When you visit a country one of the most common words or sentences you would like to know would be “Thank you”. In Thailand, people are impressed when they hear foreigners say “Thank you”. So I will show you how to say Thank you. 🙂
First of all, in Thai language we differentiate the gender of the speaker. Wait, it is not complicated at all! You only have to remember the word “I (dichan/pom)” and the polite word “ka/krab”. The word “Thank you” is kob (low tone) – khun (normal tone)
Female: kob-khun ka
Male: kob-khun krab
After saying this word, I am sure you will see a big smile :). So, Thais may reply something to you and you should now what they mean.
In response to a thank you, you can say “You’re welcome” : mai (falling) bpen rai
Female: Mai bpen rai ka
Male: Mai bpen rai krab
Let’s imagine a situation when you are traveling in Thailand. You want to know where the toilet is. After you got the answer you will reply with a Thank you.
|You||Hello, excuse me! Where is the toilet?|
|Sawatdee ka, kor-tod ka! Hongnam yoo tee nai ka?|
|Thai woman||It’s at the corner|
|Yoo dtrong hua-mum|
|Thai woman||You are welcome!|
In this YouTube video, you can hear how to say that exactly.
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