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How to Learn Thai Online Successfully at Your Own Pace

When speaking monosyllabic languages such as Thai, pronunciation is not always the main thing you need to be worried about — it’s how you deliver the tone. This is why learning Thai through a structured online course is essential. 

For instance, online courses come in audio or video formats, meaning you can always play and replay a lesson. Tonal inflections are tricky to learn, and making sure that you can listen to them repetitively makes sure that you can communicate clearly.

With the increasing preference of consumers to find online options, it’s no surprise that many are jumping on the online learning bandwagon. And the benefits are many. 

In this article, we will explore the many reasons why learning Thai online is effective and some tips and tricks on how to do so.

Table of Contents
  1. Benefits of learning Thai online
  2. Tips and tricks for learning Thai online
  3. To conclude

1. Benefits of learning Thai online 

In addition to having your life so much easier when you can speak, read, and write Thai, here are more benefits of learning Thai online from the comfort of your home.

A- Learn anytime, anywhere

Although the best Thai language schools are in Thailand (obviously), there is no need to be physically in Thailand for you to get quality learning. You can study whenever, wherever — while waiting for your documents at the ChaengWattana Immigration, taking the BTS to work, or enjoying your cup of joe at Starbucks. 

You can even do so before you come to Thailand. (And get brownie points from the Thai embassy, where you’ll eventually apply for your Thai visa.)

B- Learn at your own pace

Take your learning as fast or as slow as you need to. Is there any area of the language that you feel you could do with more time spent on it? Or would you like to go back to a specific vocabulary word that you keep on forgetting and want to focus on it? Or maybe you simply want to master the five tones and take a quick break from learning? 

All of these you can do without affecting the progress of other learners, similar to what could happen if you were taking in-person classes.

C- Ensure personal safety

The pandemic brought with it the need to wear masks and physically distance ourselves from others. And many are still hanging on to these two practices to have a sense of personal safety. If you feel the same way, you have all the more reasons to take your learning online. 

You can stay in the comfort of your home and avoid the commute and the crowd. 

2. Tips and tricks for learning Thai online

Learning on your own comes with its own set of pros and cons. 

But by setting the right expectations and learning from the mistakes of others who have successfully done it, you can improve the outcome of your Thai language learning. 

Here are some tips and tricks to ensure you have a productive online learning experience:

A- Start with the basics

It always pays to start with the rubrics of the Thai language and follow a structured learning path. For example, mastering the vowels, consonants, and the five tones will ensure that speaking and reading sentences will be easy later. 

One of the many learning resources that I prefer is ThaiPod101. The platform has four levels: Absolute Beginner, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. 

Although the Absolute Beginner is for those who have zero knowledge, it also uses conversations of real-life scenarios and a breakdown of the words used in the conversation.

10 Lines You Need in Introducing Yourself

Learn ‘survival phrases’ even before you land in Thailand

Absolute Beginner courses also feature ‘survival phrases’ such as those you need to learn when ordering food, riding a bus or train, basic courtesy words, and many others.

This is very useful when you just arrive in Thailand and need basic and easy words to help you live or travel here easier. 

After that, you can take their courses on the Thai alphabet, consonants, and tones. It will help you to learn Thai much faster since it gives you a strong foundation for learning Thai later on. 

B- Follow a regular schedule

Set a schedule for yourself that will allow you to learn regularly. Even with the Free Lifetime Account, ThaiPod101 lets you access 3-5 new lessons per week and 3 lessons per day.

Choose a time when you can concentrate on the lessons without any distractions. 

Create long-term and short-term goals and use them as a basis for your study plan. Whether you prefer to follow a daily or weekly schedule, make sure to commit to them. It can be quite challenging to do this when you first start but sticking religiously to a  schedule allows you to build a habit — it soon becomes second nature to you.

C- Learn, review, repeat

The best way to ensure the retention of the lessons is to review them regularly. On ThaiPod 101, you can print out the lesson notes and transcripts that accompany the audio lessons. 

Since both resources are available for download, this is especially helpful if you’re going somewhere with a poor internet connection. This makes sure that you don’t miss out on any of the lessons.

D- Make your learning unique to you

Personalize your learning by taking advantage of tools from ThaiPod101. Subscribe to the ThaiPod101 Word of the Day, which allows you to get a new word in your email daily. 

This can serve as your reminder to follow through with your lessons. Learning one word a day helps you build your vocabulary, which will come in handy when learning syntax and context later on.

Additionally, if your focus is to enrich your vocabulary, ThaiPod101’s paid subscription has a section dedicated to Vocabulary. It allows you to build your personalized word bank and make use of visual flashcard decks. 

You can also create a list of the 100 most common words, 2,000 most common words, Thai phrases, and so much more.

Thai Core 100 Word List

Build your list of 100 or 1,000 words that are completely unique to you

You can make these lists unique to your daily experiences so that any time a situation comes up, you know what to dig up to help with your Thai conversation.

E- Feel free to follow along (or not)

ThaiPod101’s lessons come in 2 to 10-minute audio and video clips, so all you really need is your phone and internet connection. You can practically do this whenever and wherever. And since the lessons are already planned out for you according to your set learning pathway, there is no need for you to come up with a lesson plan, browsing around on what to learn next.

If you do take the pathway laid out for you, take note that you need to take an assessment every 2-4 lessons. The assessment requires you to achieve a 70% grade to move forward. It will also suggest you review the lessons and retake the assessment if you cannot pass the required grade.

On the other hand, if you don’t want to take the pathway, you can also listen to or watch the 1-minute video on demand.

F- Seek help if needed

There’s nothing more important than recognizing when you need help. 

If you have doubts or get stuck on a lesson, don’t hesitate to reach out to an instructor or an expert on the language. You’ll be better off having a professional having your back when needed instead of trying to find the answers by yourself on the internet.

Chat Box

If all else fails, help is available whenever you need

For example, the Premium Plus subscription on ThaiPod101 comes with 1-on-1 access to a teacher. There is a tool called My Teacher Messenger where a chat box is available at all times so you can communicate with your assigned teacher while taking the lesson.

3. To conclude

There are many modalities of learning the Thai language. But if you prefer to learn at your own pace, learning online is your best bet. Many are the benefits of online learning, and these include unrivaled convenience, not having physical barriers, making sure you stay safe in the era of the pandemic, flexible time management, and so much more.

However, to ensure that your online learning experience is effective, you need to keep yourself accountable. It takes discipline to learn by yourself, so it is important to create goals and plans and make sure to stick to them. 

Also, finding the most suitable online platform that caters to your personal needs is crucial. One of the most popular options out there is ThaiPod101. 

With a number of features and tools that the platform offers, it is easy to see how ThaiPod101 was able to help many non-Thai speakers learn to read, write, and speak the language at their own pace.

Learn Thai national anthem and its history


When you think of one country, what do you think about? Is it food, traditional clothes, language? People naturally think of things that represent that country, and the national anthem is one of them. Yes, you guessed it correctly, in this lesson, you will get to learn everything about the national anthem in Thailand.

Apart from being a song that represents the Thai nation, เพลงชาติไทย (phleeng-châat-thai), the Thai national anthem, also gives some insight into the history of Thailand as well. So if you are interested in Thai culture and its history, you shouldn’t miss this lesson.

The lesson will begin with Thailand’s national anthem in English, followed by the origin of the Thai national anthem and how it develops. Then, we will tell you what you should do when you hear the national anthem playing in Thai. So if you plan to come to Thailand, make sure to pay special attention to the third part. Lastly, we will give you some interesting facts about the Thai national anthem.

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Learn about the national Thai anthem

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  1. Thai national anthem lyrics
  2. History of the Thai national anthem
  3. Regulation about the Thai national anthem
  4. Interesting facts about the Thai national anthem
  5. Conclusion

1. Thai national anthem lyrics

Let’s start our lesson with Thai national anthem lyrics in English. Basically, the Thai national anthem comes from poetry, and most of the words in the lyrics are not used in daily life. The same goes for the way each sentence is composed. Thai people understand the meaning of the whole, but we can’t explain the meaning of each part well. 

Many of you may be curious about the meaning of Thai national anthem lyrics and may try searching its English meaning or even translating it into English by yourself. Still, the English meaning of the Thai national anthem we provide you here is a bit different. Instead of being translated literally from its lyrics, this translation comes from the interpretation (meaning) of the Thai national anthem by Lady Somroj Sawatdikul Na Ayutthaya. In our opinion, it will give you more insight into the Thai national anthem song.

Thai national anthem: ประเทศไทยรวมเลือดเนื้อชาติเชื้อไทย
Thai national anthem pronunciation: bprà-thêet-thai-ruuam-lûueat-núuea-châat-chúuea-thai
Thai interpretation: ประเทศไทยเป็นถิ่นที่รวมชนผู้มีเลือดเนื้อเชื้อชาติไทยไว้ให้ได้อยู่อาศัยร่วมกัน
English meaning: Thailand is a place in which people with Thai flesh and blood live together.

Thai national anthem: เป็นประชารัฐไผทของไทยทุกส่วน 
Thai national anthem pronunciation: bpen-bprà-chaa-rát-phà-thai-khǎawng-thai-thúk-sùuan
Thai interpretation: แผ่นดินทุกส่วนของประเทศไทยย่อมเป็นของชาวไทยทุกคน
English meaning: All its land belongs to all Thai people.

Thai national anthem: อยู่ดำรงคงไว้ได้ทั้งมวล 
Thai national anthem pronunciation: yùu-dam-rong-khong-wái-dâi-tháng-muuan
Thai interpretation: ประชาชนไทยรักษาแผ่นดินไทยทั้งหมดไว้ได้
English meaning: Thai people can maintain its independent (all their lands)

Thai national anthem: ด้วยไทยล้วนหมายรักสามัคคี 
Thai national anthem pronunciation: dûuai-thai-lúuan-mǎai-rák-sǎa-mák-khii
Thai interpretation: ก็ด้วยทุกคนมีน้ำใจสามัคคี รักคนไทยด้วยกัน และรักประเทศชาติ
English meaning: because they are in harmony, love one another and love their country.

Thai national anthem: ไทยนี้รักสงบแต่ถึงรบไม่ขลาด
Thai national anthem pronunciation: thai-níi-rák-sà-ngòp-dtàae-thǔeng-róp-mâi-khlàat
Thai interpretation: ชนไทยรักที่จะอยู่อย่างสุขสงบ แต่ถ้าจำเป็นต้องรบกับศัตรูแล้วคนไทยไม่เคยขลาดกลัวเลย
English meaning: Thai people love living peacefully but if they need to fight the enemies, they are not cowards.

Thai national anthem: เอกราชจะไม่ให้ใครข่มขี่
Thai national anthem pronunciation: èek-gà-râat-jà-mâi-hâi-khrai-khòm-khìi
Thai interpretation: ไม่มีวันยอมให้ศัตรูหน้าไหนมาข่มขู่ทำลายความเป็นอิสระของชาติไทยได้
English meaning: They don’t let any enemies threaten its independence.

Thai national anthem: สละเลือดทุกหยาดเป็นชาติพลี 
Thai national anthem pronunciation: sà-là-lûueat-thúk-yàat-bpen-châat-phlii
Thai interpretation: ทุกคนยอมสละเลือดทุกหยดเพื่อชาติไทยอยู่ยั่งยืน
English meaning: Everyone is willing to sacrifice their blood for the nation.

Thai national anthem: เถลิงประเทศชาติไทยทวีมีชัย ชโย 
Thai national anthem pronunciation: thà-lǒoeng-bprà-thêet-châat-thai-thá-wii-mii-chai chá-yoo
Thai interpretation: จะปกป้องคุ้มครองประเทศไทยให้เจริญรุ่งเรืองยิ่งๆ ขึ้นไป และให้มีแต่ชัยชนะตลอดไป
English meaning: They will protect Thailand, making it even more prosperous and be victorious forever.

2. History of the Thai national anthem

1- Origin of the Thai national anthem

During the absolute monarchy (before 1932), the royal anthem of Thailand or เพลงสรรเสริญพระบารมี (pleeng-sǎn-sǒoen-phrá-baa-rá-mii) was considered to be the national anthem for all practical purposes.

Chakri Dynasty

Thai royal anthem was considered to be the Thai national anthem in the past.

After Thailand became a democratic country from the Siamese revolution in 1932, the revolutionary council declared the Thai national anthem should be used instead of the Thai King’s anthem. The first version was used for only 7 days before being changed due to its unpopularity.

One of the revolutionary council members asked Pithi Wathayakon, who was very well-known in the music industry at that time, to compose Thailand’s national anthem. For the lyrics, it is believed that Sanga Kanjanakphan was the writer. Despite its popularity, this version of the Thai national anthem was not used officially.

2- The first official version of the Thai national anthem

In 1933, the government held a contest for the Thai national anthem. There were 2 types of national anthems in the contest which were: a Thai-styled national anthem, composed of Thai musical instruments, and an international version of the national anthem.

For the Thai-styled national anthem, มหานิมิตร (Mahanimitr), composed by Jangwangthua Pathayagoson, won the first-place award. For the international version, only the lyrics were changed, and the winner was Sanga Kanjanakphan, with the first runner-up being Chan Khamwilai. The lyrics for both were composed in the form of a Thai octameter poem. 

In the end, using 2 versions of the national anthem was not considered to be the best decision, so only the international version was used. However, when combining the lyrics of both Sanga Kanjanakphan and Chan Khamwilai, the national anthem became too long. It took almost 4 minutes to sing, so most people sang only the lyrics written by Sanga Kanjanakphan.

Below here are the official lyrics of Thai national anthem,

แผ่นดินสยามนามประเทืองว่าเมืองทอง      ไทยเข้าครองตั้งประเทศเขตต์แดนสง่า
สืบชาติไทยดึกดำบรรพ์บุราณลงมา            ร่วมรักษาเอกราษฎร์ชนชาติไทย
บางสมัยศัตรูจู่มารบ                                  ไทยสมทบสวนทัพเข้าขับไล่
ตะลุยเลือดหมายมุ่งผดุงผะไท                   สยามสมัยบุราณรอดตลอดมา
อันดินแดนสยามคือว่าเนื้อของเชื้อไทย       น้ำรินไหลคือว่าเลือดของเชื้อข้า
เอกราษฎร์คือกระดูกที่เราบูชา                    เราจะสามัคคีร่วมมีใจ
ยึดอำนาจ กุมสิทธิ์อิสสระเสรี                     ใครย่ำยีเราจะไม่ละให้
เอาเลือดล้างให้สิ้นแผ่นดินของไทย           สถาปนาสยามให้เทิดชัยไชโย

3- Shortened version of the Thai national anthem

In 1935, the government implemented a new regulation about the national anthem. The full version of the national anthem was used in some big ceremonies only. The shortened version, which is a 10-second-long instrumental, was used with people-related ceremonies.

4- The current version of the Thai national anthem

In 1939, the name of Thailand was changed from สยาม (sà-yǎam) to ไทย (thai), resulting in the change of national anthem’s lyrics. The Thai government held a contest for lyrics of the national anthem and the winner was Nuan Pajinphayak. This version of the Thai national anthem was officially used from 10 December 1939 all the way until now, the present. In Thailand, the national anthem is performed by a brass band.

3. Regulation about the Thai national anthem

There are no laws in Thailand about the national anthem, but there have been some regulations since the World War II period. It is stated that the Thai national anthem is one of the signals for paying respect to the national flag, so people should:

  • Pay respect to the national flag by standing still and facing toward the national flag or its location when the flag is being raised or lowered.
  • Stand still until the song is finished when hearing the anthem.

Thai Flag in Front of the Ministry of Defense

This is how you stand when you hear the Thai national anthem

Normally, the national anthem is played twice a day at 8 am., when the national flag is raised, and at 6 pm., when the national flag is lowered. If you come to Thailand, you will get to hear the national anthem playing in official places such as schools, police stations, etc., as well as through national television and radio. If you are in public when you hear the Thai national anthem, all you have to do is stand still until the song ends. Don’t worry about not recognizing the Thai national anthem. You will notice if everyone suddenly stands still with a song in the background, so just copy them.

Thai Flag in Front of the Ministry of Defense

Thai national flag in front of government office.

4. Interesting facts about the Thai national anthem

As the Thai national anthem is played daily, there are some interesting activities related to it, as listed below,

1- Introduction to the Thai national anthem

Before the Thai national anthem is played on national television or radio, there is always an introductory speech being spoken, like the one below:

Thai introduction: ธงชาติและเพลงชาติไทย เป็นสัญลักษณ์ของความเป็นไทย 
Thai introduction pronunciation: thong-châat-láe-phleeng-châat-thai bpen-sǎn-yá-lák-khǎawng-kwaam-bpen-thai
English meaning: Thai national flag and the Thai national anthem are the symbols of the Thai nation.

Thai introduction: เราจงร่วมใจกันยืนตรงเคารพธงชาติ ด้วยความภาคภูมิใจในเอกราช และความเสียสละของบรรพบุรุษไทย
Thai introduction pronunciation: rao-jong-rûuam-jai-gan-yuuen-dtrong-khao-róp-thong-châat dûuai- kwaam-phâak-phuum-jai-nai-èek-gà-râat láe-kwaam-sǐia-sà-là-khǎawng-ban-phá-bù-rùt-thai
English meaning: We all should stand still to pay respect to the national flag with a proud feeling of our independence and of the sacrifices of our ancestors.

Thai Flag being Held

Thai national flag is the symbol of the Thai nation.

2- Paying respect to the Thai national anthem at school

In every school in Thailand, there is a national flag. Every morning, the Thai national flag should be raised due to the regulation mentioned above. Thai students do an activity called เคารพธงชาติ (khao-róp-thong-châat). Basically, all students gather in line and sing the national anthem while the national flag is being raised.

In some schools, students and teachers just sing the national anthem. In other schools, the national anthem is played, and everyone sings along. In a big school with a brass band, the national anthem is played every morning.

5. Conclusion

This is the end of this lesson and hopefully, you understand more about the Thai national anthem and the activities related to it. When I grew up, I kind of assumed the activities related to the national anthem in each country were the same. Of course, I was wrong, so please share your national anthem customs in the comments below. How often is it being played, and on which occasion? What is the meaning of your national anthem? How long is it?

Now that you have knowledge about the Thai national anthem let’s browse other interesting and fun lessons at If you don’t have any ideas, we suggest Thai dialects, Loy Krathong Day, and Thai drinks.

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Useful classroom phrases in Thai for teachers and students


Thailand is a nice place to live.  The cost of living isn’t high.  People are kind and friendly as reflected by the name land of smiles.  Thus, in each year, many people come to Thailand to study as well as to be a teacher.  You may get to teach or learn using English but it would be nice if you know some Thai words and phrases for class.  Apart from making the communication easier, knowing how students and teachers communicate in Thai gives you an insight of some culture and beliefs of Thai people as well.  Obviously, knowing only Thai educational information isn’t enough.

So in this lesson, we have prepared Thai classroom phrases for teachers as well as students.  You can use these Thai classroom phrases in various situations such as greetings, making requests, asking questions, etc.  So, let’s learn classroom phrases in Thai language.

Teacher in the Classroom

Learn Thai classroom phrases in English

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  1. Thai classroom greetings
  2. Thai classroom command phrases
  3. Thai classroom phrases for students
  4. Thai classroom phrases used to explain absence and tardiness
  5. Thai conversation phrases in the classroom
  6. Conclusion

1. Thai classroom greetings

Thai culture as well as social hierarchy influence the relationship between teachers and students.  Since children are taught to be respectful toward adults, the relationship between teachers and students in Thailand is pretty formal.  For example, Thai students always add titles in front of teachers/professor names when they address them.  And as you can guess, the way Thai students greet their teachers is quite formal.  

Actually, in Thai schools, Thai students have to greet the teachers when the class begins and its process is pretty much the same in almost every school.  So you have to practice these greeting phrases to speak Thai in the classroom like native.  Below are Thai phrases that students use in the classroom for the greeting. 

1- Student, salute

Thai phrase:  นักเรียน ทำความเคารพ

Thai pronunciation:  nák-riian tham-kwaam-khao-róp

Explanation:  When teacher comes into the classroom, class leader will ask everyone to get ready by saying นักเรียน (nák-riian).  Then, the leader continue the order with ทำความเคารพ (tham-kwaam-khao-róp) which literally means “paying respect” in Thai. 

At some schools, all the students stand up and then ไหว้ (wâi) their teacher as a greeting.  While at some schools, all the students remain seated and prostrate themselves on the table as a greeting.

Apart from using this for greeting at the beginning of the class, it can also be used with greeting (thank) after the class finishes as well.  

2- Hello, teacher/professor

Thai phrase:  สวัสดี คุณครู/อาจารย์

Thai pronunciation:  sà-wàt-dii khun-khruu/aa-jaan

Explanation:  The greeting word for the teacher is pretty simple.  Thai students just say สวัสดี (sà-wàt-dii).  You may notice that both คุณครู (khun-khruu) and อาจารย์ (aa-jaan) can be used in this case.  Which one should you use?  The answer depends on which school you are in now.  Some schools use คุณครู (khun-khruu) while some schools use อาจารย์ (aa-jaan) to refer to educator.

Apart from being Thai phrases in classrooms used in greeting, Thai students also use them to greet teachers when they meet outside of classrooms as well.  If you are learning Thai or currently studying in Thai school, you will definitely get to use this phrase.

3- Thank you, teacher/professor

Thai phrase:  ขอบคุณ คุณครู/อาจารย์

Thai pronunciation:  khàawp-khun khun-khruu/aa-jaan

Explanation:  As mentioned above, Thai students also thank their teacher after the class as well.  But instead of สวัสดี (sà-wàt-dii), they say ขอบคุณ (khàawp-khun) to thank their teacher instead.  

4- See you on …

Thai phrase:  เจอกัน + day/date

Thai pronunciation:  jooe-gan + day/date

Explanation:  Once the students finish thanking their teacher after class, some teacher may tell the student “see you on…”.

Example 1: Teacher walks into the classroom.

หัวหน้าห้อง:  นักเรียน ทำความเคารพ
hǔua-nâa-hâawng: nák-riian tham-kwaam-khao-róp
Class leader:  Student, salute

นักเรียน:  สวัสดีค่ะ คุณครู
nák-riian: sà-wàt-dii-khâ khun-khruu
Student:  Hello, teacher.

Example 2: When the class finishes

หัวหน้าห้อง:  นักเรียน ทำความเคารพ
hǔua-nâa-hâawng: nák-riian tham-kwaam-khao-róp
Class leader:  Student, salute

นักเรียน:  ขอบคุณครับ อาจารย์
nák-riian: khàawp-khun-khráp aa-jaan
Student:  Thank you, professor.

Example 3: Meeting the teacher outside the class, before going back home.

นักเรียน:  อาจารย์คะ สวัสดีค่ะ
nák-riian: aa-jaan-khá sà-wàt-dii-khâ
Student:  Hello, teacher.

อาจารย์:  สวัสดีค่ะ กลับบ้านกันดี ๆ นะคะ เจอกันวันอังคารหน้าค่ะ
aa-jaan: sà-wàt-dii-khâ glàp-bâan-gan-dii-dii-ná-khá jooe-gan-wan-ang-khaan-nâa-khâ
Professor:  Hi, go back home safely.

นักเรียน:  ขอบคุณค่ะ อาจารย์
nák-riian: khàawp-khun-khâ aa-jaan
Student:  Thank you, professor.

2. Thai classroom command phrases

Another type of useful Thai classroom phrases is the instructions from the teachers.  Here are the common classroom phrases for teachers in Thai that you should know.

1- Listen carefully

Thai phrase:  ตั้งใจฟังนะ

Thai pronunciation:  dtâng-jai-fang-ná

Explanation:  Thai teachers often say this Thai class phrase before explaining a complicated topic or some order that is hard to understand.  When a Thai teacher says this phrase to all students in the room, there is no need to answer him/her.

Example:  เอาล่ะ เดี๋ยวครูจะอธิบายวิธีการแก้สมการนี้ ตั้งใจฟังดี ๆ นะคะ

  • ao-là dǐiao-khruu-jà-à-thí-baai-wí-thii-gaan-gâae-sà-má-gaan-níi dtâng-jai-fang-dii-dii-ná-khá
  • Okay, I will explain how to solve this equation.  Listen carefully.

2- Any questions?

