Beachmeter

Thai Beach Vocabulary, Part I

Thai letters and script in random order, Thai alphabet

When it comes to learning a foreign language, learning the basic beach vocabulary is the most important, obviously.

Well, maybe that’s a stretch, but it’s fun and useful to know some of the many Thai words and phrases related to beach life. Perhaps you wondered what Koh, Ao, and Haad means, or maybe how to actually pronounce them. Anyone who has been to Thailand knows that learning Thai words is next to worthless if you do not have the slightest idea of how to pronounce them. The problem is that there is no single agreed upon method of transcribing Thai words into the Roman alphabet (Romanization), and did we mention the 5 Thai tones? So in case you are not up for learning the Thai alphabet and the corresponding tone rules, we have transcribed the words and added a sound link for you to practice the pronunciation. Below we have put together a survival Thai beach vocabulary guide.

 Thai Beach Vocabulary, Part I

Beach Word Common Transliteration(s) Pronounciation and Tone Thai Spelling Sound
island koh or ko gàw or gòr (low) เกาะ  
bay ao àao (low) อ่าว
beach haad, haat, or hat hàat (low) หาด
sand sai or saai saai (mid) ทราย
sea talay, thaleh, thalae thá-laeh (high-mid) ทะเล
pier/harbour taa/thaa-reua/reuua thâa-reua
(falling-mid)
ท่าเรือ
stone/rock hin hĭn (rising) หิน
wave khluen or kleun khlêuun  (falling) คลื่น
cape laem lăaem (rising) แหลม
coral pakarang bpà-gaa-rang
(low-mid-mid)
ปะการัง
low tide nam/nahm- long/lohng náam-lohng (high-mid) น้ำลง
high tide nam/nahm-keun/kheun náam-khêun
(high-falling)
น้ำขึ้น
moon phra/pra-jan/chan phrá-jan (high-mid) พระจันทร์
sun phra/pra-aathit/aatit phrá-aa-thít (high-mid-high) พระอาทิตย์
wind lohm/lum/lom lohm (mid) ลม
rain fon/fohn fŏn (rising) ฝน
shade (and umbrella) rom/rohm rôm (falling) ร่ม

Download the Thai Beach Vocabulary Part I here: PDF / Image.

Please not that Thais often exchange “R” with “L” in the beginning of syllables. This means that a word like shade or umbrella will actually come out as lôm and not rôm.

For our Thai beach vocabulary we have consulted the website thai-language.com, the best online Thai language resource in our opinion. Especially if you want loads of context and valuable information, this site is helpful. The website also has a free iPhone and iPad app which is handy.

We will be back with more Thai beach vocabulary in our upcoming Part II.

2 CommentsLeave a comment

Leave a Comment