Thai Language Tips - Common Phrases - Times & Dates
TIMES AND DATES
In Thai language you refer to the daylight hours as morning(chow). afternoon (bai)., and evening (yen). After 7pm, you start at nung toom(7pm), song toom(8pm), sam toom(9pm), see toom(10pm), and finally .. haa toom(11pm).
Thai Language is really not that easy to learn to speak fluently. The pronunciation is challenging for most Western tourists. Learning enough Thai to have simple conversations is really not that difficult. Most Thai people will appreciate you making an effort to communicate with them, and they will forgive you for making small mistakes and will try to help you along. Many of the words in Thai language will include sounds that you are not familiar with, like words that begin with "ng", or rolling "r". This should not intimidate you, if you practice repeating what you hear, you should be OK.I will help you get started with a few common phrases on the topic of times and dates.
The end of the month - Sin Duern
The last day - Waan Sut Tai
Time has expired - Mot Way La
Not enough time - Mai Mee Way La
Plenty of time - Mee Way La Yuh
Last year - Bee Tee Leaw
The first time - Kaang Lek
The last time - Kaang Sut Tai
Every time - Tuk Way La
Never - Mai Koy
How many days? - Gee Waan?
How many years? - Gee Bee?
Past the expiry date - Mot Aar Yu
How many months? - Gee Duern?
What date is available? - Waan Nai Dai?
What time do you finish work? - Tumngan Sit Gee Moong?
What time do you close shop? - Peet Lan Gee Moong?
The first of the month - Waan Tee Nung
What is the date? - Waan Tee Tao Rai?
THAI LANGUAGE TIPS
When you ask a question or make a statement in Thai language, you should always end with "krup" if you are male,and "kaa" if you are female.I have left out pronouns in the above phrases I have given you. The reason for leaving them out is because it will make it easier for you, also these statements are more commonly used in short form without the use of pronouns. It is not the same as English, where if you started talking and you left out pronouns and conjunctions, it would make you sound silly. Thai people commonly communicate with each other using these short phrases, for example when they say " where are you going"? They say " Bai Nai" ? They never say "Khun Bai Nai" they just leave out the pronoun.
Numbers Days of the week Times of the day
1 = Nung Monday = Waan Jaan Morning - Daan Chao
2 = Song Tuesday = Waan Angkarn Afternoon - Daan Bai
3 = Sam Wednesday = Waan Put Evening - Daan Yen
4 = See Thursday = Waan Pa Lu Hat Night - Daan Kun
5 = Haa Friday = Waan Suk
6 = Hok Saturday = Waan Sow
7 = Jet Sunday = Waan Ateet
8 = Pet
9 = Kao
10 = Seep
20 = Yee Seep
50 = Haa Seep
100 = Nung Roi
1000 = Nung Paan
10 000 = Nung Moon