More than footprints?phrasebooks have been lovingly compiled by readers from around the world to arm you with a few words and phrases for your next destination. From basic vocabulary such as 'Yes', 'No' and 'Thank-you', and simple structures like, 'Where is the..?' and 'How much is this?' to the more advanced, 'Are you sure this is a different temple?' and 'Is that a ghost?!'. Enjoy, or as they say in France, 'Cafe au lait!'
Compiled for More than footprints by Sanya Sisouk (Thailand)
Pronunciation: It would be impossible to adequately express, in text, the correct pronunciation of the phrases below, so to avoid being misinterpreted by the old woman at the bus stop, break the ice on your next train journey and have a local talk you through the correct pronunciation. A (ah - as in car) TH is not pronounced as in think but as an aspirated T+H PH is not pronounced as in elephant but as an aspirated P+H
NB: Pronouns (I, you, me etc) change their form depending on the speakers gender and the gender of the person they are addressing. Where there is a feminine form of a pronoun or phrase it has been given in italics.
yes - khap no - mai khop khoun please - kho thot thank-you - khop khoun hello - wat dee goodbye - laa kone Excuse me (Can you help me?) - Thot Excuse me (Sorry) - Kho thot Good morning - Anou sawat Good afternoon - Sawatdee Good evening - Sawatdee Good night - Lap dee sawat How are you? - Sabai dee mai I'm fine, thanks - Phom ok / Noo ok Do you speak English? - Phoot anglit dai mai? I don't understand - Mai khaoo chai What's your name? - Chew yang gai? My name is... - Phom chew wa... / Noo chew wa... I'm from... - Phom ma chak... / Noo ma chak... I'm a... (student) - Phom pan... (nak lien) / Noo pan...(nak lien) How do you pronounce this? -
passport - phass pot visa - wisa Where is the...? - train station - sathanee lot fai bus station - sathanee lot ma bus stop - pai lot mai airport - sa nam been taxi stand - sathanee lot thaxi gas station - pam na man Where can I get a ticket? - Sew tuoa thee nai Can I have a ticket to...? - Kho toua pai... one way/return - pai/clap second class - Will you tell me where to get off the bus/train? - Chouai bok noi wa long thee nai? Does this bus go to (the town center)? - Lot mai nee pai (chaimeuang) mai? Which platform? - Kheun thee nai? Which carriage? - Lot khan nai? Which gate? - Pratoo nai? Is it on time? - Ma trong wai la mai? How long will it be delayed? - Cha nan mai? car - lot petrol - naman oil - nama garage - thee some lot flat tyre - lo ban No, we don't have time to visit your friend's/brother's/uncle's carpet factory/furniture store/gem dealership. - Mai, mai me wela pai do lan phean/phee chai than I'm in a hurry. I'm meeting friends at the hotel and I'm already late. - Phom mee nat cap phean you long lam. Phom cha leow. Noo mee nat cap phean you thee long lam. Noo cha leow
Where is the nearest internet cafe? - Lan inter net kha fa clai thee soot you nai? Do you have WiFi? - What's the WiFi password? - I want to phone... - Phom yak tho pai / noo yak tho pai Can I check my email? - Kho do mail dai mai? Can I print something? - Kho pheem dai mai? How much does it cost a minute/an hour? - Chewmong/na thee la tho lai? What's the code for (the UK)? - La hat (anglit) tooa nai? The sim-card doesn't work - Sim card nee chai mai dai Where can I buy a phone card? - Sew bat tholasap you thee nai
Can I have a single/double room? - Kho hang nung/sang thee norm? Can I have a dorm bed? - private bath - hang nam soan tooa shared bath - hang nam sooan louam How much is it? - Tho rai Is it cheaper if I stay (5) nights? - La kha (ha) kheun thook koua mai? Can I see another room? - Kho do hang heunthee nee nang mai?
emergencies & health
Call an ambulance! - Leeak Call the police! - Leeak tam louat ma Help! - Shouai douai Fire! - Fai mai I feel ill - Phom pooai vomitting - ooak doctor - mo hospital - long ban dentist - mo fan ophthalmologist/optician - mo ta contact lenses - khontac len condoms - Where is the embassy? - Sathan thoot you nai?
restaurants & food
Can I have a table for 1 person/two people? - Kho to nung/sang thee nang? Can I order? - Lap sung dai mai? Can I have..? - Kho..? Is this very spicy? - An nee phet mai? Can I have it less spicy? - Kho mai phet dai mai? Can I pay? - Khit been noi? Cheers! - Cheun! Can I have another..? - Kho pheum..? beer - Singha! noodles - mee rice - khaou I don't eat meat - Phom mai than neua / Noo mai than neua I don't eat... - Phom mai than / Noo mai than I'm allergic to... - Phom pha... / Noo pha...
money, shopping & sightseeing
Can I have a..? - Kho..? How much is it? - Tho rai? Do you take credit cards? - Lap bat mai? Where can I change money? - Peean tang you nai? What's the exchange rate today? - Late pee an tang tho rai? Where is the nearest...? - What time does the ...open/close? - ...peut kee mong? post office - pai sanee bank - thana khan travel agency - lan thooa museum - phee ta phan temple - wat shop - lan zoo - sooan sat swimming pool - sa wai nam beach - haat thalay cafe - cafay restaurant - lan ahan That's too expensive - Pheng Still too expensive - Yang pheng Do you have anything cheaper? - Mee arai thook kwa nee mai?
1 - nung 2 - sung 3 - sam 4 - see 5 - ha 6 - hok 7 - jiet 8 - pet 9 - kaou 10 - seep 11 - seep et 12 - seep sang 13 - seep sam 14 - seep see 15 - seep ha 16 - seep hok 17 - seep jiet 18 - seep pet 19 - seep kaou 20 - yi seep 21 - yi see et 22 - yi seep sang 30 - sam seep 40 - see seep 50 - ha seep 60 - hok seep 70 - jiet seep 80 - pet seep 90 - kaou seep 100 - nung roi 101 - nung roi et 200 - sang roi 1000 - nung phan 10000 - seep phan 1000000 - nung lan
1st - thee nung 2nd - thee sang 3rd - thee sam 4th - thee see
other useful phrases
Are you sure this is a different temple? - Wat nee thang tong nai? Does anyone know what happened in the football? - Mee klai loo phone bone Is that a ghost?! - Nan phee chai mai! It says here in the newspaper that back in (Europe) it's minus five degrees and raining. Hahahahahahaha! - You (yourope) lope ha ong sa la fone tok douai! Hahahahaha!