25 Essential Thai Phrases For Beginners:
- Hello – Sawadee khrup/ka
- How are you? – Sa bai dee mai khrup/ka
- Fine, thank you – Sa bai dee khrup/ka
- Thank you – khop khun khrup/ka
- Yes – Chai khrup/ka
- No – Mai khrup/ka
- Maybe – Aa ja khrup/ka
- Never mind/it’s okay/no problem – Mai ben rai khrup/ka
- I cannot speak Thai – Phom/chan puut passa Thai mai dai khrup/ka
- Please speak slowly – Ga ru na phuut cha cha khrup/ka
- I don’t understand – Phom/chan Mai kao jai khrup/ka
- Where is the rest room? – Hong nam yoo tee nai khrup/ka?
- How much does this cost? – Ra ka tao rai khrup/ka?
- Can you give me a discount please?– Ga ru na lot ra ka hai noi khrup/ka?
- What is this? – Nee ku arai khrup/ka
- That’s expensive! – Paeng mak khrup/ka!
- Can I have the bill please – Cor gep dang khrup/ka
- Goodbye! – La gorn khrup/ka
- Good luck! – chock dee khrup/ka
- Sorry/excuse me – Khor thoad khrup/ka
- I need a doctor – Phom dong gaan hai mor maa raak sa khrup/ka
- Wait a moment please – Ror sak cruu khrup/ka
- I will come back in 5 minutes – Phom ja glap maa pai nai haa natie khrup/ka
- Do you like football? – Khun chorp footborn mai khrup/ka?
- Which team do you support? – Khun chorp fai nai khrup/ka
Notes: Male speakers use Phom (“I”), and female speakers use “chun” or more formally “deechun”. Male speakers use “khrup” at the end of a sentence, and female speakers use “ka”.
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