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สวัสดีค่ะ, ดิฉันปรารถนาค่ะ! Welcome to Thaipod101.com’s ตัวอักษรไทย Made Easy!
The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn the Thai alphabet: ตัวอักษรไทย!
In the last lesson you learned the numbers ๔, ๕, and ๖ . Do you remember how to write them all?
In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to write the rest of the Thai numerals plus a few irregular words…
Ready to start? Then let's go!
We just have 4 more Thai numbers to learn. The first one is "7", or เจ็ด (jèt) in Thai. If you remember the tone mark mái-dtrii from lesson 19, you'll notice that mái-dtrii and เจ็ด have the same shape.
To write เจ็ด, start with a small clockwise head. Then make a heart shape that is open on the bottom. And then add a tail that goes off to the upper right.
Here is the number "8", or แปด (bpàaet) in Thai. You may recognize the shape of this number from lesson 7. The same shape is used for the symbol ไม้ไต่คู้ (mái-dtài-khúu) which is written as part of the short vowel สระ เอะ (sà-rà è) when it has a final consonant following it.
แปด is written with a clockwise head, then a line with one bump in it going to the left that then curves up around the top of the number.
Next is the number "9", which is เก้า (gâo) in Thai.
This number starts with a clockwise head at the bottom. Then the line curves over the top and straightens out. And it finishes with a little zig-zag shape in the upper right.
The last Thai numeral to learn is zero, or ศูนย์ (sǔun) in Thai. It's very easy to remember because it looks almost the same as the zero from Arabic numerals. The only real difference is that ศูนย์ is drawn shorter and wider.
Now let's practice writing the numbers from 1 to 10.
๑, ๒,​ ๓, ​๔, ​๕,​ ๖,​ ๗,​ ๘,​ ๙,​ ๑๐
Thai has a few irregular spellings, but the good news is that even the irregular spellings tend to follow their own special rules that can be learned.
The first irregular rule is that the consonant pair of ท and ร act like the letter ซ. So they make an S sound.
One example of this is the word ทราย (saai), which means "sand". The cluster ท and ร make an initial S sound.
The next common irregularity is the silent ร. This will happen in words where ร forms consonant clusters with จ, ซ, ศ and ส. When these happens, ร which is the second half of the cluster will not be pronounced.
One example of this is the word จริง (jing), which means "real". it has an initial consonant cluster of จ and ร. But the ร is silent. So we pronounce this word as จิง (jing).
Another important irregular spelling happens with the combination of อ and ย at the beginning of a word. ย is a low class consonant. But we can make it act like a mid class consonant by putting a silent อ in front of it. However there are only 4 words that do this. They are all very common words though, so you must memorize them.
These 4 words are อย่า (yàa), อยู่ (yùu), อย่าง (yàang), อยาก (yàak). All 4 of these words have a low tone. The first 3 use the tone mark mái-èek to make a low tone, and the last word is low tone because it has a dead syllable ending. You might notice that you can replace อ with ห and get the same pronunciation, according to the rule we learn in lesson 15. Only we are using อ instead of ห for these 4 words.
It is easiest to remember these four words in this order because they form an idiom.
อย่า (yàa) means "dont". อยู่ (yùu) means "to stay" อย่าง (yàang) means "a type" or "a style" and อยาก (yàak) means "to want".
So the phrase อย่าอยู่อย่างอยาก can be translated as "Don't exist in a state of desire" . It is also much like the English idiom "Want for nothing".
The last irregular Thai word I want to tell you about is the word ไทย (thai) itself. If you look at how we spell the word Thai, you'll see that it has the initial consonant ท, with the vowel สระ ไอ. Then there is the letter ย stuck on the end. The ย doesn't really need to be there, and it doesn't change the sound of the word at all. But that's the way we spell it, so you have to remember it.
Now it's time for Pradthana's Points.
Nowadays the younger generation of Thai people is getting very free and relaxed about how they spell words, especially with online communication. When you make friends with Thai people online, you might notice many slang words and strange spellings that you don't recognize at first and can't find in the dictionary.
Don't give up though. As your Thai vocabulary increases you'll get better at figuring out what people are really saying.
I hope you enjoyed all the ตัวอักษรไทย Made Easy Lessons. And I hope you were able to learn a lot. Review the lessons as much as you need to, and you'll soon be surprised at how much Thai you can read. สวัสดีค่ะ!


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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Let's practice the Thai numbers here! How do you write 79?

Soupala and Stephen
Thursday at 10:47 PM
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สวัสดีค่ะ Parisa,

On the topic of irregular spelling, I noticed the word "เดิน" - to walk. I am confused at why we write it with sara เ and sara i.

Is this a rare example or is this a rule that I have not learnt?

ขอบคุณมาก Soupala and Stephen 😄

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Friday at 12:28 AM
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สวัสดีค่ะ Camille(คามิวลี่)

ขอบคุณค่ะ Camille(คามิวลี่) ๗๙ เจ็ดสิบเก้าค่ะ and also นะคะ no tone mark, You almost get all perfect. Keep trying. :) We're so glad to hear about your learning journey. Next, you can check your reading skill here: https://www.thaipod101.com/lesson-library/extensive-reading-in-thai-for-absolute-beginners/

Kong: ฯ ไปยาลเล็ก bpai-yaan-lék is often used to abbreviated words that are commonly understood and long name of assosiations , organizations, cities, etc.

กรุงเทพฯ is short for กรุงเทพมหานคร (ฺBangkok)

พณฯ ท่าน is short for พณหัวเจ้าท่าน (Your Excellency)

Hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.

Have a good day.

ปริษา Parisa

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Kong Yew Wan
Wednesday at 10:54 PM
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So I made it to the end of this series but did we ever cover the character ฯ ? It sometimes seems to appear as part of the name Bangkok กรุงเทพฯ . Why is this?

Wednesday at 10:34 PM
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๗๙ แปดสิ่บเก้า please นะค่ะ correct me if im wrong . Khaawp khun kha

Wednesday at 10:31 PM
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สวัสดีค่ะ i already finished the lesson 1 to 25 and have learned so much for this lesson . I can write them all little by little and memorized their equivalent in english alphabet. Can read slightly but letter per letter and i always think its corresponding letter in english but i happy to share also that i can write the Thai numbers and read it loud .

I am looking forward next time to have a teacher to teach me well but for now i'll tried to learn some phrases, words and other things using the lesson in library.

Khwaap khun kha.

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Sunday at 09:51 PM
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สวัสดี Dan,

Now that you've learned the alphabet, you can go and start one of our absolute beginner series. You can search for them in our Lesson Library. 😉


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Monday at 10:44 PM
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Thank you for sharing this i have finished lesson 25 and have learned so much. Where should i go next for my next video lessons. Please could you advise?

Thank you in advance 🙏

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Thursday at 11:44 PM
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สวัสดี Serene,

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your kind comment. 😇

If you have any questions, let us know. 😉


เลเว็นเต้ (Levente)

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Sunday at 11:42 PM
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Hello!! I enjoyed your lessons so much! Your articulations and tone makes the lessons interesting!! Thank you so much!

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Thursday at 04:26 PM
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Hello Joshua,

Thank you for comment. We're really appreciated. Her name is "Pradthana". https://www.thaipod101.com/about-us/member-introduction/

Please feel free to let me know if you have questions. I will be glad to help.

Have a nice day.

ปริษา Parisa

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