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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?
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Bye! สวัสดีค่ะ (sà-wàt-dii khâ)