Key Beginner Phrases for Speaking Thai
We have many students learning Thai with us in our classrooms. Here are the top 10 phrases we teach students so they can communicate in Thai with their classmates, teacher, and most importantly people in their lives:
Yes / No
Do you understand? Yes I do. /
No I don’t. / A little. / One more time, please.
Do you have any questions? I have a question/ I don’t have
wá-lee nai hôrng-reean
kráp rěuu kâ/ mâi châi
kâo jai mái? kâo jai /
mâi kâo jai/ níd nòi / pûut èek tee
mee kam tǎam mái? mee / mâi mee kam tǎam
Classroom phrases (cont)
Are you ready? I am ready. / Not yet.
Is it correct? Yes. / It is incorrect.
Thank you / Thank you very much
It’s ok / you’re welcome
How do you say that in English?
How do you say that in Thai?
Let’s read together
Please write / listen/ look
Homework / Student / Teacher
I’ll see you next week.
práwm mái? práwm/ mâi práwm
tùuk dtông mái? tùuk dtông/ mâi tùuk dtông
kòrp kun / kòrp kun mâak
mâi pen rai
paa-sǎa Thai pûut wâa yang ngai?
paa-sǎa ang-grìt pûut wâa yang ngai?
àan práwm práwm gan
gàrúnaa kěean/ fang/ duu
gaan-bâan/ nák-reean/ kruu
jer gan aa-tít nâa
We hope that these phrases will help you both speaking in the classroom when learning Thai and also if you run into someone on the street and need clarification or basic communication skills. Please note, on the right side is the romanization ot Thai, and with it you will see indicated the tone of each Thai word. Be careful to consider using the tone when speaking in Thai, although most Thai people can understand words from context, it is still important to keep in mind the inflection of each syllable.
Please let us know if you have any questions about the Thai materials, and we hope that they are helpful for you.