Thai polite and formal particles

Khráp and Khâ are a final particles in Thai, which are said at the end of almost every sentence in order to be polite and formal.


  • khráp (for men)

  • khâ (for women)







If you want to say "mâi bpen rai" (never mind / you're welcome).
You should say "mâi bpen rai Khráp/krâ"
to show politeness

.





When should you use Khráp/Khâ?

  1. Thais use Khráp / Khâ when talking with someone who they respect.


  • Monks

  • Parents

  • Relatives

  • Teacher


  1. Thais use Khráp / Khâ when talking with someone who is higher in social class or older than them, such as

  • Elder brothers / sisters

  • A boss

  • The minister

  • etc.




  1. Thais use Khráp / Khâ when they want to be polite. Everyone loves politeness, so a service person always says Khráp / khâ and it is good if you do so.


*However, politeness can make people feel like it is not close and this is a reason why we shouldn't use Khráb / Khâ with friends.


*The alternate form among close friends might be ‘jâ’.
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Sawatdii ka, my name is Cherry. I’m a native Thai speaker from Thailand. I love teaching and helping people and I would love to work with you :) I really enjoy talking to new people and learning new skills, as well as sharing my fun and passionate teaching styles. Give me a try and see how I can help make your Thai learning journey to be more fun and effective :) Facebook & Instagram: @thaikruucherry Qualifications & Experience: I have a degree in Education and a certificate in teaching Thai to Foreigners. I started teaching Thai four years ago after my language partners said I did well for teaching them Thai and I should try teaching others too. Since then I have taught over 1000 lessons with students from all over the world! Me as a Teacher: I love to see the development of my student’s language ability. I do this through individualization because I believe everyone is unique and has a different style of learning. I am also a very empathetic and positive teacher and I know how to keep you motivated to keep improving your Thai. Finally, I believe in working together to find the best solutions to help you reach your language goals. Teaching Styles: I usually start with assessing a student's skills, strength, and areas for improvement and then tailor my lessons to each student's needs and learning preferences. I approach a lesson with flexibility and patience and proceed at a pace which you find comfortable and valuable. Homework is given if appropriate. My Lessons: 1. Speak Thai from zero to fluency 2. Speak Thai with confidence - conversation practice 3. Thai listening and pronunciation booster 4. Effective Thai reading and writing 5. Handy Thai language and culture for travellers Note: The length of the lesson is 50 minutes.
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