Thai phrase:  มีคำถามมั้ย

Thai pronunciation:  mii-kham-thǎam-mái

Explanation:  In Thai classrooms, most of the time, the teacher is the one who explains or talks about each topic.  There is not much discussion in class.  Students normally get the chance to ask the questions after the teacher finishes some part or all the lesson.  

Example:  ก่อนเราจะเริ่มบทถัดไป มีคำถามอะไรมั้ยครับ

  • gàawn-rao-jà-rôoem-bòt-thàt-bpai mii-kham-thǎam-mái-khráp
  • Before we start the next lesson, do you have any questions?
Teacher in the Classroom with Students Raising Their Hands

Do you have any questions?

3- Be quite

Thai phrase:  เงียบหน่อย

Thai pronunciation:  ngîiap-nàauy

Explanation:  When students start talking too much or too loud, teachers often use this phrase to make the class quiet.

Example:  เงียบหน่อยค่ะ อย่าคุยกันเสียงดังเกินไป เสียสมาธิคนอื่นค่ะ

  • ngîiap-nàauy-khâ yàa-khui-gan-sǐiang-dang-gooen-bpai sǐia-sà-maa-thí-khon-ùuen-khâ
  • Quiet please, don’t talk to each other too loud.  You are disturbing others.

4- Do you understand?

Thai phrase:  เข้าใจมั้ย

Thai pronunciation:  khâo-jai-mái

Explanation:  When teachers explain something, they sometimes ask if students understand their explanation or not.  It is another Thai classroom phrase apart from มีคำถามมั้ย (mii-kham-thǎam-mái) teacher can use to check if student can keep up with the lesson or not.

Example:  จบส่วนของประวัติศาสตร์สมัยอยุธยาแล้ว เข้าใจมั้ย

  • jòp-sùuan-khǎawng-bprà-wàt-sàat-sà-mǎi-à-yút-thá-yaa-láaeo khâo-jai-mái
  • We have already finished the history of the Ayutthaya era.  Do you understand?

5- Go to the page…

Thai phrase:  เปิดหนังสือไปที่หน้า…

Thai pronunciation:  bpòoet-nǎng-sǔue-bpai-thîi-nâa-…

Explanation:  This basic classroom phrase is used to guide the students to find information in the right pages.

Example:  สำหรับรูปส่วนประกอบของเซลล์ นักเรียนสามารถเปิดหนังสือไปที่หน้า 102 ได้ค่ะ

  • sǎm-ràp-rûup-sǔuan-bprà-gàawp-khǎawng-seo nák-riaan-sǎa-mâat-bpòoet-nǎng-sǔue-bpai-thîi-nâa -nùueng-ráauy-sǎawng-dâi-khâ
  • For the composition of the cell, go to page 102.

6- Does anyone know the meaning of…?

Thai phrase:  มีใครรู้ความหมายของ…บ้าง

Thai pronunciation:  mii-khrai-rúu-kwaam-mǎai-khǎawng-…-bâang

Explanation:  This is another good phrase a teacher can use for language class.  When Thai teachers encourage students to answer the question, they often use this kind of question.  There is a high chance you may hear this in Thai language class.

Example:  มีใครรู้ความหมายของคำว่า “พูดลอย ๆ” บ้างครับ

  • mii-khrai-rúu-kwaam-mǎai-khǎawng-kham-wâa-phûut-laauy-laauy-bâang-khráp
  • Does anyone know the meaning of “พูดลอย ๆ” in Thai?

3. Thai classroom phrases for students

Now that you know Thai class words and phrases for the teacher, let’s learn Thai important phrases in the classroom that students normally use.  Apart from learning how to read and write Thai, it is important to know how to communicate in the classroom as well.

1- I don’t understand

Thai phrase:  ผม/หนูไม่เข้าใจ

Thai pronunciation:  phǒm/nǔu-mâi-khâo-jai

Explanation:  This sentence can be used as it is to show that the subject doesn’t understand something or you can be more specific and add the topic that the subject doesn’t understand afterward.

Example:  หนูไม่เข้าใจวิธีการคำนวณมวลของวัตถุค่ะ ช่วยยกตัวอย่างหน่อยได้มั้ยคะ

  • nǔu-mâi-khâo-jai-wí-thii-gaan-kham-nuuan-muuan-khǎawng-wát-thù-khâ chûuai-yók-dtuua-yàang-nàauy-dâi-mái-khá
  • I don’t understand how to calculate an object’s mass.  Could you please give some examples?

Additional information:  In Thai, when young people talk with older people, a female call herself หนู (nǔu). 

Confusing Boy Looking at the Notebook.

I don’t understand.  Can you give me some examples?

2- I have a question.

Thai phrase:  ผม/หนูมีคำถาม

Thai pronunciation:  phǒm/nǔu-mii-kham-thǎam

Example:  หนูมีคำถามค่ะ คำที่อาจารย์เขียนบนกระดานออกเสียงยังไงคะ

  • nǔu-mii-kham-thǎam-khâ kham-thîi-khruu-khǐian-bon-grà-daan-àawk-sǐiang-yang-ngai-khá
  • I have a question.  How to pronounce the word you wrote on the board?

3- I can’t hear what you are saying.

Thai phrase:  ผม/หนูไม่ได้ยินที่ครู/อาจารย์พูด

Thai pronunciation:  phǒm/nǔu-mâi-dâi-yin-thîi-khruu/aa-jaan-phûut

Example:  ผมไม่ได้ยินที่ครูพูด ครูช่วยพูดเสียงดังหน่อยได้มั้ยครับ

  • phǒm-mâi-dâi-yin-thîi-khruu-phûut chûuai-phûut-sǐiang-dang-nàauy-dâi-mái-khráp
  • I can’t hear what you are saying.  Could you speak louder?

Additional information:  When Thai students let the teacher know about a situation like this, they often raise their hand and wait until the teacher sees them before saying anything. 

4- Can you explain it again?

Thai phrase:  ครู/อาจารย์ช่วยอธิบายอีกครั้งได้มั้ย

Thai pronunciation:  khruu/aa-jaan-chûuai-à-thí-baai-ìik-khráng-dâi-mái

Example:  อาจารย์ช่วยอธิบายอีกครั้งได้มั้ยครับ ผมยังไม่ค่อยเข้าใจครับ

  • aa-jaan-chûuai-à-thí-baai-ìik-khráng-dâi-mái-khráp phǒm-yang-mâi-khâauy-khâo-jai-khráp
  • Can you explain it again?  I still don’t really understand.

5- Can you repeat it again?

Thai phrase:  ครู/อาจารย์ช่วยพูดอีกครั้งได้มั้ย

Thai pronunciation:  khruu/aa-jaan-chûuai-phûut-ìik-khráng-dâi-mái

Example:  ครูช่วยพูดอีกครั้งได้มั้ยคะ หนูได้ยินไม่ชัดค่ะ

  • khruu-chûuai-phûut-ìik-khráng-dâi-mái-khá nǔu-dâi-yin-mâi-chát-khâ
  • Can you repeat it again?  I didn’t hear you well.

6- Can you speak louder?

Thai phrase:  ครู/อาจารย์ช่วยพูดดังหน่อยได้มั้ย

Thai pronunciation:  khruu/aa-jaan-chûuai-phûut-dang-nàauy-dâi-mái

Example:  ครูช่วยพูดดังหน่อยได้มั้ยคะ ข้างหลังไม่ได้ยินค่ะ

  • khruu-chûuai-phûut-dang-nàauy-dâi-mái-khá khâang-lǎng-mâi-dâi-yin-khâ
  • Can you speak louder?  We, the students who sit at the back, can’t hear you.

7- Can you give some examples?

Thai phrase:  ครู/อาจารย์ช่วยยกตัวอย่างหน่อยได้มั้ย

Thai pronunciation:  khruu/aa-jaan-chûuai-yók-dtuua-yàang-nàauy-dâi-mái

Example:  ผมไม่ค่อยเข้าใจเรื่องประเภทของคำนามครับ อาจารย์ช่วยยกตัวอย่างหน่อยได้มั้ยครับ

  • phǒm-mâi-khâauy-khâo-jai-rûueang-bprà-phêet-khǎawng-kham-naam-khráp aa-jaan-chûuai-yók- dtuua-yàang-nàauy-dâi-mái-khráp

4. Thai classroom phrases used to explain absence and tardiness

1- I’m not feeling well.  I can’t go to school today.

Thai phrase:  ผม/หนูรู้สึกไม่ค่อยดีเลย วันนี้ไปโรงเรียนไม่ไหว

Thai pronunciation:  phǒm/nǔu-rúu-sùek-mâi-khâauy-dii-looei wan-níi-bpai-roong-riian-mâi-wǎi

Explanation:  This sentence can be used as it is to tell that you are not well or you can be more specific and give more information on how you are not feeling well.

Example:  ผมรู้สึกไม่ค่อยดีเลย ปวดท้องมาก วันนี้ไปโรงเรียนไม่ไหว

  • phǒm-rúu-sùek-mâi-khâauy-dii-looei bpùuat-tháawng-mâak wan-níi-bpai-roong-riian-mâi-wǎi
  • I’m not feeling well.  I have a bad stomach ache.  I can’t go to school today.

2- I’m not feeling well.  May I be excused?

Thai phrase:  ผม/หนูรู้สึกไม่ค่อยดีเลย ขอกลับบ้านก่อนได้มั้ย

Thai pronunciation:  phǒm/nǔu-rúu-sùek-mâi-khâauy-dii-looei khǎaw-glàp-bâan-gàawn-dâi-mái

Explanation:  Similar to the sentence above, this sentence can be used as it is to tell that you are not well or you can be more specific and give more information on how you are not feeling well.

Example:  หนูรู้สึกไม่ค่อยดีเลย ขอกลับบ้านก่อนได้มั้ยคะ

  • nǔu-rúu-sùek-mâi-khâauy-dii-looei khǎaw-glàp-bâan-gàawn-dâi-mái-khá
  • I’m not feeling well.  May I be excused?
Young Women Coughing

I’m not feeling well.

3- Sorry, I’m late….

Thai phraseขอโทษที่มาสาย + reason

Thai pronunciation:  khǎaw-thôot-thîi-maa-sǎai + reason

Explanation:  If you are late, you should start your sentence by apologizing and then tell the reason why you are late.  The popular reasons are traffic jams, the rain and waking up late.

Example1:  ขอโทษที่มาสายค่ะ วันนี้รถติดมากเลยค่ะ

  • khǎaw-thôot-thîi-maa-sǎai-khâ wan-níi-rót-dtìt-mâak-looei-khâ
  • Sorry, I’m late.  The traffic is very bad today.

Example2:  ขอโทษที่มาสายค่ะ ฝนตกหนักมากเลยค่ะ รถก็เลยติด

  • khǎaw-thôot-thîi-maa-sǎai-khâ fǒn-dtòk-nàk-mâak-looei-khâ rót-gâaw-looei-dtìt
  • Sorry, I’m late.  It rains heavily so the traffic is bad.

Example3:  ขอโทษที่มาสายครับ ผมไม่ได้ยินเสียงนาฬิกาปลุกเลยตื่นสายครับ

  • khǎaw-thôot-thîi-maa-sǎai-khráp phǒm-mâi-dâi-yin-sǐiang-naa-lí-gaa-bplùk-looei-dtùuen-sǎai-khráp
  • Sorry, I’m late.  I didn’t hear my alarm so I woke up late.
Traffic Jam

The traffic is very bad today.

4- Sorry, I can’t submit the homework today…

Thai phrase:  ขอโทษที่ไม่ได้เอาการบ้านมาส่ง + reason

Thai pronunciation:  khǎaw-thôot-thîi-mâi-dâi-ao-gaan-bâan-maa-sòng + reason

Explanation:  Similar to the situation above, if you can’t submit your homework within time, you should start your sentence by apologizing and then tell the reason.  The popular reasons are unfinished homework, broken computer, or forgetting it at home.

Example1:  ขอโทษที่ไม่ได้เอาการบ้านมาส่งครับ ผมยังทำไม่เสร็จ จำวันส่งผิดครับ

  • khǎaw-thôot-thîi-mâi-dâi-ao-gaan-bâan-maa-sòng-khráp phǒm-yang-tham-mâi-sèt jam-wan-sòng- phìt-khráp
  • Sorry, I can’t submit the homework today.  I’m still not finishing it.  I remembered the wrong deadline.

Example2:  ขอโทษที่ไม่ได้เอาการบ้านมาส่งค่ะ คอมพิวเตอร์หนูพัง การบ้านที่ทำไว้เลยหายหมดเลยค่ะ

  • khǎaw-thôot-thîi-mâi-dâi-ao-gaan-bâan-maa-sòng-khâ khaawm-phiu-dtôoe-nǔu-phang gaan-bâan- thîi-tham-wái-looei-hǎai-mòt-looei-khâ
  • Sorry, I can’t submit the homework today.   My computer is broken so all the homework is gone.

Example3:  ขอโทษที่ไม่ได้เอาการบ้านมาส่งครับ ผมลืมการบ้านไว้ที่บ้านครับ

  • khǎaw-thôot-thîi-mâi-dâi-ao-gaan-bâan-maa-sòng-khráp phǒm-luuem-gaan-bâan-wái-thîi-bâan-khráp
  • Sorry, I can’t submit the homework today.  I forget it at home.

5. Thai conversation phrases in the classroom

The last section of this Thai school phrases lesson is about the favorite subject.  Below shows how you can express your preference about the subject.  

1- I like…

Thai phrase:  ผม/หนูชอบ + name of subject

Thai pronunciation:  phǒm/nǔu-châawp + name of subject

Explanation:  To tell the subject you like, you can use the basic structure of “I like something” in Thai followed by the name of the subject.  To give you the idea, this is the name of the school subjects, one of the classroom vocabulary in Thai you should know.

  • วิชา… (wí-chaa) = subject
  • คณิตศาสตร์ (khá-nít-sàat) = mathematics (formal)
  • เลข (lêek) = math (informal)
  • ภาษาไทย (phaa-sǎa-thai) = Thai language
  • ภาษาอังกฤษ (phaa-sǎa-ang-grìt) = English
  • วิทยาศาสตร์ (wít-thá-yaa-sàat) = Science
  • ฟิสิกส์ (fí-sìk) = physic
  • เคมี (khee-mii) = chemistry
  • ชีววิทยา (chii-wá-wít-thá-yaa) = biology
  • สังคมศึกษา (sǎng-khom-sùek-sǎa) = social study
  • ประวัติศาสตร์ (bprà-wàt-dtì-sàat) = history
  • บัญชี (ban-chii) = account
  • เศรษฐศาสตร์ (sèet-thà-sàat) = Economics
  • ศิลปะ (sǐn-lá-bpà) = arts
  • พลศึกษา (phá-lá-sùek-sǎa) = physical education

Example:  ฉันชอบวิชาศิลปะ แต่ว่าวาดรูปไม่สวยนะ

  • chǎn-châawp-wí-chaa-sǐn-lá-bpà dtàae-wâat-rûup-mâi-sǔuai-ná
  • I like art but I can’t draw well.
A Girl Happily Shows Her Drawing.

I like art but I can’t draw well.

2- I don’t like…

Thai phrase:  ผม/หนูไม่ชอบ + name of subject

Thai pronunciation:  phǒm/nǔu-mâi-châawp + name of subject

Explanation:  Similar to the previous sentence, you can use the basic structure of “I don’t like something” in Thai followed by the name of the subject. 

Example:  ฉันชอบวิชาศิลปะ แต่ไม่ชอบวิชาพลศึกษา ฉันเล่นกีฬาไม่เก่ง

  • chǎn-châawp-wí-chaa-sǐn-lá-bpà dtàae-mâi-châawp-wí-cha-phá-lá-sùek-sǎa chǎn-lên-gii-laa-mâi-gèng
  • I like art but I don’t like physical education.  I’m not good at sports.

3- I’m good at…

Thai phrase:  ผม/หนูเก่ง + name of subject

Thai pronunciation:  phǒm/nǔu-gèng + name of subject

Example:  แอนเก่งวิชาภาษาไทยมาก เธอแต่งกลอนได้ดี

  • aaen-gèng-wí-chaa-phaa-sǎa-thai-mâak thooe-dtàaeng-glaawn-dâi-dii
  • Ann is very good at Thai.  She can write poetry well.

4- I’m not good at…

Thai phrase:  ผม/หนูไม่เก่ง + name of subject

Thai pronunciation:  phǒm/nǔu-mâi-gèng + name of subject

Example:  ตั้มไม่เก่งวิชาเคมี แต่เรียนฟิสิกส์ได้ดีมาก

  • dtâm-mâi-gèng-wí-chaa-khee-mii dtàae-riian-fí-sìk-dâi-dii-mâak
  • Tum isn’t good at Chemistry but he is very good at Physics.

6. Conclusion

This is the end of the lesson.  Hopefully, you now understand and can remember all the Thai classroom phrases as well as common words in Thai language we prepared for you.  What do you think about the ways Thai people communicate in class?  Is it different from yours?  Let us know in the comment below.

Since we just finished the lesson about communication in class, do  you want to learn more about the related topics?  At, we also have lessons about school supplies, phrases for bad students, teacher’s day in Thailand and much more!!

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Learn Thai restaurant phrases you definitely need to know


Food is one of the basic needs of humans.  Apart from eating to survive, food plays other important roles as well.  It represents the culture of the country.  Cooking food can be an art.  Moreover, having a meal can be used as a way to build relationships.  As eating is a basic activity in daily life, it makes sense for all Thai learners to learn all the basic Thai phrases used in a restaurant.  

In this lesson, we provide the most common Thai restaurant phrases for you.  Of course, those come with the English translation and many examples.  Hopefully, you will be able to learn more about Thai culture and Thai food through this lesson as well. 

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  1. Asking for the table in Thai
  2. Food ordering and questions in restaurants in Thai
  3. Phrases used after dining in a restaurant in Thai
  4. Conclusion

1. Asking for the table in Thai

Let’s start with the first list of Thai restaurant phrases, how to ask for a table once you arrive at the restaurant, and how to book a table.

1- Table for … please

Thai phrase:  … คน

Thai pronunciation:  … – khon

Additional explanation:  When Thai people go into a restaurant, they often tell the number of people coming to the waiter or waitress right away or as an answer to the question “how many people?”.


  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  ทั้งหมดกี่คนคะ
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  tháng-mòt-gìi-khon-khá
  • Waitress:  How many people?
  • ลูกค้า:  4 คนครับ
  • lûuk-kháa:  sìi-khon-khráp
  • Customer:  4 people

2- Do you have a table on the patio?

Thai phrase:  โต๊ะริมระเบียงว่างมั้ย

Thai pronunciation:  dtó-rim-rá-biiang-wâang-mái


  • ลูกค้า:  โต๊ะริมระเบียงว่างมั้ยคะ
  • lûuk-kháa:  dtó-rim-rá-biiang-wâang-mái-khá
  • Customer:  Do you have a table on the patio?
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  ว่างค่ะ สำหรับ 2 ท่านนะคะ เชิญด้านนี้เลยค่ะ
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  wâang-khâ sǎm-ràp-sǎawng-thâan-ná-khá chooen-dâan-níi-looei-khâ
  • Waitress: Yes, we have a table on the patio for 2 people.  Please come this way.

A Man and a Woman Dining at the Table on the Patio.

(Do you have a table on the patio?)

3- Do you have a table near the window?

Thai phrase:  โต๊ะริมหน้าต่างว่างมั้ย

Thai pronunciation:  dtó-rim-nâa-dtàang-wâang-mái


  • ลูกค้า:  โต๊ะริมหน้าต่างว่างมั้ยครับ
  • lûuk-kháa:  dtó-rim-nâa-dtàang-wâang-mái-khráp
  • Customer:  Do you have a table near the window?
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  ตอนนี้โต๊ะริมหน้าต่างเต็มครับ เป็นโต๊ะด้านนี้ได้มั้ยครับ
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  dtaawn-níi-dtó-rim-nâa-dtàang-dtem-khráp bpen-dtó-dâan-níi-dâi-mái-khráp
  • Waiter: There is no table near the window available now.  Is the table in this area okay?

4- I want to book a table for (number of people) on (date and time) 

Thai phrase:  จองโต๊ะสำหรับ + number of people + คน + วันที่ + date + เวลา + time

Thai pronunciation:  jaawng-dtó-sǎm-ràp + number of people + khon + wan-thîi + date + wee-laa + time

Additional explanation:  When Thai people make a reservation, they don’t frame it as a question but say what they want instead.


  • ลูกค้า:  จองโต๊ะสำหรับ 2 คน วันที่ 14 กุมภาพันธ์ เวลา 6 โมงเย็นครับ
  • lûuk-kháa:  jaawng-dtó-sǎm-ràp-sǎawng-khon-wan-thîi-sìp-sìi-gum-phaa-phan-wee-laa-hòk-moong- yen-khráp
  • Customer:  I want to book a table for 2 on February 14 at 6 pm.
  • พนักงาน:  ได้ค่ะ ขอทราบชื่อลูกค้าและเบอร์ติดต่อด้วยค่ะ
  • phá-nák-ngaan:  dâi-khâ khǎaw-sâap-chûue-lûuk-kháa-láe-booe-dtìt-dtàaw-dûuai-khâ
  • Staff: There is no table near the window available now.  Is the table in this area okay?
  • ลูกค้า:  เมฆ 081-254-4586
  • lûuk-kháa:  mêek sǔun-bpàaet-nùeng-sǎawng-hâa-sìi-sìi-hâa-bpàaet-hòk
  • Customer:  My name is Mek.  My number is 081-2544586.

5- How long do we have to wait?

Thai phrase:  ต้องรอคิวนานมั้ย

Thai pronunciation:  dtâawng-raaw-khiu-naan-mái


  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  สวัสดีครับ กี่ท่านครับ
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  sà-wàt-dii-khráp gìi-thâan-khráp
  • Waiter: Hello, how many people?
  • ลูกค้า:  3 คนครับ ต้องรอคิวนานมั้ยครับ
  • lûuk-kháa:  sǎam-khon-khráp dtâawng-raaw-khiu-naan-mái-khráp
  • Customer:  3 people, how long do we have to wait?
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  ประมาณ 30 นาทีครับ
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  bprà-maan-sǎam-sìp-naa-thii-khráp
  • Waiter:  Around 30 minutes.

2. Food ordering and questions in restaurants in Thai

Now that you know how to get the table in Thai, the next step is asking for a menu in the Thai language.  You should learn Thai restaurant phrases used in ordering the food and how to order take-out in Thai as well.  These essential Thai phrases below will help you to be able to express your eating preference as well as make a request in the restaurant.  This will be especially useful for you if you know Thai food vocabulary.

1- Getting waiter/waitress attention

Thai phrase:  พี่ / น้อง

Thai pronunciation:  phîi / náawng

Additional explanation:  Thai people guess the age of the waiter/waitress.  If he/she seems to be older, the customer calls him/her พี่ (phîi).  If he/she seems to be younger, the customer calls him/her น้อง (náawng).


  • ลูกค้า:  น้องคะ ตอนนี้มีโต๊ะว่างมั้ยคะ
  • lûuk-kháa:  náawng-khá dtaawn-níi-mii-dtó-wâang-mái-khá
  • Customer:  (getting waiter/waitress’s attention) Do you have a table available?
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  มีครับ กี่ท่านครับ
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  mii-khráp gìi-thâan-khráp
  • Waiter:  Yes, we have.  How many people?

2- Can I have a menu

Thai phrase:  ขอเมนูหน่อย

Thai pronunciation:  khǎaw-mee-nuu-nàauy


  • ลูกค้า:  พี่คะ ขอเมนูหน่อยค่ะ
  • lûuk-kháa:  phîi-khá khǎaw-mee-nuu-nàauy-khâ
  • Customer:  (getting waiter/waitress’s attention) I want a menu.
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  ได้ค่ะ 
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  dâi-khâ
  • Waitress:  Sure.

Calling Waiter

(Getting waiter’s attention – I want a menu.)

3- Do you have any recommendations?

Thai phrase:  มีเมนูแนะนำมั้ย

Thai pronunciation:  mii-mee-nuu-náe-nam-mái


  • ลูกค้า:  มีเมนูแนะนำมั้ยครับ
  • lûuk-kháa:  mii-mee-nuu-náe-nam-mái-khráp
  • Customer:  Do you have any recommendations?
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  เมนูแนะนำของร้านเรา คือ ผัดไทยทะเลค่ะ 
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  mee-nuu-náe-nam-khǎawng-ráan-rao-khuue-phàt-thai-thá-lee-khâ
  • Waitress:  Our recommendation is Seafood Padthai.

