translated incorrectly. If you live or even stay in Thailand it is always an advantage to speak a little bit of the language and below are 10 stock phrases that will help you during your stay here.

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  1. Sawadee Ka/Khrap – This is ‘hello’ in Thai. The Sawadee part is the initial greeting with Ka (if you are female) and Khrap (if you are male) added at the end to make the sentence more polite.

  2. Sabai dee mai? – This literally translates to ‘comfortable no’ but would roughly be translated to ‘how are you?’  The response is likely to be ‘sabai dee Ka/Khrap’.  Sabai dee literally meaning ‘comfortable good’.  Again Ka/Khrap are added to add politeness.

  3. Koon chue a-rai – This is literally translated to ‘your name what?’ or ‘what is your name?’  The response would be Pom/dichan chue________ with pom being for the male and dichan being for a female.

  4. Kawp koon Ka/Khrap – This means thank you again with the male and female to add politeness.

  5. Kaw Toht – This literally means ‘request punishment’ although it’s more useful meanings are ‘Excuse me’ or ‘I’m sorry’.

  6. Poot pah-sah angkrit dai mai? When all else fails you can always ask the person ‘Do you speak English?’

  7. Mai Kow jai – This literally means ‘not enter heart’ but in reality means ‘I don’t understand’.  This is the opposite to ‘Kow Jai’ meaning ‘I understand’.

  8. Nee tow-rai? This translates to ‘this how much’ or ‘how much is this?’

  9. Pom/dichan dtawng-gahn_____. This translates to ‘I would like______’ again with Pom being for a male and dichan for a female.

  10. Mai-ow ka/Krap – This translates to ‘not want’ with the ka and khrap being used to add politeness, again in the female and male tense.


Thankfully the employees at Alan Bolton Property Consultants have a good grasp of English (they are English) so if its taking you some time to get familiar with these phrases you will still be able to sort out your properties  needs easily and conveniently from them!

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