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100+ Useful Thai Vocabulary For Everyday Life

May 1, 2022

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As we all know, the most important part of learning a new language is memorizing vocabulary. But, do we have to know all the words in the target language? Of course, not! It is impossible to even for native speakers! That's why while learning vocabulary, you should not only work hard but also work smart.

So, if you are learning Thai, I will save you time while learning some common Thai vocabulary. We prepared a list of useful Thai vocabulary for everyday life. The list ranges from basic greetings to the Thai words which are commonly used every day.

I promise you won't regret it if you learn these basic Thai phrases and words. So if you are ready, let's get started!

 

Thai Vocabulary For Everyday Life

We decided to divide the list into smaller sections according to relevance and topic, instead of giving a list with random words. So that you won't have to scroll down forever to find what you are looking for.

Once, you look through the lists, you will see that they are not in alphabetical order. The fact that it gets harder to memorize when the words are in alphabetical order even if it is a common word, therefore we just tried to mix the words.

Let's Start With Basic Thai Phrases

Thai Vocabulary For Everyday Life

Basic Thai phrases, such as simple Thai words like สวัสดี (hello), are the first words you should learn. Because when you learn a new language, let's say, Thai, the first thing you will need is to say hi to a Thai person. So you will frequently use these basic Thai phrases in daily life.

  • สวัสดี (sa wat dii) - Hello
  • อรุณสวัสดิ์ (arun sa wat) - Good morning
  • สวัสดีตอนบ่าย (sa wat dii dtaawn baai) - Good afternoon
  • สวัสดีตอนเย็น (sa wat dii dtaawn yen) - Good evening
  • ราตรีสวัสดิ์/ฝันดี (raa dtrii sa wat/fan dee) - Good night
  • คุณสบายดีไหม (khun sa baai dii mai) - How are you
  • ขอบคุณ (khaawp khun) - Thank you
  • ไม่ใช่ (mai chai) - No
  • อร่อย (aarawy) - Delicious
  • ฉัน... (chan...) - I'm...
  • ลาก่อน (laa gaawn) - Goodbye
  • ใช่ (chai) - Yes

Common Thai Verbs To Expand Your Vocabulary 

There are many verbs in a language and if you don't know those verbs, your foreign language will be very limited to expressing yourself. They may be classified as the core of a sentence since they show actions or what is that particular sentence is about.

That's why we prepared a different list for only verbs. It consists of the most fundamental and basic Thai verbs to speak Thai fluently.

  • จะเป็น (pen) - to be
  • ชอบ (chob) - to like
  • รัก (rak) - to love
  • ขาย (kai) - to sell
  • จ่าย (jaai) - to pay, spend
  • เข้าใจ (khao jai) - to understand
  • ขับ (kap) - to drive
  • กิน (gin) - to eat
  • ลืม (leuum) - to forget
  • กลับ (glap) - to return
  • ล้าง (laang) - to wash
  • รักษา (rak saa) - to take care of
  • มี (mii) - to have
  • ได้ (dai) - to be able to
  • ทำงาน (tam ngan) - to work
  • เรียน (riian) - to learn
  • ถึง (tung) - to arrive
  • มอบ (maawp) - to assign
  • สนับสนุน (sa nab sa nun) - to support
  • ใช้ (chai) - to use
  • ทำ (tham) - to do
  • ยืน (yeuun) - to stand
  • ร่วม (ruaam) - to share
  • ขโมย (ka moi) - to steal
  • ไป (bpai) - to go
  • ยิง (ying) - to fire
  • ลบ (lohp) - to erase
  • มา (maa) - to come
  • รีบ (reep) - to hurry
  • ลอง (laawng) to try
  • หัวเราะ (huua raw) - to laugh
  • รู้สึก (ruu seuk) - to feel
  • เลิก (leerk) - to quit
  • รับ (rap) - to receive
  • เลี้ยง (liiang) - to feed
  • เลี้ยว (liaaoH) - to turn
  • พูด (pood) - to speak
  • เลือก (leuuak) - to choose
  • เลื่อน (leuuan) - to postpone
  • เลื่อนขั้น (leuuan kan) - to promote
  • ยก (yohk) - to raise
  • เต้น (tenn) - to dance
  • ล้ม (lohm) - to fall down
  • ทำ (tham) - to make
  • เรียก (riiak) - to call out
  • ลด (loht) - to decrease
  • เห็น (hen) - to see
  • รู้จัก (ruu jak) - to know
  • โยน (yohn) - to throw
  • กระจาย (grajaai) - to disperse
  • มอง (maawng) - to look at
  • มุ่งหมาย (moong maai) - to intend
  • ยอม (yaawm) - to allow
  • รอง (raawng) - to collect
  • ระลึก (ra leuk) - to think of
  • ใช้เวลา (chai waeh laa)- to spend time
  • เขียน (khiian) - to write
  • มาเยี่ยม (maa yiiam) - to visit
  • ค้นหา (khohn ha) - to search

Common Thai Prepositions

Although grammatical particles and prepositions look like they make up a tiny part of the sentence, they have important roles in communication. Let's imagine you speak English without prepositions, how does it sound? Yes, understandable but not exactly as something is lacking. Therefore, we use them a lot in daily speech.