4- What is this dish?

Thai phrase:  อันนี้ (or dish name) คืออะไร

Thai pronunciation:  an-níi-khuue-à-rai

Additional explanation:  If you don’t know what the dish is called, you can point at the picture or the name and ask the waiter.  Sometimes, the restaurant names the dish uniquely.  Sometimes, the name of Thai food can be so strange that even Thai people can’t guess what it is, such as royal Thai cuisine.  So you have to ask them.


  • ลูกค้า:  อันนี้คืออะไรคะ
  • lûuk-kháa:  an-níi-khuue-à-rai-khá
  • Customer:  What is this dish?
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  อันนี้ คือ ปลาช่อนลุยสวนค่ะ เป็นปลาช่อนทอดราดน้ำยำสมุนไพรค่ะ 
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  an-níi-khuue-bplaa-châawn-lui-sǔuan-khâ bpen-bplaa-châawn-thâawt-râat- nám-yam-sà-mǔn-phrai-khâ
  • Waitress:  This is Plachon lui suan.  It is a fried fish topped with spicy herb salad.

5- What is in this dish?

Thai phrase:  อันนี้ (or dish name) ใส่อะไรบ้าง

Thai pronunciation:  an-níi-sài-à-rai-bâang

Additional explanation:  Similar to the question above, If you don’t know what the dish is called, you can point at the picture or the name and ask the waiter.  If you are allergic to some food, this is a useful expression in a restaurant in the Thai language that you should know.


  • ลูกค้า:  ปลาช่อนลุยสวนใส่อะไรบ้างคะ
  • lûuk-kháa:  bplaa-châawn-lui-sǔuan-sài-à-rai-bâang-khá
  • Customer:  What is Plachon lui suan?
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  มีปลาช่อน มะม่วง เม็ดมะม่วงหิมพานต์ แครอท สะระแหน่ พริก และมะนาวค่ะ 
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  mii-bplaa-châawn má-mûuang mét-má-mûuang-hǐm-má-phaan khaae-ràawt sà-rá-nàae phrík láe má-naao-khâ
  • Waitress:  There are snakehead fish, mango, cashew, carrot, mint, chili, and lime.

6- Can I get …?

Thai phrase:  ขอ…หน่อย

Thai pronunciation:  khǎaw-…-nàauy


  • ลูกค้า:  ขอตะเกียบหน่อยครับ
  • lûuk-kháa:  khǎaw-dtà-gìiap-nàauy-khráp
  • Customer:  Can I get a pair of chopsticks?
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  ได้ครับ สักครู่นะครับ
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  dâi-khráp sàk-khrûu-ná-khráp
  • Waiter:  Sure, please wait for a moment.

7- I can’t eat spicy food.  Please make it not spicy.

Thai phrase:  subject + ทานเผ็ดไม่ได้ ไม่เอาเผ็ดนะ

Thai pronunciation:  subject + thaan-phèt-mâi-dâi mâi-ao-phèt-ná


  • ลูกค้า:  ผมทานเผ็ดไม่ได้ ไม่เอาเผ็ดนะครับ
  • lûuk-kháa:  phǒm-thaan-phèt-mâi-dâi mâi-ao-phèt-ná-khráp
  • Customer:  I can’t eat spicy food.  Please make it not spicy.
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  ได้ครับ ก๋วยเตี๋ยวไม่เผ็ด 1 ชามครับ
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  dâi-khráp gǔuai-dtǐiao-mâi-phèt-nùeng-chaam-khráp
  • Waiter:  Okay, 1 bowl of non-spicy noodles.

8- I can’t eat very spicy food.  Please make it just a little spicy.

Thai phrase:  subject + ทานเผ็ดมากไม่ได้ เอาเผ็ดน้อยนะ

Thai pronunciation:  subject + thaan-phèt-mâak-mâi-dâi ao-phèt-náauy-ná


  • ลูกค้า:  ป้าทานเผ็ดมากไม่ได้ เอาเผ็ดน้อยนะ
  • lûuk-kháa:  bpâa-thaan-phèt-mâak-mâi-dâi ao-phèt-náauy-ná
  • Customer:  I can’t eat very spicy food.  Make it just a little spicy.
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  ได้ครับ งั้นส้มตำใส่พริก 1 เม็ดนะครับ
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  dâi-khráp ngán-sôm-dtam-sài-phrík-nùeng-mét-ná-khráp
  • Waiter:  Okay, then we will put only 1 chili in papaya salad.

Papaya Salad

(Papaya salad with 1 chili)

9- I’m allergic to (food).  Please don’t put it in.

Thai phrase:  subject + แพ้ + food name อย่าใส่ + food name +นะ

Thai pronunciation:  subject + pháae + food name + yàa-sài + food name – ná 


  • ลูกค้า:  ลุงแพ้ถั่วลิสง อย่าใส่ถั่วนะ
  • lûuk-kháa:  lung-pháae-thùua-lí-sǒng yàa-sài-thǔua-ná
  • Customer:  I’m allergic to nuts.  Don’t put it in.
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  ได้ค่ะ ผัดไทยไม่ใส่ถั่ว 1 ที่นะคะ
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  dâi-khâ phàt-thai-mâi-sài-thùua-nùeng-thîi-ná-khá
  • Waitress:  Okay, Padthai with no nuts.

Additional information:  When it comes to ordering food in Thai, you will find that you can tell them what you need and don’t need.  For example, if you don’t like something, ask them not to put it in.  If you don’t like a certain taste, you can ask them to adjust (such as “not so sweet, please”).  Most of the restaurants have no problem cooking as you request.  Again, we recommend you learn Thai vocabulary about ingredients to be able to use this sentence.

10- Where is the toilet?

Thai phrase:  ห้องน้ำอยู่ทางไหน

Thai pronunciation:  hâawng-nám-yùu-thaang-nǎi 


  • ลูกค้า:  ห้องน้ำอยู่ทางไหนครับ
  • lûuk-kháa:  hâawng-nám-yùu-thaang-nǎi-khráp
  • Customer:  Where is the toilet?
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  ตรงไปด้านนี้ อยู่ฝั่งซ้ายมือค่ะ
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  dtrong-bpai-dâan-níi yùu-fàng-sáai-muue-khâ
  • Waitress:  Go straight this way, it is on the left.

11- Can I get a take-out, please?

Thai phrase:  ช่วยห่อกลับบ้านหน่อย

Thai pronunciation:  chûuay-hàaw-glàp-bâan-nàauy


  • ลูกค้า:  ช่วยห่อกลับบ้านหน่อยครับ
  • lûuk-kháa:  chûuay-hàaw-glàp-bâan-nàauy-khráp
  • Customer:  Can I get a take-out, please?
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  ได้ค่ะ สักครู่นะคะ
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  dâi-khâ sàk-khrûu-ná-khá
  • Waitress:  Sure, a moment, please.

Additional information:  Thai people use meal time to bond with one another, and the way to do it is sharing the food.  When Thai people gather and have a meal together, they often order a lot of food.  So it is possible that there is leftover food which they often take back home.

Sharing French Fries

(Thai people like sharing food.)

3. Phrases used after dining in a restaurant in Thai

Once you finish your meal, you have to know how to ask for the bill in Thai.  Another Thai phrase used in restaurants that are very useful is how to ask about promotion and discount.  You can find all these basic Thai restaurant words and phrases below.

1- Bill, please

Thai phrase:  เก็บเงินหน่อย / คิดเงินหน่อย / เช็คบิลหน่อย

Thai pronunciation:  gèp-ngoen-nàauy / khít-ngoen-nàauy / chék-bin-nàauy 


  • ลูกค้า:  เก็บเงินหน่อยค่ะ ทั้งหมดเท่าไหร่คะ
  • lûuk-kháa:  gèp-ngoen-nàauy-khâ tháng-mòt-thâo-rài-khá
  • Customer:  Bill, please.  How much is it?
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  ทั้งหมด 6 ชาม 300 บาทค่ะ
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  tháng-mòt-hòk-chaam sǎam-ráauy-bàat-khâ
  • Waitress:  It is 300 Baht in total for 6 bowls.


  • ลูกค้า:  คิดเงินหน่อยครับ
  • lûuk-kháa:  khít-ngoen-nàauy-khráp
  • Customer:  Bill, please.  
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  ได้ค่ะ สักครู่นะคะ
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  dâi-khà sàk-khrûu-ná-khá
  • Waitress:  A moment please.


  • ลูกค้า:  เช็คบิลหน่อยครับ
  • lûuk-kháa:  chék-bin-nàauy-khráp
  • Customer:  Bill, please.  
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  ทั้งหมด 1,150 บาทครับ ถ้าลูกค้าชำระเป็นเงินสดมีส่วนลด 10 % ครับ
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  tháng-mòt-nùeng-phan-nùeng-ráauy-hâa-sìp-bàat-khráp thâa-lûuk-kháa- cham-rá-bpen-ngoen-sòt-mii-sùuan-lót-sìp-bpooe-sen-khráp
  • Waiter:  It is 1,150 Baht.  If you pay in cash, we will give you a 10% discount.

Additional information:  เช็คบิลหน่อย (chék-bin-nàauy) may seem weird when you think of it in English.  Thai people in the past tried to copy and translate restaurant phrases from English to Thai but made a mistake in the process.  Instead of using either check or bill, they combined these words together.

2- Can I pay with a credit card?

Thai phrase:  รับบัตรเครดิตมั้ย

Thai pronunciation:  ráp-bàt-khree-dìt-mái


  • ลูกค้า:  รับบัตรเครดิตมั้ยครับ
  • lûuk-kháa:  ráp-bàt-khree-dìt-mái-khráp
  • Customer:  Can I pay with a credit card?
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  ถ้ายอดเกิน 300 บาท ชำระด้วยบัตรเครดิตได้ค่ะ
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  thâa-yâawt-gooen-sǎam-ráauy-bàat cham-rá-dûuai-bàt-khree-dìt-dâi-khâ
  • Waitress:  If the amount exceeds 300 Baht, you can pay with a credit card.

Handing Credit Card.

(Can I pay with a credit card?)

3- Can we pay separately?

Thai phrase:  จ่ายแยกได้มั้ย

Thai pronunciation:  jàai-yâaek-dâi-mái


  • ลูกค้า:  จ่ายแยกได้มั้ยครับ
  • lûuk-kháa: jàai-yâaek-dâi-mái-khráp
  • Customer:  Can we pay separately?
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  ได้ค่ะ คนละ 80 บาทค่ะ
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  dâi-khâ khon-lá-bpàaet-sìp-bàat-khâ
  • Waitress:  Yes, you can.  It is 80 Baht / person.

4- Do you have any promotions?

Thai phrase:  มีโปรโมชั่นอะไรมั้ย

Thai pronunciation: mii-bproo-moo-chân-à-rai-mái


  • ลูกค้า:  มีโปรโมชั่นอะไรมั้ยคะ
  • lûuk-kháa: mii-bproo-moo-chân-à-rai-mái-khá
  • Customer:  Do you have any promotions?
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  ถ้าลูกค้าใช้บัตรเครดิตซิตี้แบงค์ มีส่วนลด 5% ค่ะ
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep:  thâa-lûuk-kháa-chái-bàt-khree-dìt-sí-dtîi-báaeng mii-sùuan-lót-hâa-bpooe- sen-khâ
  • Waitress:  If you pay with CitiBank credit card, there is a 5% discount.

5- I want (quantity) of noun

Thai phrase:  เอา + noun + quantity + numerical classifier

Thai pronunciation: ao + noun + quantity + numerical classifier


  • ลูกค้า:  เอาขนมครก 2 กล่อง
  • lûuk-kháa: ao-khà-nǒm-khrók-sǎawng-glàawng
  • Customer:  I want 2 boxes of Khanomkrok
  • พนักงานเสิร์ฟ:  เอาหน้าอะไรคะ
  • phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep: ao-nâa-à-rai-khá
  • Waitress:  Which topping do you want?
  • ลูกค้า:  ข้าวโพดกับเผือกครับ
  • lûuk-kháa: khâao-phôot-gàp-phùueak-khráp
  • Customer:  corn and taro

Additional information:  ขนมครก (khà-nǒm-khrók) is a sweet and savory Thai sweet made from coconut milk.  It can be served with no topping or served with corn, taro, or spring onion as a topping.  It is crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.   It is one of the street foods in Thailand.

4. Conclusion

For those who live in Thailand or are about to come to Thailand, we hope this lesson is very useful for you.  With all the Thai words and phrases we provide you, along with the example of Thai conversation in a restaurant, you should be able to communicate and have a good meal in Thailand.  Do you have any comments on the way Thai people order food?  Is it different from your country?  Let us know in the comment below.

Now that you have learned the restaurant phrases in the Thai language, you may find related topics interesting.  Here are some Thai lessons recommendations from, table etiquette, Thai sweets, and asking how to eat something.

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Must know list of nationalities in Thai


One of the most frequently asked questions when you first meet foreigners is “question about nationality”.  Same goes with foreigners who want to obtain Thai nationality or ask for a tourist visa.  So it makes sense for you to learn “how to say your nationality in Thai”.  Actually, this is a pretty easy topic in Thai.  After learning this lesson, you will not only be able to talk about countries and nationalities in Thai, but also the topics about language, food and culture as well.

In this “all about Thai nationality” lesson, you will learn how to say different nationalities in Thai.  The first thing you will learn is how countries, nationalities and languages in Thai are related.  And next is the vocabulary of nationality in English to Thai.  Then, we gave you examples of questions and answers about Thai nationalities which are very useful in conversation.  

A Photo of the Thai Flag being Waved.

Say about your nationality in Thai

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  1. Nationality in Thai vocabulary
  2. Top Nationalities in Thailand
  3. How to say “what is your nationality?” in Thai
  4. How to introduce your nationality in Thai?
  5. Example of conversation related to nationality
  6. Conclusion

1. Nationality in Thai vocabulary

Let’s start with the basic knowledge.  What is the nationality in Thai?  สัญชาติ (sǎn-châat) is “nationality” in Thai.  When it comes to learning about Thai nationality vocabulary, it is a very easy topic for Thai language learners.  The reason is in the Thai language, we use the name of countries for nationality, language, food, person as well as culture.  So all you have to do is remember the country name in Thai and the words that can be used with country name which are,

1- Words that can be used with country name

  • ประเทศ (bprà-thêet) = country
  • สัญชาติ (sǎn-châat) = nationality
  • ภาษา (phaa-sǎa) = language
  • อาหาร (aa-hǎan) = food
  • คน (khon) = person
  • วัฒนธรรม (wát-thá-ná-tham) = culture

2- Structure

Basically, the structure is “word + name of nationality”.  These are examples of words related to nationality in Thai to English.

  • ประเทศนิวซีแลนด์ (bprà-thêet-niu-sii-laaen) = (country of) New Zealand
  • สัญชาติสวีเดน (sǎn-châat-sà-wii-den) = Swedish nationality
  • ภาษาพม่า (phaa-sǎa-phá-mâa) = Burmese language
  • อาหารอิตาลี (aa-hǎan-ì-dtaa-lîi) = Italian food
  • คนสวิตเซอร์แลนด์ (khon-sà-wít-sooe-laaen) = Switzerland
  • วัฒนธรรมบราซิล (wát-thá-ná-tham-braa-sin) = Brazilian culture

2. Top Nationalities in Thailand

Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.  In each year, there are a lot of tourists coming to Thailand.  The national statistical office in Thailand has recorded the nationalities of tourists who came to Thailand during 2010 – 2019 and below is the list of those country names (nationalities) in Thai.  For tourists, you can learn how to answer when someone asks you “what is your nationality?” in Thai.

CountryThai wordsThai romanization

A Person Relaxing at the Beach.

Tourists in Thailand

3. How to say “what is your nationality?” in Thai

To make it easier for you to make conversation, you should learn Thai nationality related questions as well.  Here is what you should know.

1- Where are you from?

Thai question: คุณมาจากที่ไหน / คุณเป็นคนประเทศอะไร

Thai romanization:  khun-maa-jàak-thîi-nǎi / khun-bpen-khon-bprà-thêet-à-rai

Example1:  คุณมาจากที่ไหน
  • khun-maa-jàak-thîi-nǎi
  • Where are you from?
  • ผมมาจากโตเกียว ประเทศญี่ปุ่น
  • phǒm-maa-jàak-dtoo-giiao bprà-thêet-yîi-bpùn
  • I’m from Tokyo, Japan.

Example2:  คุณเป็นคนประเทศอะไร
  • khun-bpen-khon-bprà-thêet-à-rai
  • Where are you from?
  • ฉันเป็นคนเกาหลี
  • chǎn-bpen-khon-gao-lǐi
  • I’m Korean.

2- Which country are you from?

Thai question: คุณมาจากประเทศอะไร

Thai romanization:  khun-maa-jàak-bprà-thêet-à-rai

Example:  คุณมาจากประเทศอะไร
  • khun-maa-jàak-bprà-thêet-à-rai
  • Which country are you from?
  • ผมมาประเทศบราซิล
  • phǒm-maa-jàak-bprà-thêet-braa-sil
  • I’m from Brazil.

3- What is your nationality?

Thai question: คุณสัญชาติอะไร

Thai romanization:  khun-sǎn-châat-à-rai

Example:  คุณสัญชาติอะไร
  • ผมเป็นคนจีน
  • phǒm-bpen-khon-jiin
  • I’m Chinese.

An Asian Man Smiles and Waves.

“I’m Chinese.”

4- Are you (nationality)?

Thai question: คุณเป็นคน…ใช่มั้ย

Thai romanization:  khun-bpen-khon-…-châi-mái

Example:  คุณเป็นคนอิตาลีใช่มั้ย
  • khun-bpen-khon-ì-dta-lîi-châi-mái
  • Are you Italian?
  • ไม่ใช่ ฉันไม่ใช่คนอิตาลี ฉันเป็นคนฝรั่งเศส
  • mâi-châi chǎn-mâi-châi-khon-ì-dta-lîi chǎn-bpen-khon-fà-ràng-sèet
  • No, I’m French.

4. How to introduce your nationality in Thai?

Apart from questions, you should know the basic ways to speak about your nationality in Thai as well.  How to say my nationality is… in Thai?  Here are sentences you can use.

1- I’m (nationality).

Thai sentence: subject + เป็นคน + country name

Thai romanization:  subject + bpen-khon + country name

Exampleพ่อของฉันเป็นคนสิงคโปร์ แม่ของฉันเป็นคนไทย
  • phâaw-khǎawng-chǎn-bpen-khon-sǐng-khá-bpoo mâae-khǎawng-chǎn-bpen-khon-thai
  • My father is Singaporean.  My mother is Thai.

2- My nationality is (nationality).

Thai sentence: สัญชาติของฉัน คือ สัญชาติ + country name

Thai romanization:  sǎn-châat-khǎawng-chǎn khuue sǎn-châat + country name

Example:  สัญชาติของฉัน คือ สัญชาติฟิลิปปินส์
  • sǎn-châat-khǎawng-chǎn khuue sǎn-châat-fí-líp-bpin
  • My nationality is Filipino.

3- I’m from (country).

Thai sentence: subject + มาจาก + country name

Thai romanization:  subject + ma-jàak + country name

Example:  ทอมมาจากประเทศอังกฤษ เขาเป็นนักเรียนแลกเปลี่ยน
  • thaawm-maa-jàak-bprà-thêet-ang-grìt khǎo-bpen-nák-riian-lâaek-bplìian
  • Tom comes from Britain.  He is an exchange student.

4- I was born in (country) but grew up in (country).

Thai sentence: subject + เกิดที่ + country name + แต่โตที่ + country name

Thai romanization:  subject + gòoet-thîi + country name + dtàae+dtoo+thîi + country name

Example:  คุณพ่อเกิดที่ประเทศสิงคโปร์ แต่โตที่ประเทศแคนาดา
  • khun-phâaw-gòoet-thîi-bprà-thêet-sǐng-khá-bpoo dtàae-dtoo-thîi-bprà-thêet-khaae-naa-daa
  • My father was born in Singapore but grew up in Canada.

5- I am (nationality) and (nationality).

Thai sentence: subject + ถือ 2 สัญชาติ คือ สัญชาติ + country name + และ + country name

Thai romanization:  subject + thǔue-sǎawng-sǎn-châat khuue sǎn-châat + country name + láe + country name

Example:  ฉันถือสองสัญชาติ คือ สัญชาติสิงคโปร์และสัญชาติไทย
  • chan-thǔue-sǎawng-sǎn-châat khuue sǎn-châat-sǐng-khá-bpoo-láe-sǎn-châat-thai
  • I’m Singaporean and Thai.

5. Example of conversation related to nationality

To help you learn about nationality in Thai language effectively, we also prepare a conversation related to nationality for you as an example.  You will see how you can use all the vocabulary you just learned in conversation.

Below here is the conversation between Tom, a friendly exchange student from Britain, and Mek, a Thai student. 

ทอม:  สวัสดีครับ ผมชื่อทอมครับ ผมเป็นนักเรียนแลกเปลี่ยนมาจากประเทศอังกฤษครับ
Thaawm: sà-wàt-dii-khráp phǒm-chûue-thaawm-khráp phǒm-bpen-nák-riian-lâaek-bplìian-maa-jàak-bprà- thêet-ang-grìt-khráp
Tom: Hi, my name is Tom. I’m an exchange student from Britain.

เมฆ:  สวัสดีครับ ทอม ยินดีที่ได้รู้จัก ผมชื่อเมฆครับ
Meek: sà-wàt-dii-khráp thaawm yin-dii-thîi-dâi-rúu-jàk phǒm-chûue-mêek-khráp
Mek:  Hello, Tom.  Nice to meet you.  My name is Mek.

ทอม:  เมฆเป็นนักเรียนแลกเปลี่ยนเหมือนกันหรือเปล่าครับ
Taawm: mêek-bpen-nák-riian-lâaek-bplìian-mǔuean-gan-rúue-bplào-khráp
Tom: Are you an exchange student too?

เมฆ:  ไม่ใช่ครับ ผมเป็นคนไทยครับ ถือสัญชาติไทย
Meek: mâi-châi-khráp phǒm-bpen-khon-thai-khráp thǔue-sǎn-châat-thai
Mek: No, I’m not. I’m a Thai person who has Thai nationality.

ทอม:  จริงเหรอครับ คุณดูไม่เหมือนคนไทยเลย
Thaawm: jing-rǒoe-khráp khun-duu-mâi-mǔuean-khon-thai-looei
Tom: Really, you don’t look like Thai people.

เมฆ:  จริงครับ คุณแม่ของผมเป็นลูกครึ่งโรมาเนียครับ ผมของผมก็เลยสีอ่อนเหมือนกับผมของคุณตาครับ
Meek: jing-khráp khun-mâae-khǎawng-phǒm-bpen-lûuk-khrûeng-roo-maa-niia-khráp phǒm-khǎawng-phǒm- gâaw-looei-sǐi-àawn-mǔuean-gàp-phǒm-khǎawng-khun-dtaa-khráp
Mek: Yes, my mother is half Romanian. That is why I have light hair color, the same as my grandfather’s hair.

ทอม:  อย่างนี้นี่เอง แล้วเมฆพูดภาษาโรมาเนียได้มั้ยครับ
Thaawm: yàang-níi-nîi-eeng láaeo-mêek-phûut-phaa-sǎa-roo-maa-niia-dâi-mái-khráp
Tom: That is why. Can you speak Romanian then?

เมฆ:  ได้แค่นิดหน่อยครับ ครอบครัวของเราส่วนใหญ่คุยกันด้วยภาษาไทยครับ ว่าแต่ว่า ทำไมทอมพูดภาษาไทยได้เก่ง จังครับ หรือว่ามาประเทศไทยหลายปีแล้ว
Meek: dâi-khâae-nít-nàauy-khráp khrâawp-khruua-khǎawng-rao-sùuan-yài-khui-gan-dûuai-phaa-sǎa-thai- khráp wâa-dtâae-wâa tham-mai-thaawm-phûut-phaa-sǎa-thai-dâi-gèng-jang-khráp rǔue-wâa-maa-bprà- thêet-thai-lǎai-bpii-láaeo
Mek: I can speak Romanian just a little bit. My family speaks Thai to one another most of the time. Anyway, why can you speak Thai so well? Or have you been here for many years?

