Language and Where to Learn More
links below for free online audio lessons)
the main language of Thailand. Several different dialects are spoken in
the various parts of the country, namely Central (Bangkok), Northern,
Northeastern, and Southern. Lao is also closely related to Thai.
 Pronunciation Thai is a tonal language with five tones: Mid, Low,
Falling, High, and Rising. Meanings can change critically based on the
tone, but Thais are fairly used to hearing foreigners mangle their
language and can often work out the correct tone based on context. Try not
to inflect your sentences; in particular, any questions should be
pronounced as flat statements, without the rising intonation ("...yes?")
typical to English questions.
Thai written language is essentially alphabetic, but notoriously difficult
to read due to a profusion of 44 consonants (many redundant), complicated
tone and vowel signage around consonants and a complete lack of spaces
functional use of Thai language is not easy - but it is quite possible to
learn some simple phrases and words that you will enjoy using - and your
hosts will also enjoy your efforts.
how to say - using polite terminology - on the links below:
/ Good bye - Thank you - You're welcome - No problem - Very good - I
want/don't want - Delicious
find Thais amazingly tolerant of your efforts and quite pleased that you
made the effort.
the following links have audio - and most are oriented for beginning level
Thai is a tonal language - you might find it useful to listen to tapes or
CDs to help you get the pronunciation right.
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