Whenever I am traveling, I always make it my mission to learn a few words from the local language wherever I go. I try to incorporate it the best I can. Sometimes the locals take pity on me, but, nevertheless, they appreciate the effort. Additionally, it allows me to get more out of the trip and another insight into the culture of the place that I am heading too. I have started learning a little bit of Thai using the Learn Thai app, and here are just some of the few greetings that I have learned, that I wanted to share with you. If you are planning a trip to Thailand, try some of these words on for size.
Sa wad dee krap: Hello/Hi
Ra dtree sa wad: Good night
Khun sa bai dee mai krap: How are you?
Pom sa bai dee krap: I’m fine
Pom mai koi sa bai krap: I’m not well
Khun chue aria krap: What’s your name?
Pom chue: My name is…
Diew jer gan na krap: See you later
Laew khun la krap: What about you?
Laa gon krap: Goodbye
Bye krap: Bye
Chok dee na krap: Good luck
Doo lae dtua eang na krap: Take care
Yin dee tee dai roo jak krap: Nice to meet you
Mai dai jer gan nan leoy na: It’s been a while
Khun pood pa sa ang grid dai mai krap: Can you speak English?
Pom pood tai dai nid noi krap: I can speak Thai a little
Pom Pood tai mai dai krap: I can’t speak Thai
Pom ma jaak pra ted: I’m From
Khun at yu tao rai krap: How old are you?
Pom at yu (sam sib) bpee krap: I’m (30) years old