Words & Phrases - Thai

The following are some useful tools that can be employed to effectively communicate in Thailand...

Words & Phrases

EnglishThaiComment
Hello / Welcome / Byesawadee krap/ka 
Thankyoukorp koon krap/kaSpoken rapidly it sounds like cop-n-cup/cop-n-kah
Excuse mekor tort 
Nevermind / No problemmai pen rai 
Funsanook 
Comfortable / Wellsabai 
Are you well ?sabai dee mai ? 
I am wellsabai deeas reply to above question
I am not wellmai sabaialso as reply to above question
Good Luckchok dee krap/kaThis is also used as a drinking greeting in the same way as 'cheers'.
Tasty / DeliciousarroyOften pronounced 'alloy' as the 'r' is changed to 'l'
Where are you going ?pai naiA common Thai conversation opener
What are you doing ?tam araiAnother common conversation opener
WesternerfarangNot in itself an insult despite what some claim. Of course it can be used in an insulting way.
BahtbahtThai currency
Thisnee 
Thatnun 
How much does this cost ?nee gee bahta hard 'g'
Can you reduce the price ?lot noy dai mai 
Wantow'ow' rhymes with cow (as in 'ow that hurt')
Don't wantmai ow 

Numbers

EnglishThai
Onenerng
Twosorng
Threesahm
Foursee
Fivehah
Sixhok
Sevenjet
Eightpairt
Ninegow
Tensip
Elevensip et
Twelvesip sorng
Thirteensip sahm
Twentyyee sip
Thirtysahm sip
Fortysee sip
Hundredroy
Thousandpan
Ten Thousandmern
Hundred Thousandsairn
Millionlahn

Food

EnglishThaiComment
Foodah-hahn 
Spicypet 
Sourbree-oh 
Saltykem 
Sweetwahn 
Bitterkom 
Do not want spicymai ow pet 
Only a little spicymai ow pet mahk 
Want spicyow pet 
Want very spicyow pet pet 
Shallow friedpat 
Deep friedtort 
Boiledtom 
Grilledyang 
Bakedop 
Steamednerng 
   
Ricekaorhymes with 'cow', often transliterated as Khao
Boiled ricekao suay 
Fried ricekao pat 
Rice soupkao tom 
   
Eggkai 
Chickengai 
Porkmoo 
Beefneua'Neua' is also the generic term for meat. To be more specific say 'neua wua' (meat cow).
Fishplah 
Prawngung 
Squidplah merk 
Sea Foodah-hahn talay 
Vegetarian Foodah-hahn jay 
   
Noodle Soupgroat tee-ow 
Thai Omelettekai jee-owdeep fried omelette
Fried Egg Noodlespat phai 
Spicy Papaya Saladsomtam 
Sour Saladyame.g. Yam Talay (seafood)
Spicy Sour Souptom yame.g. Tom Yam Goong, Tom Yam Talay
Coconut Chicken Souptom kah gai 
Sweet Green Currygaeng kee-ow waan 
Spicy Red Currygaeng pet 
MasamanmasamanA creamy curry with meat and potato
Sour Ground Porklahp mooA ground meat dish with lime juice and mint
Chcken and Basilgrapow gaiOften served with a fried egg - 'kai dow'
Grilled Chickengai yang 
Fish in Sweet Chilliplah raht prik 
Steamed Fish in Lemonplah nerng manao 
Fried Sun Dried Fishplah samlee 
Crab in Curry Sauceboo pat pong garee 

Drinks

EnglishThaiComment
Waternaam 
Icenaam Kairng 
Orange Juicenam Som 
Coca Colacoke 
   
Coffeegahfair 
Iced Coffeegahfair Yen 
Teachah 
Iced Teachah yen 
   
Beerbee-a 
Spiritslaorhymes with 'cow', usually refers to whisky or rum
Whiskywhit-gee 
Ginjin 
Winewai'Wine' will generally be understood
   
One bottle of beerbee-a nerng koart 
Two bottles of beerbee-a sorng koart 
Three bottles of beerbee-a sahm koart