Thai is not an easy language to learn. Besides an unusual alphabet and complex vowel structure, the Thai language depends on tones for the meaning of a word. If you change the tone, you change the meaning of the word. You’ll find some basic words and phrases listed below. You’ll find these useful in many situations. When you speak Thai, speak slowly and clearly, and hopefully your words will be understood.

If your attempt at speaking Thai is met with laughter, don’t be embarrassed. Thais are not judgmental, they’re not laughing at you, they’re laughing at the implausible situation you just described!

They will be pleased you’ve made the effort and happy you’ve injected some humour into their day. Share in the funny side of the situation, and you will be highly regarded, while in Pattaya.

Commonly Used Thai Words and Phrases

General Phrases
Hello, Good morning …
How are you?
I am fine.
Thank you
Excuse me, Sorry
My name is …(man speaking)
My name is …(woman speaking)
What is your name?
How old are you?
I’m … years old
Do you speak English?
I do not speak Thai
Do you understand?
I don’t understand
I don’t know
Never mind, No problem
I don’t want
I don’t like
What time is it?
Where do you come from?
I come from …
Where is …?
Where is the toilet?
When …?
I love you.
Darling, Sweetheart
How much?
Can you give me a discount?
Expensive
Check the bill, please
Hotel
Air-con room
Fan room

sawat-dee khrab (male speakers
sawat-dee kha (female speakers)
sabai dee mai?
sabai dee khrab / kha
khorb khun khrab / kha
khor toad khrab / kha
pom cheur …
chan cheur …
khun cheur arai?
khun ayoo taorai?
pom (chan) ayoo … bpee
khun pood pasaa angkrit bpen mai
pom (chan) pood pasaa tai mai dai
khao chai mai khrab / kha?
mai khao chai khrab / kha
mai roo
mai bpen rai
mai ao khrab / kha
mai chorb
kee morng
khun maa jark nai?
pom (chan) maa jark …
… yoo (tee) nai?
hong naam yoo nai khrab / kha
mue-arai …?
pom (chan) rak khun
tee-rak
(rakhaa) taorai?
lot dai mai khrab / kha?
paeng
chek bin / keb dtang duai
rorng raem
hong air
hong pat lom
Eating Out
I’m hungry
to eat
to drink
Restaurant
Thai food
Seafood
Western food
I want, I would like …
Drinking water
Ice(cubes)
Beer
One … beer, please.
Coffee (hot)
Ice coffee
Tea (hot)
Ice tea
Sugar
Milk
Orange Juice
Menu
Rice (normal)
Fried rice
Rice soup
Rice noodles
Egg noodles
French fries, Chips
Potatoes
Vegetables
Fruits
Bread
Beef
Pork
Chicken
Fish
Prawn, Shrimp
Squid
Crab
Eggs
Fried egg
Salt
Pepper
Plate
Glass
Spoon
Fork
Knife
Toothpick
Spicy
Not spicy
Delicious
Check the bill, please

pom (chan) hiu khao
kin khao
due:m
raan aharn
aharn tai
aharn talay
aharn farang
kor …
naam due:m
naam khaeng
bia
kor bia … nung kwat
kafae rorn
kafae yen
chaa rorn
chaa yen
naam dtaan
nom
naam som
rai karn aharn/ mennoo
khao (suai)
khao pad
khao dtom
kluay tiao
bamee
faen fai
man farang
pak
ponlamai
khanom bpang
nuea
moo
kai
bplaa
koong
bplaa muek
bpoo
khai
khai dtao
kluea
prik tai
jarn
kaew
chorn
sorm
meed
mai jim fan
pet
mai pet
aroi (dee)
chek bin/ keb dtang duai
Medical Phrases
Accident
Help!
Pain
to have a cold
to have fever
Stomach ache
Headache
Toothache
Sore throat
Pharmacy
Hospital
Doctor
to see a doctor
Dentist
Medicine
Tablets, pills
to take medicine
Injection
Insurance

ubati-he:t
chuay duai!
bpuat/ jeb (temporary)
bpen wat
bpen khai
bpuat torng
bpuat hua
bpuat fan
jep khor
raan khai yaa
rorng payabaan
mor
bpai haa mor
mor fan
yaa
yaa me:t
kin yaa
cheet yaa
bpra-kan
Personal Pronouns
I (man)
I (woman)
you
he/ she
it
we
they

pom
chan
khun/ tur
khao
mun
rao
puakhao
Months of the Year
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

makkara kom
koompa pan
meena kom
maysa yon
pruetsapa kom
mitoona yon
karakadaa kom
singhaa kom
kanyaa yon
dtoolaa kom
pruetsajeegaa yon
tanwaa kom
Days of the Week
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

wahn jarn
wahn ang karn
wahn poot
wahn paruhat
wahn sook
wahn sao
wahn aateet
Time and Date
day
today
tomorrow
week
month
year

wahn
wahn nee
proong nee
aateet
duean
bpee
Numbers
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
20
21
22
30
31
40
41
50
100
101
102
200
300
400
500
1,000
2,000
10,000
20,000
100,000
200,000
1,000,000
2,000,000

nung
sorng
saam
see
haa
hok
jet
bairt
gao
sip
sip et
sip sorng
sip saam
sip see
yee sip
yee sip et
yee sip sorng
saam sip
saam sip et
see sip
see sip et
haa sip
nung roi
nung roi et
nung roi sorng
sorng roi
saam roi
see roi
ha roi
nung paan
sorng paan
nung muen
sorng muen
nung saan
sorng saan
nung larn
sorng larn