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2nd of January 2014

Thai language


Last notes before heading to Thailand. I won’t be able to update the blog from there but I am sure I will come back with lots of new ideas and pictures to show you.

As I said in the last post, getting ready to go is as important as going on the actual trip. Travelling to an exotic destination means that the culture we will find there will be quite different, including the language. It’s time to learn some Thai! I don’t pretend to learn how to read the Thai alphabet in such a short time but bearing in mind that English is only spoken in the most touristy areas, memorizing some basic words and sentences can turn out useful and I’m sure Thai people will appreciate it. As a language freak, I am the first one interested in learning a bit about it. Spoken by about 60 million people, this tonal language belongs to the Tai-Kadai language family and has very distinct regional dialects. Many words are borrowed from Pali, Sanskrit and Old Khmer, from which Thai alphabet derived.

 Últims apunts abans de marxar cap a Tailàndia. Des d’allà no podré actualitzar el blog, però segur que tornaré amb un munt de noves idees i fotos per ensenyar-vos. Com vaig dir en l’últim post, preparar-se per marxar és tan important com començar el viatge pròpiament dit. Anar a una destinació exòtica implica trobar-se una cultura bastant diferent, incloent-hi la llengua. És hora d’aprendre una mica de tailandès! No pretenc aprendre a llegir l’alfabet tailandès en tan poc temps, però tenint en compte que l’anglès només es parla a les zones més turístiques, anirà bé memoritzar quatre paraules i frases bàsiques, i segur que els tailandesos ho agraïran. Com a freak de les llengües, sóc la primera interessada a aprendre’n una mica. Parlada per uns 60 milions de persones, aquesta llengua tonal pertany a la família lingüística Tai-Kadai i té dialectes regionals molt diferents. Moltes paraules han estat adoptades del Pali, del Sànscrit i del Khmer antic, de la qual deriva l’alfabet tailandès.
 Moving on to a more practical approach to Thai, I have found some useful sentences in this webpage, copied below:
Anant a temes més pràctics sobre aquesta llengua, aquí teniu unes quantes frases útils que he trobat en aquesta pàgina web.

Hola = Hello = Sawaddee
Cómo estas? = How are you? = Sabai dee mai
Estoy bien = I’m fine. = Sabai dee
No me siento bien = I’m not feeling well. = Chan mai sabai
Gracias = Thank you = Kob kun (“u” in “kun” is pronounced “oo” as in “foot”)
Lo siento = I’m sorry. = Kaw tode
Olvídelo/De nada = Never mind./You’re welcome. = Mai pen rai
Mi nombre es = My name is…. = Chan cheu…
Como te llamas? = What’s your name? = Kun cheu arai
Un gusto concerte = Nice to meet you. = Yin dee tee dai rue juk
Si = Yes = Chai
No = Mai chai

Shopping
Cuánto cuesta esto? = How much is this? = Nee tow rai
Cuánto cuesta eso? = How much is that? = Nan tow rai
Puede hacerme un precio o bajar el precio? = Can you lower the price? = Lod raka dai mai (Whenever you say this, it’s a very good idea to also say “krub” or “ka”.)
Tiene mas grande? = Do you have a bigger one? = Mee tua yai kwa nee mai
Tiene mas pequeño? = Do you have a smaller one? = Mee tua lek kwa nee mai
Es muy caro = It’s a bit too expensive. = Ped pai noy
Me gusta mucho = I really like it. = Chob maak
Feelings
Me gusta = I like….= Chan chob…
No me gusta = I don’t like…= Chan mai chob…
Estoy disfrutando = I’m having fun. = Sanook mak
Tengo calor = I’m hot. = Chan ron
Tengo frio = I’m cold. = Chan now
Tengo hambre = I’m hungry. = Chan hiu
Estoy satisfecho = I’m full. = Chan im
Quiero comer = I want to eat…= Chan yak gin.
Quiero ir a… = I want to go to…= Chan yak pai…
Me dio dolor de cabeza = I’ve got a headache. = Chan puad hua
Me dio dolor de estómago = I’ve got a stomachache. = Chan puad tong
Me gusta Tailandia = I like Thailand. = Chan chob muang thai
Me gustan los Tailandeses = I like Thai people. = Chan chob kon thai
No quiero regresar a casa = I don’t want to go back home. = Chan mai yak klub baan
Flirting
Tu eres Hermosa = You are very beautiful. = Kun suay mak
Realmente me gustas = I really like you. = Chan chob kun jing jing
Quieres salir conmigo = Do you want to go out with me? = Kun yak pai tiaw kub chan mai
Quieres ir a ver una pelicula conmigo = Do you want to go see a movie with me? = Kun yak pai du nang kub chan mai
Me gusta conversar contigo = I enjoy talking to you. = Chan chob kui kub kun
Quiero conocerte mas = I want to know you better. = Chan yak rue jak kun mak kwa nee
Te amo = I love you! = Chan rak kun
Emergencies
Dónde esta el baño? = Where is the restroom? = Hong nam yu nai
Tengo que ir al hospital = I must go to a hospital! = Chan tong pai rong payaban
Perdí mi billetera = I lost my wallet. = krapao satang chan hai
Estoy perdido = I’m lost. = Chan long taang
Donde estoy? = Where am I? = Chan yu tee nai OR Tee nee tee nai
Alguien puede hablar Inglés?= Can anyone here speak English? = Mee krai pood pasa angkrit dai mai
Alguien puede hablar español?= Can anyone here speak English? = Mee krai pood pasa sapain dai mai
Necesito ir a… = I need to go to…= Chan tong pai….
Está muy caluroso! Me estoy volviendo loco = It’s so hot! I’m going crazy! = Ron jah pen baa
Ayúdeme ! = Help me! = Chuay

A more interactive way to learn some Thai is watching videos like this one:

And in case you are still curious, here are a few more interesting webpages about Thai language:
http://www.thai-language.com/ref
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/thai.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/other/thai/guide/
Kob kun ka! :)
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