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Hi everybody! Jay here. Welcome to Ask a Teacher, where I’ll answer some of your most common Thai questions.
The Question
The question for this lesson is: How do I read rising tone (เสียงจัตวา sǐiang jàt-dtà-waa)?
Rising tone is the fifth and the last of Thai tones. In Thai, we call this tone เสียงจัตวา sǐiang jàt-dtà-waa. Similar to falling tone, this tone contains both low and high pitch. Let’s begin learning about this tone and how we can say this tone perfectly.
Rising tone usually uses ๋ as a remark on Thai words. In transliteration, we use ̌ to suggest the tone. The opposite of falling tone, in rising tone the pitch goes down first and then goes up. Take, for example, the Thai name จ๋า jǎ (↘↗). You can hear that my pitch went down slightly and then up when pronouncing this word.
To clarify further, I’ll now put this tone in the same sentence as our previous lessons: ฉันกินไข่ต้มกับป๊า chǎn gin khài dtôm gàp bpáa. (“I eat boiled eggs with my dad.”) The truth is this sentence contains all 5 tones of Thai. Can you recognise which word is in rising tone? The answer is the word ฉัน. Let me say this sentence again slowly: ฉันกินไข่ต้มกับป๊า chǎn (↘↗) gin (-->) khài (↘) dtôm( ↗↘) gàp (↘) bpáa (↗). (“I eat boiled eggs with my dad.”) You can see that every word in this sentence has different sounds. The word chǎn is pronounced first at a lower pitch then ascends.


To perfect this tone, think about when you ask a question in English. This tone is quite similar to that.
Pretty interesting, right?
If you have any more questions, please leave a comment below!
Bye! สวัสดีค่ะ (sà-wàt-dii khâ)


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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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What Thai learning question do you have?

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Monday at 05:32 PM
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Hello Nita Avi Shaby,

Thank you. They made a mistake with the word "dad" because it can be speak with two way ป๋า rising tone / ป๊า high tone ๊ "maai-dtrii" used for high tone only. Hope that's help. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.

Have a good day.

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Nita Avi Shaby
Friday at 12:15 AM
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rising tone is the + sign above the letter

in the last example : ฉันกินไข่ต้มกับป๊า I didn't see it at the beginning but yet it is rising tone. how come ?