Thai Phrases Transliterated

thai travel phrases Stress is placed on syllables differently in Thai than in English. In a multi syllabic word, it is often the second syllable that gets the stress (but not always). So when in doubt, stress all syllables equally.

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Reminders for Tones(h) = high
(r) = rising
(none) = neutral
(l) = low
(f) = falling
   Consonant Sounds

Phonetic Sounds of Consonants
b as in belll as in lock
bp as in *m as in made
ch as in chairn as in nut
d as in duckng as in ri(ng)
dt as in *p(a) as in put
f as in foodr as in red
g as in gets as in sit
h as in helpt(a) as in tip
j as in jobw as in wet
k(a) as in kitey as in (y)es
* = no English equivalent
(a) = consonant is "aspirated"
 Vowel Sounds
Phonetic Sounds of Vowels
a, ah as in fatherao, ow as in chow
aa as in sandaw as in crawl
ai, i, y as in lie, by
   ". . . " When you see  ...    before or after a phrase in the table below, it indicates that a personal pronoun or a gender specific "polite word" should also be used.    "Polite words" used at the ends of sentences. A man will use "(h)krahp!", while a woman will use "ka!". Note the high tone versus the neutral tone.

PhraseTransliteration
I, me (r)pohm! formal for male (r)dichahn! formal for female
Youkoon! polite (f)than very respectful
Hello or goodbye     (any time of day)sa-wat! dee     followed by polite word (h)krahp! or ka!
Thank you(l)kawp koon! (h)krahp!/ka!
Never mind or you're welcome (f)my! bpen! ry!" is used in many contexts including forgiveness. (f)my! bpen! ry! ...
Excuse me or I'm sorry(r)kaw (f)toht ...
How are you? sa-by dee (r)reu ...
I am fine, thanks(r)phom!/(r)chahn! sa-by dee ...
Good Luck (f)chohk dee ...
Do you speak English?koon! (f)poot! pah-(r)sah ahng!-(l)grit! (f)dy! (r)my!...
I speak Thai a little bit Saying that you speak Thai a little can allow the listener to assume you actually speak quite a lot of Thai. It is often better to say in Thai, "I don't speak Thai" ... (f)poot! pah-(r)sah ty (f)dy! (h)nit!-(l)nawy ...
I cannot speak Thai ... (f)poot! pah-(r)sah ty (f)my! (f)dy! ...
Please (Kindly) speak more slowlyga-roo!-nah! (f)poot! (h)chah (chah) ...
I don't understand... (f)kow!-jy! (f)my! (f)dy! ...
Do you understand? koon! (f)kow!-jy! (f)dy! (r)my! ...
Where is the toilet?(f)hawng!-(h)nahm (l)yoo (f)tee (r)ny! ...
Where is a telephone?toh-ra-(l)sahp! (l)yoo (f)tee (r)ny! ...
I like Thaland very much? ... (f)chawp bpra-(f)tet ty (f)mahk (f)mahk ...
What is your name? koon! (f)cheu ah!-ry! ...
My name is ...... (f)cheu ...
I want ...... ow! ...
I do not want ...... (f)my ow! ...

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