VIDEO: Learn Thai – Talking to a Taxi Driver

[1] Telling the destination : ไป /bpai/ + destination + polite particle

Example:

ไปซอยสุขุมวิท 24 ครับ/ค่ะ

bpai soi Sukhumvit 24 kráp/kâ 

Go to Soi Sukhumvit 24 please.

 

ไปโรงแรมโซฟิเทลครับ/ค่ะ

bpai roong-raem Sofitel kráp/kâ

Go to Sofitel hotel please.

* Hotel in Thai is โรงแรม /roong-raem/

 

In case the taxi driver doesn’t want to use the meter which is not fair! (I never get on a taxi who doesn’t want to do that just for a principle) You should ask him to do so.

[2] The pattern used to ask someone to do something is:

ช่วย /chûai/ + do something + ได้ไหม /dâai-mái/?

ช่วยใช้มิเตอร์ได้ไหม

Chûai chái mí-dtêr dâai-mái?

Can you use the miter please?

 

[3] Telling the driver to stop the car

In Thai language, we say ‘park the car’; จอด /jàwd/ means to park

ช่วยจอดที่นี่ได้ไหม

/chûai jàwd raw tîi-nîi dâai-mái?/

Can you stop here please?

 

[4] How much?

How much in Thai is เท่าไหร่ /tâo-rài/

 

Tip: Common things that can be seen in Bangkok’s taxis;

1. A garland or more  พวงมาลัยดอกไม้ /puang ma-lai dòrk-mâai/

2. Amulets พระเครื่อง /prá-krûeang/

 taxi in bkk

 

Have you seen it before?

 

 

Hope you found this lesson useful in your Thai learning and enjoy your ride!  🙂

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4 Responses to VIDEO: Learn Thai – Talking to a Taxi Driver

  1. Kawee 17/06/2013 at 16:14 #

    too bad! The video cannot be watched now.

  2. Dan 25/05/2013 at 00:04 #

    Drivers will often ask me something in Thai when I am travelling long distances (like from Silom to Rama II). My friend said that he is probably asking me if I want to take the toll-way. What should I listen for in this case and how should I respond?

  3. Feeddy 20/05/2013 at 08:56 #

    Oh yes my friend hang one on his waist according to him is good for protection by the Buddha: )

  4. David 26/04/2013 at 09:21 #

    I had a “magic string ” tied around my wrist by a tuk tuk driver.

    Thailand has to have the absolute most eccentric group of taxi drivers I’ve ever seen. 🙂 Dollar bills folded into cranes, flowers, fans. It was awesome. I’m excited to come back next year.

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