GENERAL LANGUAGE NOTES
Whether you are in a position where you need Thai Language for business, moving to Thailand and want to make a
determined go of fully adjusting to your new country and language or have met a nice Thai lady and would like to
communicate with her in her own language your studies need to begin at guess where ” the beginning”. From my
personal experience and from talking with others the biggest help is learning Thai script. The problem with these
books that attempt to transcribe the Thai language in to a western format is there are actually so many different
versions of it. Meeting the challenge of learning Thai script is the key to proper Thai pronunciation. Yes you will have
to put the work in and study the consonants, vowels, verbs, nouns, pronouns and the tones, as there are no short
cuts. Mastering Thai script will help you no end in your mastery of the tones as you learn by the language indicators
where the tones are and what type of tone it is. At first viewing you look at Thai script and think how am I going to be
able to read that, but by allocating a portion of your time daily you will find it is not so bad as you first thought, like
most things really and you quickly grow in confidence and ability.
An Introduction To Thai Language
Thai Language order is Subject – Verb – Object (although the Subject is often omitted)
The official Thai Language is Standard Thai or Central Thai and most people will speak this. The North, North East
and South have their own dialects and there are also some minor dialects, but Central Thai is the one you are
concerned with and the one taught in schools and universities throughout Thailand.
A helpful tip for your Thai learning is to get a dictionary in Thai. When I first started to learn Thai I sent off to a
specialist bookshop in London for a complete dictionary English to Thai or so I thought at £27-00 a real big product
and was so pleased, but when it arrived I had in fact purchased a massive dictionary from Thai – English. I was
disappointed and wanted to return it, but it turned out to be a great mistake as now I had to learn the Thai script to
know what the word was. The good thing here is that you get used to looking for a word in the Thai alphabet system
and you get quicker also… another win win situation.
Find yourself a decent Thai teacher that deals in teaching Thai or translation of Thai and English as a profession and
see if you can hire that person for a block of lessons to get your Thai script learning on the right road. It is worth
paying a bit to get off to a decent start. Hiring the nice Thai lady down the Thai take – away maybe cheaper, but does
she actually have any teaching or language ability.
The Thai Alphabet
Click here and scroll a bit tol find from Wikipedia The Thai Alphabet explained plus simple vowels, consonants and
lots of other information.
Click here to see and here the Thai Alphabet being pronounced
Click here to see and hear Thai tones being explained
The Language Notes
Male speakers use ผม Phohm for I, myself. Female speakers use ดิฉัน dichan for I myself.