Today we meet to give you some tips when traveling. First we will start with Thailand.
Here are some Thai words that will allow you to travel in peace: Farang is the term used to describe Western foreigners.
Get used to it because this word will come back often during your trip. Farangset today is used only to designate French as Inglik for English or Jélémane for Germans for example.
Hello : Saurat dii Khrap (if you are a man) Saurat dii Khaa (if you are a woman)
To greet people it’s not the same as in France. We do not shake hands, we do not kiss each other. WAI is used to greet, thank or show respect.
The WAI consists of 3 movements:
The way the WAI will be will depend on the person you are talking to. As visitors the WAI in 3 movements will suffice.
Thank you : Khop Khoum Khrap (for men) Khop Khoum Khraa (for women) Thank you very much: Khop khoune mak Me or I: sing You: Kouwne He / She / They / They: Khao You: Kounne We: Kao I would like: Ao I do not want: May ao To say a lot we add MAK at the end of the sentence. Example: Pretty: souaille -> very pretty: souaille mak Delicious: Aroille No problem / No problem: Quail mesh How are you ? Koune sabaille dii mesh? I'm fine thanks: Phom (chain) sabaille dii, kop koune I'm not good: Phom (chain) sabaille mesh What is your name ? Koume chuu araille? My name is ..: Phom (string) chuu How old are you ? Ayouu taoraille Who ? Kraille? What? Araille? What is going on ? Mii araille? How? Yang is in trouble? When? Mua laugh? Or ? Thi naille? I understand: Khrao djaille I do not understand: Mesh khrao djaille Pardon: Ko thôote I can speak Thai a little bit: Phom Poute Passa Thai Mite Mille How do you say that in Thai? Passa thai pout yang ngaille? What is it ? Neither kuu araille? Good luck: Chok dii The Thai numbers: 0: Sounne 1: Nung 2: Song 3: Sam 4: Sii 5: Kaa 6: Hok 7: Djette 8: Paette 9: Kao 10: Sip Days : Monday: Wan Djan Tuesday: Wan Anaghan Wednesday: Wan Phout Thursday: Wan Praruhat Friday: Wan Souk Saturday: Wan Sao Sunday: Wan Athit The months : January: Mokara Khom February: Koum Pha Phan March: Miinaa Khom April: Meesaa Yon May: Phrutsapaa Khom June: Mithounaa Yon July: Karakadaa Khom August: Singhaa Khom September: Kanyaa Yon October: Toulaa Khom November: Phrutsa Ji Kaa Yon December: Thanwaa Khom Here are some books to read if you want to know more about the Thai:
- Assimil Thaï
- Guide de conversation Thaï
- Harrap’s : Parler le Thaï en voyage