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Use Web-Apps as normal Apps

 

If you want to use this App in the usual way (start from Homescreen, outside Browser) you can do it after placing the Shortcut symbol to your Homescreen. To do this, follow the instructions below.

1. Press the Favorites-Menu in Mobile-Safari

2. Choose to put the page to homescreen.

3. choose a name for the App. After confirmation you will find the Symbol to start the App on your Homescreen.

 

Offline-use of Application

 

You can use this App offline after the initial download (at the moment only inside the browser). From time to time the Application will get an update (see Patchnotes at www.a-wo.com/thaiguide). Please be aware that the updated content will load in the background, so the changes will not be visible after the first visit to the page after the update. To make sure you get the latest content you have to reload the page after the download has finished. Note: The update will start to download automatically.

 

Contact

 

If you have suggestions or problem with the App just send an email to admin@a-wo.com with the subject "App: Thaiguide". You can also visit www.a-wo.com and use the contect-form on the page.

 

Do's and dont's

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Touch the head of a Thai

 

Never try to caress or touch the head of a Thai-person. Not even from a small child.

The head is the highest body part and with that is seen as "holy". If you really want to caress a child because you want to thank him just do it on his shoulder or something like that.

 

Point your finger on people

 

don't do this as it is seen as a rude thing to do. Most people will think you blame them for anything and start to feel uncomfortable.

 

Make jokes about.../ talk bad about the King !

 

You could go to jail for this. The king is untouchable in any way and joking about him would be a serious problem for nearly any Thai. You really should be careful of this and respect there highest symbol of the country.

 

Useful Addresses

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Useful Addresses and Telephone-numbers

 

Here you find the most useful information about either your holiday or your expat-life in Thailand, mostly Bangkok.

 

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Hello

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Sawat dee - สวัสดี

 

Sawat(day) dee(good)

You can say this at any time on the day, be it morning, afternoon or night. For politness don't forget to add the obligatory khap (male speaker) or kaa (female speaker).

To be more precise you can also choose of the following:

Good afternoon = sawat dee torn bai

Good evening = sawat dee torn-khum

Good night = ra tree sawat.

How are you?

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Sabai dee mai? - สบายดีไหม

 

Sabai(feeling) dee(good) mai(question)

The most basic form to ask somebody how he feels. And basically some people use it as a kind to say hello.

For politness don't forget to add the obligatory khap (male speaker) or kaa (female speaker).

You can also choose of the following:

Sabai dee rue blao = You feel good, don't you? / You`re ok, right?

Where is ...(place) ?

Greetings

Mc Donald´s, yuu tii nai khap/kaa?

 

Just switch the "Mc Donald's" with anything else your looking for. If you want to point out that you really search for the nearest place, add theeklai theesut.

Example: Ran ka yah theeklai theesut yuu tee nai khap/kaa?

Ran ka yah(pharmacy) theeklai theesut(most nearest) yuu(is) tee nai(where) khap/kaa(politeness)

 

How much is that one ... (... over there)?

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An nan thaorai khap/kaa?

 

This / That: "Nan" is used for things that are not near you. If you hold the item you ask about in your hand, or point the finger on it, it would be "nee".

 

How much / How many: The word "thaorai" is used if you don't know the exact value or it is an unspecified mass, like the "how much" in english. Opposite is "gii (...)" but it can only be used with an additional follower. Example: Khun(you) ayu(age) gii(how many) bpii(years) mai(question)? = How many years old you are? The "gii" cannot stand alone. This would refer to the english use of "how many".

 

How much is this one ... (... here)?

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An nee thaorai khap/kaa?

 

This / That: "Nan" is used for things that are not near you (like 'over there'). If you hold the item you ask about in your hand, or point the finger on it, it would be "nee".

How much / How many: The word "thaorai" is used if you don't know the exact value or it is an unspecified mass, like the "how much" in english. Opposite is "gii (...)" but it can only be used with an additional follower. Example: Khun(you) ayu(age) gii(how many) bpii(years) mai(question)? = How many years old you are? The "gii" cannot stand alone. This would refer to the english use of "how many".

