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Part 4: A Short Vowel

As we have seen, an important part of reading Thai texts is figuring out where words start and end, given that Thai iswrittenwithoutspacestodelimitwords. One vowel that does this is ‘-am’ as in the word: ดำ ‘dam’ black Another one is … Continue reading

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Part 3: Awk-ward

The second Thai vowel we are going to look at is ‘อ’, which is pronounced ‘-aw’ as in ‘saw’, ‘raw’. We can construct the words รอ ‘raw’ to wait รอง ‘rawng’ to support ปรองดอง  ‘bpraawng-daawng’ to reconcile Again we see … Continue reading

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Part 2: Um, an odd-looking vowel

One of the main problems of reading Thai is that the script does not place spaces between words, butrunsallthewordstogether, making it harder to decide where one word ends and the next begins. Luckily, there are several clues we can use, … Continue reading

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Part 1: Introduction to the Thai script

History The Thai script belongs to a large family of scripts emanating from India, known as the Brahmic scripts. Most recently, it derives from the Khmer (Cambodian) script. Its closest relative is the Lao script (just as spoken Lao is … Continue reading

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Easy Thai Reading

สวัสดีครับ Within a few days I shall begin to post a series of tutorials on how to master the reading of Thai script, from beginner level to advanced level.

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