ทอม:  ผมพึ่งมาประเทศไทยได้ 1 เดือนเองครับ ที่ผมพูดภาษาไทยได้ดี เพราะ คุณแม่ของผมก็เป็นลูกครึ่งไทยครับ คุณแม่พูดภาษาไทยกับผมตลอด ผมก็เลยฟังและพูดภาษาไทยได้ครับ แต่ผมอ่านภาษาไทยไม่ได้เลยครับ
Thaawm: phǒm-phûueng-maa-bprà-thêet-thai-dâi-nùeng-duuean-eeng-khráp thîi-phǒm-phûut-phaa-sǎa- thai-dâi-dii phráw khun-mâae-khǎawng-phǒm-gâaw-bpen-lûuk-khrûeng-thai-khráp khun-mâae-phûut-phaa- sǎa-thai-gàp-phǒm-dtà-làawt phǒm-gâaw-looei-fang-láe-phûut-phaa-sǎa-thai-dâi-khráp
Tom: My mother is also half Thai. She always speaks Thai with me so I can speak and listen to Thai. But I can’t write Thai at all.

เมฆ:  มิน่าล่ะ คุณถึงพูดภาษาไทยได้ดีมาก แล้วทำไมทอมถึงเลือกมาเรียนที่ประเทศไทยครับ
Meek: mí-nâa-là khun-thǔeng-phûut-phaa-sǎa-thai-dâi-dii-mâak láaeo-tham-mai-thaawm-thǔeng-lûueak- maa-riian-thîi-bprà-thêet-thai-khráp
Mek: No wonder you speak Thai so well. Then, why do you choose to exchange in Thailand?

ทอม:  คุณแม่เล่าเรื่องเกี่ยวกับประเทศไทยให้ผมฟังบ่อยมากครับ  ผมคิดว่าวัฒนธรรมไทยน่าสนใจ อาหารไทยก็อร่อย มากด้วย ผมก็เลยตัดสินใจมาแลกเปลี่ยนที่นี่ครับ
Thaawm:  khun-mâae-lâo-rûueang-gìiao-gàp-bprà-thêet-thai-hâi-phǒm-fang-bàauy-mâak-khráp phǒm-khít- wâa-wát-thá-ná-tham-thai-nâa-sǒn-jai aa-hǎan-thai-gâaw-à-ràauy-mâak-dûuai phǒm-gâaw-looei-dtàt-sǐn- jai-maa-lâaek-bplìian-thîi-nîi-khráp
Tom:  My mother often tells me stories about Thailand.  I think Thai culture is very interesting.  Thai food is also very delicious.  So I decided to exchange here.

A Woman Spending Time with a Boy Who Is Reading.

My mothers often tell me stories about Thailand.

เมฆ:  พอมาอยู่ไทยจริง ๆ แล้วรู้สึกยังไงบ้างครับ
Meek: phaaw-maa-yùu-thai-jing-jing-láaeo-rúu-sùek-yang-ngai-bâang-khráp
Mek: Now that you are in Thailand, how do you feel?

ทอม:  คนไทยใจดีมากครับ อาหารไทยที่นี่ก็อร่อยยิ่งกว่าที่แม่ผมทำอีก ทุกคนบอกว่าผมกินเผ็ดเก่งมาก แต่อากาศร้อน มากครับ
Thaawm:  khon-thai-jai-dii-mâak-khráp aa-hǎan-thai-thîi-nîi-gâaw-à-ràauy-yîng-gwàa-thîi-mâae-phǒm-tham-ìik thúk-khon-bàawk-wâa-phǒm-gin-phèt-gèng-mâak dtàae-aa-gâat-ráawn-mâak-khráp
Tom:  Thai people are very kind.  Thai food here is even more delicious than what my mother cooked.  Everyone says I’m very good at eating spicy food.  But the weather is very hot.

A Man Moves His Tie and Blows.

The weather is very hot.

เมฆ:  ตอนนี้หน้าร้อน เดือนหน้า อากาศจะไม่ร้อนเท่านี้ครับ แต่ก็น่าจะร้อนอยู่ดี
Meek: dtaawn-níi-nâa-ráawn duuean-nâa aa-gàat-jà-mâi-ráawn-thâo-níi-khráp dtàae-gâaw-nâa-jà-ráawn- yùu-dii
Mek:  Now it is summer.  Next month, it will not be as hot as it is now.  But it will still be hot.

ทอม:  ร้อนน้อยลงนิดหน่อยก็ยังดีครับ ดีที่ผมพักใกล้มหาวิทยาลัย ก็เลยไม่ต้องเดินทางไกล ไม่งั้นคงเหนื่อยเวลาเดินทาง มากครับ
Thaawm: ráawn-náauy-long-nít-nàauy-gâaw-yang-dii-khráp dii-thîi-phǒm-phák-glâi-má-hǎa-wít-thá-yaa-lai gâaw-looei-mâi-dtâawng-dooen-thaang-glai mâi-ngán-khong-nùueai-wee-laa-dooen-thaang-mâak-khráp
Tom: Not yet, I want to go to a cultural tourist attraction. Do you have any recommendations?

เมฆ:  แล้วได้ไปเที่ยวที่ไหนบ้างรึยังครับ
Meek: láaeo-dâi-bpai-thîiao-thîi-nǎi-bâang-rúue-yang-khráp
Mek: Have you traveled to any place yet?

ทอม:  ยังเลยครับ อยากไปสถานที่ท่องเที่ยวทางวัฒนธรรมมากครับ มีที่ไหนแนะนำมั้ยครับ
Thaawm: yang-looei-khráp yàak-bpai-sà-thǎan-thîi-thàawng-thîiao-thaang-wát-thá-ná-tham-mâak-khráp mii-thîi-nǎi-náe-nam-mái-khráp
Tom: Not yet, I want to go to a cultural tourist attraction. Do you have any recommendations?

เมฆ:  ลองไปดูการแสดงเกี่ยวกับศิลปะ วัฒนธรรม และประเพณีที่สยามนิรมิตดูสิ อยู่ในกรุงเทพฯ ว่างวันเดียวก็ไปได้ การแสดงที่นั่นมีชื่อเสียงมาก ถ้าคุณสนใจวัฒนธรรมไทย คุณน่าจะชอบ
Meek: laawng-bpai-duu-gaan-sà-daaeng-gìiao-gàp-sǐn-lá-bpà wát-thá-ná-tham láe-bprà-phee-nii-thîi-sà- yǎam-ní-rá-mít-duu-sì yùu-nai-grung-thêep wâang-wan-diiao-gâaw-bpai-dâi gaan-sà-daaeng-thîi-nân-mii- chûue-sǐiang-mâak thâa-khun-sǒn-jai-wát-thá-ná-tham-thai khun-nâa-ja-châawp
Mek:  You should go watch a show about art, culture and tradition at Siam Niramit.  It is in Bangkok.  You can make it a one-day trip.  If you are interested in Thai culture, you might like it.

ทอม:  วันจันทร์หน้าผมว่าง จะลองไปดู ขอบคุณครับ
Thaawm: wan-jan-nâa-phǒm-wâang jà-laawng-bpai-duu khàawp-khun-khráp
Tom: I’m available next Monday so I will go then. Thank you.

6. Conclusion

At this point, whether you are a foreigner who plans to have a Thai citizenship application or plans for a Thailand travel trip, we are pretty sure you can manage to talk about your nationality in Thai already.  To sum up, all you have to do is try to remember the country names and then, you will be fine.  Do you think this topic is as easy as we promise?  Is it different from your native language?  Please let us know in the comment below.

Now that you already finished this lesson, do you have the next lesson you want to learn in mind yet?  If not, we have some suggestions at for you such as Thai jokes, adjectives to describe personality and common Thai idioms.

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Advanced Thai Phrases You Must Know


Once you reach an advanced level in Thai, you’ll be expected to understand things like academic language, business jargon, and commonly used idioms and proverbs. In other words, you’ll need to know more difficult and nuanced words in Thai apart from what’s used in daily life.  

To help you get there, we have prepared this guide to advanced Thai phrases. This article covers phrases, expressions, and terms that will ensure your success in the academic, business, and social spheres. Learning this advanced Thai vocabulary is a great way to start sounding more like a native speaker in any context!

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  1. Advanced Thai Phrases for Academic Writing
  2. Powerful Phrases for Your Resume
  3. Smart Phrases for Business and Meetings
  4. Advanced Sayings, Proverbs, and Idioms Used in Daily Life
  5. Conclusion

1. Advanced Thai Phrases for Academic Writing

Let’s begin by looking at some advanced Thai phrases used in academic writing. These are conjunctions and conjunctive phrases that you can use to better organize and articulate your thoughts. Keep in mind that the conjunctions used in academic writing differ from those used in daily life; they are more formal and structural.  

1 – Based on… / According to…

  • Thai phrase: อ้างอิงจาก…
  • Pronunciation: âang-ing-jàak…

Example 1:
อ้างอิงจากงานวิจัยล่าสุด การออกกำลังกายมากเกินไปทำให้ร่างกายสูญเสียกล้ามเนื้อ
aang-ing-jàak-ngaan-wí-jai-lâa-sùt gaan-àawk-gam-lang-gaai-mâak-gooen-bpai-tham-hâi-râang-gaai-sǔun-sǐia-glâam-núuea
According to the latest research, too much exercise leads to loss of muscle mass.

Example 2:
อ้างอิงจากผลการสำรวจ เด็กที่อายุมากกว่า 7 ปีเกิน 50% มีโทรศัพท์มือถือเป็นของตัวเอง
âang-ing-jàak-phǒn-gaan-sǎm-rùuat dèk-thîi-aa-yú-mâak-gwàa-jèt-bpii-gooen-hâa-sìp-bpooe-sen-mii -thoo-rá-sàp-muue-thǔue-bpen-khǎawng-dtuua-eeng
Based on the survey results, 50% of children who are older than seven years old have their own mobile phones.

2 – Considering…

  • Thai phrase: เมื่อคำนึงถึง…
  • Pronunciation: mûuea-kham-nueng-thǔeng…

Example 1:
เมื่อคำนึงถึงผลกระทบที่อาจจะเกิดขึ้น ทางบริษัทตัดสินใจยกเลิกการสร้างโรงงานใหม่
mûuea-kham-nueng-thǔeng-phǒn-grà-thóp-thîi-àat-jà-gòoet-khûen thaang-baaw-rí-sàt-dtàt-sǐn-jai- yók-lôoek-gaan-sâang-roong-ngaan-mài
Considering the possible effect, our company decided to cancel the plans for a new plant.

Example 2:
เมื่อคำนึงถึงผลประโยชน์ในระยะยาว การลงทุนในธุรกิจพลังงานสะอาดเป็นสิ่งที่ถูกต้อง
mûuea-kham-nueng-thǔeng-phǒn-bprà-yòot-nai-rá-yá-yaao gaan-long-thun-nai-thú-rá-gìt-phá-lang- ngaan-sà-àat-bpen-sìng-thîi-thùuk-dtâawng
Considering the long-term benefits, investing in a green energy business is the correct option.

3 – Moreover…

Thai phrase: ยิ่งไปกว่านั้น… / นอกจากนั้น…
Pronunciation: yîng-bpai-gwàa-nán… / nâawk-jàak-nán…

Example 1:
ยิ่งไปกว่านั้น การนอนหลับให้เพียงพอยังช่วยทำให้สุขภาพจิตดีอีกด้วย
yîng-bpai-gwàa-nán gaan-naawn-làp-hâi-phiiang-phaaw-yang-chûuai-tham-hâi-sùk-khà-phâap-jìt-dii-ìik -dûuai
Moreover, sufficient sleep makes you have good mental health as well.

Example 2:
นอกจากนั้น การสูบบุหรี่ยังทำให้คนในครอบครัวมีความเสี่ยงทางสุขภาพเพิ่มขึ้นด้วย
nâawk-jàak-nán gaan-sùup-bù-rìi-yang-tham-hâi-khon-nai-khrâawp-khruua-mii-kwaam-sìiang-thaang- sùk-khà-phâap-phôoem-khûuen-dûuai
Moreover, smoking also leads to increased health risk for family members.

4 – In other words… / To put it simply…

  • Thai phrase: กล่าวคือ…
  • Pronunciation: glàao-khuue…

Example 1:
กล่าวคือ กองทุนนี้มีความเสี่ยงสูง
glàao-khuue gaawng-thun-níi-mii-kwaam-sìiang-sǔung
In other words, this fund is high-risk.

Example 2:
กล่าวคือ บริษัทขนส่งจะได้รับเงินเยียวยาจากรัฐบาล
glàao-khuue baaw-rí-sàt-khǒn-sòng-jà-dâi-ráp-ngoen-yiiao-yaa-jàak-rát-thà-baan
To put it simply, the transport company will get compensation from the government.

5 – On the contrary… / On the other hand…

  • Thai phrase: ในทางกลับกัน…
  • Pronunciation: nai-thaang-glàp-gan…

Example 1:
ในทางกลับกัน แม้การฝากเงินในธนาคารจะให้ผลตอบแทนต่ำ แต่ก็มีความเสี่ยงต่ำเช่นกัน
nai-thaang-glàp-gan máae-gaan-fàak-ngoen-nai-thá-naa-khaan-jà-hâi-phǒn-dtàawp-thaaen-dtàm dtàae-gâaw-mii-kwaam-sìiang-dtàm-chên-gan
On the contrary, despite having a low return, saving your money in the bank is low-risk.

Example 2:
ในทางกลับกัน คนที่มีน้ำหนักสูงกว่ามาตรฐานจะมีโอกาสเป็นเบาหวานมากกว่า
nai-thaang-glàp-gan khon-thîi-mii-nám-nàk-sǔung-gwàa-mâat-dtrà-thǎan-jà-mii-oo-gàat-bpen-bao- wǎan-mâak-gwàa
On the other hand, overweight people have a higher chance of developing diabetes.

6 – For example…

  • Thai phrase: ยกตัวอย่างเช่น…
  • Pronunciation: yók-dtuua-yàang-chên…

Example 1:
ประเทศไทยปลูกผลไม้ได้หลายชนิด ยกตัวอย่างเช่น ทุเรียน, มะพร้าว, ส้ม ฯลฯ
bprà-thêet-thai-bplùuk-phǒn-lá-mái-dâi-lǎai-chá-nít yók-dtuua-yàang-chên thú-riian má-phráao sôm láe-ùuen-ùuen
Thailand grows many types of fruit. For example, durian, coconut, orange, etc.

Example 2:
จังหวัดเชียงใหม่มีสถานที่ท่องเที่ยวหลายที่ ยกตัวอย่างเช่น ดอยอินทนนท์ สวนสัตว์เชียงใหม่ และทุ่งดอกไม้ เชียงใหม่
jang-wàt-chiiang-mài-mii-sà-thǎan-thîi-thâawng-thîiao-lǎai-thîi yók-dtuua-yàang-chên daauy-in-thá-non sǔuan-sàt-chiiang-mài láe-thûng-dàawk-mái-chiiang-mài
Chiangmai has many tourist attractions. For example, Doi Inthanon, Chiangmai Zoo, and Chiangmai Flower Field.

7 – In summary…

  • Thai phrase: สรุปได้ว่า…
  • Pronunciation: sà-rùp-dâi-wâa…

Example 1:
สรุปได้ว่า ปีนี้ รายได้จากสาขาย่อยคิดเป็น 40% ของรายได้ทั้งหมด
sà-rùp-dâi-wâa bpii-níi raai-dâi-jàak-sǎa-khǎa-yâauy-khít-bpen-sìi-sìp-bpooe-sen-khǎawng-raai-dâi- tháng-mòt
In summary, this year’s revenue from the branches accounts for 40% of total revenue.

Example 2:
สรุปได้ว่า การฉีดวัคซีนช่วยป้องกันการติดเชื้อได้
sà-rùp-dâi-wâa gaan-chìit-wák-siin-chûuai-bpâawng-gan-gaan-dtìt-chúuea-dâi
In summary, vaccination helps prevent infection.

8 – So… / Therefore…

  • Thai phrase: ดังนั้น…
  • Pronunciation: dang-nán…

Example 1:
ดังนั้น การเปิดสาขาเพิ่มถือเป็นการกระจายความเสี่ยง
dang-nán gaan-bpòoet-sǎa-khǎa-phôoem-thǔue-bpen-gaan-grà-jaai-kwaam-sìiang
So, opening a new branch is considered risk diversification.

Example 2:
ดังนั้น เธอไม่ควรซื้อทองในตอนนี้
dang-nán thooe-mâi-khuuan-súue-thaawnดังนั้น เธอไม่ควรซื้อทองในตอนนี้
Therefore, you shouldn’t buy gold now.

9 – …as follows…

  • Thai phrase: …ดังนี้…
  • Pronunciation:dang-níi…

Example 1:
The documents you have to prepare are listed as follows…

Example 2:
ค่าใช้จ่ายทั้งหมดสามารถแจกแจงได้ ดังนี้
The total expense can be broken down as follows…

10 – From the information above…

  • Thai phrase: จากข้อมูลข้างต้น…
  • Pronunciation: jàak-khâaw-muun-khâang-dtôn…

Example 1:
ข้อมูลข้างต้น สามารถสรุปได้ว่า ขิงมีประโยชน์ต่อร่างกาย
jàak-khâaw-muun-khâang-dtôn sǎa-mâat-sà-rùp-dâi-wâa khǐng-mii-bprà-yòot-dtàaw-râang-gaai
From the information above, we can conclude that ginger is good for your body.

Example 2:
อ้างอิงจากข้อมูลข้างต้น เศรษฐกิจในปีนี้มีโอกาสจะโตเพิ่มขึ้นอีก 2%
âang-ing-jàak-khâaw-muun-khâang-dtôn sèet-thà-gìt-nai-bpii-níi-mii-oo-gàat-jà-dtoo-phôoem-khûen- ìik-sǎawng-bpooe-sen
Based on the information above, the economy has a chance to grow by 2% this year.

2. Powerful Phrases for Your Resume

Are you learning the Thai language so that you can get a job in Thailand

Of course, you’ll want to include all the basics on your resume (personal information, contact information, photo, educational background, work experience, etc.). But you’ll also need to include some advanced Thai words and phrases that will help your resume stand out. Including the most relevant and powerful expressions will leave a great impression on your potential employer! 

Below, we have outlined a few advanced phrases in Thai to get you started. 

An Up-close Image of a Resume

1 – Career objective

  • Thai phrase: จุดประสงค์ในการทำงาน
  • Pronunciation: jùt-bprà-sǒng-nai-gaan-tham-ngaan

It’s a good idea to let HR know what your career objective is. Nowadays, employees choose the companies they want to work with just as much as companies choose employees. Including your career objectives will help HR get to know you better, which will help them decide whether you fit the job description or not. Moreover, having clear career objectives can make your resume stand out among others.

2 – Activity / Training courses

  • Thai phrase: กิจกรรม / ประวัติการอบรม
  • Pronunciation: gìt-jà-gam / bprà-wàt-gaan-òp-rom

If you’re a new graduate, adding activities or training courses you’ve taken is wise. It gives more information about your knowledge and skills than your educational background alone. 

3 – Language skills

  • Thai phrase: ทักษะด้านภาษา
  • Pronunciation: thák-sà-dâan-phaa-sǎa

Globalization has made language skills crucial. English skills are a must, and knowing a second (or third) language is a bonus. On your resume, you should include both the languages you know and your proficiency level in each one. In Thai resumes, we often classify the proficiency levels as follows:

  • ดีมาก (dii-mâak) = fluent
  • ปานกลาง (bpaan-glaang) = intermediate
  • พื้นฐาน (phúuen-thǎan) = basic

Of course, there are a number of other skills you may want to include on your resume. Below, we have given the Thai translation of the most commonly used ones. 

4 – Multitasking

  • Thai phrase: ทำงานได้หลายอย่างพร้อมกัน
  • Pronunciation: tham-ngaan-dâi-lǎai-yàang-phráawm-gan

5 – Ability to work under pressure

  • Thai phrase: ทำงานภายใต้ความกดดันได้
  • Pronunciation: tham-ngan-phaai-dtâi-kwaam-gòt-dan-dâi

6 – Critical thinking and decision-making

  • Thai phrase: ทักษะการคิดวิเคราะห์และตัดสินใจที่ดี
  • Pronunciation: thák-sà-gaan-khít-wí-khráw-láe-dtàt-sǐn-jai-thîi-dii

7 – Collaboration and teamwork

  • Thai phrase: ทำงานร่วมกับผู้อื่นได้ดีและทำงานเป็นทีมได้
  • Pronunciation: tham-ngaan-rûuam-gàp-phûu-ùuen-dâi-dii-láe-tham-ngaan-bpen-thiim-dâi

Coworkers Standing in a Circle and Putting Their Hands Together to Represent Teamwork

Collaboration and teamwork are essential in business.

8 – Adaptability

  • Thai phrase: ความสามารถในการปรับตัว
  • Pronunciation: kwaam-sǎa-mâat-nai-gaan-bpràp-dtuua

9 – Negotiation and persuasion

  • Thai phrase: ทักษะการโน้มน้าวและประนีประนอม
  • Pronunciation: thák-sà-gaan-nóom-náao-láe-gaan-bprà-nii-bprà-naawm

10 – Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Thai phrase: มีปฏิสัมพันธ์และสื่อสารได้ดี
  • Pronunciation: mii-bpà-thì-sǎm-phan-láe-sùue-sǎan-dâi-dii

3. Smart Phrases for Business and Meetings

If you plan on working or doing business in Thailand, you’ll want to know these advanced-level Thai phrases for business presentations and meetings

1 – This … is interesting.

  • Thai phrase: …นี้น่าสนใจ
  • Pronunciation: …níi-nâa-sǒn-jai

Example 1:
The stock of this company is interesting.

Example 2:
This market is interesting.

2 – … is worth investing in. 

  • Thai phrase: …นี้น่าลงทุน
  • Pronunciation: …níi-nâa-long-thun

Example 1:
The clean energy market is worth investing in.

Example 2:
This business is worth investing in.

3 – This … seems to be a promising business prospect.

  • Thai phrase: …นี้มีแนวโน้มทางธุรกิจที่ดี
  • Pronunciation: …níi-mii-naaeo-nóom-thaang-thú-rá-gìt-thîi-dii

Example 1:
This new product seems to be a promising business prospect.

Example 2:
This new company seems to be a promising business prospect.

4 – … can still grow.

  • Thai phrase: …ยังโตได้อีก
  • Pronunciation: …-yang-dtoo-dâi-ìik

Example 1:
The fund that invests in American stocks can still grow.

Example 2:
The economy of Asia can still grow.

5 – … would like to give you more information.

  • Thai phrase: … ขอให้ข้อมูลเพิ่มเติม
  • Pronunciation: … khǎaw-hâi-khâaw-muun-phôoem-dtooem

Example 1:
I would like to give you more information about the new service.

Example 2:
Our team would like to give you more information about this project.

6 – … has/have a special offer for you.

  • Thai phrase: … มีข้อเสนอพิเศษให้กับคุณ
  • Pronunciation: … mii-khâaw-sà-nǒoe-phí-sèet-hâi-gàp-khun

Example 1:
We have a special offer for you.

Example 2:
Our manager has a special offer for you.

A Stock Market Board

Learn slang expressions related to stock investment.

Are you one of the many people interested in the stock market and investing? Then you should also learn some advanced Thai vocabulary and slang terms related to stock investment. Keep reading! 

7 – Unable to sell the stock without loss

This refers to a situation where you bought a stock at a high price, and now you cannot sell it without loss because the stock price has been decreasing.

Example 1:
How many stocks do you have that you are unable to sell without loss?

Example 2:
ซื้อหุ้นมาไม่กี่เดือน ติดดอยซะแล้ว
súue-hûn-maa-mâi-gìi-duuean dtìt-daauy-sá-láaeo
I just bought the stock for a few months, and now I can’t sell it without loss.

8 – Able to sell the stock now after being unable to do so without loss

  • Thai phrase: หลุดดอย
  • Pronunciation: lùt-daauy

You would use this phrase at some point after the previous situation, once the stock prices have increased again so you can sell at a profit. 

Example 1:
ติดดอยมาตั้งนาน ในที่สุดก็หลุดดอยซะที
dtìt-daauy-maa-dtâng-naan nai-thîi-sùt-gâaw-lùt-daauy-sá-thii
After being unable to sell stock without loss for a long time, I can finally sell it since the price has increased.

