Thai Vocab

Helpful terms you may want to know…

Feel free to ask about any Thai word you’re curious about :)

555 – hahaha, laughter (in Thai, 5 is pronounced “ha”)

Arai – what

Banterng – entertainment

Chai – male
Chan – I (for female)
Cheewit – life
Chob – like

Dai – ok, alright
Dara – a known person in entertainment industry; i.e. actors/actresses
Dek Chai ____ – Mr. ____ (for a boy under 15)
Dek Ying ____ – Ms. ____ (for a girl under 15)
Din – earth, ground

Fan – boyfriend/girlfriend
Fah – sky

Gliard – hate
Gum – (1) sin, (2) to hold, to grasp

Hi So – refers to people in high society
Hua Jai – heart

Ka (for ending of sentences) – polite way of speaking (for female)
Kei – son-in-law
Khun ____ – Mr./Ms./Mrs. ____
Kob Khun – thanks, thank you
Kor Tode – sorry
Krub (for ending of sentences) – polite way of speaking (for male)
Kularb – rose

Laiw – evil
Lakorn – Thai TV series
Lhor – handsome
Likit – destined
Look Kreung – half caste, half breed

Mai – No
Mai Dai – cannot, no way
Mai Pen Rai – nevermind, it’s alright
Meur Rai – when
Mia – wife

Nang Ek – heroine
Nang Fah – goddess, female angel
Nang Rai – female antagonist
Nang Rong – second female lead
Narak – cute
Nong – little sister/brother, someone younger
Nong Chai – little brother
Nong Sao – little sister

Org Pai – ‘get out’

Panraya – polite word for wife
P – older sister/brother, someone older
P’ Chai – older brother
P’ Sao – older sister
Pra Ek – hero
Pra Rong – second male lead
Pom – I (for a guy)
Poo Chai – man, guy
Poo Rai – male antagonist
Poo Ying – girl, woman
Puar – husband

Rai – bad, evil
Rak – love

Sa Mee – polite word for husband
Sanaeha – affection
Sapai – daughter-in-law
Sanook – fun, entertaining
Sode – single
Suay – beautiful, pretty
Su Su – cheer up, all the best

Talad – market
Talod – always
Tawan – sun
Tee Nai – where
Tee Rak – dear
Ter – you
Tum Mai – why

Wan – day
Wela – time

Yim – smile
Ying – female

Months (Duen…)

Ma-ga-ra-kom – January
Kkum-pa-parn – February
Mee-na-kom – March
May-sa-yon – April
Prus-sa-pa-kom – May
Mi-tu-na-yon – June
Gra-dak-gra-da-kom – July
Sing-ha-kom – August
Gun-ya-yon – September
Tu-la-kom – October
Prus-sa-ji-ka-yon – November
Tan-wa-kom – December

*Note: kom, yon, and parn can be omitted
eg. Duen Kkum-pa = February

Days (Wan…)

Jaan – Monday
Arng-karn – Tuesday
Phud – Wednesday
Pa-rue-hars-sa-bor-dee – Thursday
Sook – Friday
Sao – Saturday
Ar-thid – Sunday

Numbers

Neung – 1
Song – 2
Sarm – 3
See – 4
Ha – 5
Hoek – 6
Jed – 7
Pad – 8
Kao – 9
Sib – 10
Sib Ed – 11
Sib Song – 12
Sib … – 13+
Yee Sib – 20
Yee Sib Ed – 21
Yee Sib … – 22+
Sarm Sib – 30
Sarm Sib … – 31+

Zodiac Signs (Rasee..)

Mang-korn [Dragon] – (Jan 14 – Feb 12)
Khum – (Feb 13 – March 13)
Meen – (March 14 – April 14)
Made – (April 15 – May 14)
Preuk-sok – (May 15 – June 14)
May-toon – (June 15 – July 15)
Kor-ra-kod – (July 16 – Aug 16)
Singh – (Aug 17 – Sept 15)
Gun – (Sept 16 – Oct 16)
Toon – (Oct 17 – Nov 15)
Pi-jik – (Nov 16 – Dec 15)
Tha-nu – (Dec 16 – Jan 13)

21 Responses to “Thai Vocab”

  • fah

    thanks so much for the translations! how do you say friend and Buddha in thai??

  • Darady

    Thanks to whom posted above Thai Vocab.

  • red

    Wow, I like this post. It’s very informative and educational. I’d like to visit thailand someday and this will definitely help me get around. I’m also a big fan of thai actors, they’re so good looking. I like mario maurer in particular. I want to meet him one day!

  • Soreya

    Thank you a lot for the Thai vocab. I’ve always wanted to learn Thai

  • marcus

    helpful terms are missing helpful tones ;)

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