Survival Thai Numbers

Even if you’ll only be traveling in Thailand for a few days it’s extremely useful to know Thai numbers. They are extremely simple and once you get the sounds down, you’re good to go! So here are the basics to Thai numbers:

Just kidding - I'm not teaching you how to write them because I have no idea...
Just kidding – I’m not teaching you how to write them because I have no idea…

1-10

1: nung (nuhng)

2: song (sohng, not quite like the English word song, it has more of an ‘oh’ sound)

3: som (sahm)

4: see (see)

5: ha (haaah, you hold the ‘aah’ sound a bit)

6: hok (hoke)

7: chet (jet, but with a harder ‘j’ sound)

8: bat (bat, with an a like ‘apple’)

9: gao (gowww, hold the ow sound a bit)

10: sip (sip, just like it sounds, short and sweet)

10-19

For all of the ‘teen’ numbers, you basically say the number 10, plus whatever number makes the number you’re trying to say. I think it’s easier if I just show you…

11: sip et (10 + 1, the word et is the word you use to denote any number ending in one after one itself which, if you remember, is ‘nung’)

12: sip song (10 + 2)

13: sip som (10 + 3)

14: sip see (10 + 4)

15: sip ha (10 + 5)…

16: sip hok

17: sip chet

18: sip bat

19: sip gao

20, 30, 40, 50, etc.

Can you guess how you might say any number in the tens position? It’s actually quite simple. Instead of saying ten first, you say the number that you would multiply by ten to get your number. Let me show you…

20: yee sip (twenty is the only abnormal one, you say yee instead of song, which means two)

30: som sip ( 3 x 10)

40: see sip (4 x 10)

50: ha sip (5 x 10)

60: hok sip (6 x 10)

70: chet sip (7 x 10)

80: bat sip (8 x 10)

90: gao sip (9 x 10)

21, 22, 23, 24…

Now, to say any number above twenty, you use both tools that we’ve learned already and combine them:

21: yee sip et (2 x 10 +  1)

22: yee sip song (2 x 10 + 2)

23: yee sip som (2 x 10 + 3)

34: som sip see (3 x 10 + 4)

35: som sip ha (3 x 10 + 5)

36: som sip hok (3 x 10 + 6)

47: see sip chet (4 x 10 + 7)

48: see sip bat (4 x 10 + 8)

49: see sip gao (4 x 10 + 9)

100, 200, 300, 400…

You can probably guess at this point how you would say hundreds based on the tens:

hundred = loi (loy)

100 = nung loi

200 = song loi

300 = som loi

400 = see loi

500 = ha loi

Your test

Can you figure out how you would say a number like 346 based on what we’ve covered so far? You basically just combine all of the tools into one long-winded description:

346 = som loi see sip hok

620 = hok loi yee sip

150 = nung loi ha sip

231 = song loi som sip et

 

Hopefully this guide wasn’t too confusing and leaves you with some numbers to practice! Let me know how you do with these numbers in Thailand…

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