I think learning a new language is a bit like building a wall. Building a wall around yourself. You start with a few bricks (words) which you place around you and slowly but surely you accumulate more bricks which you use to piece together parts of your wall. There are many gaps, but with time, and enough bricks, you eventually fill those gaps and start to build your wall higher and higher.
My own wall is still full of holes, and the sections I have built are not very high, but the first few bricks I used are the ones I’ll probably never forget, and it’s those first bricks which are the most important in laying the foundations for your language wall. Take ten bricks, lay them around you, and before you know it you’ll have added many more next to and on top of them.
Compiling a list of top ten Thai words to use in Thailand isn’t an easy task. If one thousand different people put together their own list then I’m sure you wouldn’t find two the same. Nonetheless, here’s my choice of ten Thai words which I think are most useful to anyone arriving in Thailand for the first time and having no Thai language skills at all. Some of them are not just words but simple phrases, but ones I consider very useful indeed.
The format used is: Word transliteration Thai spelling.
My Top Ten Thai Words to Take to Thailand
- Thank you – kòp kun ขอบคุณ
- Hello, goodbye – sà-wàt-dee สวัสดี
- Never mind, not a problem, you’re welcome – mai pen rai ไม่เป็นไร
- Like – chôp ชอบ
- Hot – rorn ร้อน
- Beautiful – sǔay สวย
- Tasty, delicious – a-ròi อร่อย
- Good – dee ดี
- Excuse me/apologize – kŏr tôht ขอโทษ
- Fun/enjoyable – sà-nùk สนุก
Now a challenge to readers. I’d like you to replace one of my top ten Thai words with one of your own. A word which you think would make a valuable Thai language building brick. There’s no need to replace two or three, just one.
Please leave your thoughts and one Thai language brick in the comment box below. Thank you.
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