Polite Requests

In Thai we classify requests requests in to 4 categories according to the speaker’s purpose as follows:

  1. When you want to ask a person to do you a favor.

ช่วย chûay

VERB หน่อย nòi
ช่วย

chûay

พูดภาษาไทย

phûut pha-asǎa Thai

หน่อย

nòi

ช่วย

พูดภาษาไทย

หน่อย

help

speak language Thai

a little bit

Translated as: Could you please speak Thai?

Example:

chûay phûut cháa cháa nòi khŕap

ช่วยพูดช้าๆ หน่อยครับ

Could you please speak slowly?

chûay khàp rót cháa cháa nòi khráp

ช่วยขับรถช้าๆ หน่อยครับ

Could you please drive slowly?

chûay jɔ̀ɔt  tĥii  n̂ii  nòi  khráp

ช่วยจอดที่นี่หน่อยครับ

Could you please stop here?

  1. When you want to ask for something.

khɔ̌ɔ

NOUN nòi

khɔ̌ɔ

náam nòi

ขอ

น้ำ

หน่อย

May I have water

a little bit

Translated as: May I have some water?

Example:

khɔ̌ɔ gaa-fɛɛ nòi khráp

ขอกาแฟหน่อยครับ

May I have had some coffee?

khɔ̌ɔ naám  sôm nòi khráp

ขอน้ำส้มหน่อยครับ

May I have some orange juice?

*When the number is specified, the particle “หน่อย nòi”  is dropped:

Example:      khɔ̌ɔ gaa-fɛɛ sɔ̌ɔŋ thûay

ขอกาแฟสองถ้วย

May I (have) coffee two cup

Translated as: May I have two cups of coffee?

khɔ̌ɔ naám-sôm nẁŋ gɛɛ̂w

ขอน้ำส้มหนึ่งแก้ว

May I (have) orange juice one glass.

Translated as: May I have one glass of coffee?

  1. When you want to ask for permission to do something.
khɔ̌ɔ VERB

nòi

khɔ̌ɔ

duu ruûp

nòi

ขอ

ดู

หน่อย

May I look  picture

a little bit

Translated as: May I look at the picture?

Example:

khɔ̌ɔ phûut gàp khun John nòi khráp

ขอพูดกับคุณจอห์นหน่อยครับ

May I speak with John?

*for “khɔ̌ɔ” and “chûay” request you may add “dâay mái” which means “whether possible or not” at the end of the sentence.

  1. When you want to invite a person to do something.

chəən

VERB

chəən

dɯɯ̀m

เชิญ

ดื่ม

invite

drink

Translated as: Please have a drink.

 

Make the requests for each situation, using khɔ̌ɔ, chûay, or chəən properly.

khɔ̌ɔ / chûay / chəən

  1. You want to see a menu at the restaurant.

= khɔ̌ɔ mee-nuu nòi khà

  1. You want the taxi driver to drive slowly.

= chûay khàp ch́aa ch́aa nòi kh̀a

  1. You want to invite a guest to take a seat.

= chəən nâŋ khŕap

  1. You want to order food at the restaurant.

=…………………………………………………………………

  1. You want to speak to khun Jim.

= …………………………………………………………………

  1. You want your friend to take a seat.

= …………………………………………………………………

  1. You want to order food at the restaurant.

= ………………………………………………………………….

  1. You want your driver to drive slowly.

= ………………………………………………………………….

  1. You want your secretary to send out the fax.

= ………………………………………………………………….

  1. You want your driver to wait for you here.

= ………………………………………………………………….

  1. You want some sugar.

= …………………………………………………………………

  1. You want to ask someone to dance with you.

= ………………………………………………………………….

  1. You want to order a bowl of spicy soup and a plate of rice.

= ………………………………………………………………….

 

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