How to say good / bad in Thai: Di/Mai Di

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How to say good / bad in Thai: Di/Mai Di

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

To say good / bad in Thai: Di/Mai Di
Say it out loud: “dee/MAI dee

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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 good / bad in other languages!

Arabic–Jayed / Saye'  (ja yed / sa yeh)
Chinese–Hǎo / Bùhǎo  (Hao / Boo Hao)
Croatian–dobro / loše  (doe bro / lō shay)
Czech–dobrý / špatný  (doe BREE / schpaht NEE)
Finnish–hyvä / huono  (hih vah / who oh noh)
French–bon / mauvais  (boh / moo vay)
German–gut / schlecht  (goot / shlest)
Italian–buono / male  (boo ohn oh / mah lay)
Japanese–Ii / Warui  (Ee /Wah Roo Ee)
Korean–Johayo. / Nappayo.  (Jo Ah Yo. / Na Bba Yo.)
Polish–dobry / zły  (do' bree / zlee)
Portuguese–Bom / Mau  (bohm / mah-oo)
Russian–horosho / ploho  (hah rah shoh / ploh hah)
Spanish–bueno / malo  (bway no / mah lo)
Swahili–nzuri / mbaya  (n zoo' ree / mm by' uh)
Thai–Di/Mai Di  (dee/MAI dee)
Turkish–iyi / kötü  (ee yay / kuh tuh)
Vietnamese–Tốt / Xấu  (Tow / Sao)

Something good is one that pleases you while something bad is one that doesn't please you. This words are opposite of each other and are used to identify one feelings about something e.g. on the first trip in the native land, your host may ask you "was the experience today "good / bad" (Di/Mai Di)? 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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