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A Quick Introduction...

 The Thai Language, or Phasa Thai, basically consists of  monosyllable words, whose meanings are complete by themselves. After a  history of over 700 years, the Thai alphabet today comprises 44 letters  (including 2 obsolete ones), representing 20 consonant phonemes, and 15  vowel signs, denoting 22 vowels, diphthongs and triphthongs.
 

As Thai is a tonal language with five different tones, if often  confuses foreigners who are unused to this kind of language. For  example, they may have difficulty distinguishing these 3 words from each  other:
 

* Suea (with rising tone) which means tiger in English 

* Suea (with low tone) which means mat in English 

* Suea (with falling tone) which means clothes in English
 

This means that one can say, "Hello, my name is Suea. Have you seen my Suea? His name is Suea, and doesn't wear suea because he's a suea and last time we saw the suea, he was laying on a suea."

Basic Words and Greetings...

Hello = Sawa dee;  Hello (Casual) = Wad Dee 

Thank you very much = kob kun cup/ kob koon Ka

How are you ? = Sabbi dee may

I am fine thanks = Pom Sabbi dee cup / Ka

 I am good thanks how are you ? = Pom Sabbi dee cup, coon sabbi dee may
Youre Welcome = Yin dee cup / ka Wait = Koi
Waiting long time = Koi nun lowel 

Come = Ma
Come from = Ma Jark
I come from Thailand = Pom Mar Jark Pra Ted Thai

I come from The Land Down Under = Pom Mar Jark Men At Work

Go= Pie

(let's go pie and get some pie.)
Gone already = Pie Lowel
Go Where = Pie Nay
Go Soon = Pie Dell Nee
Toilet = Hong Nam

Where is the Toilet ? = Hong Nam U Nay 

Eat = Gin
Drink = Durn

Food = Aharn
Snack food = Ka Nom
Have eaten already = Gin Lowel

Rice = Cow

I am Hungry = Pom Hue
Are you Hungry = Coon hue may

Tasty = Aroy
I have eaten already thanks = gin lowel cup / ka
I am full thank you = Imm lowel cup
Have you eaten enough ? = Imm lowel ruer young 



 

Even More Words and Phrases...

Understand = Cow Jai 

Don't Understand = May Cow Jai 

(I don't understand where my cow is. Oh,  it's over there eating rice.)


Want = Owl   

Don't Want = May Owl *

* helpful phrases if you're in a situation where you may want, or not want an owl.


Now = Ton nee  

Today = Wan nee   

To night = Kurn nee   

This morning = Chow nee   

Tomorrow = Prong nee   

Yesterday = Mur wan   

What is the time = Gee mong lowal 

Water = Nam  

 Ice = Nam kang   

Hot Water = Nam Ron 

Water Fall = Nam Toc   

Rain = Fon   

Raining = Fon Toc   

 Shower = Up Narm 

May Be / Perhaps = Bung T  

 (Can I stick it in your Maybe hole? Bung T...)

Thai Numbers

(1) =  Jimihaha

(2) = Song

(3) = Sarm
(4) = See

(5) = Ha
(6) = Hok
(7) = Jet
(8) = Pad 

(so, order #8 and you get pad thai)

(9) = Cow

(cow also means rice sometimes)

(10) = Sip 

(11) = Sip ett 

(12) = Sip song
(13) = Sip sam
(14) = Sip see 

(15) = Sip ha
(20) = Yee sip

(30) = Sam sip
(40) = See sip
(50) = Hok sip
(60) = Jet sip 

(100) = Nin roy
(150) = Nin roy ha sip
(1,000) = Nin pun
(1,500) = Nin pun ha roy

(2,000) = See pun
(10,000) = Nin Mong
(20,000) = Song Mong

(50,000) = Ha Mong
(100,000) = Nin San 

Telling Time in Thai...

2 am = D song
3 am = D sam

4 am = D see 5 am = D ha
6 am = Hok mong chow
7 am = Jet mong chow
8 am = Pad mong chow
9 am = Cow mong chow
10 am = Sep mong chow
11 am = Sip ett mong
Mid day = Thung 

1 pm = Bi nin
2 pm = Bi song
3 pm = Bi Sam
4 pm = See mong yen
5 pm = Ha mong ye
6 pm = Hok mong yen
7 pm = Nin toom
8 pm = Song toom 

9 pm = Sam toom
10 pm = See toom
11 pm = Ha toom

 Midnight = Thung coon 

Thai in Colors...

White = See Khaw
Red= See Dang
Black = See Not Hing

Pink = Shampoo

Blue = See Far

Dark Blue = See Nam Nin
Brown = Con Dish Uh Ner

Green = See Keyal
Orange = See Som

Gray = See Towel 

Purple = See Mawong