 

Thank You

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Khop khun khap/kaa. - ขอบคุณ

 

Basic form to say thank you.

If you want to express special thanks you can add the word "maag" (very much) into the sentence: Khop khun maag khap/kaa.

 

Its ok

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Mai pen rai. - ไม่เป็นไร

 

This one can be used in many many situations and you will see Thais use it very often. Its more like a way of thinking thai-style. Basic meanings are :

- No problem
- don't mention it
- No, thanks
- Sure, why not
- I don't need it
- Im glad to do it
- ...

 

I don't understand

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Mai kaodschai. - ไม่เข้าใจ

 

This is used if you did not get the sense of what your talking-partner said. Or if you don't understand Thai at all.

If you want to make your talking-partner to repeat what he said just use "Garunaa, puut ik krang (Please, say it again ...one more time).

 

Do You Understand?

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Kaodschai mai khap/kaa?

 

Use this if you want to ask your talking-partner if he really understand you.

 

I understand

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Kaodschai khap/kaa.

 

This one is more used in situations where you understand the meaning of something.

 

Why?

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Tammai?

 

 

Who?

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Krai?

 

Example: Krai phuut? - Who is talking?

 

What

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Arai khap/kaa?

 

A way to make your talking-partner to repeat what he said in case you did'nt understand. Used like the english "Sorry?" or "What was it?"

You can use "Garuna, puut ik krang (Please, say it again) too.

 

Good evening

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Sawat dee - สวัสดี


 

 

 

Good morning

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Sawat dee dtaawn chaao - สวัสดีตอนเช้า

 

Usually you just say "Sawat dee" but if you really want to use this you can do it aswell, when used in the morning.

 

How's it going?

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Bpen ngai baang - เป็นไงบ้าง

 

Just another way to ask how someone feels. Usually follows after saying Hello "Sawat dee khap/kaa".

 

See you later

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Laeao phohp gan mai - แล้วพบกันใหม

 

Just another way to say good bye in situations where you usually meet the person often.

 

See you later

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Laeao juuhr gan - แล้วเจอกัน

 

Just another way to say good bye in situations where you usually meet the person often.

 

Wai juuhr gan phroong nee

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Laeao juuhr gan - ไว้เจอกันพรุ่งนี้

 

Just another way to say good bye in situations where you usually meet the person on the next day (or expect to meet it).

 

Nice to meet you (first time)

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Yindee tii dai rujak khun khap/kaa - ยินดีที่ได้รู้จักคุณ

 

Can be used when meeting someone for the first time. Usually not used when knowing that person already.

 

Where do you come from?

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Khun maa jak nai khap/kaa

 

Can be used when asking someone where he comes from, region-/city-wise.

 

Hello

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Khun chue arai

 

Ask this to get the name of the person. Usually the Thai will respond and give you his/her nickname only. don't see this as rude, Thais alsways just use the nickname when talking together, also when being good friends. It will be something very short, like Noi, Joy, Nom, Pim, Nu ect

 

How old are you?

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Khun ayuu thaorai - คุณอายุเท่าไร

 

Ask this to get the age of the person. don't be surprised when you hear the ago. Most time the Thai, be it man or woman, will look a lot younger than they really are.

 
The word "thaorai" is used if you don't know the exact value or it is an unspecified mass, like the "how much" in english. Opposite is "gii (...)" but it can only be used with an additional follower. Example: Khun(you) ayu(age) gii(how many) bpii(years) mai(question)? = How many years old you are? The "gii" cannot stand alone. This would refer to the english use of "how many".
 
For politeness don't forget to add the obligatory khap (male speaker) or kaa (female speaker).

You can also choose of the following:

Khun ayu gii bpii mai? = How many years old are you?

Did you marry already?

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Khun daeng ngaan leaao mai khap/kaa -

 

Khun(you) daeng ngaan(married) leaao(already) mai(question) khap/kaa(beeing polite)

 

Im married to a Thai already

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Daeng ngaan gap kon-thai leao khap/kaa -

 

Daeng ngaan(married) gap(together with) kon-thai(Thai-person) leao(already)

 

When?

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Muearai?

Example: Saduak muearai? - When is it ok?