New Feature On The Blog
I have decided to start a new and what will be a regular feature on the blog to do with Thai language learning and essentially the learning of Thai script.
Every now and again I will publish a post making a feature sentence out of one word. For example today’s word is ” Meeting” which I shall give the Thai word for in Thai script and the transcription for. I shall also give the Thai script and transcription for all the other vocabulary that is a part of the sentence and then finally will give another 4 sentences that can be linked with that sentence for possible conversations that will be on the language section of my website, accessible at the end of this post.
The real meaning of these language posts are to give you an introduction to Thai script in order that you may learn to use it for use with sending messages or perhaps writing letters in Thai.
Thai Language And Thai Culture
Thai Alphabet Links
By clicking on the link here and scrolling a bit you will find from Wikipedia The Thai Alphabet explained, simple vowels, consonants and lots of other information.
By clicking on the link here you can actually see and hear the Thai alphabet being pronounced
Something that might well be new to you, but that needs taking note of straight away is tones. Thai is a tonal language and every word or syllable is spoken in a different tone. There are five tones and they are
- Mid tone (m)
- Low tone (l)
- Falling tone (f)
- High tone (h)
- Rising tone (r)
The Word Today : Meeting
- In Thai: ประชุม
- Transcription of word: Prachum
- For closer pronunciation: bpra (L) Choom (M)
- How would you say that next week you had to attend a meeting in Chiang Mai
- In Thai: อาทิตย์หน้าผมจะไปประชุมที่เชียงใหม่
- Closest transcription for better pronunciation: aa (m) thit (h) naa (f) phohm (r) ja (l) bpai (m) bpra (l) – choom (m) thee (f) Chiang (m) – Mai (l)
- Week: (อาทิตย์) ( aathit ) pronounce as: aa (m) thit (h)์
- Next: (หน้า) (naa) pronounce as: naa (f)
- I (ผม) (phohm) pronounce as: phohm (r)
- Will (จะ) (ja) pronounce as: ja (l)
- Go (ไป) (bpai) pronounce as: bpai (m)
- Meeting (ประชุม) (prachum) pronounce as: bra (l) – choom (m)
- In (ที่) (thee) pronounce as: thee (f)
- Chiang Mai pronounce as Chiang (m) Mai (l)
- Click here for 4 further sentence examples that could possibly be used for conversation.
- Click here for further vocabulary from the additional sentences
Engaging Thailand Website
For more information on Thailand in the form of articles, tips, relevant links constant updating and new guest interviews ,please visit http://www.engagingthailand.com/ the site where work will always be in progress.
A blog all about Thailand – from Kitiya’s point of view. Kitiya talks about travel information, cooking and Thai culture, in particular Kitiya specialises in information and stories about Isaan (the north-east.)
Brilliant Thai Forum
Entertaining, friendly and very informative on subjects Thai. Come along and meet a welcoming crowd of Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians, Americans, Brits, Thais and others and be in the know and inform.
A great little group on Facebook for those of you who love Thailand, discuss any Thai related things amongst friends. All nationalities from all over the world with one thing in common they simply adore Thailand. Why not join the group and be with friends on Friends 4 Thailand. Just log in on the link below to see the page.
http://www.facebook.com/groups/179211268812336/ Useful information from a group about living in Thailand.
Products About Thai Language
Learn to speak, understand, read and write Thai with linguaphone language programs by Sonthida Keyuravong
Thai – English Student’s Dictionary compiled by Mary R. Haas
Heart Talk by Christopher G. Moore
Heart Talk is the clever navigation to say I love you in so many ways using the word ”jai” or heart (ใจ). These words are essential and every day Thai words and all nicely organised and ready to read in Heart Talk. To know the people know the language and culture. This book will get you that few steps closer.
The Cultural Detective by Christopher G. Moore
If it’s Thai culture that you are seeking to learn about, then look no further than the foreign master on Thai culture. This book is packed with essays on perspectives on crime fiction writing to of course a mass of clues and insights to solving those cultural Thai mysteries. Another great read.