Example 2:
อยากหลุดดอยจะแย่ เมื่อไหร่ราคาหุ้นจะขึ้น
yàak-lùt-daauy-jà-yâae mûuea-rài-raa-khaa-hûn-jà-khûen
I want to sell this stock without loss so badly. When will the stock price increase?

9 – You didn’t buy the stock, and now its price is too high. 

Example 1:
ถ้าเธอรอโบนัสออกแล้วค่อยซื้อ ก็ต้องตกรถแน่นอน
thâa-thooe-raaw-boo-nát-àawk-láaeo-khâauy-súue gâaw-dtâawng-dtòk-rót-nâae-naawn
If you wait for your bonus and use it to buy the stock, you won’t be able to buy it because the price will be too high.

Example 2:
ไม่ได้ตามข่าวไม่กี่วัน ตกรถไปเรียบร้อยแล้ว
mâi-dâi-dtaam-khàao-mâi-gìi-wan dtòk-rót-bpai-rîiap-ráauy-láaeo
I haven’t read the news for a few days, and now the price of the stock I want is too high to buy.

10 – You get 100% profit from the stock investment. 

Example 1:
When will I get 100% profit from the stock investment?

Example 2:
This stock price doubled fast.

4. Advanced Sayings, Proverbs, and Idioms Used in Daily Life

In this last section, you’ll learn advanced Thai idioms, proverbs, and sayings that are used in daily life.  

1 – Easy

  • Thai phrase: กล้วย ๆ / หมู ๆ
  • Pronunciation: glûuai-glûuai / mǔu-mǔu
  • Literal meaning: banana / pig

Example 1:
การบ้านวันนี้เหรอ ทำเสร็จตั้งนานแล้ว ของกล้วย ๆ
gaan-bâan-wan-níi-rǒoe tham-sèt-dtâng-naan-láaeo khǎawng-glûuai-glûuai
Today’s homework? I finished it a long time ago. It is so easy.

Example 2:
อยากกินแพนเค้กเหรอ หมู ๆ รอแป๊บนะ
yàak-gin-paaen-khéek-rǒoe mǔu-mǔu raaw-bpáep-ná
Do you want to eat pancakes? That is easy; wait a minute.

2 – Hard

  • Thai phrase: หิน
  • Pronunciation: hǐn
  • Literal meaning: rock

Example 1:
The customer’s project is very hard.

Example 2:
เขาทำไม่เข้าใจเรื่องนี้เลย จะสอนให้เข้าใจใน 1 วันนี่หินมาก
khǎo-mâi-khâo-jai-rûueang-níi-looei jà-sǎawn-hâi-khâo-jai-nai-nùeng-wan-nîi-hǐn-mâak
He doesn’t understand this at all. To make him understand within a day is very hard.

3 – No money

  • Thai phrase: ถังแตก
  • Pronunciation: thǎng-dtàaek
  • Literal meaning: broken bucket

Example 1:
It is not even the end of the month, and he is already broke.

Example 2:
ถ้าเธอยังใช้เงินแบบนี้ จะต้องถังแตกเข้าซักวันแน่ ๆ
thâa-thooe-yang-chái-ngoen-bàaep-níi jà-dtâawng-thǎng-dtàaek-khâo-sák-wan-nâae-nâae
If you keep spending money like this, you will have no money left one day.

4 – Very hungry

  • Thai phrase: หิวไส้ขาด
  • Pronunciation: hǐu-sâi-khàat
  • Literal meaning: hungry until intestines tear

Example 1:
ไม่ได้กินอะไรมาตั้งแต่เช้า หิวไส้ขาดแล้ว
mâi-dâi-gin-à-rai-maa-dtâng-dtàae-cháo hǐu-sâi-khàat-láaeo
I haven’t eaten anything since this morning. I’m starving.

Example 2:
มีอะไรกินบ้าง หิวไส้ขาดแล้ว
mii-à-rai-gin-bâang hǐu-sâi-khàat-láaeo
Is there anything to eat? I’m so hungry.

A Kid Holding a Fork and Knife at the Table

I’m starving.

5 – Speaking badly of others

  • Thai phrase: ปากหมา
  • Pronunciation: bpàak-mǎa
  • Literal meaning: dog’s mouth

Example 1:
Tum often speaks badly of others.

Example 2:
Don’t bad mouth others.

6 – Being fired

  • Thai phrase: ยื่นซองขาว
  • Pronunciation: yûuen-saawng-khǎao
  • Literal meaning: hand someone a white envelope

Example 1:
เขาโดนยื่นซองขาว เพราะมาทำงานสายบ่อย
khǎo-doon-yûuen-saawng-khǎao phráw-maa-tham-ngaan-sǎai-bàauy
He was fired because he often comes to work late.

Example 2:
เธอทำผิดกฎบริษัท ระวังจะโดนยื่นซองขาว
thooe-tham-phìt-gòt-baaw-rí-sàt rá-wang-jà-doon-yûuen-saawng-khǎao
You violated the company’s rules. You may be fired.

7 – Beloved one

  • Thai phrase: หัวแก้วหัวแหวน
  • Pronunciation: hǔua-gâaeo-hǔua-wǎaen
  • Literal meaning: head of glass and head of ring

Example 1:
She is the beloved grandchild of the family.

Example 2:
ปริมเรียนเก่ง มารยาทดี เป็นนักเรียนหัวแก้วหัวแหวนของครู
bprim-riian-gèeng maa-rá-yâat-dii bpen-nák-riian-hǔua-gâaeo-hǔua-wǎaen-khǎawng-khruu
Prim studies well and has good manners. She is the teacher‘s beloved student.

8 – You have to depend on yourself.

  • Thai phrase: ตนเป็นที่พึ่งแห่งตน
  • Pronunciation: dton-bpen-thîi-phûeng-hàaeng-dton
  • Literal meaning: You are a supporter of yourself.

Example 1:
อย่ามัวแต่คอยความช่วยเหลือจากคนอื่น ตนเป็นที่พึ่งแห่งตน
yàa-muua-dtàae-khaauy-kwaam-chûuai-lǔuea-jàak-khon-ùuen dton-bpen-thîi-phûeng-hàaeng-dton
Don’t wait for help from others. You have to depend on yourself.

Example 2:
พ่อไม่สามารถช่วยลูกไปได้ตลอด ลูกต้องดูแลตัวเอง ตนเป็นที่พึ่งแห่งตนนะ
phâaw-mâi-sǎa-mâat-chûuai-lûuk-bpai-dâi-dtà-làawt lûuk-dtâawng-duu-laae-dtuua-eeng dton-bpen- thîi-phûeng-hàaeng-dton
I can’t support you forever. You have to look after yourself as one has to depend on oneself. [A dad says to his child.]

9 – A couple who is suitable for each other 

  • Thai phrase: กิ่งทองใบหยก
  • Pronunciation: gìng-thaawng-bai-yòk
  • Literal meaning: Gold branch and jade leaf

Example 1:
The married couple is so suitable for each other.

Example 2:
เจ้าบ่าวก็หล่อ เจ้าสาวก็สวย เหมาะกันอย่างกับกิ่งทองใบหยก
jâo-bàao-gâaw-làaw jâo-sǎao-gâaw-sǔuai màw-gan-yàang-gàp-gìng-thaawng-bai-yòk
The groom is so handsome. The bride is so beautiful. They are perfect for one another.

10 – Having the expenses be greater than the revenue

  • Thai phrase: ชักหน้าไม่ถึงหลัง
  • Pronunciation: chák-nâa-mâi-thǔeng-lǎng
  • Literal meaning: Pull from the front but can’t reach the back

Example 1:
เศรษฐกิจไม่ดีแบบนี้ รายได้ไม่ดี ชักหน้าไม่ถึงหลังแล้ว
sèet-thà-gìt-bàaep-níi raai-dâai-mâi-dii chák-nâa-mâi-thǔeng-lǎng-láaeo
Because of the bad economy, the revenue decreased. The expenses are greater than the revenue now.

Example 2:
เขาเครียดมาก เพราะชักหน้าไม่ถึงหลัง
khǎo-khrîiat-mâak phráw-chák-nâa-mâi-thǔeng-lǎng
He is so stressed because his expenses are greater than his revenue.

A Woman Showing that Her Coin Purse Is Empty

The expenses are greater than the revenue now.

5. Conclusion

In this article, you learned a variety of advanced Thai phrases for use in the academic and business spheres. What are your thoughts on the phrases and expressions you saw today? Are they easy or difficult? Let us know in the comments! 

Now that you’ve finished this lesson, do you have any idea what you want to learn next on You can find several advanced Thai lessons in our Level 5 pathway, though you can also take your time to browse our content. Here are some fun suggestions to get you started: 

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A List of Intermediate Thai Phrases You Need to Know


Are you ready for another shortcut in your Thai learning? 

If you’re getting ready to approach an intermediate level of proficiency in Thai, you’ll find this article very useful. We have compiled a list of intermediate Thai phrases for you, so you won’t have to learn tons of individual words or worry about composing more complex sentences all by yourself. 

At the intermediate level, you should be able to communicate in a variety of everyday situations. We have categorized all of the phrases on our according to the situation, so by the time you’re done reading, you’ll be prepared for: 

  • Talking about past events
  • Making and changing plans
  • Explaining and giving reasons
  • Giving reactions during everyday conversations
  • Using etiquette phrases in social and business settings

Let’s begin.

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These intermediate Thai phrases will definitely come in handy.

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  1. How to Talk About Past Events in Thai
  2. How to Make and Change Plans in Thai
  3. How to Explain and Give Reasons in Thai
  4. How to React in Daily Thai Conversations
  5. How to Use Etiquette Phrases in Thai
  6. Conclusion

1. How to Talk About Past Events in Thai

The first few intermediate Thai phrases we’ll cover today are those for talking about the past. As you should already know, there is no verb conjugation in Thai. This means all you have to do is remember the structures and sentence patterns provided below! 

1 – [Someone] used to do [something].

  • Sentence structure: subject + เคย + verb + object (if any)
  • Pronunciation: subject + khooei + verb + object (if any)

You can use this intermediate Thai phrase to explain that someone used to do a certain action in the past.

Example 1:
ผมเคยออกกำลังกายทุกวัน แต่ตอนนี้ผมไม่มีเวลา
phǒm-khooei-àawk-gam-lang-gaai-thúk-wan dtàae-dtaawn-níi-phǒm-mâi-mii-wee-laa
I used to exercise every day, but now I don’t have time.

An Older Man Playing Tennis

I used to exercise every day.

Example 2:
ตอนเด็ก ๆ แม่เคยไปโรงเรียนโดยรถเมล์
dtaawn-dèk-dèk mâae-khooei-bpai-roong-riian-dooi-rót-mee
Mom used to go to school by bus when she was young.

2 – [Someone] has never done [something].

  • Sentence structure: subject + ไม่เคย + verb + object (if any)
  • Pronunciation: subject + mâi-khooei + verb + object (if any)

This intermediate-level Thai phrase, on the other hand, is used to explain that someone has never done something before. 

Example 1:
I have never been to England before.

Example 2:
เธอไม่เคยกินทุเรียนมาก่อน กลิ่นมันแรงเกินไปสำหรับเธอ
thooe-mâi-khooei-gin-thú-riian-maa-gàawn glìn-man-raaeng-gooen-bpai-sǎm-ràp-thooe
She has never eaten durian before. It is too smelly for her.

3 – Past tense (with a focus on the time)

  • Sentence structure: time + sentence

As mentioned earlier, Thai does not have verb conjugation; we rather place a time-indicating word at the beginning or end of the sentence. 

  • If you put the time at the beginning of the sentence, this places emphasis on the time.
  • If you put the time at the end of the sentence, this places emphasis on the action instead. 

In the examples below, note how the time-indicating word is at the beginning of the Thai sentences. 

Example 1:
Mom went abroad yesterday.

Example 2:
I forgot to take my wallet with me before leaving the house this morning.

4 – Past tense (with a focus on the action)

  • Sentence structure: sentence + time

In these examples, the time is placed at the end of the Thai sentences. This indicates that the action is more important than when it took place. 

Example 1:
I didn’t have breakfast yesterday because I woke up late.

Example 2:
My sister used to be unhealthy in the past.

2. How to Make and Change Plans in Thai

Another set of essential Thai phrases for intermediate learners consists of those for making and changing plans. These phrases and structures can be used in both formal and informal contexts, so you’ll be prepared whether you’re planning a meetup with friends or scheduling a business meeting. 

1 – Is [someone] available [day]?

  • Sentence structure: time + subject + ว่างไหม
  • Pronunciation: time + subject + wâang-mǎi

This intermediate Thai conversational phrase is perfect for asking if someone is free or not, such as if you want to make plans with a friend or schedule an appointment. 

Example 1:
Is the doctor available tomorrow?

Example 2:
Are you available next Sunday?

2 – Do you want to … together?

  • Sentence structure: ไป + verb + object (if any) + กันไหม
  • Pronunciation: bpai + verb + object (if any) + gan-mǎi

This phrase will come in handy if you ever want to invite someone to do something with you. This is especially important as you begin making friends or going on dates

Example 1:
Do you want to watch a movie together?

A Man and a Woman Having Coffee Together

Do you want to watch a movie together?

Example 2:
Do you want to go to Huahin together?

3 – Will [someone] …?

  • Sentence structure: subject + จะ + verb + object (if any) + ไหม
  • Pronunciation: subject + + verb + object (if any) + mǎi

This phrase is pretty similar to the last one we saw, but it has a different meaning. Rather than being used to invite someone to do something, it’s used to ask if someone is going to do something. Check the examples to see how this useful Thai phrase pattern for intermediate learners might be used in a real-life conversation.

Example 1:
Will you go to the market tomorrow?

Example 2:
Will mom cook dinner this evening?

4 – Can I bring … with me?

  • Sentence structure: พา + someone + ได้ด้วยได้ไหม
  • Pronunciation: phaa + someone + bpai-dûuai-dâi-mǎi

You can use this intermediate Thai phrase to ask if you can bring someone with you to do something. 

Example 1:
ที่นัดกันไปซื้อของวันพรุ่งนี้ ฉันพาแฟนไปด้วยได้ไหม
thîi-nát-gan-bpai-súue-khǎawng-wan-phrûng-níi chǎn-phaa-faaen-bpai-dûuai-dâi-mǎi
For our shopping trip tomorrow, can I bring my boyfriend?

Example 2:
Can I bring my friend with me to your birthday party?

3. How to Explain and Give Reasons in Thai

Some of the most important intermediate phrases in the Thai language are those for explaining and giving reasons. Below, we have listed the most common structures you can use for these purposes. 

1 – …because…

  • Sentence structure: sentence 1 (result) + เพราะ / เพราะว่า + sentence 2 (cause)
  • Pronunciation: sentence 1 (result) + phráw / phráw-wâa + sentence 2 (cause)

This is an intermediate Thai phrase that’s best used in more casual contexts. 

Example 1:
She didn’t go to work because she didn’t feel well.

Example 2:
Lada didn’t buy any snacks because she is on a diet.

2 – The reason why [someone] does [something] is …

  • Sentence structure: เหตุผลที่ + [someone] does [something] + คือ
  • Pronunciation: hèet-phǒn-thîi + [someone] does [something] + khuue

This is a formal intermediate phrase to use when you want to explain why someone does something.

Example 1:
The reason why Pang sold her car is that she needs money.

Example 2:
The reason why Napong divorced his wife is that his wife had an affair.

A Couple Sitting on a Couch with Their Backs to Each Other

The reason why Napong divorced his wife is that his wife had an affair.

3 – First… second… third…

  • Sentence structure: หนึ่ง… + สอง… + สาม…
  • Pronunciation: nùeng… + sǎawng… + sǎam…

This is an extremely useful intermediate Thai phrase used to list several reasons. You can also use it to list items. 

Example 1:
เธอสอบตกเพราะหนึ่งเธอไม่ตั้งใจเรียน สองเธอไม่อ่านหนังสือ และสามเธอไม่ทำการบ้าน
thooe-sàawp-dtòk-phráw-nùeng-thooe-mâi-dtâng-jai-riian sǎawng-thooe-mâi-àan-nǎng-sǔue sǎam-thooe-mâi-tham-gaan-bâan
You failed the exam because: First, you didn’t pay attention in class; second, you didn’t review your lesson; and third, you didn’t do your homework.

Example 2:
เหตุผลที่วรรณาชอบโรงแรมนี้คือหนึ่งที่พักสะอาด สองวิวสวย สามอาหารอร่อย และสี่ราคาไม่แพง
hèet-phǒn-thîi-wan-naa-châawp-roong-raaem-níi-khuue-nùeng-thîi-phák-sà-àat sǎawng-wiu-sǔuai sǎam-aa-hǎan-à-ràauy láe-sìi-raa-khaa-mâi-phaaeng
The reasons why Wanna likes this hotel are: First, it is clean; second, the view is nice; third, the food is delicious; and fourth, it is inexpensive.

4. How to React in Daily Thai Conversations 

As someone who is learning the Thai language, you probably aim to become fluent and to have more natural conversations. One of the best ways to sound more like a native speaker is to use reaction phrases when appropriate. Below, we have listed a few of the most common reactions in Thai that you can start applying to your conversations right away. 

1 – Very good.

  • Phrase: ดีมาก
  • Pronunciation: dii-mâak

You can use this intermediate Thai phrase when you think that the other party has done something well or that the current situation is good.

Example 1:
เธอเตรียมงานเรียบร้อยแล้วใช่มั้ย ดีมาก
thooe-dtriiam-ngaan-rîiap-ráauy-láaeo-châi-mái dii-mâak
Did you finish the work preparation? Very good.

Example 2:
ลูกสอบได้ที่หนึ่งนี่ ดีมาก
lûuk-sàawp-dâi-thîi-nùeng-nîi dii-mâak
You got the highest score on the test. Very good.

2 – Very good. [casual]

This phrase is the more informal version of the previous one. 

Example 1:  
เยี่ยมมาก ทุกคนทำได้ดีมากค่ะ
yîiam-mâak thúk-khon-tham-dâi-dii-mâak-khà
Very good. Everyone did very well.

Example 2:
พยากรณ์อากาศบอกว่าวันนี้แดดจะออกทั้งวัน เยี่ยมมาก
phá-yaa-gaawn-aa-gàat-bàawk-wâa-wan-níi-dàaet-jà-àawk-tháng-wan yîiam-mâak
The weather forecast says it will be sunny all day today. Very good.

A Woman Raising Her Arms to the Sunshine

The weather forecast says it will be sunny all day today. Very good.

3 – Very good. [slang / girl talk]

You will find that women use this word quite a lot when talking to their friends. Its meaning is the same as ดีมาก (dii-mâak) and เยี่ยมมาก (yîiam-mâak).

Example 1:
เครื่องสำอางค์ลดราคาแหละ เริ่ด
khrûueang-sǎm-aang-lót-raa-khaa-làe rôoet
The cosmetics are on sale now. Very good.

Example 2:
You look very good in that dress.

4 – What!!

  • Phrase: ว่าไงนะ
  • Pronunciation: wâa-ngai-ná
  • Literal meaning: What did you just say?

This intermediate Thai phrase is an informal way of showing that you’re shocked/surprised by what someone has said or by a situation. It implies that you want them to repeat the message again because what you heard is unbelievable.

Example 1:
ว่าไงนะ แกถูกหวยเหรอ!!
wâa-ngai-ná gaae-thùuk-hǔuai-rhǒoe
What!! You won the lottery?

Example 2:
ว่าไงนะ ไฟไหม้โรงงาน!!
wâa-ngai-ná fai-mâi-roong-ngaan
What!! There is a fire at the factory?

5 – What!!

  • Phrase: อะไรนะ
  • Pronunciation: à-rai-ná
  • Literal meaning: What?

This phrase has exactly the same meaning as ว่าไงนะ (wâa-ngai-ná), and the two phrases are interchangeable. 

Example 1:
อะไรนะ แกใช้เงินเดือนหมดแล้ว! แต่นี่มันเพิ่งต้นเดือนเองนะ
à-rai-ná gaae-chái-ngoen-duuean-mòt-láaeo dtàae-nîi-man-phôeng-dtôn-duuean-eeng-ná
What? You spent all your monthly allowance? But this is just the beginning of the month!

Example 2:
อะไรนะ น้องมีหนี้บัตรเครดิต 1 ล้านบาท!
à-rai-ná náawng-mii-nîi-bàt-khree-dìt-nùeng-láan-bàat
What? You have a credit card debt of one million Baht?

6 – Really?

  • Phrase: จริงเหรอ
  • Pronunciation: jing-rǒoe
  • Literal meaning: Is it true?

You would use this intermediate Thai phrase to show that you doubt whether what the other party said is true.

Example 1:
จริงเหรอ เธออายุ 35 แล้วแน่นะ
jing-rǒoe thooe-aa-yú-sǎam-sìp-hâa-láaeo-nâae-ná
Really? Are you really 35 years old?

Example 2:
ตะวันสอบเลขผ่าน จริงเหรอ
dtà-wan-sàawp-lêek-phàan jing-rǒoe
Tawan passed the math test. Really?

7 – Expressing your thoughts and feelings with adjectives 

  • Sentence structure: adj. + จัง
  • Pronunciation: adj. + jang

You can also use adjectives to express your thoughts or feelings about something. 

Example 1:
So hot.

Example 2:
สวยจัง อยากได้บ้าง
sǔuai-jang yàak-dâi-bâang
So beautiful; I want one, too.

5. How to Use Etiquette Phrases in Thai

Finally, let us look at a few intermediate phrases in Thai that you can use in order to be polite in different situations. Learning these phrases will be useful for your daily interactions in both casual and formal contexts. 

1 – Welcome.

This phrase is used to welcome guests in formal situations. 

Example 1:
โรงแรมริมแพ ยินดีต้อนรับค่ะ
roong-raaem-rim-phaae yin-dii-dtâawn-ráp-khâ
Welcome to Rimphaae Hotel.

Example 2:
Welcome to our company.

2 – Please come in.

  • Phrase: เชิญ
  • Pronunciation: chooen
  • Literal meaning: invite

You would use this phrase when inviting someone into your home or place of business. 

Example 1:
เชิญค่ะ กี่ที่คะ
chooen-khâ gìi-thîi-khá
Please come in. How many people? [in a restaurant]

Example 2:
เชิญค่ะ ตามสบายนะคะ
chooen-khâ dtaam-sà-baai-ná-khá
Please come in. Make yourself at home.

3 – Make yourself at home.

When you invite someone to your place and want them to relax, you can use this Thai phrase.

Example 1:
ของบนโต๊ะนี้กินได้หมดเลย ตามสบายนะ
khǎawng-bon-dtó-níi-gin-dái-mòt-looei dtaam-sà-baai-ná
You can eat all of the food on this table. Make yourself at home.

Example 2:
เข้ามาเลย ตามสบายนะ
khâo-maa-looei dtaam-sà-baai-ná
Come in; make yourself at home.

4 – If you have any questions, please ask.

  • Phrase: ถ้าสงสัยอะไร ถามได้นะ
  • Pronunciation: thâa-sǒng-sǎi-à-rai thǎam-dâi-ná
  • Literal meaning: If you doubt anything, you can ask. 

You might hear this Thai phrase after someone explains something to you, for example. 

Example 1:
ข้อมูลทั้งหมดอยู่ในคู่มือนี้ ถ้าอ่านแล้วสงสัยอะไร ถามได้นะครับ
khâaw-muun-tháng-mòt-yùu-nai-khûu-muue-níi thâa-àan-láaeo-sǒng-sǎi-à-rai thǎam-dâi-ná-khráp
All the information is in the manual. If you have any questions after reading it, please ask.

Example 2:
ผมขอจบการพรีเซนต์เพียงเท่านี้ ถ้าสงสัยอะไร ถามได้นะครับ
phǒm-khǎaw-jòp-gaan-phrii-sén-phiiang-thâo-níi thâa-sǒng-sǎi-à-rai thǎam-dâi-ná-khráp
I will end my presentation now. If you have any questions, please ask.

5 – Have a safe trip.

When Thai people know that someone will be traveling, they often wish that person a safe trip using this intermediate-level Thai phrase.

Example 1:
อย่าขับรถเร็วเกินไปหละ เดินทางปลอดภัยนะ
yàa-khàp-rót-reo-gooen-bpai-là dooen-thaang-bplàawt-phai-ná
Don’t drive too fast, and have a safe trip.

