Five Important Words in the Thai Language

If you are in Thailand, there are five important words to remember. They are

  1. Khrup (ครับ) – a word uttered by a male speaker at the end of a sentence. It is not necessary to mention it after every sentence. It is also used to mean “yes” as a reply.
  2. Ka (ค่ะ) – a word uttered by a female speaker at the end of a sentence. Like khrup, it is not necessary to use it after every sentence. It can also mean “Yes” as a reponse.
  3. Sawadee (สวัสดี) – this word is used to greet another person, usually an elder, a person of authority or another person of the same age. Example: Sawadee ka or sawadee khrup.
  4. Mai pen rai (ไม่เป็นไร) – it means no problem, it’s okay, or never mind.
  5. Kop Kun khrup/ka (ขอบคุณ ครับ / ค่ะ) – thank you. If you like to say “thank you very much” then you say “kop kun mak khrup for male/kop kun ka for female”

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