October 10, 2010

study thai~


nyooo~ now, I’m studying thai language! Wanna update it! =3


Hello (สวัสดี) sawat-dee
Goodbye (ลาก่อน) la-gon
See you again (แล้วเจอกัน) lao jer gun
good luck (โชคดี) chok dee
Thank you (ขอบคุณ) khorb khun
it's ok (ไม่เป็นไร) mai ben rai
Sorry (ขอโทษ) khor thot. [You will say it when you want to interrupt someone, when you want to pass someone or when you do something wrong. ]
Sorry (เสียใจ) sia jai. [But in this case it means different thing. Like if someone died or got hurt, you say "phom/di-chan sia jai" which means "I am sorry".]

example -
A. How are you? (sabai dee mai) สบายดีไหม ?
B. I am fine. (sabai dee)* สบายดี
B. And you? (lao khun lae) แล้วคุณล่ะ ?
A. I am fine. (sabai dee)* สบายดี

*"Yes" and "no" are often also indicated by simply repeating the verb. So if the question was "Do you want to go ?", it would be answered by saying "want" or "don't want", rather than "yes" or "no". Chai is an general word for "yes", but it's less used than it's English equivalent. Men can also use krap, and women ka, to indicate agreement. These are the same words used at the end of sentences to be polite.

**Pom is the polite way of saying "I / me" for a man in Thai, di-chan is the equivalent for a women. You're never likely to offend anyone by using either of these words, but there are also a lot of other words for 'I/Me' that can be used depending on the situation.

There's a similarly large amount of words for "you". Khun is the most common, and is a safe word to use when speaking to just about anybody. Tan is a very respectful word, used when talking to someone of markedly higher status than you in Thailand (e.g. a high court judge, or a Buddhist monk). Ter is more informal than khun, it's used when talking to friends.


Sa-wat dee is the general all purpose greeting in Thailand, the English distinctions of "Good morning", "Good afternoon" etc.. do exist but are almost never used. It's also almost always followed by krap (for a man) or ka (for a woman) to be polite.
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