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Hi everybody! Jay here. Welcome to Ask a Teacher, where I’ll answer some of your most common Thai questions.
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The question for this lesson is: How do I read high (เสียงตรี) sǐiang dtrii tone of Thai?
The high tone is the fourth tone of Thai. In Thai, we call it เสียงตรี sǐiang dtrii. This tone is quite easy as there’s nothing too complicated about the pitch itself. Now let’s begin on how to tackle this tone and say this tone in perfect pitch.
High tone usually uses ๊ remark to indicate the tone. In transliteration, ́ is used. High tone is the opposite of low tone. To perfect the high tone, focus on the pitch of your voice. In this tone, your pitch needs to be high. Stressing your syllable when speaking is also ideal in this tone. For example, take the word ป๊า bpáa (“dad”) (↗ *insert arrow*). You can hear that my pitch went high when saying this word. Now let’s see it in a sentence. กินไข่ต้มกับป๊า gin khài dtôm gàp bpáa. (“(I) eat boiled eggs with my dad.”) The last word and syllable of this sentence is in high tone. You can hear that it’s the only word in this sentence that has a high pitch without a falling tone. Some more examples include ร้านค้าจัดโต๊ะแจกน้ำ ráan kháa jàt dtó jàaek nám. (“This shop is preparing a table to give away some water.”) น้องขี่ม้า náawng khìi máa. See the difference? In this sentence, the second word is in low tone, while the rest are in high tone.


Pretty simple, right?
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Bye! สวัสดีค่ะ (sà-wàt-dii khâ)

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