Example 2:
แล้วเจอกันพรุ่งนี้ เดินทางปลอดภัยนะ
láaeo-jooe-gan-phrûng-níi dooen-thaang-bplàawt-phai-ná
See you tomorrow. Have a safe trip.

6 – Take care of your health.

  • Phrase: รักษาสุขภาพนะ
  • Pronunciation: rák-sǎa-sùk-khà-phâap-ná
  • Literal meaning: Take care of your health. 

Thai people often use this phrase to show that they care about someone. You can use it with people of all ages.

Example 1:
ช่วงนี้อากาศหนาว รักษาสุขภาพนะคะ
chûuang-níi-aa-gàat-nǎao rák-sǎa-sùk-khà-phâap-ná-khá
It has been quite cold lately; take care of your health.

Example 2:
อาทิตย์หน้า หนูจะมาเยี่ยมคุณยายใหม่ รักษาสุขภาพนะคะ
aa-thít-nâa nǔu-jà-maa-yîiam-khun-yaai-mài rák-sǎa-sùk-khà-phâap-ná-khá
I will visit you (grandma) again next week. Take care of your health.

A Woman Holding an Older Woman’s Hands in Her Own

I will visit you [grandma] again next week. Take care of your health.

7 – Good luck.

When you part ways with someone, you can use this intermediate Thai phrase to wish them luck.

Example 1:
พรุ่งนี้เธอมีสอบนี่ โชคดีนะ
phrûng-níi-thooe-mii-sàawp-nîi chôok-dii-ná
You have a test tomorrow. Good luck.

Example 2:
อย่าลืมเอาโน๊ตบุ๊คไปด้วยหละ โชคดีนะ
yàa-luuem-ao-nóot-búk-bpai-dûuai-là chôok-dii-ná
Don’t forget to bring a laptop with you. Good luck.

6. Conclusion

ดีมากค่ะ (dii-mâak-khâ)! You have already reached the end of this article and picked up the essential Thai phrases for intermediate learners. It will take some time and practice to master these phrases, so don’t feel bad if you can’t remember them all right away.

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The Best Thai-Language Podcasts for 2022


What is the best way to learn a new language quickly and effectively? Most people say that you have to be in a country or environment where people use that language in order to learn it yourself. But if moving to Thailand is not feasible, you have some other options: listening to Thai songs, watching movies or TV shows in Thai, finding a local Thai-speaking community… Still, with a limited budget and the pandemic going on, your options may be limited. This is why Thai-language podcasts might just be your new best friend when it comes to learning the language. 

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  1. Benefits of Learning Thai with Podcasts
  2. The Best Thai Podcasts for Learners
  3. Tips to Help You Learn Thai Effectively with Podcasts
  4. Conclusion

1. Benefits of Learning Thai with Podcasts

As the internet is becoming more widely used, podcasts are increasing in popularity. There’s a lot of content for you to listen to, and finding the right podcast and study methods can help you learn Thai while having fun. Listening to podcasts in Thai will provide you with a range of benefits.

1 – Immersion

Listening to Thai podcasts will allow you to hear people discussing various topics in Thai. In other words, you’ll get to listen to Thai people talk without actually being in Thailand.  

2 – Getting Familiar with the Thai Language

If you listen to podcasts often, you’ll subconsciously become more familiar with the Thai language in terms of pronunciation, grammar, and new vocabulary.

3 – Hearing Various Accents and Ways of Speaking 

While many Thai podcasts lack a clear curriculum, they do have one major advantage over traditional Thai classes: They allow you to hear a variety of accents and introduce you to different ways of speaking. In a classroom setting, teachers often use whichever accent is easiest to understand and don’t speak too quickly. Listening to podcasts, on the other hand, will definitely give you an idea of how Thai people talk in real life.

4 – Various Topics of Interest

If you’re attending a traditional Thai class, the topics you can learn about will be quite limited. But if your Thai is a bit more advanced, you’ll be able to improve your Thai with podcasts while also learning about a variety of topics you might be interested in: history, news, tourism, and the list goes on. This will not only make your Thai learning more interesting, but it will also help you learn about Thai culture and lifestyle. 

5 – Convenience

You can listen to podcasts whenever it’s most convenient for you, such as during breakfast or while driving. You won’t need to have a special “study time,” nor will you have to sit at a desk with your computer and textbooks. Rather, you can listen to Thai podcasts via mobile apps whenever and wherever you want.

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Listen to Thai podcasts during breakfast.

6 – Learning at Your Own Pace

You can learn at your own pace with Thai podcasts, as you can choose the podcasts that match your current level and repeat an episode as many times as you need to. If you’re a beginner, you might want to start with a podcast that covers a simple topic or that uses both Thai and English. If you’re an intermediate or advanced learner, you’ll have more flexibility to choose the podcasts that catch your interest. 

7 – Free

Best of all, the majority of Thai-language podcasts are available for free! 

2. The Best Thai Podcasts for Learners

In this section, we’ll give you recommendations for the top podcasts in Thailand. We have included podcasts in a variety of categories, so you’re sure to find one that matches your interests and goals. 

1 –

Theme: Teaching Podcast
Level: Beginner – Advanced

If you aim to learn Thai through a podcast, is your best option. Our Thai learning podcast is made specifically for teaching foreigners Thai, and our content ranges in difficulty from absolute beginner to advanced. Our Thai learners have access to daily podcast episodes, audio lessons, video lessons, a Thai word of the day, and more. And with a premium account, your Thai learning will be even more exciting and effective.  

2 – คำนี้ดี

Theme: English Vocabulary Teaching Podcast
Level: Intermediate – Advanced

คำนี้ดี (kham-níi-dii) is updated every weekday, and episodes are about 20-30 minutes long. This podcast is actually geared toward native Thai speakers who want to learn English, with each episode covering new English vocabulary. While this is not a Thai teaching podcast, you can still take advantage of it to learn the Thai language. Each English vocabulary word will be explained in detail, from its meaning to its nuanced differences from words with a similar meaning. You’ll get to hear about various topics and learn a lot of new Thai words, making this an excellent Thai podcast for intermediate and advanced Thai learners. 

3 – 8 Minutes History

Theme: History
Level: Intermediate – Advanced

If you love a good story and are interested in history, you shouldn’t miss this podcast at any cost! This Thai history podcast will tell you fascinating stories from around the world, covering topics such as “why Hitler lost WWII” and “the origin of the Italian mafia.” Each episode is eight minutes long (as implied by the name), and the podcast is updated every Tuesday and Thursday.

4 – Mission to the Moon

Theme: Business
Level: Intermediate – Advanced

Rawit Hanusaha is the CEO of SRICHAND, a Thai cosmetic brand. He is known for his success in rebranding and modernizing SRICHAND. Needless to say, his viewpoints on business, marketing, management, and inspiration are very interesting. There is a lot of content uploaded every day, so you have to stay tuned! 

5 – Morning Call by Creative Talk

Theme: Work Experiences
Level: Intermediate – Advanced

Despite not being updated in a while, this podcast consists of many stories about experiences in the workplace. Each episode is around 12-20 minutes long, and each one covers an interesting topic such as Murphy’s Law, the meaning of “obstacle,” turning weakness into strength, etc. 

6 – ความสุขโดยสังเกต

Theme: Lifestyle
Level: Intermediate – Advanced

One of the most famous writers in Thailand is นิ้วกลม (níu-glom), who wrote a book titled ความสุขโดยสังเกต (khwaam-sùk-dooi-sǎng-gèet). This book is all about happiness in daily life, and it inspired this popular Thai podcast about how “everyone wants to be happy.” Let’s open our minds and observe together what makes us happy!

A Happy Woman Celebrating while Listening to Something with Headphones

Find out what makes us happy.

7 – R U OK

Theme: Psychology
Level: Intermediate – Advanced

Nowadays, people are becoming more aware of psychological issues. In this engaging Thai podcast, you can learn about certain human behaviors in daily life and decide whether your own behaviors are normal or require help from a specialist. This podcast is updated every Tuesday and Friday, and each episode is around 30 minutes long.

8 – แปดบรรทัดครึ่ง

Theme: Business
Level: Intermediate – Advanced

แปดบรรทัดครึ่ง (bpàaet-ban-thát-khrûeng) means “eight and a half lines.” Kaweewut Temphuwapat is the host of this podcast, and he is known as the leader of the “Design Thinking” concept in Thailand. He shares stories about innovation, management, and marketing, as well as inspiration from all around the world. Those who are currently working will find his story very interesting and helpful. You can tune in every day for a new episode! 

9 – English at Work

Theme: English Teaching Podcast
Level: Intermediate – Advanced

This is another podcast geared toward Thai speakers who want to learn English, and it focuses on English for the workplace. If Thai people can learn English from this podcast, there’s no reason why you can’t learn Thai from it, right? You’ll get to learn new vocabulary and idioms that will help you a bunch when searching for a job in Thailand.

Four Colleagues Discussing Something Important

Learn Thai for the workplace.

10 – What ศัพท์

Theme: English Teaching Podcast
Level: Intermediate – Advanced

Even more advanced learners can struggle when it comes to understanding the news. This is because the vocabulary used on the news tends to differ from what’s used in daily life. The Thai news podcast WHAT ศัพท์ (wáawt-sàp) is geared toward Thai speakers learning English, but you’ll still be able to pick up new vocabulary and idioms as a Thai learner! A new upload is available every Tuesday. 

3. Tips to Help You Learn Thai Effectively with Podcasts

Learning Thai with podcasts is convenient, but it may not be that easy. To help you start off strong, we’ll give you some tips on how to learn Thai more effectively with podcasts. 

1 – Find a podcast that interests you. 

When you’re learning any language, being exposed to it often is essential as it helps you pick up the language more quickly. Listening to podcasts is one of the best ways for foreigners to expose themselves to the Thai language. Still, listening to something you’re not interested in can quickly bore you and make it harder to keep the habit going. It’s important to find a podcast with content that you’re interested in.

2 – List the new words and phrases you learn.

Most of the podcasts on our list were not made with Thai learners in mind. In order to efficiently learn Thai through those podcasts, you’ll need to help yourself a little. When you listen to a podcast and hear new words or phrases, you should make a list and practice using them in original sentences. And for those of you who have a Premium PLUS membership with, you can send your sentences to your teacher for feedback! 

3 – Practice your pronunciation.

Thai tones and pronunciation are not easy. To improve your speaking skills and become more familiar with Thai accents, it’s a good idea to repeat after the host. Despite not fully understanding what the host said, you’ll still get to practice the pronunciation and tones.

A Woman Listening to Something with Headphones

Listen and repeat.

4 – Listen to podcasts often.

Consistency is one of the keys to success in language learning. It takes time to learn any language, and if you can’t visit Thailand, listening to podcasts often will be of tremendous help. As a beginner, you may not fully understand everything. But the more you listen, the more familiar you’ll become with the Thai language. As a result, your Thai skills (especially in listening and speaking) will improve over time.

5 – Ask your teacher if you have any questions.

As you’re still learning Thai, it’s natural that you won’t understand everything you hear in podcasts. For example, you may not understand why the hosts are using a certain ending particle. To make your Thai learning with podcasts even more effective, list any questions you have and ask your Thai teacher in the MyTeacher Messenger on  

4. Conclusion

We hope you now have a good idea of what Thai podcasts are available to you and which ones you’d like to listen to. If you’ve already been listening to podcasts in Thai, please let us know your favorites in the comments below! 

While Thai podcasts are a great way to learn Thai, you should only use them as a supplement to a more structured approach. Don’t forget to visit, create your free lifetime account, and check out our curated lesson pathways! Below is just a sample of what we have to offer. 

Happy learning! 

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The Essential Thai Phrases for Beginners


When you start learning any foreign language, it can be a little overwhelming as there’s a lot to learn and remember. It can be especially discouraging if your progress is slow at the beginning. Here’s a shortcut for you: 

We have prepared a comprehensive guide to basic Thai phrases for beginners. You can use these phrases in a variety of situations; this makes them useful for language learners, travelers, or those who have just moved to Thailand and speak only a little Thai. 

Let’s start learning the essential beginner phrases in the Thai language.

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  1. Thai Grammar Rules You Should Know
  2. Basic Thai Greetings and Self-introductions
  3. Thai Courtesy Phrases and Social Expressions
  4. Basic Thai Phrases for Dining
  5. Basic Thai Phrases for Shopping
  6. Basic Thai Phrases for Getting Help
  7. Conclusion

1. Thai Grammar Rules You Should Know

There are a couple of grammar rules we need to cover before diving into our list. Keeping these rules in mind will make it easier for you to memorize and correctly use the Thai phrases for beginners introduced in this article. 

1 – Male

Pronoun: ผม (phǒm) is the singular first person pronoun (“I”) for males.
Ending particle: ครับ (khráp) is an ending particle for males, used when the speaker wants to make the sentence polite.

2 – Female

Pronoun: ฉัน (chǎn) is the singular first person pronoun (“I”) for females.
Ending particle: ค่ะ (khâ) is an ending particle for females, used when the speaker wants to make the sentence polite.

2. Basic Thai Greetings and Self-introductions

Our first set of basic Thai-language phrases for beginners consists of different ways to greet others and introduce yourself

1 – สวัสดี

Pronunciation: sà-wàt-dii
English: Hello. / Hi.

สวัสดี (sà-wàt-dii) is the basic greeting word in Thai, though it can also mean “goodbye.” Thai people use this word at any time of day when greeting or parting ways. In formal situations, they say สวัสดี (sà-wàt-dii) while doing the action called ไหว้ (wâi).

2 – subject + ชื่อ + ___ (name) + ending particle

Pronunciation: subject + chûue + ___ (name) + ending particle
English: My name is ___ (name).

The structure of this sentence is quite simple. When you introduce yourself, you just have to be careful to use the correct subject and ending particle according to your gender.  

3 – ยินดีที่ได้รู้จัก

Pronunciation: yin-dii-thîi-dâi-rúu-jàk
English: Nice to meet you.

Thai people use this phrase when they’re meeting someone new. In addition, you could say this to someone you’re meeting for the first time through online meetings or email (rather than in person). 

4 – ยินดีที่ได้พบ

Pronunciation: yin-dii-thîi-dâi-phóp
English: Nice to meet you.

This phrase is similar to the one above, but you would use it only once you finally get to meet the person for the first time (in person). 

5 – subject + มาจาก + ประเทศ ___ (name of country) + ending particle

Pronunciation: subject + maa-jàak + bprà-thêet ___ (name of country) + ending particle
English: I’m from ___ (name of country).

This is another useful sentence structure you can use in self-introductions. Again, just remember to use the correct subject and ending particle, and you’ll be fine.

6 – คุณสบายดีไหม

Pronunciation: khun-sà-baai-dii-mǎi
English: How are you?

Asking about the other party is a formal way to start a conversation. Since you would use this phrase in formal situations, don’t forget to add the appropriate ending particle (ครับ – khráp or ค่ะ – khâ) to the end of the sentence as well.

7 – เป็นยังไงบ้าง

Pronunciation: bpen-yang-ngai-bâang
English: How are you?

This phrase has the same meaning as the one above. The difference is that you would use this phrase in a casual conversation.  

8 – Example 1

นารา: สวัสดีค่ะ ฉันชื่อนาราค่ะ
naa-raa: sà-wàt-dii-khâ chǎn-chûue-naa-raa-khâ
Nara: Hello, my name is Nara.

ไมค์: สวัสดีครับ ผมชื่อไมค์ครับ คุณมาจากประเทศอะไรครับ
mái: sà-wàt-dii-khráp phǒm-chûue-mái-khráp khun-maa-jàak-bprà-thêet-à-rai-khráp
Mike: Hi, my name is Mike. Where are you from?

นารา: ฉันมาจากประเทศไทยค่ะ แล้วคุณหละคะ
naa-raa: chǎn-maa-jàak-bprà-thêet-thai-khâ láaeo-khun-là-khá
Nara: I come from Thailand, what about you?

ไมค์: ผมมาจากประเทศแคนาดาครับ ยินดีที่ได้รู้จักครับ
mái: phǒm-maa-jàak-bprà-thêet-khaae-naa-daa-khráp yin-dii-thîi-dâi-rúu-jàk-khráp
Mike: I come from Canada. Nice to meet you.

นารา: ยินดีที่ได้รู้จักคุณเช่นกันค่ะ
naa-raa: yin-dii-thîi-dâi-rúu-jàk-khun-chên-gan-khâ
Nara: Nice to meet you as well.

A Thai Woman Giving a Greeting

Hello, my name is Nara.

9 – Example 2

มานพ: คุณชื่อเดวิดรึเปล่าครับ ผมมานพครับ เราคุยกับเมื่อวันก่อนทางอีเมล ยินดีที่ได้พบครับ
maa-nóp: khun-chûue-dee-wìt-rúe-bplào-khráp phǒm-maa-nóp-khráp rao-khui-gan-thaang-ii-meeo-mûuea- wan-gàawn yin-dii-thîi-dâi-phóp-khráp
Manop: Are you David? I’m Manop. We talked through email the other day. Nice to meet you.

เดวิด: ใช่ครับ ผมชื่อเดวิดครับ ยินดีที่ได้พบคุณมานพเช่นกันครับ คุณสบายดีไหมครับ
dee-wìt: châi-khráp phǒm-chûue-dee-wìt-khráp yin-dii-thîi-dâi-phóp-khun-maa-nóp-chên-gan-khráp khun- sà-baai-dii-mǎi-khráp
David: Yes, my name is David. Nice to meet you too. How are you?

มานพ: ผมสบายดีครับ คุณเดวิดหละครับ
maa-nóp: phǒm-sà-baai-dii-khráp khun-dee-wìt-là-khráp
Manop: I’m good. What about you?

เดวิด: ช่วงนี้ผมงานเยอะ เลยรู้สึกเหนื่อยนิดหน่อยครับ
dee-wìt: chûuang-níi-phǒm-ngaan-yóe looei-rúu-sùek-nùueai-nít-nàauy-khráp
David: I have a lot of work to do, so I’m a little tired.

An Older Businessman Talking to a Younger One

I’m fine, David.

3. Thai Courtesy Phrases and Social Expressions

Below, we have listed and explained the essential Thai beginner phrases for being polite and courteous in your everyday interactions. Memorize and practice these expressions to make a good impression on native speakers during your visit! 

1 – ขอบคุณ

Pronunciation: khàawp-khun
English: Thank you.

In casual situations, you could just say ขอบคุณ (khàawp-khun). But in formal situations, you would want to perform the action called ไหว้ (wâi) while saying this phrase. Also, don’t forget to add the appropriate ending particle (ครับ – khráp or ค่ะ – khâ) to make it sound more polite.

2 – ขอบใจ

Pronunciation: khàawp-jai
English: Thank you.

ขอบใจ (khàawp-jai) has the same meaning as ขอบคุณ (khàawp-khun), but it is used in different situations. This expression is used by older people or those of a higher status in order to show their gratitude. Thai people don’t add an ending particle to this phrase. 

3 – ยินดี

Pronunciation: yin-dii
English: You are welcome.

When someone tells you ขอบใจ (khàawp-jai) or ขอบคุณ (khàawp-khun), you could say this phrase back to them.

4 – ขอโทษ

Pronunciation: khǎaw-thôot
English: Sorry. / Excuse me.

ขอโทษ (khǎaw-thôot) can be used as “sorry” or “excuse me,” depending on the context. When using it to apologize, especially in formal situations, you could also do the action called ไหว้ (wâi).

5 – ไม่เป็นไร

Pronunciation: mâi-bpen-rai
English: It’s okay.

Thai people say ไม่เป็นไร (mâi-bpen-rai) when someone apologizes to them; it lets the other party know that their apology is accepted.

6 – แล้วเจอกันนะ

Pronunciation: láaeo-jooe-gan-ná
English: See you.

Thai people say แล้วเจอกันนะ (láaeo-jooe-gan-ná) when they part ways with someone whom they expect to see again. 

7 – ดูแลตัวเองนะ

Pronunciation: duu-laae-dtuua-eeng-ná
English: Take care.

ดูแลตัวเองนะ (duu-laae-dtuua-eeng-ná) is another goodbye expression. This one shows that the speaker cares for the other person. 

8 – โชคดีนะ

Pronunciation: chôok-dii-ná
English: Good luck.

Similar to ดูแลตัวเองนะ (duu-laae-dtuua-eeng-ná), Thai people say โชคดีนะ (chôok-dii-ná) when parting ways

9 – Example 1

พนักงานเสิร์ฟ: คุณคะ คุณลืมโทรศัพท์มือถือไว้ที่โต๊ะอาหารค่ะ
phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep: khun-khá khun-luuem-thoo-rá-sàp-muue-thǔue-wái-thîi-dtó-aa-hǎan-khâ
Waitress: Hey, you forgot your mobile phone at the dining table.

ลูกค้า: จริงด้วย ขอบคุณนะคะ
lûuk-kháa: jing-dûuai khàawp-khun-ná-khá
Customer: That is right. Thank you.

พนักงานเสิร์ฟ: ยินดีค่ะ โอกาสหน้าเชิญร้านเราอีกนะคะ
phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep: yin-dii-khâ oo-gàat-nâa-chooen-ráan-rao-ìik-ná-khá
Waitress: You are welcome. And please visit our restaurant again.

10 – Example 2

หลานสาว: คุณยายคะ หนูทำขนมเค้กมาฝากค่ะ
lǎan-sǎao: khun-yaai-khá nǔu-tham-khà-nǒm-khéek-maa-fàak-khâ
Niece: Grandma, I baked a cake for you.

คุณยาย: ขอบใจจ้ะ แล้วเมื่อวานนี้ หนูได้ซื้อนมให้ยายรึเปล่าจ๊ะ
khun-yaai: khàawp-jai-jâ láaeo-mûuea-waan-níi nǔu-dâi-súue-nom-hâi-yaai-rúe-bplàao-já
Grandma: Thank you. By the way, did you buy milk for me yesterday?

หลานสาว: ขอโทษค่ะ หนูลืมสนิทเลยค่ะ
lǎan-sǎao: khǎaw-thôot-khâ nǔu-luuem-sà-nìt-looei-khâ
Niece: I’m sorry. I totally forgot about it.

คุณยาย: ไม่เป็นไรจ้ะ 
khun-yaai: mâi-bpen-rai-jâ
Grandma: It’s okay.

หลานสาว: หนูต้องกลับแล้วค่ะ คุณยายดูแลตัวเองนะคะ แล้วเจอกันพรุ่งนี้นะคะ
lǎan-sǎao: nǔu-dtâawng-glàp-láaeo-khâ khun-yaai-duu-laae-dtuua-eeng-ná-khá láaeo-jooe-gan-phrûng-níi- ná-khá
Niece: I have to go now. Please take care of yourself, and see you tomorrow.

คุณยาย: จ้ะ โชคดีนะ
khun-yaai: jâ chôok-dii-ná
Grandma: Good luck.

A Woman Talking and Holding Hands with Her Grandmother

I have to go now. Please take care of yourself, and see you tomorrow.

4. Basic Thai Phrases for Dining

Thailand is the perfect place to find good food, 24-7! If you visit Thailand, knowing these simple Thai beginner phrases for dining out will help you make the most of your culinary adventure. 

1 – ขอเมนูหน่อย

Pronunciation: khǎaw-mee-nuu-nàauy
English: I want a menu.

Many local restaurants that have only a few dishes available will have the menu shown on the wall. However, in most larger restaurants, you can ask for a menu from the waiter or waitress.

2 – สั่งอาหารหน่อย

Pronunciation: sàng-aa-hǎan-nàauy
English: I want to order.

You can say this phrase to the waiter or waitress to let them know you’re ready to order.  

3 – มีอาหารแนะนำมั้ย

Pronunciation: mii-aa-hǎan-náe-nam-mâi
English: Do you have any recommended dishes?

If there is a lot to choose from and you’re not sure which dish to try, you could ask the waiter or waitress this question.

4 – subject + เอาอันนี้ + ___ (number) + ที่

Pronunciation: subject + ao-an-níi + ___ (number) + thîi
English: I want ___ (number) of this.

If you don’t know (or can’t pronounce) the name of the food item, you can point at the name or picture and say this phrase. You can also use this phrase to tell them how many you want.

