What are some essential Thai phrases

The most important words for a trip to Thailand

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If you are not that gifted at learning foreign languages, you have no choice but to acquire some important expressions in the Thai language during your trip to Thailand. Otherwise, English is the only alternative.

Thai as the official language

With 44 consonants, 11 vowels and 4 intonation signs, Thai is a script that differs significantly from our alphabet. Not easy to cope with a language that has nothing in common with our Western European languages.

Thai is influenced by Chinese with a mixture of Khmer, Pali and Sanskrit. You probably don't know anything about it.

But at least for the sake of courtesy, try to learn some essential words in Thai like "Hello", "Thank you" and "Goodbye". Learning to count can also be very useful. Thais are delighted when you find a foreigner trying to express themselves in their language. .

Pronunciation tips

Quite simply, when trying to speak Thai there are a few pronunciation rules that you need to consider that are very different from your native language.

First of all - in Thai you have to roll the "R". "Ai" sounds like "aij", "U" is pronounced like in German. «" Ph "speaks like" P ", you don't hear the" h ". It is the same when an "H" follows a "K" or "T".

What is really difficult, however, is to hit the right pitch in Thai. Because there are five different ones: neutral, low, falling, high, rising. Depending on the pitch used, two words with the same spelling do not mean the same thing. For example, how do you say, "The green forest isn't on fire, is it"? Answer: "May, May, May, May". Nice exercise. On the other hand, you will certainly not have an opportunity to ask this question.

Use English.

As you have already noticed, it can be extremely difficult to speak only Thai while traveling to Thailand. For conversation, you have no choice but to express yourself in English. The Shakespeare language is spoken in all major cities, in tourist places and in general by those who have contact with tourists.

If you speak English like a Spanish cow, practice before you leave and take a little dictionary with you.

Basic idioms / common expressions

GermanThaïNederlandsThaï
Good day good eveningSawat di khrapGoede dag / goede avondSawat di khrap
How are you?Sabai ïdi ru?Hoe gaat het?Sabai ïdi ru?
Good thanks and you?Sabaïdi khrapGoed, thanks en met u?Sabaïdi khrap
I understand / I don't understandKhâo jai / Mâi khâo jaiIk grijp het / ik grijp het nietKhâo jai / Mâi khâo jai
sorryKho thotSorryKho thot
Good-byeSawat di khrapDead ziensSawat di khrap
Good dayThi mo somWelkomThi mo som
Many ThanksKop khun khrapHartelijk thanksKop khun khrap
Excuse me pleaseKhaw à phai / Kà rú naaExcuseer mijKhaw à phai / Kà rú naa
My name is...Phom chêuMij ​​naam isPhom chêu
no thanksMay tchaï kop khun khrapNo, thanks uMay tchaï kop khun khrap
Yes NoTchaï May tchaïYes / noTchaï May tchaï
Here you goMâi pen rai / Yin-diiGraag gedaanMâi pen rai / Yin-dii

Trade / Buy

GermanThaïNederlandsThaï
How much does it cost?Rakha thao-raïHoeveel costs?Rakha thao-raï
That is a good priceRaa-khaa thuukHet is heel goedkoopRaa-khaa thuuk
It is too expensivePhaeng koen pai!Het is te duur!Phaeng koen pai!
Can you bring the price down?Lót raa-khaa nawy dâi mai?Kunt u de prijs publishers?Lót raa-khaa nawy dâi mai?
I would like to buy thisYaak yes séuIk zou graag deze sake of copen!Yaak yes séu
I like it / I don't like itChâwp / Mâi châwpIk vind het leuk / vind ik niet leukChâwp / Mâi châwp
moneyNgoenmoneyNgoen
Just browsing.Duu choe choeIk kijk gewoon rondDuu choe choe

Mode of Transport

GermanThaïNederlandsThaï
I want to go to ...Yàak jà paiIk zou graag gaan naar ...Yàak jà pai
planeKhrêuang amVliesuigKhrêuang am
boatReuaboatReua
trainRót faiTreinRót fai
taxiThèksitaxiThèksi
busRót mehbusRót meh
I want to rent a ...Phom di-chan yàak châoIk graag een ... whoresPhom di-chan yàak châo
motorcycleRót maw-toe-saiengineRót maw-toe-sai
automobileRót yonautomobileRót yon
bicycleRót jàk-kà-yaanFietsRót jàk-kà-yaan

