If you never learn Thai word before or never heard any Thai before. You should start to learn the phase which combine with 2-3 words .And this tone mark you see on top of the word represent different tone sound.

  • (  -)  This mark represent mid tone 
  • (\) This mark represent low tone
  • (^) This mark represent falling tone
  • (/) This mark represent high tone
  • (v) This mark represent rising tone.

This 5 tones mark you see on top of  Thai word or syllable, It is to  help foreigners who don’ t want to learn the real Thai word. Because Thai don’t use English, Romanize or Karaoke. The romanization is use to help foreigners to get into the sound when we compare to Thai word. So if you start to learn Thai word with romanization or karaoke way from different website , different teacher or different school. They will use their own romanization . The best way is start to learn Thai consonants and Thai vowels.

  1.  kâ/kráb ค่ะ /ครับ

    • Thai particle word  put in the end of phase or sentence to be polite when you speak to the person you don’t know.
    • kâ ค่ะ = for female speaker
    •  kráb ครับ = for male speaker
  2. sà-wàd-dēe kâ/sà-wàd-dēe kráb สวัสดีค่ะ / สวัสดีครับ
    • Hello  ===> for female speaker you say “sà-wàd-dēe kâ”
    • Hello  ===> for male speaker you say ” sà-wàd-dēe kráb”
  3. châi  ใช่ 
    • Yes
  4. mâi châi ไม่ใช่
    • No , Not, It is not.
  5. kòrb-kūn ขอบคุณ 
    • Thank you
  6. āo ān-née   เอา อันนี้
    • I want this one.
    • āo เอา  + object /noun = want
  7. mâi āo…..   ไม่ เอา
    • I don’t want….
    • mâi ไม่ = no,not
  8. mâi mēe  ไม่ มี
    • Not have, doesn’t have,  don’t have, It doesn’t have, I don’t have
    • mēe มี = have
  9. mâi pèd  ไม่เผ็ด
    • Not spicy
    • pèd เผ็ด = spicy
  10. ān-née tâo-rài?  อันนี้ เท่าไหร่
    • How much is this one?
    • tâo-rài เท่าไหร่ = how much
  11. ān-née à-rāi?  อันนี้ อะไร
    • What is this one?
    • à-rāi อะไร = what
  12. chég-bīn /  gèb dtāng  เช็คบิล/ เก็บตัง
    • Bill please, Check please
    • bīn บิล  = bill : Thai don’t have final sound ‘L’. So for every final sound L become N sound.
    •  gèb เก็บ = collect, keep
    • dtāng ตัง = money
  13. pôod Thāi mâi-dâi  พูด ไทย ไม่ได้
    • I cannot speak Thai
    • pôod  พูด  = speak
    • mâi-dâi ไม่ได้ = cannot
  14. Pôod cháa cháa  พูด ช้าๆ
    • Speak slowly
    • cháa ช้า = slow
    • cháa cháa  ช้าๆ  = slowly  : Thai repeat 2 times adjective to emphasis the word
  15. mâi kâo-jāi  ไม่เข้าใจ
    • I don’t understand
    • kâo  เข้า = enter, come in
    • jāi ใจ = heart : to enter into the heart of other person ,that really mean you really understand people inside of thier mind and heart.
    • There are many Thai word use the word ” jāi ใจ “
  16. hôrng-nám yòo têe-năi  ห้องน้ำ อยู่ ที่ไหน
  17. Where is the toilet
    • hôrng ห้อง = room
    • nám น้ำ = water
    • yòo อยู่ = verb to be (use with location,place)
    •  têe-năi  ที่ไหน = where?
  18. bpāi …….mái ? ไป  ….. ไหม
    •  Do you go…..?  (Use when you ask Taxi, sometimes Thai Taxi could deny passenger )
    • mái ไหม = question word in Thai : put in the end of phase or statement, use to get information (this word is high tone word.Please donot confuse with the word ‘mâi ไม่  = no’
  19. liáw sáay  เลี้ยวซ้าย
    • Turn left
    • liáw เลี้ยว = to turn
    • sáay ซ้าย  = left
  20. liáw kwăa เลี้ยวขวา
    • Turn right
    • kwăa ขวา = right
  21. dtrōng bpāi  ตรงไป
    • Straight

Listen all 20 phrase :

Listen phase 1-5

20 useful words and phrase in youtube

In this lesson on youtube . There are other useful words and phrase that you should know. In the lesson also explain about 5 Thai tones sound.

20 useful words and phrase