Thai Talk – Thai For Beginners Lesson 2

Following on from lesson one where I listed phrases useful when out and about shopping and at restaurants and hotels, etc, I have put together some more phrases below on directions and places.

Remember to put “Khrup” (sometimes sounds more like “cup”) for a man and “ka” (sounds like “kar”) for a lady at the end of your sentences. So for example, “Khun ja paithai talk - learn to speak thai nai khrup” (where are you going?).

Note that Thai people often shorten sentences, rarely saying all the words. For example, “Khun ja pai nai khrup” (where are you going?) becomes “Pai nai khrup”. As a foreigner it is better that you get used to forming the whole sentence first and understanding the full meaning, and then once your pronounciation gets better you can start shortening sentences like Thai people do.

It is also worth noting that Thai people will often put “na” in front of ‘khrup’ and ‘ka’. For example, “Khop khun mak na khrup” (thank you very much). “Na” makes the sentence sound sweeter, and is a way of expressing something more nicely. However, you don’t need to worry about using ‘na’ at this stage, but I thought you should be aware of this because you will hear it used often.

Directions In Thai:

  1. I want to go – Yaak ja pai……(khrap/ka)
  2. Where is – Yuu tee nai……(khrap/ka)
  3. Turn left – Leeo sai (khrap/ka)
  4. Turn right – leeo kwaa (khrap/ka)
  5. Straight ahead – Drong pai (khrap/ka)
  6. Stop here – Yuut (or jot) tee nee (khrup/ka)
  7. Slow down – Cha cha (khrap/ka)
  8. Be careful – Ra wang (khrap/ka)

Places In Thai:

  1. Airport – Sanam bin
  2. Bus station – Sa-tanee rot mai
  3. Railway station – Sa-tanee rot fai
  4. Police station – Sa-tanee tum road
  5. Hotel – Rong raem
  6. Embassy – San tantood
  7. Hospital – Rong-payabann
  8. Post office - Prai-sanee
  9. Market – Talaad

As one my regular readers (Ken) pointed out in the comments section of Thai Talk lesson 1, there are tones in the Thai language that assit in defining the meaning of a word, separating it from other similarly spelt or pronounced words. There are 5 tones to learn, but I won’t go any further on this subject in this post because it will only confuse you at this stage. The best advice I can give you is to go out and start practicing the phrases and words in both of the lessons I have given so far, and no doubt Thai people will be happy to help you perfect the tone and sound of the phrase/word you are trying to say. In addition to this, check out ThaiPod101 for some great audio/video stuff you can learn from your computer.

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