02 Jul Thai Language and Communication (Episode 1)
In Thailand, the greeting word “Hello” is replaced by the word “Sawasdee” (pronounced, sa–wad–dee) with a suffix word “Krab” if you are male or “Ka” if you are female to make your speech more polite. So, it will say “Sawasdee Krab” for men or “Sawasdee Ka” for women. How people feel when you say those suffix words may be as same as when you hear the word “Sir” behind a sentence.
………………………….Sa Wad Dee Krab ………………………………………………
How To Speak Thai
Though it’s not really necessary to get by, you will undoubtedly have an easier and more enjoyable experience in Thailand from any time you spend learning Thai. Most Thais don’t expect a foreigner to be able to speak any of their language and are often visibly surprised if you can string a few sentences together.
It’s also encouraging how many people will tell you that you poot Thai geng (speak Thai well), no matter how limited your command of the language really is. ☺☺
Being a tonal language
Thai is a tonal language meaning that the same word can have a completely different meaning depending on it is pronounced. In total, there are 5 tones: Mid tone, high tone, low tone, rising tone and falling tone. A common example of the difficulty of tones in Thai is the word mai, whose meanings include “wood“, “not“, “silk“, “burn“, and “new” depending on what tone is used to pronounce it !!
“KHAO” means “rice” or “KAO” means “nine” or “KHAO” means “to enter” !!! What a loss hahaha !!!!
And up next , please get yourself ready for a confusion and a culture shock with greetings in Thai Way ☺
Food takes an important part in Thai life. Thai people always talk about it, about next meal. Then do doubt it’s been in Thai’s culture with their greetings by having a sense of food in a sentence.
Kin Khao Rue Yang Ka? / “Have you already eaten ?” same as “How are you ?” in everyday speech.
And the expecting answer is … Kin Laey Ka/ Yes I have had
(Remark: You can not say NO for this reply because you can’t show you are starved to public… it doesn’t look good hahaha)