Sawasdee Ka

With only seven days to go, I realize that I have to start learning some Thai phrases soon.

I’ve come across several Thai phrases in the websites I’ve browsed through and my Thailand travel books, but it’s not enough that I know the words; I have to know how to say them properly.

One of the first website I went to that has the proper Thai pronounciations was surprisingly, not a travel site. I was in HSBC’s site looking at their Thailand offers when I saw their Say it in Thai section. It’s a small listing, but helpfull, nonetheless.

I learned about LearningThai.com from a poster in the BnA forums. It has more phrases and words, even a picture dictionary for certain sections.

Though the LearningThai.com site is more comprehensive than the HSBC link, I still find it important to listen to both. The speakers in the two sites are of the opposite gender; HSBC has a female speaker, while LearningThai.com has a male one. In Thai, men and women use different suffixes for polite conversation. Men say “khrap” while women say “kha.” There is also a difference in the accents and pronounciation of the two speakers, which can help hone your listening skills.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to my lessons. Lagon!

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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

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