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ถ้าท่านเป็นผู้ไหว้ท่านควรก้มศีรษะเล็กน้อย ยกมือทั้งสองขึ้นประนมให้ปลายนิ้วชี้จดปลายจมูก
thaaF thanF bpenM phuuF waiF thanF khuaanM gohmF seeR saL lekH naawyH yohkH meuuM thangH saawngR kheunF bpraL nohmM haiF bplaaiM niuH cheeH johtL bplaaiM jaL muukL
pronunciation guide
Phonemic Thaiท่า-ทั่น-เป็น-พู่-ไว่-ทั่น-ควน-ก้ม-สี-สะ-เล็ก-น้อย-ยก-มือ-ทั้ง-สอง-คึ่น-ปฺระ-นม-ไฮ่-ปฺลาย-นิ้ว-ชี้-จด-ปฺลาย-จะ-หฺมูก
IPAtʰâː tʰân pen pʰûː wâj tʰân kʰuːan kôm sǐː sàʔ lék nɔ́ːj jók mɯː tʰáŋ sɔ̌ːŋ kʰɯ̂n pràʔ nom hâj plaːj níw tɕʰíː tɕòt plaːj tɕà mùːk
Royal Thai General Systemtha than pen phu wai than khuan kom sisa lek noi yok mue thang song khuen pranom hai plai nio chi chot plai chamuk

 [example sentence]
"If you are the person initiating the “wai” you should lift both hands, palms facing each other, and the tip of the index finger touching the tip of your nose."

componentsถ้า thaaF[indicating a condition] if
ท่านthanF[a respectful 2nd or 3rd person singular pronoun] you; he; she; him; her; they; them
เป็น bpenMto be; <subject> is
ผู้ phuuFperson, human, one (who...); [Thai prefix corresponding to the English suffixes] '-er' or '-or'
ไหว้  waiFwai, the respectful Thai (and Lao) gesture of thanks, apology, or greeting; to (give a) wai
ท่านthanF[a respectful 2nd or 3rd person singular pronoun] you; he; she; him; her; they; them
ควร khuaanM[auxiliary verb indicating] should; ought to; must
ก้ม  gohmFto bend oneself or bow
ศีรษะ seeR saL[of a human body only] the head
เล็กน้อยlekH naawyHfew; small amount; a little bit; minor amount
ยก yohkHto raise; to hoist (up); to revoke; to advance; to abolish; to elevate; to lift; to erect
มือ  meuuMhand; hands
ทั้งสองthangH saawngRboth
ขึ้น kheunF[directional auxiliary indicating "upward", "increased", or "more"]
ประนม bpraL nohmMto bring the hands together, palms together, in obeisance or respect
ให้ haiFto give; to let; to send to; to allow; to convey towards; to pay (attention); to have someone do something
ปลาย bplaaiMthe extremity; tip; endpoint; termination; end
นิ้วชี้niuH cheeHthe forefinger; the index finger
จด johtLto touch; to abut; to reach out to
ปลาย bplaaiMthe extremity; tip; endpoint; termination; end
จมูก  jaL muukLnose; snout

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