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สวัสดีค่ะ (sà-wàt-dii khà) Is mastering basic Thai greeting really this easy!!?? YES, you’ll learn a few tips to master the basic Thai greeting FAST with this introduction lesson.
In this lesson, you are going learn more about the Thai Greeting: How are you? and how to answer this question. It’s SUPER easy and it only takes THREE minutes.
Please take a look at this short dialogue…
Here is a typical dialogue you would here everyday in Thailand.
A: สวัสดีครับ(sà-wàt-dii khráp) “Hello”
สบายดีไหมครับ(sà-baai-dii mái khráp) “How are you?”
B: สบายดีค่ะ(sà-baai-dii khà) “I’m fine”
Let’s break down the dialogue together…
Someone said to me สวัสดี(sà-wàt-dii) means “Hello” It can be used at any time of the day. สวัสดี(sà-wàt-dii)
สบายดีไหม(sà-baai-dii mái) “How are you?” สบายดีไหม(sà-baai-dii mái)
สบายดี(sà-baai-dii) means “fine”
ไหม(mái) is a word that makes a sentence becoming a question.
Then, the easy part! How to answer.
I answered with สบายดี(sà-baai-dii) which means “fine”. Basically, you just drop ไหม(mái) at the end so this sentence becomes affirmative sentence. สบายดี(sà-baai-dii)
Time for Rawinporn’s hint… ta da…
In case you want to answer something else besides “I’m fine”… Here you are!
เรื่อยๆ(rûueai-rûueai) means “So so” or “nothing much”
ไม่สบาย(mâi sà-baai) means “Not so good” “I’m sick”
Remember… สบาย(sà-baai) means “fine”. When you add the prefix ไม่(mâi) which means “no” or “not”, this sentence becomes negative.
These are informal phrases. Remember… if the speakers are male, just add ครับ(khráp) and if you are female, add khà at the end, these phrases would become formal!
Now before you go, let’s practice together one more time. I am going ask you a question, please respond.
สวัสดีค่ะ สบายดีไหมคะ(sà-wàt-dii khà. sà-baai-dii mái khá?)
Good job. Now it’s your turn. Please ask me ”How are you?”.
เรื่อยๆค่ะ(rûueai-rûueai khà)
ไม่สบายค่ะ(mâi sà-baai khà)
สบายดีค่ะ(sà-baai-dii khà)
See you next time!

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Sunday at 6:30 pm
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Tuesday at 1:15 pm
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Hello George,


Thank you for question. My appologized for a little slow reply. We do say the "i" at the fisrt syllable as well otherwise it will be totally different word. Please feel free to let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help you.


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George
Monday at 9:28 am
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I would like to revise my previous comments...

When the teacher in the video lesson says "rûuei- rûuei" we hear the "i" sound at the end of each word.

But when I click the speaker symbol next to "เรื่อยๆ", that is when there is no "i" sound at the end of the first word.

So I guess the question is, which pronunciation is correct.... The video teacher or the speaker symbol?

George
Monday at 9:21 am
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This question was already asked in the comments but it was not really answered.


The speaker says "rûuei- rûuei" but what we actually hear is "rûue- rûuei".

The "i" sound only comes out at the end of the second word. I think we are finding this weird because it is supposed to be the same word repeated so you would expect to hear the "i" sound at the end of each word... Just like it is spelled in the lesson.


I am a very beginner so this is the first time I am seeing the use of "ๆ". So I don't know if this is normal for the word to be slightly different when repeated.

Thank you.

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Tuesday at 7:49 pm
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Hi Anne,


Thank you for question. สบาย comfortable / สบายดี i'm fine. Please feel free to let me know if you have questions. I will be glad to helps.


Have a nice day.

Parisa

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anne
Thursday at 1:42 am
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Hello,


what is the difference between สบาย and สบายดี ? the lesson says they both mean "fine" but I'm not sure what difference ดี adds ?

ThaiPod101.com
Sunday at 6:30 pm
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Hello Bonnie,


Thank you very much for your comment. Rawinporn, will be happy to hear this. For the tip to say "ruueai-ruueai", say "r" as an aspirate and roll your tongue then make "uuea" sound from deepest part of your throat and put "i/y" sound at the end. Hope that helps. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions. I will be glad to help.


Have a nice day.

Parisa

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Bonnie
Friday at 2:54 am
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Hey Rawinporn! I love your videos.😄 I am trying to learn how to say ruueai-ruueai . Do you have any tips?(Sorry, my keyboard doesn't have accents)

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Tonya
Monday at 10:45 pm
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It would be helpful if ruueai-ruueai were added to Vocabulary section.

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Friday at 4:49 pm
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sa-wat-dii kha snapitme,



kaawpL khun kha, Thank you for your comment and question. Can take a picture of you (them)? in Thai would be ขอถ่ายรูป(คุณ)ได้ไหมครับ/คะ. Please let me know if you have any future questions about Thai language I will be glad to help. We wish you will have a good progress with Thai.


Have a nice day.

Parisa

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