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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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ThaiPod101.com
Monday at 6:30 pm
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Did you already know any of these greetings?

ThaiPod101.com
Thursday at 2:54 pm
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sa-wat-dii kha Chuck,


kaawp khun kha, Yes, we say "sa-wat-dii" for "hello and goodbye". You can find on dictionary that สวัส means "blessing; good fortune" and ดี means "good". Check it out on thai-language.com

สวัสดิ์ saL watL to prosper; [is] safe; prosperous; happy

สวัสดี saL watL deeM [a polite greeting or farewell used when meeting or parting] hello; goodbye; good morning; good afternoon; good evening; good night; greetings

สวัสดี saL watL deeM [is] safe, secure

Hope that's help. Please let me know if you have any future questions about Thai language. I will be glad to help. We wish you have a good progress in learning Thai.


sa-wat-dii kha,

Parisa

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Chuck
Wednesday at 4:27 am
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This is a little confusing, sa-wat-dii khrap is used for hello and good bye? 😳 Just a little confusing. What would also be very helpful is if I can find a Alphabet chart for Thai or something that can explain the letters. I believe if I can understand what the letters mean and how they are written I would have a better time understanding Thai.


ไปก่อนนะครับ สวัสดีครับ bpai gàawn ná khráp. sà-wàt-dii khráp

ThaiPod101.com
Wednesday at 11:59 am
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Hi Shane,


Thank your for your comment. We will definitely consider your recommendation. Let us know if you have any questions!


Cheers,


Khanh

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Shane
Tuesday at 11:24 am
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Hello,


It would be really good to hear the Male versions spoken by a Male voice?


Khop khun mahk na khrup

ThaiPod101.com
Friday at 1:57 pm
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Hello ML,


Thank you very much for your comment and question. The different between ค่ะ คะ and นะคะ in Thai

ค่ะ is use as a polite particle to end statement. สวัสดีค่ะ

คะ is use as a polite particle to end question. สบายดีไหมคะ คุณชื่ออะไรคะ คุณไปไหนมาคะ

นะคะ is use to inform or notify someone something. such as ไปก่อนนะคะ I'm leaving. คิดถึงนะคะ I miss you. ขอบคุณมากนะคะ Thank you very much.

Hope that help. Please let me know if you have any future questions about Thai language. I will be glad to help. We wish you have a good progress in learning Thai.


Have a great day.


Cheer,

Parisa

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ML
Thursday at 8:08 am
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Why is the polite particle for women sometimes คะ and other times ค่ะ? In the "I'm going now, goodbye" sentence, you have different versions of the polite particle: ไปก่อนนะคะ สวัสดีค่ะ

ThaiPod101.com
Saturday at 1:11 am
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Hello Keri,


You're welcome. I'm glad you want to try my recommendation. :smile: Please let me know if you have any future questions about Thai language. I will be glad to help. We wish you have a good progress in learning Thai.


Have a great day.


Cheer,

Parisa

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Keri
Thursday at 11:24 am
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Thank you Parisa, I'll try that!


Have a nice day too :)

ThaiPod101.com
Wednesday at 10:10 pm
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Hello Keri,


Thank you very much for your comment. For your question, sometime it's depend on the person you talk to, if they friendly or not. Southern people might speak a little different but I'm sure they can understand what you speak. Next time you can try asking "what are they doing?" right away after saying "sà-wàt-dii". Hope that help. Please let us know if there any future assistants needed. I will be glad to help. We wish you have a good progress in learning Thai.


Have a nice day.


Parisa

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Keri
Monday at 10:40 pm
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Hi,

I heard sometimes these words but didn't understand the meaning.

As I live in a small village in south Thailand, with locals neighbours, sometimes when I say "Sawat dee kaa" some of them smile or laugh but they don't answer me... Maybe I should use another word?

Thank you for helping.