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Northern Thai Greeting?


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I have heard Thai people greet one another with a term that sounds like "ja aay".

I cannot find this expression in any dictionary.

I have been told by some that it is unique to northern Thailand but am unsure how true this is.

Can anyone comment on this?

Also, can you provide me with the Thai spelling?


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Kawp jai is also ordinary Thai. But the language prudes insist you say kawp khun - and reserve kawp jai for children and pheasants.


I've lived in the north and my wife's first language is Kham Muang. Never heard such a greeting.


p.s. You can download the Peace Corps Northern Thai guide on line for free. Need to google for it. (Not really much use unless you can read Thai.)

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