5 – subject + เอา + ___ (name of the dish) + ___ (number) + ที่

Pronunciation: subject + ao + ___ (name of the dish) + ___ (number) + thîi
English: I want ___ (number) of ___ (name of the dish).

If you know the name of the food item or dish, just substitute อันนี้ (an-níi) with the name of the dish.

6 – เอาเผ็ดน้อย

Pronunciation: ao-phèt-náauy
English: Not so spicy, please.

If you can eat spicy food but aren’t sure how much spice you can handle, tell the waiter or waitress this after ordering the food.

7 – เอาไม่เผ็ด

Pronunciation: ao-mâi-phèt
English: Not spicy, please.

If you can’t eat spicy food at all, don’t forget to tell the waiter or waitress this after ordering the food.

8 – สั่งกลับบ้าน

Pronunciation: sàng-glàp-bâan
English: Takeaway, please.

If you want to order takeout, say this phrase either before or after your order. If you don’t tell them this, they will assume you’ll have your meal at the restaurant.

9 – คิดเงินหน่อย

Pronunciation: khít-ngooen-nàauy
English: Bill, please.

You can say this phrase to the waiter or waitress to let them know you’re ready to pay.

10 – Example 

ลูกค้า: ขอเมนูหน่อยค่ะ มีอาหารแนะนำมั้ยคะ
lûuk-kháa: khǎaw-mee-nuu-nàauy-khâ mii-aa-hǎan-náe-nam-mái-khá
Customer: I want a menu. Do you have any recommended dishes?

พนักงานเสิร์ฟ: นี่เมนูค่ะ อาหารที่ขายดีของร้านเรา คือ ผัดไทยกุ้งสดค่ะ
phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep: nîi-mee-nuu-khâ aa-hǎan-thîi-khǎai-dii-khǎawng-ráan-rao-khuue-phàt-thai-gûng-sòt-khâ
Waitress: Here is the menu. The popular dish of our restaurant is “pad thai with shrimp.”

ลูกค้า: ฉันเอาผัดไทย 1 ที่และเอาอันนี้ 1 ที่ สั่งกลับบ้านค่ะ เอาไม่เผ็ดนะคะ
lûuk-kháa: chǎn-ao-phàt-thai-gûng-sòt-nùeng-thîi-láe-ao-an-níi-nùeng-thîi  sàng-glàp-bâan-khâ ao-mâi- phèt-ná-khá
Customer: I want one pad thai with shrimp and one to take home, not spicy please.

พนักงานเสิร์ฟ: อาหารมาแล้วค่ะ
phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep: aa-hǎan-maa-láaeo-khâ
Waitress: Here is your food.

ลูกค้า: คิดเงินหน่อยค่ะ 
lûuk-kháa: khít-ngooen-nàauy-khâ
Customer: Bill, please.

พนักงานเสิร์ฟ: 100 บาทค่ะ
phá-nák-ngaan-sòoep: nùeng-ráauy-bàat-khâ
Waitress: 100 Baht.

A Couple Ordering Food in a Thai Restaurant

I want one pad thai with shrimp and one to take home, not spicy please.

5. Basic Thai Phrases for Shopping

If you love shopping, you must know these useful Thai phrases for beginners. They will allow you to easily buy things on your own. 

1 – ขอโทษ

Pronunciation: khǎaw-thôot
English: Excuse me

You would use this phrase to get a seller’s attention.

2 – subject + อยากได้ + ___ (noun)

Pronunciation: subject + yàak-dâi + ___ (noun).
English: I want ___.

This is a simple Thai sentence you could use to tell a vendor what you want. If you don’t know what the item is called in Thai, you could point to it and say อันนี้ (an-níi) – “this one” instead.

3 – มี + ___ (noun) + ขายมั้ย

Pronunciation: mii + ___ (noun) + khǎai-mái
English: Do you have ___ (noun)?

If you’re not sure whether the shop carries the item you want, you could use this phrase to ask. Like with the previous phrase, if you’re not sure what it’s called, you can show the seller a picture of it and say อันนี้ (an-níi) – “this one.” 

4 – ___ (noun) + อยู่ตรงไหน

Pronunciation: ___ (noun) + yùu-dtrong-nǎi
English: Where is ___ (noun)?

You can ask this question if you can’t find the item you’re looking for. Like with the phrases above, you can use the word อันนี้ (an-níi) – “this one” in place of the noun. 

5 – จ่ายเงินตรงไหน

Pronunciation: jàai-ngooen-dtrong-nǎi
English: Where is the cashier?

If you’re in a local shop and not sure where to pay, or if you’re in the department store and can’t find the cashier, you can ask this question.

6 – ราคาเท่าไหร่

Pronunciation: raa-khaa-thâo-rài
English: How much is it?

This is a simple question used to ask for the price. If you want to be more specific, you could add the name of the item or the word อันนี้ (an-níi) – “this one” to the beginning of the question.

7 – ลดหน่อยได้มั้ย

Pronunciation: lót-nàauy-dâi-mái
English: Can you give me a discount?

If you’re in a local shop or a fresh market, you can ask this question to try getting a discount. But keep in mind that it won’t work if you’re shopping in a department store or a convenience store.

8 – มีโปรโมชั่นมั้ย

Pronunciation: mii-bproo-moo-chân-mái
English: Are there any promotions?

If you want to get a special offer when shopping in a department store or a convenience store, you could ask this question.

9 – จ่ายด้วยบัตรเครดิตได้มั้ย

Pronunciation: jàai-dûuai-bàt-khree-dìt-dâi-mái
English: Can I pay with a credit card?

If you’re at a restaurant, department store, or convenience store, you can try asking this. Some stores have a minimum amount of 300 Baht, but some stores don’t.

10 – Example

ลูกค้า: ขอโทษครับ คุณมีนมถั่วเหลืองขายมั้ยครับ
lûuk-kháa: khǎaw-thôot-khráp khun-mii-nom-thùua-lǔueang-khǎai-mái-khráp
Customer: Excuse me, do you have soy milk?

พนักงาน: มีค่ะ อยู่ทางด้านโน้นค่ะ
phá-nák-ngaan: mii-khâ yùu-thaang-dâan-núun-khâ
Staff: Yes, we do. It is over there.

ลูกค้า: ผมอยากได้ซีเรียลด้วยครับ ซีเรียลอยู่ตรงไหนครับ
lûuk-kháa: phǒm-yàak-dâi-sii-rîiao-dûuai-khráp sii-rîiao-yùu-dtrong-nǎi-khráp
Customer: I want cereal, too. Where is it?

พนักงาน: ซีเรียลอยู่ที่ชั้นทางด้านซ้ายค่ะ
phá-nák-ngaan: sii-rîiao-yùu-thîi-chán-dâan-sáai-khâ
Staff: It is on the shelf on the left.

ลูกค้า: ขอบคุณครับ จ่ายเงินตรงไหนครับ
lûuk-kháa: khàawp-khun-khráp jàai-ngooen-dtrong-nǎi-khráp
Customer: Thank you. Where is the cashier?

พนักงาน: ทางนี้ค่ะ
phá-nák-ngaan: thaang-níi-khâ
Staff: This way.

ลูกค้า: ราคาเท่าไหร่ครับ
lûuk-kháa: raa-khaa-thâo-rài-khráp
Customer: How much is it?

พนักงาน: 250 บาทค่ะ
phá-nák-ngaan: sǎawng-ráauy-hâa-sìp-bàat-khâ
Staff: 250 Baht.

ลูกค้า: มีโปรโมชั่นมั้ยครับ
lûuk-kháa: mii-bproo-moo-chân-mái-khráp
Customer: Are there any promotions?

พนักงาน: ตอนนี้ไม่มีค่ะ
phá-nák-ngaan: dtaawn-níi-mâi-mii-khâ
Staff: Not at the moment. 

ลูกค้า: จ่ายด้วยบัตรเครดิตได้มั้ยครับ
lûuk-kháa: jàai-dûuai-bàt-khree-dìt-dâi-mái-khráp
Customer: Can I pay with a credit card?

พนักงาน: ได้ค่ะ
phá-nák-ngaan: dâi-khâ
Staff: Yes, you can.

Someone Handing Over a Credit Card to Pay for Something

Can I pay with a credit card?

6. Basic Thai Phrases for Getting Help

Wherever you are, the unexpected can happen. If you’re in Thailand, knowing some Thai survival phrases will make life much easier. 

1 – ช่วยด้วย

Pronunciation: chûuai-dûuai
English: Help!

If you’re in a bad situation, such as a fire, robbery, or car accident, don’t hesitate to shout this word for help.

2 – ช่วยเรียกรถพยาบาลหน่อย

Pronunciation: chûuai-rîiak-rót-phá-yaa-baan-nàauy
English: Please call an ambulance.

If you need medical help, you can ask for an ambulance using this request.

3 – ___ (place) อยู่ที่ไหน

Pronunciation: ___ (place) + yùu-thîi-nǎi
English: Where is ___?

This is a useful question pattern you could use to get directions to important places, such as a bathroom, hospital, or police station.

4 – คุณพูดภาษาอังกฤษได้มั้ย

Pronunciation: khun-phûut-phaa-sǎa-ang-grìt-dâi-mái
English: Can you speak English?

Some Thai people can speak English, so it would be good to check before proceeding to ask your next question. FYI: Thai people are very kind. Even if they don’t speak English, most of them will still be willing to help you.

5 – subject + ไม่เข้าใจ

Pronunciation: subject + mâi-khâo-jai
English: I don’t understand.

If you know a little bit of Thai, you could attempt using it to talk with native speakers. If you don’t understand what they’re saying, tell them directly; they will try to find another way to communicate with you.

6 – ช่วยพูดอีกครั้งได้มั้ย

Pronunciation: chûuai-phûut-ìik-khráng-dâi-mái
English: Can you repeat it one more time?

You could ask this if you didn’t understand everything they said and want them to repeat the sentence again.

7 – ช่วยพูดช้า ๆ ได้มั้ย

Pronunciation: chûuai-phûut-chá-chá-dâi-mái
English: Can you speak slowly?

You could ask this if you didn’t understand everything they said and want them to speak a little slower.

8 – อันนี้ ภาษาไทยเรียกว่าอะไร

Pronunciation: an-níi phaa-sǎa-thai-rîiak-wâa-à-rai
English: What is this called in Thai?

If you want to know what something is called in Thai, you can point to that object and ask this question.

9 – คำนี้ ภาษาไทยคืออะไร

Pronunciation: kham-níi phaa-sǎa-thai-khuue-à-rai
English: What is “___” in Thai?

If you want to know the Thai meaning or translation of a word, you can ask this question.

10 – Example 1

มาเรีย: ช่วยด้วย!
maa-riia: chûuai-dûuai
Maria: Help!

วรรณา: เกิดอะไรขึ้น
wan-naa: gòoet-à-rai-khûen
Wanna: What’s happening?

มาเรีย: จู่ ๆ เขาก็หมดสติ ช่วยเรียกรถพยาบาลหน่อย
maa-riia: jùu-jùu-khǎo-gâaw-mòt-sà-dtì chûuai-rîiak-rót-phá-yaa-baan-nàauy
Maria: Suddenly, he lost consciousness. Can you call an ambulance?

11 – Example 2

แซม: ขอโทษครับ คุณพูดภาษาอังกฤษได้มั้ยครับ
saaem: khǎaw-thôot-khráp khun-phûut-phaa-sǎa-ang-grìt-dâi-mái-khráp
Sam: Excuse me, can you speak English?

ฤดี: พูดไม่ได้ค่ะ
rúe-dee: phûut-mâi-dâi-khâ
Ruedee: I can’t speak English.

แซม: ไม่เป็นไรครับ ผมพูดภาษาไทยได้นิดหน่อย แต่ช่วยพูดช้า ๆ ได้มั้ยครับ
saaem: mâi-bpen-rai-khráp phǒm-phûut-phaa-sǎa-thai-dâi-nít-nàauy dtàae-chûuai-phûut-chá-chá-dâi-mái- khráp
Sam: That’s okay. I can speak Thai a little. But can you speak slowly?

ฤดี: ได้ค่ะ
rúe-dee: dâi-khâ
Ruedee: Sure.

*Sam shows a picture to Ruedee.*

แซม: อันนี้ ภาษาไทยเรียกว่าอะไรครับ
saaem: an-níi phaa-sǎa-thai-rîiak-wâa-à-rai-khráp
Sam: What is this called in Thai?

ฤดี: โรงพยาบาลค่ะ
rúe-dee: roong-phá-yaa-baan-khâ
Ruedee: It is called “roong-phá-yaa-baan.”

แซม: แถวนี้มีโรงพยาบาลมั้ยครับ
saaem: thǎaeo-níi-mii-roong-phá-yaa-baan-mái-khráp
Sam: Is there a hospital nearby?

ฤดี: มีค่ะ ตรงไปแล้วเลี้ยวซ้ายค่ะ
rúe-dee: mii-khâ dtrong-bpai-lâaeo-líiao-sáai-khâ
Ruedee: Yes, there is. You go straight and turn left.

แซม: ผมไม่เข้าใจครับ ช่วยพูดอีกครั้งได้มั้ยครับ
saaem: phǒm-mâi-khâo-jai-khráp chûuai-phûut-ìik-khráng-dâi-mái-khráp
Sam: I don’t understand. Can you repeat it one more time?

ฤดี: ตรงไป แล้ว เลี้ยวซ้ายค่ะ
rúe-dee: dtrong-bpai láaeo líiao-sáai-khâ
Ruedee: Go straight and turn left.

แซม: ขอบคุณครับ
saaem: khàawp-khun-khráp
Sam: Thank you.

A Woman at an Info Center Giving Directions to a Tourist

Is there a hospital nearby?

7. Conclusion

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A Useful List of Advanced Thai Words


Have you been learning Thai for a while and want to continue expanding your knowledge? If you already feel comfortable using the language at an intermediate level, it’s time to press onward and start learning advanced Thai vocabulary. Picking up more sophisticated words and terms will enable you to understand more complex conversations and communicate more like a native speaker.

To help you start strong, we have prepared this practical list of advanced Thai vocabulary words. For each word, we have included: 

  • English translation
  • Part of speech
  • Example(s) of use

At, it’s our goal to make learning Thai easy and fun! Keep reading to become acquainted with the most important advanced words in the Thai language.

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  1. Advanced Academic Words
  2. Advanced Business Words
  3. Advanced Medical Words
  4. Advanced Legal Words
  5. Alternative Words for More Sophisticated Writing & Speech
  6. Conclusion

1. Advanced Academic Words

Do you plan to study in Thailand? Learning these advanced Thai words for essays, thesis papers, and academic reading will help you thrive and flourish in any Thai school

1 – วิทยานิพนธ์

Pronunciation: wít-thá-yaa-ní-phon
English meaning: thesis
Part of speech: noun

Have you finished your thesis?

2 – คำนำ / บทนำ

Pronunciation: kham-nam / bòt-nam
English meaning: introduction
Part of speech: noun

Example 1:
คำนำไม่ควรยาวเกิน 1 หน้านะ
The introduction shouldn’t be longer than one page.

Example 2:
บทนำไม่ควรยาวเกิน 1 หน้านะ
The introduction shouldn’t be longer than one page.

3 – สารบัญ

Pronunciation: sǎa-rá-ban
English meaning: table of contents
Part of speech: noun

I forgot to print the table of contents.

4 – วิจัย

Pronunciation: wí-jai
English meaning: research
Part of speech: verb

เธอยังไม่เริ่มทำวิจัยอีกเหรอ แล้วจะทำวิทยานิพนธ์เสร็จทันมั้ย
thooe-yang-mâi-rôoem-tham-wí-jai-ìik-rǒoe láaeo-jà-tham-wít-thá-yaa-ní-phon-sèt-than-mái
You haven’t even started research? Will you be able to finish the thesis in time?

5 – ความเป็นมาและความสำคัญของปัญหา

Pronunciation: khwaam-bpen-maa-láe-khwaam-sǎm-khan-khǎawng-bpan-hǎa
English meaning: problem statement
Part of speech: noun

เวลาเริ่มทำวิทยานิพนธ์ ต้องเริ่มจากการเขียนความเป็นมาและความสำคัญของปัญหา
wee-laa-rôoem-tham-wít-thá-yaa-ní-phon dtâawng-rôoem-jàak-gaan-khǐian-khwaam-bpen-maa-láe-khwaam-sǎm-khan-khǎawng-bpan-hǎa
When doing a thesis, you should start with a problem statement.

6 – วัตถุประสงค์ / เป้าหมาย

Pronunciation: wát-thù-bprà-sǒng / bpâo-mǎai
English meaning: objective
Part of speech: noun

Example 1: 
What is the objective of this research?

Example 2:
What is the objective of this research?

Additional note:
วัตถุประสงค์ sounds more formal than เป้าหมาย.

7 – การทบทวนวรรณกรรม

Pronunciation: gaan-thóp-thuuan-wan-ná-gam
English meaning: literature review
Part of speech: noun

ฉันทำการทบทวนวรรณกรรมไม่เป็น เธอสอนฉันหน่อยได้มั้ย
chǎn-tham-gaan-thóp-thuuan-wan-ná-gam-mâi-bpen thooe-sǎawn-chǎn-nàuuy-dâi-mâi
I don’t know how to do a literature review. Can you teach me?

8 – คำนิยาม

Pronunciation: kham-ní-yaam
English meaning: definition
Part of speech: noun

What is the definition of this word?

9 – คำอธิบาย

Pronunciation: kham-à-thí-baai
English meaning: explanation
Part of speech: noun

Don’t forget to write an explanation at the end of the report.

10 – วิธีดำเนินการทำวิจัย

Pronunciation: wí-thii-dam-nooen-gaan-tham-wí-jai
English meaning: research methodology
Part of speech: noun

You should ask for advice about research methodology from your teacher.

11 – การเก็บรวบรวมข้อมูล

Pronunciation: gaan-gèb-rûuap-ruuam-khâaw-muun
English meaning: sample and data collection
Part of speech: noun

ฉันใช้เวลา 3 เดือนในการเก็บรวบรวมข้อมูล
I spent three months on sample and data collection.

12 – ผลวิเคราะห์ข้อมูล

Pronunciation: phǒn-wí-khráw-khâaw-muun
English meaning: data analysis
Part of speech: noun

When will I get the data analysis?

13 – บทสรุป

Pronunciation: bòt-sà-rùp
English meaning: conclusion
Part of speech: noun

Your conclusion is very good.

14 – อภิปราย

Pronunciation: à-phí-bpraai
English meaning: to discuss
Part of speech: verb

Let’s discuss this topic again.

15 – ข้อเสนอแนะ

Pronunciation: khâaw-sà-nǒoe-náe
English meaning: suggestion
Part of speech: noun

เธอควรจะเขียนข้อเสนอแนะซัก 2-3 ข้อนะ
You should write a few suggestions.

16 – ดัชนี

Pronunciation: dàt-chá-nii
English meaning: index
Part of speech: noun

ปกติแล้ว ดัชนีจะอยู่ส่วนท้ายของรายงาน
bpòk-gà-dtì-láaeo dàt-chá-nii-jà-yùu-sùuan-tháai-khǎawng-raai-ngaan
Normally, the index is put at the end of the report.

17 – อ้างอิง

Pronunciation: âang-ing
English meaning: to cite
Part of speech: verb

Don’t forget to cite the source of information.

18 – สมมติฐาน

Pronunciation: sǒm-mút-dtì-thǎan
English meaning: assumption
Part of speech: noun

What is your assumption?

19 – เชิงอรรถ

Pronunciation: chooeng-àt
English meaning: footnote
Part of speech: noun

What is the footnote?

20 – ทฤษฎี

Pronunciation: thrít-sà-dii
English meaning: theory
Part of speech: noun

ฉันไม่เข้าใจทฤษฎีนี้เลยซักนิดเดียว มันยากมาก
chǎn-mâi-khâo-jai-thrít-sà-dii-níi-looei-sák-nít-diiao man-yâak-mâak
I don’t understand a thing about this theory. It is extremely difficult.

21 – การประเมิน

Pronunciation: gaan-bprà-mooen
English meaning: assessment
Part of speech: noun

Lada did not pass the assessment.

22 – การโต้วาที

Pronunciation: gaan-dtôo-waa-thii
English meaning: debate
Part of speech: noun

The topic of this debate is very interesting.

A Red Figure Debating with a Blue Figure

23 – เกณฑ์การประเมิน

Pronunciation: geen-gaan-bprà-mooen
English meaning: evaluation criteria
Part of speech: noun

Don’t forget to look at the evaluation criteria.

2. Advanced Business Words

For those who are doing business in Thailand, knowing these advanced Thai vocabulary words will make all the difference in your day-to-day communications. We have included terminology related to companies, policies, and the business world, as well as words you could use in the workplace

1 – กรรมการ

Pronunciation: gam-má-gaan
English meaning: director
Part of speech: noun

บริษัทนี้มีกรรมการ 5 คน
There are five directors in this company.

2 – ที่ปรึกษา

Pronunciation: thîi-bprùk-sǎa
English meaning: consultant
Part of speech: noun

Mintra is our company’s consultant.

3 – ผู้จัดการ

Pronunciation: phûu-jàt-gaan
English meaning: manager
Part of speech: noun

The manager just resigned from our company.

4 – รองผู้จัดการ

Pronunciation: raawng-phûu-jàt-gaan
English meaning: assistant manager
Part of speech: noun

The assistant manager was just promoted to manager last month.

5 – ผู้ถือหุ้น

Pronunciation: phûu-thǔue-hûn
English meaning: shareholder
Part of speech: noun

There was a shareholder meeting yesterday.

6 – ตลาดหุ้น

Pronunciation: dtà-làat-hûn
English meaning: stock market
Part of speech: noun

The stock market crashed last week.

7 – กำไร

Pronunciation: gam-rai
English meaning: profit
Part of speech: noun

The company’s profit increased this year.

An Image Depicting a Steady Increase in Profit

The company’s profit increased this year.

8 – ขาดทุน

Pronunciation: khàat-thun
English meaning: loss
Part of speech: noun

ธุรกิจของเธอไม่ค่อยดี ดูเหมือนว่าจะขาดทุน
thú-rá-gìt-khǎawng-thooe-mâi-khâauy-dii duu-mǔuean-wâa-jà-khàat-thun
Her business doesn’t look so good. It seems like a loss.

9 – เงินปันผล

Pronunciation: ngoen-bpan-phǒn
English meaning: dividend
Part of speech: noun

The dividend of this fund is very good.

10 – ผลตอบแทน

Pronunciation: phǒn-dtàawp-thaaen
English meaning: return on investment
Part of speech: noun

ทุกคนอยากได้ผลตอบแทนมาก ๆ จากการลงทุน
Everyone wants a high return on investment.

11 – กองทุน

Pronunciation: gaawng-thun
English meaning: fund
Part of speech: noun

This fund has a good performance.

12 – รายได้

Pronunciation: raai-dâi
English meaning: revenue
Part of speech: noun

I want a revenue report for this month.

13 – ค่าใช้จ่าย

Pronunciation: khâa-chái-jàai
English meaning: expense
Part of speech: noun

The maintenance expense is really high.

14 – ภาษี

Pronunciation: phaa-sǐi
English meaning: tax
Part of speech: noun

What is the rate of value-add tax in Thailand?

15 – ล้มละลาย

Pronunciation: lóm-lá-laai
English meaning: bankrupt
Part of speech: verb

เขาเครียดมาก เพราะบริษัทของเขากำลังจะล้มละลาย
khǎo-khrîiat-mâak phráw-baaw-rí-sàt-khǎawng-khǎo-gam-lang-jà-lóm-lá-laai
He is so stressed because his company is about to go bankrupt.

16 – สวัสดิการ

Pronunciation: sà-wàt-dì-gaan
English meaning: welfare
Part of speech: noun

The welfare of this company is really good.

17 – ชดเชย

Pronunciation: chót-chooei
English meaning: compensate
Part of speech: verb

How much will you compensate for this damage?

18 – การจ้างงาน

Pronunciation: gaan-jâang-ngaan
English meaning: employment
Part of speech: noun

The company’s employment rate decreased last year.

19 – สำนักงานใหญ่

Pronunciation: sǎm-nák-ngaan-yài
English meaning: head office
Part of speech: noun

Where is this company’s head office?

20 – สาขา

Pronunciation: sǎ-khǎa
English meaning: branch
Part of speech: noun

The closest branch is at Silom.

