How to say excuse me (to get past) in Thai: Kho Thot

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How to say excuse me (to get past) in Thai: Kho Thot

Learning Thai for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say excuse me (to get past) in Thai: Kho Thot
Say it out loud: “kaw TOAT

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Some more helpful words in our Thai Courtesy/Questions category:

...the bathroom – Hong Nam  (HONG nahm)
come with me – Ma Duai  (mah DOO-ai)
do you speak english? – Phut Phasa Angkrit Dai Mai  (POOT pah sah ahng greet DAI mai?)
excellent – Di Mak  (dee MAHK)
excuse me – Kho Thot  (kaw TOAT)
good / bad – Di/Mai Di  (dee/MAI dee)
how do you say…? – … Phut Yang Ngai  (… POOT yahng ngai?)
how much is this? – Ni Thao Rai?  (NEE TAO rai?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – … Dai Mai?  (… DAI mai?)
maybe – Na Cha Dai  (NAH ja DAI)
no problem – Mai Pen Rai  (mai pen rai)
please – Chuai  (CHOO-ai)
thank you – Khop Khun Khrap/Kha  (kop koon krahp/KAH)
what is that? – Nan Arai?  (NAHN ah-rai?)
where is… – … Thi Nai  (… TEE nai?)
yes / no – Chai/Mai Chai  (CHAI / MAI CHAI)

And here’s how to say excuse me (to get past) in other languages!

Arabic–Al Mahzera  (al mah ze ra)
Chinese–Qǐng Ràng Yīxià  (Ching Rang Ee Shya)
Croatian–oprostite  (oh pro stee tay)
Czech–Dovolíte?  (do vo LEE teh?)
Finnish–anteeksi  (an teh ex ih)
French–Pardon  (pahr dohn)
German–entschuldigung  (in shool dee gung)
Italian–permesso  (pair meh so)
Japanese–Sumimasen  (Soo Mee Mah Senn)
Korean–Jamsimanyo.  (Jam Shi Man Yo.)
Polish–przepraszam  (pshe pra' sham)
Portuguese–Com Licença!  (kohm lee sen sa!)
Russian–prostite  (prah stee tye)
Spanish–perdón  (pear dōn)
Swahili–nipishe  (nee pee sheh)
Thai–Kho Thot  (kaw TOAT)
Turkish–lütfen  (loot fahn)
Vietnamese–Xin Lổi  (Sin Loy)

When away on tour especially away in a native land you will encounter situations where you will need to get to a place but due to overcrowded streets or roads this may not happen without bumping into people's shoulders. The use of a courtesy word such as "excuse me (to get past)" (Kho Thot) will come in handy to avoid appearing rude to the native residents. Get instant access to the Thai Language Set.

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Biography: Ross has been a photographer and designer in Chiang Mai, Thailand for over three years, working on development issues and with refugees from Myanmar. He's traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, enjoying the food, languages, people and breathtaking landscapes.
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