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Welcome back to ThaiPod101.com’s learn Thai in three minutes. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Thai.
From the previous lesson, you learned…
สวัสดีค่ะ ดิฉันชื่อรวินท์พรค่ะ (sà-wàt-dii khà. dì-chǎn chûue Rawinporn khà)
Hello. My name is Rawinporn.
And for males…
สวัสดีครับ ผมชื่อศุภชัยครับ (sà-wàt-dii khráp. phǒm chûue {sù-phá-chai} khráp)
Hello. My name is ศุภชัย(Sùphàchai).
In this lesson, we’ll learn how to greet and “WAI” in Thai. It is SUPER easy and you’ll learn them all in THREE minutes.
First, we have สวัสดี(sà-wàt-dii…) สวัสดี(sà-wàt-dii) which is equivalent to “hello”. And you know what… สวัสดี(sà-wàt-dii) can be used at any time of the day.
If you are male, you say… สวัสดีครับ(sà-wàt-dii khráp)
If you are female, สวัสดีค่ะ(sà-wàt-dii khà)
Yes, it is SUPER easy.
And now, I’m going to explain what “WAI” is!
“Wai” is not only a gesture used to say hello but also a sign of respect. Most of the case, younger people do “Wai” to people who are older, higher in status or to people you respect.
There are three levels of “Wai”. Are you ready!!??
The first, in order to “Wai” monks, priests, and royal family, pressing your palms together near your chest, then, lower your head and raise your hands until the thumbs touch the middle between eyebrows, and bow at the same time.
There you go!
Next, how to “WAI” highly respected people, for example, teachers, or parents. How to do is pretty similar to the previous one. However, your thumbs must touch your nose and index fingers touch the middle between your eyebrows, then bow at the same time.
Last but not least, how to “WAI” older people or people with the same level. The same as before but the index fingers touch your nose.
There you go! Now it’s time for Rawinporn’s hint!
If someone gives you a “Wai”, it usually means that they pay respect toward you. To return their good manner, the receiver usually “Wai” back. What to do is just simply put your palms together in front of your chests… like this…
I’m sure you are a master in Thai greetings now. In next lesson, you will learn more about the greeting “How are you?” and how to answer this question.
See you next time…
สวัสดีค่ะ(sà-wàt-dii khà)