During my nine months in South East Asia, I learned quite a bit of the local languages while I was in that country. Apart from Bahasa Indonesia, which I remember a bit more than the other languages, the only words that I remember in all languages is ‘Hello’ and ‘Thank you’. I remember them as I used them extensively during my stay in each country. Below table provides Hello’s and Thank you’s in the 10 different South East Asian languages. Hope it makes it an interesting read for you. Do remember to practice it before you go to that country. It will help break the ice and might come in handy during your travels.
|Thailand||Sawadee Kaaa (Female) |
Sawadee Khap (Male)
|Khaup Kun Kaaa (Female) |
Khaup Kun Khap (Male)
|Vietnam||Sin Chaao||Kaum On|
|Singapore||Hello||Thank you/Terima Kasih/Nanri|