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BANGKOK 17 August 2019 20:31
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How Do You Say "hello How Are You"

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Just interested to see how people say a simple phrase such as "Hello, How are you" in Thai.

With so many people here that do have a workable knowledge of Thai, I am interested in the answers

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One of my favoured replies to the question from friends is, 'yang mai thai' Not dead yet! :o

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Thats fine but actually means more like

Hello, hows things

I think

literal translation

Khun Penh yang rai kap

you are how??

I was taught this by a thai as the way they address each other in normal life

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Khun Penh yang rai kap

you are how??

I was taught this by a thai as the way they address each other in normal life

Yes I agree, but I was'nt translating it literaly. I think it's more informal, like if you meet a mate you would'nt say "hello how are you", you probably say something like "hi how's things"

And they usually use 'bang" in it as well----bpen yang ngai bang krap

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Khun Penh yang rai kap

you are how??

I was taught this by a thai as the way they address each other in normal life

Yes I agree, but I was'nt translating it literaly. I think it's more informal, like if you meet a mate you would'nt say "hello how are you", you probably say something like "hi how's things"

And they usually use 'bang" in it as well----bpen yang ngai bang krap

Yes it is the informal way......and if you use it ...expect to get a rapid reply as this will show you can speak Thai very well and are not a tourist Thai speaker...LOL

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Among friends, it would probably be shortened to "wud-dee, pben ngai mahng", and the common response is "'buy dee" (doing good).

"Sabai dee mai" is more formal, for normal acquaintences.

Talking about greetings, there is a popular phrase in Thai: "pbai mai la, ma mai wai", which literally means "Leave without saying goodbye, come without doing the "wai", and of course means that the person is rude. This just goes to show how much emphasis Thais have on good etiquette (but of course foreigners are expected to not know how to "wai").

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One of my favoured replies to the question from friends is, 'yang mai thai' Not dead yet! :o

Don't try this at home, kids. "yang mai tai" might be the more standard transliteration. the "t" in english here represents the dentalized "t"in Thai which is halfway between our t and d.

I've also heard "glai(f) ja tai" almost dead -- I think.

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One of my favoured replies to the question from friends is, 'yang mai thai' Not dead yet! :o

Don't try this at home, kids. "yang mai tai" might be the more standard transliteration. the "t" in english here represents the dentalized "t"in Thai which is halfway between our t and d.

I've also heard "glai(f) ja tai" almost dead -- I think.

Correct. Be a bit wary with joking about death in Thai unless with close friends. Some take it very seriously.

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One of my favoured replies to the question from friends is, 'yang mai thai' Not dead yet! :D

Don't try this at home, kids. "yang mai tai" might be the more standard transliteration. the "t" in english here represents the dentalized "t"in Thai which is halfway between our t and d.

I've also heard "glai(f) ja tai" almost dead -- I think.

Correct. Be a bit wary with joking about death in Thai unless with close friends. Some take it very seriously.

Yeah, shouldn't joke about it all :o

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Yeah,  shouldn't joke about it all  :o

Thanks Mr. American... :D In this case, I think I know what I'm doing, and when to do it in my own situation...I'm not suggesting anyone follow my road on this one. Like many things in life, there is a time and a place where's it's fine, and funny to all. Life, even here, is not nearly as rigid as some might choose to make it... And, hey, I must be doing something okay... I'm still alive and happy! :D

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One of my favoured replies to the question from friends is, 'yang mai thai' Not dead yet! :wub:

Don't try this at home, kids. "yang mai tai" might be the more standard transliteration. the "t" in english here represents the dentalized "t"in Thai which is halfway between our t and d.

I've also heard "glai(f) ja tai" almost dead -- I think.

Correct. Be a bit wary with joking about death in Thai unless with close friends. Some take it very seriously.

Yeah, shouldn't joke about it all :D

I sometimes reply with...สบายดีจะตาย แด่ยังไม่ตายนะ "sabai dee ja dtaai,dtae yahng mai dtaai na" :o

Ajarn is right about that one;and,Meadish looks like a real deadhead over there. :)

Life is a joke and death can sometimes be hilarious.

I joke with Thai friends and strangers about dying all the time and my jokes are similar to Ajarn's and oftentimes much more extreme.

I like observing the expression on their faces when I explain in detail how I first wanna live until I'm really fed up with living and then take care of my own cremation down at the temple.

At the "wat",I'll open the oven door myself and then take my own swan-dive straight into the big "barbie" down there. :D

Some folks have morbid humor but others are deadheads who are totally attached to the notion and illusion that life is permanent. -_-

Why do folks take life so seriously? :D Beats me...so far,nobody has ever gotten away from it alive! :D

สนุกจะตาย แต่ยังไม่ตายนะ "sanuk ja dtaai,dtae yahng mai dtaai na" :(

Cheers.

Snowleopard.

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