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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Thai Season 1, Lesson 2 - Greetings. In this lesson, you'll learn what to say to someone when you arrive and when you part in Thai.
Body
Eric: Here's the informal way to say "Hello" in Thai as a female speaker.
Jay: [Normal] หวัดดีค่ะ(wàt-dii khâ.)
Eric: First is a phrase meaning "Hello" informally for women.
Jay: [Normal] หวัดดี [Slow] หวัดดี (wàt-dii)
Eric: Next is the polite sentence ending for women.
Jay: [Normal] ค่ะ [Slow] ค่ะ(Khâ)
Eric: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning "Hello" as a female speaker.
Jay: [Slow] หวัดดีค่ะ [Normal] หวัดดีค่ะ
Eric: Now let's see the informal way to say "Hello." as a male speaker.
Jay: [Normal] หวัดดีครับ(wàt-dii khráp.)
Eric: First is a masculine phrase meaning "Hello".
Jay: [Normal] หวัดดี [Slow] หวัดดี (wàt-dii)
Eric: Next is the polite sentence ending for men
Jay: [Normal] ครับ [Slow] ครับ(khráp)
Eric: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning "Hello" as a male speaker.
Jay: [Slow] หวัดดีครับ [Normal] หวัดดีครับ
Eric: Next up is the informal way to say “Goodbye” as a female speaker.
Jay: [Normal] ไปก่อนนะคะ สวัสดีค่ะ(bpai gàawn ná khá. sà-wàt-dii khâ.)
Eric: Literally, this phrase means “I’m going first.” First is a verb meaning “to go"
Jay: [Normal] ไป [Slow] ไป(bpai)
Eric: Next is the word meaning "first, ahead"
Jay: [Normal] ก่อน [Slow] ก่อน(gàawn)
Eric: Then, a particle that makes the phrase smoother.
Jay: [Normal] นะ [Slow] นะ(ná)
Eric: Followed by the polite sentence ending for women.
Jay: [Normal] คะ [Slow] คะ(khá)
Eric: Last is the phrase meaning "Goodbye" as a female speaker.
Jay: [Normal] สวัสดีค่ะ [Slow] สวัสดีค่ะ(sà-wàt-dii khâ)
Eric: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning “Goodbye” for female speakers.
Jay: [Slow] ไปก่อนนะคะ สวัสดีค่ะ [Normal] ไปก่อนนะคะ สวัสดีค่ะ
Eric: Finally, here is a formal way to say “Goodbye” as a male speaker. Just as it is for female speakers, the male speaker version of this phrase literally means “I'm going now.”
Jay: [Normal] ไปก่อนนะครับ สวัสดีครับ(bpai gàawn ná khráp. sà-wàt-dii khráp.)
Eric: First is a verb meaning 'to go"
Jay: [Normal] ไป [Slow] ไป(bpai)
Eric: Next is the word meaning "first, ahead"
Jay: [Normal] ก่อน [Slow] ก่อน(gàawn)
Eric: Followed by a particle that makes the phrase smoother.
Jay: [Normal] นะ [Slow] นะ(ná)
Eric: Then, the polite sentence ending for men.
Jay: [Normal] ครับ [Slow] ครับ(khráp)
Eric: And finally, the masculine version of the word ‘thank you’.
Jay: [Normal] สวัสดีครับ [Slow] สวัสดีครับ(sà-wàt-dii khráp)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning “Goodbye.” as a male speaker.
Jay: [Slow] ไปก่อนนะครับ สวัสดีครับ [Normal] ไปก่อนนะครับ สวัสดีครับ
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Jay: [Wai] is the common gesture that Thai people do when they’re saying “Hello.” Most of the time, younger people do [Wai] to people who are older than them or are of a higher social status. [Wai] is a way of showing respect toward others. If someone gives you a [Wai], it means that they are paying respect towards you, too. To return their good manners, you should do [Wai] back. Doing [Wai] is easy; simply put your palms together in front of your chest.

Outro

Eric: And that's all for this lesson. Don't forget to check out the lesson notes, and we'll see you in the next lesson!
Jay: สวัสดี ค่ะ

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Did you already know any of these greetings?

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Saturday at 02:44 PM
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Hello May,


Thank you. Yes, หวัดดีค่ะ is informal, and สวัสดีค่ะ is more formal. Level of formalization หวัดดี สวัสดี สวัสดีค่ะ Hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.


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May
Thursday at 09:06 PM
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Hello! I want to know why หวัดดีค่ะ is considered informal when it has ค่ะ at the end as well? What is the degree of politeness as in to whom it is normally greeted?

Thanks in advance ^^

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Friday at 03:17 PM
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Hi again Simon,


I means "speed" not "speech" sily me. Sorry.


Have a nice day.

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Friday at 03:15 PM
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Hi Simon,


Thank you. Normal and slow are talking about speech of speaking. "normal speech" and "slow speech" meaning doesn't change. I would suggested your commend. Mean while you can check romanization script and english script else where such as in Dialogue, vocabulary and lesson notes. Hope that help. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.


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simon jones
Wednesday at 02:57 AM
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sa wat dii khrapp, phom would find it easier if in lesson transcripts you would also place the romanization script and english script along with the thai script. In addition you ve used thai script and bracketed (normal) and (slow) : what is the distinction between these two uses ie are you telling me that saying Na normal and Na slow mean something else? Kop khoon na khrapp.

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sa-wat-dii ka khun Rjenx,


Thank you for your comment. We're really appreciated. You are doing great. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.


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Rjenx
Thursday at 12:55 AM
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Sa-wat-dii khrap!


Khaawp khun khrap!

Little by little I am learning to read the thai letters. As of now I can already recognize the word Sa-wat-dii khrap and kha already!

Gotta learn some new phrases. Gotta go.

Bpai gawn-na khrap! Sa-wat-dii khrap!

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Wednesday at 10:31 PM
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Sa-wat-dii ka yamini,


kaawp khun na ka for comment. kun kiian geng na ka 😄 kun aa-yu tao-rai ka? P-piiak bpen krai ka? We're appreciated your supported. Please let me know if you have any questions about Thai. I will be glad to help.


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yamini Dhangwal
Saturday at 03:23 PM
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wat dii kha p piak 🙏

bpai gaawn na kha sawatdii kha p piak 🙏

wai p piak🙏

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Wednesday at 11:29 AM
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Hello Eric,


Thank you for question. Yes, สวัสดีครับ means "Hello or Goodbye". ขอบคุณครับ means "Thank you." for male speaker.

ค่ะ end of statement for female. คะ is used at the end of a question speaking by "female". Please feel free to let me know if you have questions. I will be glad to help.


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