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Thai Language

Since Thai is not an easy language to learn (because it is much more different to the languages that people in the West frequently learn), yet there are many travelers who decide to learn it. Thai is a tonal language, meaning that apart from the correct pronunciation, adepts of Thai have to master the usage of tones while speaking. Thai has 5 tones, which include rising, falling, high, mid, and low tone, and each tone gives a different meaning to the spoken word. The Thai tones are different from the tones used in Chinese language, and pose a degree of difficulty for all foreigners. However, the warm-hearted Thais are very happy to assist foreigners in learning the correct pronunciation of their language.

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The letters in the Thai scripture are derived from the Khmer alphabet. This alphabet became standardized during the King Ramkhamhaeng office  in the Sukhothai period.  Currently it is composed of 44 consonants, 18 vowels, and 4 diphthongs. Reading Thai is more complex than speaking because the pronunciation of written words does not follow a direct sequence of letters. To make it more difficult, there are no spaces between words in written.  For travelers’ convenience, many signs in major cities and tourist resorts are written both in Thai and in English. The same refers to major guide books and important positions in the Thai literature. 

book shop bangkok packagetour hotel cheaphotel tour thailand traveler vacationRomanization of Thai language books leads to certain difficulties in learning it, because the correct reading of Romanized words, does not lead to the correct pronunciation of spoken Thai.  In addition, a common Romanization standard has yet to be determined, which means there is no clear way to write Thai words in a roman alphabet.

As for dialects of Thai, the most common and universally understood in Thailand is the dialect of the central part of the country. Other notable dialects are those in the south of Thailand and from the North, which is essentially similar to the Lao language. People in Northern Thailand can speak the main Thai dialect, but due to their historical kingdoms being separated from the main Thai Kingdom from 1259-1939, a unique form of Thai is still spoken by the local residents.  Even though peculiar by sound, the written Thai language uses the same alphabet.

Thai Language Lessons: It's always fun to learn a new language! So why not try twisting your tongue a bit for a fun and effective group Thai language lessons. We will be more than happy to arrange and organize it for you.

Lesson 1 - Greetings

สวัสดี คะ [sà-wàt-di khá] Hello
คุณ สบาย ดี หรือ ครับ [khun sà-bai di rŭe khráp] How are you?
ดิฉัน สบาย ดี คะ ขอบคุณ [dì-chăn sà-bai di khá khòp khun] I'm fine, thank you.
ดิฉัน ชื่อ ธันย่า คะ [dì-chăn chûe than yâ khá] My name is Tanja.
ยินดี ที่ ได้ รู้จัก ครับ [yin-di thî dâi rú chàk khráp] Nice to meet you.
ลาก่อน คะ [la kòn khá] Goodbye
ผม พูด ภาษา ไทย ได้ ไม่ ค่อย ดี ครับ [phŏm phût pha-să thai dâi mâi khôi di khráp] I cannot speak Thai well.
ครับ ผม พูด ภาษา ไทย ได้ [khráp phŏm phût pha-să thai dâi] Yes, I speak Thai.
คุณ พูด ภาษา อังกฤษ ได้ ไหม คะ [khun phût pha-să ang-krìt dâi măi khá] Do you speak English?
ครับ ผม พูด ภาษา อังกฤษ ได้ ครับ [khráp phŏm phût pha-să ang-krìt dâi khráp] Yes, I speak English.
ไม่ ผม พูด ภาษา อังกฤษ ไม่ ได้ ครับ [mâi phŏm phût pha-să ang-krìt mâi dâi khráp] No, I don't speak English.
ขอโทษ คะ คุณ พูด ภาษา ไทย ได้ ไหม คะ [khŏ thôt khá khun phût pha-să thai dâi măi khá] Excuse me, do you speak Thai?
คุณ ชอบ เมืองไทย ไหม คะ [khun chôp mueang thai măi khá] Do you like Thailand?
ครับ ประเทศไทย สวย มากๆ ครับ [khráp prà-thêt thai sŭay mâk ๆ khráp] Yes, Thailand is very beautiful.