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• The first lesson to learn is that politeness
is a very important cultural element of spoken Thai.
You will hear Kittiya speak the
khà word at the end of most of the
is the word that females use to convey politeness and respect.
To listen to the male version of this word, which is
look up the word polite.
Some newcomers may feel that the use of the khà
word is overdone - it is not. You must accustom yourself
to the frequency that these words are used and train yourself
to say the appropriate polite word (khráp
or khà) when
you speak Thai.
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