Talk:Thai phrasebook

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Nice start! It might be worthwhile to look at the Project:Phrasebook template to fill out the rest of the page. --(WT-en) Evan 15:05, 12 Aug 2004 (EDT)

Khop khun maak khrap for the additions,, but could you also document the system of tones you are using? The romanizations you are using also appear to be a little non-standard, Wikivoyage prefers RTGS (with long vowels marked). (WT-en) Jpatokal 22:12, 12 Feb 2005 (EST)

Alignment to RTGS[edit]

This article was quite inconsistent in style and method of romanisation.

I have aligned it to RTGS, the Royal Thai General System of Transcription. However I have kept a few deviations to avoid known drawbacks:

  • use j for จ (instead of ch)
  • use double aa, ii, uu for long vowels (but not ee, oo, because too confusing for English speakers)
  • no measure for อ versus โ (article intro said ou for โ, but it was not used; too late I saw that the majority of โ had oh)

For style I used the convention (was a slight majority already):

  • no initial capital in pronunciation
  • no dot after pronunciation

I have corrected a few errors as well, but have not filled in the gaps. I did not double check all yet, so minor flaws may still exist.

−Woodstone 17:11, 4 Aug 2005 (EDT)

Excellent work! I was hoping somebody would do this. Please keep plunging forward, and just document your 'standard' both on the phrasebook page and Project:Romanization. (WT-en) Jpatokal 21:16, 4 Aug 2005 (EDT)


I'm a Thai and speak Thai as the main language. I've translated some of them and fixed some transliteration. Also, I fixed something to fit Thai culture. Thank you for your translation, they're 90%+ correct. That's cool if you aren't a Thai. Excellent for you all --(WT-en) Wap 07:03, 13 Oct 2005 (EDT)

Thank you for your help! Please help us fix more, we want to be 100% correct. =) (WT-en) Jpatokal 07:27, 13 Oct 2005 (EDT)

Tsunami phrasebook[edit]

It's been a year now and I think this stuff is becoming rather less useful for the average traveller -- I'll archive it here for posterity until somebody figures out something better to do. (WT-en) Jpatokal 23:43, 22 Jan 2006 (EST)

Tsunami Relief Work[edit]

NGO, private organization, private institution
องค์กรเอกชน (ong-kòn ekkachon)
สึนามิ (suenaami)
missing person
คน หาย (khon hăai)
victim, casualty
ผู้ประสบภัย (phuu prà-sòp phai)
injured [V]
บาดเจ็บ (bàat jèp)
seriously injured [V]
บาดเจ็บสาหัส (bàat jèp săa-hàt)
injured persons
ผู้เสียหาย (phuu sĭa hăai)
อาสาสมัคร (aa-săa sà-màk)
rehabilitate, restore
ฟื้นฟูสภาพ (fuen fuu sà-phàap)
help, aid, assist
ช่วย (chûai)
translator, interpreter
ผู้แปล (phuu plae)
คุณครู (khun khru)
หมอ (mo)
พยาบาล (phá-yaa-baan)
นายช่าง (nai châang)
นายจ้าง (naai jaang)
Help Thai People
ช่วย คนไทย (chûai khon Thai)
หลงทาง (löng' thaang )
นักข่าว (nak khao)
“Can I take your photo?”
ขอ ถ่ายรูป คุณ ได้ไหม ครับ (kho tàai-ruup [khun'] dâi' mäi', khráp' (males))
Photograph, take photograph
ถ่ายรูป (thàai-ruup)


do, make, build, work, create
ทำ (tham)
create, produce, build, make
สร้าง (sâang)
technician, mechanic, engineer, craftsman
ช่าง (châang)
เครื่อง (khrueang)
ค้อน (khón)
hammer, nail, pound, drive, knock [V]
ตอก (tòk)
cut, cut off, cut out, break off [V]
ตัด (tàt)
nail [N]
ตะปู (tà-puu)
measuring tools
เครื่องมือวัด (khrueang mue wát )
ladder, stepladder, stair
กระได (kràdai)
ประตู (prà-tuu)
หน้าต่าง (nâa tàang)
bolt, latch, lock [N]
กลอน (klon)
building, house
โรง (rong)

Growing "Learning more" section[edit]

Does anyone agree with me that this is a Project:External links section that needs to be removed. -- (WT-en) Tom Holland (xltel)

I think some of those links are genuinely useful (eg. Lexitron), but I agree that most of them are dross. I think we should just list down the criteria for all phrasebooks and pare 'em with a heavy hand. (WT-en) Jpatokal 02:22, 24 November 2006 (EST)
I recently posed the question should (all) the "Learning more" sections be removed? here: Project:Phrasebook template#"Learning more" section ~ 04:14, 31 January 2007 (EST)

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