Directions

GermanThaïNederlandsThaï
Where is ...? / How do I get to / to ...?Yuu thîi nai?What is ...? / Hoe kom ik bij ...?Yuu thîi nai?
BankThá-naa-khaanBankThá-naa-khaan
railway stationSathani red faïTrein stationSathani red faï
City centerJai klaang meuangCenterJai klaang meuang
hotelRong raemhotelRong raem
hospitalRong phá-yaa-baanZiekenhuisRong phá-yaa-baan
Is it far?Klâi / Klai?Is het Dichtbij / ver gone?Klâi / Klai?
straightTrong paiLegal doorTrong pai
Left RightSaï / KwaLeft RightSaï / Kwa
North South West EastNua / Tai / õk / Ta-wan-tokNorth / South / East / WestNua / Tai / õk / Ta-wan-tok

numbers

GermanThaïNederlandsThaï
one two three four five six seven eight nine tenNeung, song, sam, si, ha, hok, tjet, pèt, kao, sipeen, twee, drie, four, vijf, zes, zeven, eight, negen, tienNeung, song, sam, si, ha, hok, tjet, pèt, kao, sip
twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixtyYi sipp, sam sipp, si sipp, ha sipp, hok sipptwintig, humble, veertig, vijftig, zestigYi sipp, sam sipp, si sipp, ha sipp, hok sipp
seventy, eighty, ninetyTjet sipp, pèt sipp, kao sippzeventig, tachtig, negentigTjet sipp, pèt sipp, kao sipp
HundredRoïHonderdRoï

Times / date and days

GermanThaïNederlandsThaï
What time is it?Kii mohng láew?Hoe laat is het?Kii mohng láew?
When?Mua raï?Tuber?Mua raï?
YesterdayMûea when niiGisterenMûea when nii
Today (tomorrow / noon / evening)Wan nii (tonn tchao / thiang / tonn came)Vandaag (tomorrow / middag / avond)Wan nii (tonn tchao / thiang / tonn came)
tomorrowPhrûng niitomorrowPhrûng nii
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday SundayWan jan, wan ang-khaan, wan phút, wan phá-réu-hàt, wan suk, wan sao, wan aa-thítMaandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag, vrijdag, zaterdag, zondagWan jan, wan ang-khaan, wan phút, wan phá-réu-hàt, wan suk, wan sao, wan aa-thít
I'm on vacation herePhom wan yut / kan den thagnIk ben here op vacantiePhom wan yut / kan den thagn
I am here to workPhom thou ra / den thagn pai thou rakitIk ben here op zakenreisPhom thou ra / den thagn pai thou rakit

To table!

GermanThaïNederlandsThaï
I'm hungry / I'm thirstyHiou / Hiou namIk heb honger / ik heb dorstHiou / Hiou nam
Good AppetiteKhõ hai djaEnjoyed ervanKhõ hai dja
Bottom up!Ne se traduit pasProost!Ne se traduit pas
It was great!A rõiHet was heerlijkA rõi
What do you recommend?Mi araïïaroïbâang?What do you think?Mi araïïaroïbâang?
I'm vegetarianKhon kin djeI am vegetarianKhon kin dje
Not sharp! (I don't like it spicy)Ao maï phèt!Niet pittig alsjeblieft (ik hou niet van kruiden)Ao maï phèt!
It is too hot!Ron!Het is warmRon!
I have an allergyPhom pháeIk ben allergicPhom pháe
seafoodHoi tha léShelf vis sHoi tha lé
peanutsThua lí songPinda'sThua lí song
glutenglutenglutengluten
I take / I would like to haveYàak yesIk wil graag ...Yàak yes
waterNamWaterNam
Tea / coffeeNam chaa / kaafèTea / coffeeNam chaa / kaafè
Beer WineBia / waiBeer / wijnBia / wai
The Bill pleaseKep tagn, douéiDe rekening, a.u.b.Kep tagn, douéi

Health / Emergency / Safety

GermanThaïNederlandsThaï
I have to see a doctorTâwng kaan mawIk moet een dokter zienTâwng kaan maw
Call a doctor / ambulanceRîak maw nàwyBell een ambulance / bell 911Rîak maw nàwy
Where is the hospital?Rong phayaabaan thi naï?What is the ziekenhuis?Rong phayaabaan thi naï?
I do not feel goodChan puayIk voel me niet goedChan puay
I am in pain hereJèp trong néeHere doet het pijnJèp trong née
Where are the restrooms?Hâwng sûam thi naï?What can ik de toilets find?Hâwng sûam thi naï?
Help!Chûay dûay!Help!Chûay dûay!
policeTamruatPoliticsTamruat
dangerAnta raiGevaarAnta rai
I've lost my wayChan long thaangIk ben verdwaaldChan long thaang

Other

GermanThaïNederlandsThaï
Good day !Sawat di khrapFijne dag!Sawat di khrap
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Updated October 8, 2018
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