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Thai Short Vowels

VIDEO: Thai Short Vowels

To speak Thai clearly and make local people understood, it is not only getting the tones right it is also pronouncing the vowels correctly. There are in total 32 vowel sounds in Thai language, 14 of them are long vowel sounds and 18 are short vowel sounds. Similar to pronouncing Thai tones, when the vowel […]

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Long vowels

VIDEO: Say Them Right, Thai Long Vowels

To speak Thai clearly and make local people understood, it is not only getting the tones right it is also pronouncing the vowels correctly. There are in total 32 vowels in Thai language, 14 of them are long vowels and 18 are short vowels Similar to pronouncing Thai tones, when the vowel changes the meaning […]

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Learn Thai from Mistakes

My student showed me a photo from his trip to Chiang Rai. Once I saw it, it made me laugh out loud. I would like to share it with you so we can also learn Thai from this photo. This is a warning sign from a tea plantation in Chiang Rai province in Northern Thailand. Chiang Rai is known […]

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20 Thai Words Most Commonly Misspelled

 (Photo credit: Kapook.com)   I put the pronunciation and the meaning of each word here:  I often misspell “email” and “ice-cream”. What about you? 🙂

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National Anthem

Thai National Anthem เพลงชาติไทย

Thai National Anthem เพลงชาติไทย /pleeng châad tai/ In Thailand, you will hear the Thai national anthem played every day at 8am and 6pm. Every TV and radio station plays it, and it will be played over government building speaker systems, at the sky train and underground in Bangkok, bus stations, in parks and in most […]

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20 Words with Mai Muan ใ

The /ai/ sound in Thai have two forms; 1. ใ  is called สระไอไม้ม้วน  /sà-rà ai máai mûan/ 2. ไ is called สระไอไม้มลาย /sà-rà ai máai má-laai/ Those who have just started to read and write Thai language might get confused when to use ใ or ไ . The good news is there are only 20 words […]

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The Full Name of Bangkok

The real name of Bangkok is the longest city name on Earth. Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and the largest city in the kingdom. Thai people don’t call this city Bangkok, it is commonly called in Thai กรุงเทพมหานคร “Krung Thep Maha Nakhon”, or just กรุงเทพฯ “Krung Thep”. When the King Rama I (The founder […]

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The Tale of the Stupa and a Small Box of Rice

  Today I started my day early and had very small breakfast, by the time I had a chance to have lunch it was about 2:30 pm so I was starving. I ordered a lot of dishes including a whole deep fried chicken. Of course I could finish only ¼ of all portions in front […]

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Lesson 4 – Thai Vowels

Sawatdee ka, There are 32 vowels in Thai language – 14 long vowels and 18 short vowels. Vowel in Thai is called สระ [sà-rà] Long vowel is called สระเสียงยาว [sà-rà sĭang yaao] Short vowel is called สระเสียงสั้น [sà-rà sĭang sân]   Here are all 32 vowels:     I usually recommend my students to start […]

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Lesson 3 – Practice Writing – Middle Class Consonant

We have seen how the nine Middle class consonants look like in the previous lesson. Now let’s learn how to write each letter, shall we? I wrote all these letter myself, so please accept my apology if the pictures are not very clear. [1] ก.ไก่ (Gaw Gài) (more…)

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Lesson 2 – Middle Class Consonants

Thai consonants are divided into three classes; Middle class, High class and Low class.  See all 44 alphabets here. There are nine middle class consonants (อักษรกลาง [àk –sŏrn glaang]) อักษรกลางมี 9 ตัว [1] ก.ไก่ (Gaw Gài) ไก่  (gài) means chicken (more…)

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Thai-letters

Lesson 1 – Read and Write Thai

Sawatdee ka, Thai language has 44 letters, 32 vowels, 4 tone marks and various other symbols for pronunciation. Today I would like to talk about Thai letters. There are 44 letters in Thai language. (not too many to remember, right? 🙂 ) In order to read Thai correctly, you will need to know what the class of […]

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