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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?

Thanks!

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Sounds like a heart word, jai ai?

How's your heart?

Doesn't need to make sense in English.

Like the Lao thank you khop chai... Take my heart.

They're not actually offering you a piece of it.

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

Maybe it's the central Thai, JA (h) - EH (r ) จ๊ะเอ๋ - Peekaboo!, Boo!, to meet by chance.

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That's the best explanation I've received so far.

Thanks.

Would this greeting be thought to be feminine in nature?

I had meant to ask that when I first posted.

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