Sawasdee torn chao (good morning) all!
An internationally renowned metropolis, Bangkok has come a long way in the tourism industry. Although you’d be surprised by how accommodating we are to foreigners, you will no doubt experience a language barrier while here. So, to get you started, here are a few important phrases to get you by!
- Hello – Sawatdee
- Thank you – Kob khun
- Ending sentences politely for men and women – ka (women)/ krub (men)
Example: Sawatdee ka/Sawatdee krub
- Yes – Chai (correct), Ao (Want)
- No – Mai chai (incorrect), Mai ao (Don’t want)
- Excuse me/ Sorry – Kor Tod
- Help! – Chuay Duay
- Do you speak English? – Khun pood pasa Angkrit dai mai?
Where “Angkrit” means English
- I don’t understand – Mai kao jai
- How do you say ______ in Thai? – Pasa Thai, ____ pood yung ngai?
- How do I go there? – Pai yung ngai? For example, “Chao Hostel pai yung ngai?”
- Where is the restroom? – Hong naam yoo ngai?
“Hong naam” means restroom
- I want to go here. – Chun yak pai tee nii (For using when showing a picture, or map)
- I’m lost – Chun long taang
- Is this spicy? – Ped mai?
- I don’t want spicy. – Mai ao ped
- I am allergic to____. – Chun pae ____
Nuts – Tua
Seafood – Ahaan Talay
Feel Free to ask our staff for help on pronunciations! Enjoy practicing and welcome to Thailand!