Thailand is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking as well as mesmerizing nations not only in South East Asia, but indeed the whole world.
It is no wonder that many westerners prefer to spend their vacations here and there even some who ultimately decide to reside here for the long haul.
As would be expected by far one of the most widespread challenges such individuals experience in Thailand is the language barrier between them and the local population.
Given, there happen to be some Thais that can hold their own in major foreign languages such as English or even French. But for the most part a considerable number of the natives don’t understand a single word of such lingo.
To which end, to make your stay in Thailand agreeable and also stress-free, you ought to take some time to appraise yourself of the Thai language.
Which unlike what some individuals may tend to think is hardly rocket science.
The following happens to be a crash course on basic survival in Thai language that can come in handy in your sojourns in this amazing South East Asia country.
To begin with, like most Asiatic dialects, the language Thai is extremely tonal.
In fact this language integrates 5 different tones, which are middle (seeang sahman), low (seeing ek), falling (seeing toh), high (seeang dtree) and rising (seeing dta—wah).
All of these tones can give a word an entirely different meaning if used inappropriately. To effectually grasp these tones it is highly advisable to allocate some time to listen to the day to day conversations of native Thai speakers.
You also ought to be a good sport and be willing to try your level best to pronounce Thai words, and laugh it out when you happen to make mistakes.
As the age-old saying goes “practice makes perfect”.
Another fairly easy way to comprehensively learn Thai is to utilize polite words at the end of every sentence you construct in your conversations with the local population.
Which are generally Ka for females and kup for males. For instance, to greet a Thai you can say Sawadee ka/kup, which is a polite way of saying “hello”.
Or sabai dee mai ka/kup which means “how are you?” and even Korp Khon ka/kup which means “thank you!”.
All in all, there are quite a large number of Thai language resources that you can access online that can a long way in enabling you to master this dialect.
An excellent example is “the lonely planet phrase book” that is available at an affordable price from iTunes store, which you can upload to your iPhone or even iPod.
And effortlessly consult it when you get stranded.
There are also many inexpensive Thai language courses you can enrol in on the internet to hone your skills even further.
Finally, like earlier practice does make perfect and you can also enlist the assistance of your Thai friends who you can engage in Thai conversations.
More especially when it comes to mastering the five earlier mentioned tones and their proper utilization.
The above is an insight with this respect.