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Speak Thai Instantly

Updated on May 13, 2016


Thailand is a beautiful country. Thai people are the friendliest people you can meet and their language sounds as good spoken as it looks written down. They have a beautiful looking script that has to be seen. It's a popular country to visit for tourists from all over the world. It's, therefore, better if you can communicate in their own tongue.


Thai is a member of the Tai-Kadai language family and the official language of Thailand. It is spoken by around 20 million people and is quite a complex language, especially when written. Although we won't learn the entire language here, we will learn ten Thai language phrases that will be of great use to us during our stay in Thailand. Speak Thai Instantly Using English Words To Help Pronunciation.

Exercise 1 : Hello

Let's begin with saying hello. This will, probably, be the first word you speak to everybody. I know there are formal greetings we can learn, but we are on vacation so we will use the informal word:


Try these English words to help with pronunciation: far-bat-see.

Thai phrase : S̄wạs̄dī

What it means : Hello.

English words : far-bat-see.

Pronounced : sah-wat-dee.

Exercise 2 : Where Are The Toilets?

At some stage on our holiday we will need to know where the toilets are. For me it's usually when we arrive at our destination, in the airport or at the railway station. We already know how to say hello to someone. Now let's find out where the toilets are.

H̄̂xngn̂ả xyū̀ thī̀h̄ịn___ห้องน้ำ อยู่ ที่ไหน

Try these English words: long-calm-two-bee-my.

Thai phrase : H̄̂xngn̂ả xyū̀ thī̀h̄ịn

What it means : Where are the toilets?

English words : long-calm-two-bee-my.

Pronounced : hong-naam-you-tee-nigh.

Exercise 3 : Thank You

This is just a great word that we can use for thousands of situations.


Thai phrase : K̄hxbkhuṇ.

What it means : Thank you.

English words : pop-gun.

Pronounced : Khop-kuhn

The Thai language has a polite way of ending a sentence for a man and a woman. For a man it is "Khrab" and a woman it is "Kah". For example, if you are a male saying thank you, you would say "Khop Khun Khrab", if you are a female then it would be "Khop Khun Kha".

Exercise 4 : Excuse me

Here is another phrase we are bound to use on our vacation. To attract someones attention in a shop or to pass somebody in a busy market. It is so much more polite than shouting "Beep Beep".


Try these English words: bar-note.

Thai phrase : K̄hxthos̄ʹ

What it means : Excuse me.

English words : bar-note.

Pronounced : car-tote.

Exercise 5 : How Much is it?

This phrase is essential for when we go shopping. We are bound to want to know the price of something sooner or later, especially on markets where you might end up bartering. It helps in shops or anywhere, where there is no price displayed.

Rakha thaorai?

Thai phrase : Rakha thaorai?

What it means : How much is it?

English words : takka-no-lie.

Pronounced : rakka-toe-rye

Exercise 6 : I Would Like

I would like or I want are always handy to know. Even if you only point to what it is that you need. The phrase to use is:

C̄hạn t̂xngkār___ฉันต้องการ

The above phrase applies to a female. The male version requires the Chan being replaced with Pom; Eg. Pom tong karn.

Thai phrase : C̄hạn t̂xngkār.

What it means : I would like.

English words : man-long-barn

Pronounced : chan-tong-karn

Exercise 7 : Drinks

Obviously we can't learn every single item we might want to buy while we're on our holidays, so we will narrow it down to some drinks we may want in a cafe or a bar. Hence there is quite a few words and phrases to get through.



Thai phrase : T̄ĥwy kāfæ...T̄ĥwy chā

What it means : A cup of coffee...A cup of tea.

English words :

Pronounced : two-way-kaff-hay...two-way-cha.

Thai phrase : Kæ̂w beīyr̒...nm...wịn̒...nả

What it means : A glass of

English words :

Pronounced :cah-how--bee-yah...num...why...nam.

Exercise 8 : Numbers

When we are ordering our drinks we might want more than one so we will need to learn some numbers. Here they are one to five.

H̄nụ̀ng...s̄xng...s̄ām...s̄ī̀...h̄̂ā___หนึ่ง สอง สาม สี่ ห้า

Try these English words: doomg-long-ram-bee-car. I know "doomg" isn't an English word, but it's the only one I can think that comes close.

Thai phrase : H̄nụ̀ng...s̄xng...s̄ām...s̄ī̀...h̄̂ā.

What it means : One...Two...Three...Four...Five.

English words : doomg-long-ram-bee-car.

Pronounced : noong-song-sam-see-are.

Exercise 9 : The Bill / The Check

Unfortunately, in Thailand they tend to charge you money for keeping you refreshed, when we have finished all our drinks we are going to have to pay. So we will need the bill.

Kĕb ngein pord___เก็บเงินโปรด

Thai phrase : Kĕb ngein pord.

What it means : The bill, please / The check, please.

English words : pep-lung-lord.

Pronounced : kep-nung-pord.

In the exercise 2 video is a variation on this phrase, but uses the same words. Skip to 2:55.



Exercise 10 : Goodbye

We began with hello so why don't we end with goodbye?

Lā k̀xn___ลาก่อน

Thai phrase : Lā k̀xn.

What it means : Goodbye.

English words : bar-ron.

Pronounced : lar-con.

Time To Say Goodbye

I hope you'll get some use out of this lesson. If you know any Thai people why not try some of these phrases out on them? They will help with your pronunciation. Good luck!


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    • villyvacker profile image

      Billy Turnock 3 years ago from Manchester England

      thanks very much catherine

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      Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Clever idea with almost endless possibilities given the number of languages in the world. Very nicely done.