Learning at least a few words of Thai shows respect for the culture and can be a great way to break the ice when you are in Thailand. Men should add the polite word ‘khap’ (or ‘krub’) at the end of a sentence and women should add ‘ka‘. Although there is a Thai word for please, it isn’t used in the same way as it is in English. Instead, the polite addition of ‘khap‘ or ‘ka‘ is normally used. Different methods are used for transliteration of Thai into English. For example, you may see the Thai word for ‘hello’ written as sawatdee, sawasdee or sa wa dee. We’ve put together some helpful Thai phrases for you to learn at home in preparation for when the time is right to travel to Thailand again.
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