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Thai Language Tips - Common Phrases - Times & Dates

Updated on February 25, 2012
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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).

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THAI LANGUAGE
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.



COMMON PHRASES

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.


VOCABULARY

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

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    • TravelinAsia profile imageAUTHOR

      TravelinAsia 

      9 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

      Peter,

      The good news is that Thai girls love to help you learn. You can always practice with the ladies.

    • Peter Dickinson profile image

      Peter Dickinson 

      10 years ago from South East Asia

      I am really appreciating the language lessons. I understand more than I speak. I need more confidence. Thanks.

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