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Hello and welcome to Thai Survival Phrases brought to you by ThaiPod101.com, this course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Thailand. You will be surprised at how far a little Thai will go.
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Lesson focus

In today's lesson, we'll introduce you to some phrases that hopefully you won't have to use. When traveling to Thailand, while the threat of physical violence is not prevalent, one should always be careful. In addition, this phrase is not limited to threatening situations, but can also be used in the unfortunate event that you or someone around you is in the need of immediate assistance. Today we'll learn how to call for help.
In Thai, "Help!" is chûuai dûuai.
chûuai dûuai
Let’s break it down by syllable: chûuai dûuai.
Now, let’s hear it once again, chûuai dûuai.
The first word, chûuai, literally means "help" already.
The next word, dûuai, means "altogether," actually added to make this phrase smoother. So this short phrase, chûuai dûuai, literally means "Help!"
You can also ask someone to call a police by saying rîiak dtam-rùuat thii.
rîiak dtam-rùuat thii
Let’s break it down by syllable: rîiak dtam-rùuat thii.
Now, let’s hear it once again: rîiak dtam-rùuat thii.
The first word, rîiak, means "call for" followed by dtam-rùuat, which means "police."
The next word, thii, is another word that means nothing much but a sound that makes a phrase smoother. So altogether, rîiak dtam-rùuat thii means "Please call police!"
You may also notice that I didn't add khâ or khráp to make this phrase more polite. Well, that's because I don’t think people really care if you’re being polite or not when you are asking for help, although being polite is always nice. Therefore, if you are not in such a hurry, adding khâ or khráp at the end of the phrase could also be an option.
One important thing to remember: the phone number for police in Thailand is 191. It’s 1-9-1.


Okay, to close out today's lesson, we'd like for you to practice what you've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible of saying it aloud. You will have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so chôok-dii khâ, that means "good luck" in Thai.
Remember, khâ is for women and khráp is for men.
Ok, here we go!
“Help!” - chûuai dûuai
chûuai dûuai
chûuai dûuai
“Please call police!” - rîiak dtam-rùuat thii
rîiak dtam-rùuat thii
rîiak dtam-rùuat thii
All right. That’s going to do it for today. Remember to stop by ThaiPod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.