Here is the list of commonly used prepositions in Thai.

  • ระหว่าง (ra waang) - between
  • จาก (jaak) - from
  • ว่า (nan) - that
  • ข้างๆ (kaang) - next to
  • ใกล้ (glai) - near
  • ไกล (glai) - far
  • ก็ (gaaw) - also, too
  • ของ (kong) - of
  • ก่อน (gon) - before
  • ใหม่ (mai) - again
  • หลัง (lang) - behind
  • ยัง (yang) - yet
  • ใน (nai) - in
  • ที่ (tii) - at
  • กับ (gap) - with, by
  • ใต้ (dai) - under
  • กำลัง … อยู่ (gam lang…yuu) - in the process of…
  • แม้ (maae) - though

Common Thai Words About Daily Life

This list consists of the most frequently used words in Thai. It ranges from concrete objects to feelings. You can form numerous various Thai sentences that you will use in everyday life with the help of these words.

ครัวเรือน
  • ครัวเรือน (krua reuuan) - household
  • ร่ม (rohm) - umbrella
  • เช้า (chao) - morning, a.m.
  • เช้ามืด (chao maeud) - dawn
  • เที่ยงวัน (tiang wan) - midday, noon
  • รูปร่าง (ruup rang) - shape
  • บ่อยๆ (boi boi) - often
  • ร้าน (raan) - store
  • ยอดเยี่ยม (yaawt yiiam) - excellent
  • ระเบียบ (ra biiap) - order
  • ลม (lohm) - wind
  • ใหญ่ (yai) - big
  • เล็ก (lek) - small
  • แดง (daeng) - red
  • ดำ (dam) - black
  • รองเท้า (raawng thaao) - shoe
  • เงิน (ngern) - money
  • ราคา (raa khaa) - price
  • ยาก (yaak) - difficult
  • ถูก (tuuk) - right, correct
  • โรค (rohk) - disease
  • มีด (miit) - knife
  • รถ (rot) - car
  • โลก (lohk) - the world
  • ยาว (yaao) - long
  • แมว (maaeo) - cat
  • กางเกง (gaang geeng) - trousers, pants
  • เมฆ (maehk) - cloud
  • กิโลกรัม (gi loo gram) - kilogram
  • เก่า (gao) - old
  • สัปดาห์ (sap daa) - week
  • ปี (bpii) - year
  • วันนี้ (wan nii) - today
  • พรุ่งนี้ (phrung nii) - tomorrow
  • เมื่อวาน (muuea waan) - yesterday
  • ดี (dii) - good
  • ไม่ดี (mai dii) - bad
  • ยาก (yaak) - difficult
  • ง่าย (ngâai) - easy
  • ปฏิทิน (bpadti thin) - calendar
  • นาฬิกา (naa li gaa) - clock
  • ชา (chaa) - tea
  • กาแฟ (gaa faae) - coffee
  • เบียร์ (biia) - beer
  • ไวน์ (waai) - wine
  • น้ำ (naam) - water
  • กระด้าง (gra daang) - harsh
  • กระดาน (gra daan) - board
  • ภาษี (phaa see) - tax
  • มัธยม (mat tha yohm) - secondary education
  • เมือง (meuuang) - city
  • เพลง (phlaehng) - song
  • วัฒนธรรม (wat tha na tham) - culture
  • อาหาร (aa haan) - food
  • ว่าง (waang) - free
  • ความตกใจ (khwaam dtohk jai) - surprise
  • ข้อคิด (khaaw khit) - idea
  • คำวิจารณ์ (kham wi jaan) - comment
  • เสียง (siiang) - sound
  • ความหมาย (khwaam maai) - meaning
  • พจนานุกรม (phoht ja naa noo grohm) - dictionary

Common Thai Words About People

The list above includes some adjectives and nouns that are used to describe people. You are probably already familiar with them since they are beginner-level vocabulary.

  • ฉัน (chan) - I
  • เรา (rao) - we
  • พวกเขา (Phak khaow) - they
  • ของเขา (khang khaow) - his
  • เขา (khaow) - he
  • เพื่อน (puaen) - friend
  • ลูก (luuk) - child
  • เมีย (miia) - wife
  • เรียบร้อย (riiap raawy) - neat
  • มั่งมี (mang mee) - rich
  • สวย (suuai) - beautiful
  • น่าเกลียด (naa gliiat) - ugly
  • ปู่ (bpuu) - grandfather
  • แม่ (mae) - mother
  • พ่อ (phaw) - father

 

Wrapping Up

Well, if we need to summarize what we have learned in today's post. We've looked through the basic Thai words as well as the most commonly used ones. I hope this post was helpful for you.

If you are a total beginner and you want to learn Thai you should have a look at our previous posts in the Thai blog or even start a Thai course by downloading our app, The Ling App! Please, read below to get detailed information about our app.

 

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