THAI LANGUAGE

Useful Thai phrases

Knowing some Thai in the “land of smiles” is essential. Sure, speaking English will go a long way, but Thai people really appreciate it when you approach them in their native language. These are the most important Thai phrases divided in categories.

Women end their sentences with the word “kha”. When speaking in the first person they start sentences with the word “deechan”.
Men end their sentences with the word “krab”. When speaking in the first person they start sentences with the word “pom”.

Introduction and Conversation

My name is … Pom / deechan chew …
See you next time! Laaw phop kan mai!
I love you! Pom / deechan rak kun mak!
I don’t speak Thai Pom / deechan photo phahsah thai mai dai
I like you – Om / deechan Chohp khun Pom / deechan chohp khun
Pardon me? Sorry? Could you repeat that, please? Khun photo arai?
Do you speak English? Khun photo phahsah angkrit dai mai?
Where is the bathroom? Hohng nahm yoo theenai?
What would you like to drink? Khun cha dewm arai?

Food and Drink

I’m thirsty Pom / deechan hiw nahm
I’m hungry Pom / deechan hiw
One beer, please Khoh bia
Do you have the menu in English? Rahy kahn ahahn phasah angkrit mee mai?
Not too spicy, please Mai tohng phet mak
Could I have a glass of water, please? Khoh nahm plao kaew nung?
Delicious Aroi mak
Can I have the bill, please? Chek bin?

Diet

I’m on a sugar free diet Pom / deechan kin wahn mai dai
I’m on a salt free diet Pom / deechan kin khem mai dai
I’m on a low sodium diet Pom / deechan kin khem mahk mai dai
I’m on a low fat diet Pom / deechan kin man mahk mai da
I’m a vegetarian / vegan (click for more info) Pom / deechan kin jae

Courtesy

Thank you! Khop khun krab / kha!
You’re welcome, the pleasure is mine, don’t worry Mai pen rai krab / kha
I beg your pardon, I’m sorry Khoh thote krab / kha
No, thank you Mai ao krab / kha
Okay, that’s fine, deal Tok long krab / kha

Romance

I’m single Pom / deechan yung sot
You’re very pretty Khun suay mak mak
You’re cute Khun na-ruk mak mak
I like your smile Pom / deechan chorp roy yim kong khun
Can I see you tomorrow? Prohng nay yer gun dai mai?
Are you free tonight? Kewn nay khun wung mai?
Do you like me? Khun chorp pom rew blao?
Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? Koh may faen rew yung?
Can I have your number? Kor ber tor khun dai mai?
Would you like to have dinner with me? Bai gin kao gub pom mai?
Would you like to go to the movies with me? Bai doh nung gup pom mai?
You have such pretty eyes! Duang dtar kong khun suay mak!
Can I hold your hand? Pom / deechan kor yub mew khun dai mai?

Transport

I would like to go to the bus station Pom / deechan tohngkahn pai sathahnee khon song
I would like to go to the train station Pom / deechan tohngkahn pai sathahnee rot fai
What time does the bus leave? Rot bas ohk kee moong?
What time does the train leave? Rot fai ohk kee moong?
One ticket for …, please Pom / deechantohgnkahn toowa rot pai…
Is this the bus that goes to…? Rot bas khan nee pai…… chai mai?
Is this the train that goes to…? Rot fai khaboowan nee pai… chai mai?
I would like to go to the airport Pom / deechan tohngkahn pai sanahm bin
I would like a plane ticket to go to…  Pom / deechan tohngkahn pai sanahm bin
 What time does the plain leave? Kruang bin ohk kee moong?

Hotels

Do you have a free room? Mee hohng wahng mai?
Do you have internet? Khun mee intenet?
May I see the room? Pom / deechan Khoh doo hohng dai mai?
What’s the price per day? Rahkhah wan la thao rai?
Is there a swimming pool? Mee sawaainahm mai?
Is there a fan? Mee phatlom mai?
Is there air conditioning? Mee ae mai?
Can I have the key, please? Koh koonchae?
My room number is…  Pom / deechan phak hohng bew…
I leave today Pom / deechan jah ohk pai wan nee
I leave to tomorrow Pom / deechan jah ohk pai phroong nee
What time do I check out? Pom / deechan jah tohng check ow kee moong?

Shopping and Haggling

What time do the shops open/close? Ee mohng rahn pewt/pit?
I would like a tailor-made suit Pom / deechan tohngkahn tat choot soot
I would like a tailor-made skirt Deechan tohng kahn tat krah prohng
When will it be finished? Jah set myuwa rai?
May I try this on? Khoh lohng dai mai?
It’s too small Eek pai
It’s too big Jai pai
It’s good Phoh dee lew
Can I use this credit card here? Theenee rap bay kraydit nee mai?
How much does this cost? How much does this cost?
It’s too expensive Phang pai
I hope not Pom / deechan mai sue
Do you have anything cheaper? Mee hook kwah nee mai?
What’s your lowest price? Rahkhah tam soot thao rai?

Photography

May I take a picture of you? Pom / deechan thaay roop khun dai mai?
Am I allowed to take pictures here? Pom / deechan thaay roop thee nee dai mai?
Yes, you can/may Dai krab / kha
No, you can’t/may not Mai dai krab / kha

Illness

I need to see a doctor Pom / deechan tohngkahn pai hah moh
I need to see a dentist Pom / deechan tohngkahn pai hah moh fan
I need to go to a pharmacy Pom / deechan tohngkahn pai rahn khaay jah
I’m ill Pom / deechan mai sabaay
I have a cold Pom / deechan pen wat
I’m dizzy Pom / deechan weean seesa
I have a fever Pom / deechan pen khai
This is where it hurts Pom / deechan chep theenee
I have diarrhea Pom / deechan thohng dewn
I have a stomach ache Pom / deechan poowat thohng

Help

I’m lost Pom / deechan long thahng
I lost my passport Nangsewdewnthahng khohng pom / deechan haay
There’s been an accident Mee oobattihet
There’s a fire Mee faimai
Could you please help me? Choowhy pom / deechan doowhy?
I was robbed Pom / deechan hook khamoy
I was mugged Pom / deechan hook chee