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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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Tuesday at 05:24 AM
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Hi anjali,


Thank you. In real life conversation, we always skip the subject because we understand from context, body language and what is being said. So, when someone says bpai gàawn ná khá. sà-wàt-dii khâ./ bpai gàawn ná khráp. sà-wàt-dii khráp. the speaker always refers to themself. If they mean "we or us" they would use "rao" but they don't need to say "di-chan" or "pom" everytime. when the situation can be understood. Hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.


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anjali chawla
Saturday at 04:33 PM
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I am going first . this sentence when we say in thai why we do not use di chan while speaking in thai because here we used I also in sentence.

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Wednesday at 10:03 PM
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Hello Cadine,


Thank you. "laa-gaawn" means "goodbye for a long time or forever goodbye". If you just say goodbye normally from people at work or someone you know that could meet agian next day/ in a while/from time to time. You will just say "sa-wat-dii". Hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.


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Cadine guenard
Wednesday at 02:16 PM
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Hi,

I’m in Thailand and would like to learn the language.

However I’ve seen that good bye was laa_kon is that a synonym of sa wat dii?

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Monday at 11:38 PM
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Hello Teejay,


Thank you. Both could be use for informal. We appologize for that. I will sugest. Hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.


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Teejay
Sunday at 11:34 AM
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Sawatdii Kha,


Phase 3 for female speakers, it it formal or informal? because it says informal but the male version is formal

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Saturday at 03:56 AM
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Hello Madikita,


Thank you. This one is still lesson 2 of this series. This serie is 3-Minutes Thai Lesson 1: is "Self Introduction/ Lesson 2: Greetings / Lesson 3: Manners and etc... Here is the link: https://www.thaipod101.com/lesson-library/3-minute-thai-greetings-and-useful-phrases/

👍👍 Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.


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Madikita
Thursday at 06:53 AM
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This lesson covers the same as lesson 2 in this series, right?

Madikita
Thursday at 06:52 AM
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This lesson covers the same as lesson in this series, right?

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Thursday at 12:58 AM
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Hi Michael,


Sa-wat-dii kha Michael, sa-baai-dii mai 😄👍 Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.


Have a good day.

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