How to Say PLEASE in Thai | Learn Thai from a White Guy

How to say PLEASE in Thai

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How to say PLEASE in Thai?

One of the first things you’ll want to know how to say in Thai is how to say please. First off, nobody ever uses ได้โปรด (dai-prod) or กรุณา (karuna) and neither should you. These are very formal and not used in regular conversation. They are primarily used in signs and public announcements. If you are reading this post, you are probably not making Thai signs or doing announcements at the airpot so you don’t ever need to say these.   We have to mention this because Google thinks this is how you say “please” in Thai.

It’s important to note that, Thai people don’t say please and thank you at the same rate or in all the same situations as you might in English. In a many situations, instead of actually saying “thank you,” you just say the polite gender particle (khrap ครับ if you are male + ka ค่ะ if female) which can mean a lot of things depending on context.

*Transliteration for Thai is awful. If you want to ever be able to speak Thai well, you absolutely need to learn the script. As intimidating as it may look, it’s just a bunch of symbols which represent sounds and you can learn it all in 10 or 20 hours. Is it worth a little time to save yourself potentially years of frustration both in being understood, and understanding people?  YES, of course it is.

How to say “Please give me (something)” in Thai

Pattern: ขอ (SOMETHING) หน่อย (kɔ̌ɔ SOMETHING nɔ̀ɔi)

If you want someone to give/hand/pass you something:

*Note that when ordering food/drink or something at a store, it’s perfectly acceptable to just use เอา (ao).  In these sentences, the gender particles kind of functions like “please.”

How to say “Please VERB for me” in Thai

You can use the same pattern to ask someone to do a VERB (or verb phrase) for you by replacing the object above with a VERB. In this case, we usually drop the ขอ (khaw) as the หน่อย already functions as please. When you are asking someone to do a VERB for you, you’ll usually want to add the word ให้ (hâi) after it. ให้ (hâi) means “to give” and when you VERB+GIVE in Thai, it means you are doing the VERB for someone or asking someone to do the VERB for you.

Which one is best? If you are a beginner, I’d recommend starting with the shortest, easiest one. It’s already polite enough as the หน่อย (nɔ̀ɔi) is already functioning like “please.”  Once you can say that one confidently, learn another longer variation.

VERB + ให้หน่อย (hai noi) – Please do VERB for me

These sentences can be used when asking someone to perform an action for you.

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How to Make Polite Requests in Thai

Here’s a few additional example sentences when requesting things from people in Thai if you want to be extra polite.

It’s also possible to place the word “help”  ช่วย (chûai) at the beginning of a sentence when making a polite request in Thai.  We tend to add the particles หน่อย (nɔ̀ɔi) or ด้วย (dûai) at the end of phrases like this.


Polite Written Requests in Thai

These are examples you may find on signs or possibly in public announcements, but never in actual conversation.


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