How to say what is that? in Thai: Nan Arai?

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How to say what is that? in Thai: Nan Arai?

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

To say what is that? in Thai: Nan Arai?
Say it out loud: “NAHN ah-rai?

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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 what is that? in other languages!

Arabic–Ma Haza?  (ma ha za)
Chinese–Nà Shì Shénme?  (Na Shr Shuh Muh?)
Croatian–što je to?  (shtoe yay toe?)
Czech–co to je?  (so toy eh?)
Finnish–mikä tuo on?  (mi kah t uh oh on)
French–Qu'est que c'est  (kehs kuh say)
German–was ist das?  (vahst is dahs?)
Italian–che cos'è?  (chay koh say?)
Japanese–Are Ha Nandesuka?  (Ah Reh Wah Nahnn Dess Kah?)
Korean–Jeogeoneun Mwoyeyo?  (Jo Go Nun Mo Ae Yo?)
Polish–Co to jest?  (Tzo to yest?)
Portuguese–Que É Isso?  (kay eh ee-soo?)
Russian–chto eto takoe?  (shto etah tah koh ye?)
Spanish–¿qué es eso?  (kay ess essō?)
Swahili–nini hiyo  (nee nee hee yo)
Thai–Nan Arai?  (NAHN ah-rai?)
Turkish–bu ne?  (boo nay?)
Vietnamese–Cái Gì Vậy?  (Kay Yee Vuhy)

Dining? On Safari? See something strange? Then you want to ask "what is that?" (Nan Arai?) to your host or tour guide in Thai before deciding whether you want to engage or take a run! That is the fun part of experiencing other cultures. For more fun phrases, get instant access to the Thai Language Set.

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Ross in Thailand
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.
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand

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