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Basic Dialog:

A Formal Greeting

In this conversation, two people greet each other. Note the use of the polite particle words at the end of each sentence. This indicates that the speakers do not know each other well, the social status of one is considered higher, or that the greeting is taking place in a formal setting, such as in a business or government office.

Listen to the conversation

Listen to the conversation again line by line. If you are able, repeat the words you hear and think about the English interpretation of each phrase.

A

sà-wát-dee kâ
Hello

 

kune sà-baai-dee mǎi ká
How are you?

B

pǒm sà-baai-dee kráp
I'm fine.

 

kòp-kune
Thank you.

 

láew kune lá kráp
And you?

A

chǎn sà-baai-dee kâ
I'm fine.

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Grammar Note:

Question sentences will often be answered by simply restating the main verb, especially in more informal speech. In our dialog, the question is:
sà-baai-dee mǎi (How're you?)
The answer could be simply:
sà-baai-dee (Fine.)



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Lesson Navigation:

Application Settings:
Gender  (Recordings for your gender)
Transliterations  (Thai words in English)
Interpretations  (What the words mean)

More to come . . .

Active Thai is a work in progress. Please check back often for new lessons.