21 – นโยบาย

Pronunciation: ná-yoo-baai
English meaning: policy
Part of speech: noun

Please tell me about the return policy.

22 – เอสเอ็มอี

Pronunciation: éet-em-ii
English meaning: SME (stands for “small and medium enterprises”)
Part of speech: noun

My family business is an SME.

23 – ธุรกิจ

Pronunciation: thú-rá-gìt
English meaning: business
Part of speech: noun

She is starting a new business.

24 – ใบเสร็จ

Pronunciation: bai-sèt
English meaning: receipt
Part of speech: noun

I lost the receipt.

25 – ใบกำกับภาษี

Pronunciation: bai-gam-gàp-phaa-sǐi
English meaning: tax invoice
Part of speech: noun

You need to ask for the tax invoice to give to the accounting department.

3. Advanced Medical Words

Being sick is an unavoidable part of life. Learning advanced vocabulary words in Thai related to medical treatment will help you explain your symptoms, understand what doctors or nurses are telling you, and maybe even give you a leg up if you plan to enter the medical field in Thailand. 

1 – การรักษา

Pronunciation: gaan-rák-sǎa
English meaning: treatment
Part of speech: noun

There are many treatments for constipation.

2 – ฉีดยา

Pronunciation: chìit-yaa
English meaning: to inject
Part of speech: verb

เด็กร้องไห้ เพราะ ถูกฉีดยา
The child cried because he was injected.

3 – ฉีดวัคซีน

Pronunciation: chìit-wák-siin
English meaning: to vaccinate
Part of speech: verb

I have been vaccinated for influenza every year.

4 – ผ่าตัด

Pronunciation: phàa-dtàt
English meaning: to operate
Part of speech: verb

Dad was operated on to treat his gallstones.

5 – เข้าเฝือก

Pronunciation: khâo-fùueak
English meaning: to splint
Part of speech: verb

My sister was splinted to treat her broken arm.

6 – ตรวจชิ้นเนื้อ

Pronunciation: dtrùuat-chín-núuea
English meaning: biopsy
Part of speech: noun

She had a lung biopsy.

7 – ยา

Pronunciation: yaa
English meaning: medicine
Part of speech: noun

Don’t forget to take the medicine.

8 – ยาชา

Pronunciation: yaa-chaa
English meaning: anesthetic
Part of speech: noun

The doctor applied an anesthetic before treating the wound.

9 – เจาะเลือด

Pronunciation: jàw-lûueat
English meaning: to draw blood
Part of speech: verb

I don’t want my blood to be drawn.

10 – เอกซเรย์

Pronunciation: ék-sá-ree
English meaning: X-ray
Part of speech: noun

Grandma is about to get a lung X-ray.

11 – ซีทีแสกน

Pronunciation: sii-thii-sà-gaaen
English meaning: CT scan
Part of speech: noun

The doctor ordered a CT scan.

12 – วัดความดัน

Pronunciation: wát-khwaam-dan
English meaning: to measure blood pressure
Part of speech: verb

Have you measured the blood pressure yet?

13 – วัดไข้

Pronunciation: wát-khâi
English meaning: to measure body temperature
Part of speech: verb

Mom just measured her body temperature.

14 – ตรวจสุขภาพ

Pronunciation: dtrùuat-sùk-khà-phâap
English meaning: health check-up
Part of speech: noun

You should do a health check-up once a year.

15 – หาหมอ

Pronunciation: hǎa-mǎaw
English meaning: to go see the doctor
Part of speech: verb

ฉันรู้สึกไม่ค่อยดี พรุ่งนี้ฉันจะไปหาหมอ
chǎn-rúu-sùek-mâi-khâauy-dii phrûng-níi-chǎn-jà-bpai-hǎa-mǎaw
I’m not feeling very well. I will go see a doctor tomorrow.

16 – ปวดหัว

Pronunciation: bpùuat-hǔua
English meaning: to have a headache
Part of speech: verb

คุณตาปวดหัวรึเปล่า ตาดูไม่ค่อยดีเลย
khun-dtaa-bpùuat-hǔua-rúe-bplàao dtaa-duu-mâi-khâauy-dii-looei
[talking to Grandpa] Do you have a headache? You don’t look so well.

17 – ปวดท้อง

Pronunciation: bpùuat-tháawng
English meaning: to have a stomachache
Part of speech: verb

เมื่อวานฉันกินอาหารไม่สะอาด วันนี้เลยปวดท้อง
mûuea-waan-chǎn-gin-aa-hǎan-mâi-sà-àat wan-níi-looei-bpùuat-tháawng
Yesterday, the food I ate wasn’t very clean. Today, I have a stomachache.

A Man Suffering from a Stomachache

18 – ปวดหลัง

Pronunciation: bpùuat-lǎng
English meaning: to have a backache
Part of speech: verb

เธอนั่งทำงานทั้งวัน ไม่ได้ออกกำลังกาย ก็เลยปวดหลัง
thooe-nâng-tham-ngaan-tháng-wan mâi-dâi-àawk-gam-lang-gaai gâaw-looei-bpùuat-lǎng
She sits and works all day, and doesn’t exercise. So, she has a backache.

19 – ชัก

Pronunciation: chák
English meaning: to convulse
Part of speech: verb

Have you ever seen anybody convulse?

20 – ข้อเท้าพลิก

Pronunciation: khâaw-tháo-plík
English meaning: sprained ankle
Part of speech: noun

เมื่อวานฉันข้อเท้าพลิก เจ็บมาก
mûuea-waan-chǎn-khâaw-tháo-plík jèp-mâak
I had a sprained ankle yesterday. It hurts.

21 – เจ็บ

Pronunciation: jèp
English meaning: hurt
Part of speech: adjective

Are you hurt badly?

22 – ไข้ขึ้น

Pronunciation: khâi-khûen
English meaning: to have a fever
Part of speech: verb

She has a very high fever.

23 – ผื่น

Pronunciation: phùuen
English meaning: rash
Part of speech: noun

He has a rash on his arm.

24 – เบื่ออาหาร

Pronunciation: bùuea-aa-hǎan
English meaning: to lose one’s appetite
Part of speech: verb

Grandma lost her appetite.

25 – เป็นลม

Pronunciation: bpen-lom
English meaning: to faint
Part of speech: verb

The weather is so hot that my friend fainted.

26 – เวียนหัว

Pronunciation: wiian-hǔua
English meaning: dizzy
Part of speech: adjective

ตอนคุณแม่ท้อง คุณแม่เวียนหัวทุกเช้า
dtaaw-khun-mâae-tháawng khun-mâae-wiian-hǔua-thúk-cháo
While my mother was pregnant, she felt dizzy every morning.

27 – คัดจมูก

Pronunciation: khát-jà-mùuk
English meaning: to have nasal congestion
Part of speech: verb

ฉันรู้สึกคัดจมูก ฉันหายใจไม่ค่อยออก
chǎn-rúu-sùuek-khát-jà-mùuk chǎn-hǎai-jai-mâi-khâauy-àawk
I have nasal congestion. I can’t breathe well.

28 – จาม

Pronunciation: jaam
English meaning: to sneeze
Part of speech: verb

I have been sneezing non-stop since yesterday.

29 – น้ำมูกไหล

Pronunciation: nám-mûuk-lǎi
English meaning: to have a runny nose
Part of speech: verb

แม่น้ำมูกไหล อาจจะเป็นหวัด
mâae-nám-mûuk-lǎi àat-jà-bpen-wàt
Mom has a runny nose. She may have a cold.

30 – ไอ

Pronunciation: ai
English meaning: to cough
Part of speech: verb

Panit coughed until she had a sore throat.

31 – เจ็บคอ

Pronunciation: jèp-khaaw
English meaning: to have a sore throat
Part of speech: verb

Do you have a sore throat?

4. Advanced Legal Words

Another set of advanced-level Thai words you should start learning are those related to the legal system in Thailand. Learning this terminology will help you have more complex conversations, avoid unfortunate misunderstandings, and more effectively study law if that’s where your path takes you! 

1 – กฎหมาย

Pronunciation: gòt-mǎai
English meaning: law
Part of speech: noun

This book is about the law.

2 – รัฐธรรมนูญ

Pronunciation: rát-thà-tham-má-nuun
English meaning: constitution
Part of speech: noun

The Constitution is an important law.

3 – ผู้พิพากษา

Pronunciation: phûu-phí-phâak-sǎa
English meaning: judge
Part of speech: noun

My friend is a judge.

A Judge Holding a Gavel

My friend is a judge.

4 – ทนายความ

Pronunciation: thá-naai-khwaam
English meaning: lawyer
Part of speech: noun

I want to be a lawyer in the future.

5 – อัยการ

Pronunciation: ai-yá-gaan
English meaning: prosecutor
Part of speech: noun

What is the duty of the prosecutor?

6 – โจทก์

Pronunciation: jòot
English meaning: plaintiff
Part of speech: noun

Who is the plaintiff of this case?

7 – จำเลย

Pronunciation: jam-looei
English meaning: defendant
Part of speech: noun

The defendant of this case is a famous person.

8 – พยาน

Pronunciation: phá-yaan
English meaning: witness
Part of speech: noun

How many witnesses are there in this case?

9 – คดีความ

Pronunciation: khá-dii-khwaam
English meaning: lawsuit / case
Part of speech: noun

Thai people don’t like to be involved in lawsuits.

10 – คดีดำ

Pronunciation: khá-dii-dam
English meaning: undecided case
Part of speech: noun

Do you know what an “undecided case” is?

11 – คดีแดง

Pronunciation: khá-dii-daaeng
English meaning: decided case
Part of speech: noun

What is the number of this decided case?

12 – คดีอาญา

Pronunciation: khá-dii-aa-yaa
English meaning: criminal case
Part of speech: noun

Burglary is a criminal case.

13 – คดีแพ่ง

Pronunciation: khá-dii-pâaeng
English meaning: civil case
Part of speech: noun

Bankruptcy is a civil case.

14 – ศาล

Pronunciation: sǎan
English meaning: court
Part of speech: noun

Where is the location of the court?

15 – การลงโทษ

Pronunciation: gaan-long-thôot
English meaning: punishment
Part of speech: noun

What is the punishment for this case?

16 – การประหารชีวิต

Pronunciation: gaan-bprà-hǎan-chii-wít
English meaning: death penalty
Part of speech: noun

The death penalty is the most severe punishment.

17 – ขังคุก

Pronunciation: khǎng-khúk
English meaning: to be imprisoned
Part of speech: verb

เขาถูกขังคุกมา 10 ปี
He has been imprisoned for ten years.

18 – การริบทรัพย์สิน

Pronunciation: gaan-ríp-sáp-sǐn
English meaning: forfeiture of property
Part of speech: noun

The forfeiture of property is the least severe of punishments.

19 – มีความผิด

Pronunciation: mii-khwaam-phìt
English meaning: guilty
Part of speech: adjective

He is guilty as charged.

20 – พ้นผิด

Pronunciation: phón-phìt
English meaning: to be acquitted
Part of speech: verb

He is acquitted.

21 – ประกันตัว

Pronunciation: bprà-gan-dtuua
English meaning: to bail out
Part of speech: verb

How many Baht will you need to bail him out?

22 – คำสั่งศาล

Pronunciation: kham-sàng-sǎan
English meaning: court decree
Part of speech: noun

This is a court decree.

23 – เรียกร้องสินไหมทดแทน

Pronunciation: rîiak-ráawng-sǐn-mǎi-thót-thaaen
English meaning: to call for damage
Part of speech: verb

You should call for damage in this case.

24 – การหมิ่นประมาท

Pronunciation: gaan-mìn-bprà-màat
English meaning: defamation
Part of speech: noun

This is an example of defamation.

25 – ค่าปรับ

Pronunciation: khâa-bpr̀ap
English meaning: fine
Part of speech: noun

How much is the fine for the violation of traffic rules?

5. Alternative Words for More Sophisticated Writing & Speech

As you approach an advanced level in Thai, there are several formal words you should start memorizing and learning how to use. We will cover some of them in this section, but you can also go through our advanced Thai course to gain an even greater understanding of these words and more! 

The first five words are those you’ll often find in formal letters. The rest are formal alternatives to more casual words, which you would use when speaking to elders or people you respect. Keep in mind that some of these formal alternatives have both a spoken version and a written version. 

Advanced Words for Formal Letters

1 – เรียน

Pronunciation: riian
English meaning: to inform (equivalent to “Dear” in English)
Part of speech: verb

เรียน ผู้จัดการอาคาร
Dear building manager

2 – ด้วยความนับถือ / ด้วยความเคารพ

Pronunciation: dûuay-khwaam-náp-thǔue, dûuay-khwaam-khao-róp
English meaning: best regards (used in letters)
Part of speech: conjunction

มนัท (manager)

má-nát, phûu-jàt-gaan

Best regards, 
Manut, manager

3 – จึงเรียนมาเพื่อทราบ

Pronunciation: jueng-riian-maa-phûuea-sâap
English meaning: please be informed accordingly
Part of speech: conjunction

วันจันทร์ที่ 26 เมษายนจะมีการตัดไฟ จึงเรียนมาเพื่อทราบ
wan-jan-thîi-yîi-sîp-hòk-mee-sǎa-yon-jà-mii-gaan-dtàt-fai jueng-riian-maa-phûuea-sâap
There will be no electricity on Monday, April 26. Please be informed accordingly.

4 – เนื่องด้วย

Pronunciation: nûueang-dûuay
English meaning: because
Part of speech: conjunction

วันจันทร์ที่ 26 เมษายน จะไม่สามารถใช้ลิฟท์ได้ เนื่องด้วยจะมีการตัดไฟ
wan-jan-thîi-yîi-sîp-hòk-mee-sǎa-yon jà-mâi-sǎa-mâat-chái-líp-dâi nûueang-dûuay-jà-mii-gaan-dtàt-fai
On Monday, April 26, the elevator will be unavailable because of no electricity.

5 – ด้วยเหตุนี้

Pronunciation: dûuay-hèet-níi
English meaning: hence
Part of speech: conjunction

วันจันทร์ที่ 26 เมษายนจะมีการซ่อมท่อประปา ด้วยเหตุนี้ โปรดสำรองน้ำไว้ใช้
wan-jan-thîi-yîi-sîp-hòk-mee-sǎa-yon-jà-mii-gaan-sâawm-thâaw-bprà-bpaa dûuay-hèet-níi bpròot-sǎm- raawng-nám-wái-chái
On Monday, April 26, there will be a plumbing repair. Hence, please reserve water for use.

Polite Words

6 – สุนัข

Pronunciation: sù-nák
English meaning: dog
Spoken language: หมา (mǎa)
Part of speech: noun

ที่บ้านฉันมีสุนัข 2 ตัว
There are two dogs at my house.

Several Pets

สุนัข [sù-nák] is the polite word for “dog” in Thai.

7 – กระบือ

Pronunciation: grà-buue
English meaning: buffalo
Spoken language: ควาย (kwaai)
Part of speech: noun

Part of speech: noun
Have you ever seen a buffalo?

8 – สุกร

Pronunciation: sù-gaawn
English meaning: pig
Spoken language: หมู (mǔu)
Part of speech: noun

Sù-gaawn is the polite word for “pig.”

9 – โค

Pronunciation: khoo
English meaning: ox / cow
Spoken language: วัว (wuua)
Part of speech: noun

I like to drink cow milk.

10 – นกกา

Pronunciation: nók-gaa
English meaning: crow
Spoken language: อีกา (ii-gaa)
Part of speech: noun

The crow sings very loudly.

11 – ข้าพเจ้า

Pronunciation: khâ-phá-jâo
English meaning: I (male, female)
Spoken language: ฉัน (chǎn)
Part of speech: pronoun

I disagree.

12 – ผม

Pronunciation: phǒm
English meaning: I (male)
Spoken language: ฉัน (chǎn)
Part of speech: pronoun

I allow that.

Additional information:  
ข้าพเจ้า (khâ-phá-jâo) is more formal than ผม (phǒm).

13 – ดิฉัน

Pronunciation: dì-chǎn
English meaning: I (female)
Spoken language: ฉัน (chǎn)
Part of speech: pronoun

I will join the meeting, too.

Additional information:  
ข้าพเจ้า (khâ-phá-jâo) is more formal than ดิฉัน (dì-chǎn).

14 – สามี

Pronunciation: sǎa-mii
English meaning: husband
Spoken language: ผัว (phǔua)
Part of speech: noun

My husband is a doctor.

15 – ภรรยา

Pronunciation: phan-rá-yaa
English meaning: wife
Spoken language: เมีย (miia)
Part of speech: noun

Do you have a wife?

16 – บิดา

Pronunciation: bì-daa
English meaning: father
Spoken language: พ่อ (phâaw)
Part of speech: noun

Please write the name of your father here.

17 – มารดา

Pronunciation: maan-da
English meaning: mother
Spoken language: แม่ (mâae)
Part of speech: noun

How old is your mother?

18 – บุตร

Pronunciation: bùt
English meaning: child (male, female)
Spoken language: ลูก (lûuk)
Part of speech: noun

How many children do you have?

19 – ธิดา

Pronunciation: thí-daa
English meaning: daughter
Spoken language: ลูกสาว (lûuk-sǎao)
Part of speech: noun

Put your daughter’s number here.

20 – แพทย์

Pronunciation: phâaet
English meaning: doctor
Spoken language: หมอ (mǎaw)
Part of speech: noun

There are many doctors in this hospital.

21 – อาจารย์

Pronunciation: aa-jaan
English meaning: teacher
Spoken language: ครู (khruu)
Part of speech: noun

Who is your favorite teacher?

22 – โสเภณี

Pronunciation: sǒo-phee-nii
English meaning: prostitute
Spoken language: กะหรี่ (ga-rǐi)
Part of speech: noun

Prostitution is an illegal occupation in Thailand.

23 – พระสงฆ์

Pronunciation: phrá-sǒng
English meaning: monk
Spoken language: พระ (phrá)
Part of speech: noun

พระสงฆ์ฉันอาหารวันละ 2 มื้อ
The monk eats two meals a day.

24 – รับประทาน / ทาน 

Pronunciation: ráp-bprà-thaan / thaan
English meaning: to eat
Spoken language: กิน (gin)
Part of speech: verb

Example 1:  
The elderly shouldn’t eat too many sweets.

Example 2:  
Have you eaten yet?

Additional note: 
รับประทาน (ráp-bprà-thaan) is often shortened to ทาน (thaan) in daily conversations. The shortened version is also considered formal, though the longer version is slightly more formal.

25 – อุจจาระ

Pronunciation: ùt-jaa-rá
English meaning: feces
Spoken language: ขี้ (khîi)
Part of speech: noun

How is the patient’s feces?

26 – ปัสสาวะ

Pronunciation: bpàt-sǎa-wá
English meaning: urine
Spoken language: ฉี่ (chìi)
Part of speech: noun

เราต้องการปัสสาวะ 5 มิลลิลิตรในการตรวจ
I need five ml. of urine for a sample.

27 – ถึงแก่กรรม

Pronunciation: thǔeng-gàae-gam
English meaning: to die
Spoken language: ตาย (dtaai)
Part of speech: verb

เขาถึงแก่กรรมตอนอายุ 80 ปี
He died at the age of 80.

28 – ตั้งครรภ์

Pronunciation: dtâng-khan
English meaning: pregnant
Spoken language: ท้อง (tháawng)
Part of speech: verb

เธอตั้งครรภ์มา 8 สัปดาห์แล้ว
She has been pregnant for eight weeks now.

29 – อาเจียน

Pronunciation: aa-jiian
English meaning: to vomit
Spoken language: อ้วก (ûuak)
Part of speech: verb

Yada wants to vomit.

30 – ทราบ

Pronunciation: sâap
English meaning: to know
Spoken language: รู้ (rúu)
Part of speech: verb

Have you known about Grandfather’s sickness?

31 – เห็นสมควร

Pronunciation: hěn-sǒm-khuuan
English meaning: to agree
Spoken language: เห็นด้วย (hěn-dûuay)
Part of speech: verb

Do you agree with this?

32 – ต่อว่า

Pronunciation: dtàaw-wâa
English meaning: to scold
Spoken language: ดุ () / ด่า (dàa)
Part of speech: verb

Students are scolded when they do something wrong.

33 – กล่าว

Pronunciation: glàao
English meaning: to say
Spoken language: พูด (phûut)
Part of speech: verb

The teacher says compliments to students.

34 – โรงภาพยนตร์

Pronunciation: roong-phâap-phá-yon
English meaning: cinema
Spoken language: โรงหนัง (roong-nǎng)
Part of speech: noun

ในกรุงเทพ ฯ มีโรงภาพยนตร์กี่แห่ง
How many cinemas are there in Bangkok?

35 – โรงพยาบาล

Pronunciation: roong-phá-yaa-baan
English meaning: hospital
Spoken language: โรงบาล (roong-baan) => Thai people shorten the word.
Part of speech: noun

Where is the nearest hospital?

36 – ห้างสรรพสินค้า

Pronunciation: hâang-sàp-phá-sǐn-kháa
English meaning: department store
Spoken language: ห้าง (hâang)
Part of speech: noun

Mom goes shopping at the department store.

37 – มหาวิทยาลัย

Pronunciation: má-hǎa-wít-thá-yaa-lai
English meaning: university
Spoken language: มหาลัย (má-hǎa-lai) => Thai people shorten the word.
Part of speech: noun

Which university did you graduate from?

38 – ร้านสะดวกซื้อ

Pronunciation: ráan-sà-dùuak-súue
English meaning: convenience store
Spoken language: call by the brand name of the convenience store, such as “7-Eleven” or “Family Mart”
Part of speech: noun

There are many convenience stores in this area.

39 – สำนักงาน

Pronunciation: sǎm-nák-ngaan
English meaning: office
Spoken language: ออฟฟิศ (áawp-fít)
Part of speech: noun

Where is the office of your company?

40 – สุขา

Pronunciation: sù-khǎa
English meaning: toilet
Spoken language: ห้องน้ำ (hâawng-nám)
Part of speech: noun

Can you tell me how to get to the toilets?

41 – ภาพยนตร์

Pronunciation: phâap-phá-yon
English meaning: movie
Spoken language: หนัง (nǎng)
Part of speech: noun

This movie is very famous.

42 – ธนบัตร

Pronunciation: thá-ná-bàt
English meaning: banknote
Spoken language: แบงค์ (báaeng)
Part of speech: noun

ฉันไม่มีเหรียญ มีแต่ธนบัตร
chǎn-mâi-mii-rǐian mii-dtàae-thá-ná-bàt
I don’t have any coins. I have only a banknote.

43 – สุรา

Pronunciation: sù-raa
English meaning: alcoholic beverage
Spoken language: เหล้า (lâo)
Part of speech: noun

Drinking alcohol isn’t good for your health.

A Man with a Bad Hangover

Drinking alcohol isn’t good for your health.

44 – อาหาร

Pronunciation: aa-hǎan
English meaning: food
Spoken language: ข้าว (khâo) => Sometimes, Thai people refer to food as ข้าว (khâo) when they could actually refer to a specific type of food (such as noodles).
Part of speech: noun

I like fried food.

45 – เครื่องดื่ม

Pronunciation: khrûueang-dùuem
English meaning: drinks
Spoken language: น้ำ (nám) => This word can also refer to both drinking water or drinking other beverages such as juice, tea, etc.
Part of speech: noun

This is our recommended drink.

46 – ศีรษะ

Pronunciation: sǐi-sà
English meaning: head
Spoken language: หัว (hǔua)
Part of speech: noun

It is not polite to touch another’s head.

47 – เท้า

Pronunciation: tháo
English meaning: foot
Spoken language: ตีน (dtiin) => rude word
Part of speech: noun

Don’t put your feet on the table.

48 – บะหมี่กึ่งสำเร็จรูป

Pronunciation: bà-mìi-gùeng-sǎm-rèt-rûup
English meaning: instant noodles
Spoken language: มาม่า (maa-mâa) => This is the most famous instant noodle brand in Thailand, so Thai people often use it to refer to instant noodles in general.
Part of speech: noun

Instant noodles are not expensive.

49 – หีบศพ

Pronunciation: hìip-sòp
English meaning: coffin
Spoken language: โรงศพ (roong-sòp)
Part of speech: noun

Where is the coffin store?

6. Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed our list of advanced Thai words and found it useful as you progress in your studies. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this article or if you have any questions about what we covered today. 

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