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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 letters ช and ซ plus a pair of short vowels. Do you remember how to write them all?
In this lesson, you’re going to learn a pair of consonants, a pair of vowels, and a new tone rule. Ready to start? Then let's go!
The two new consonants for this lesson are both low class consonants. Can you list the other low class consonants that we learned? They are ม, น, ง, ย, ว, ช, and ซ.
The first new consonant for this lesson is พ (phaaw phaan). The word พาน (phaan) means a type of round tray that is used for making offerings. The sound of พ as the initial consonant of a syllable is "ph" like the P in "panda". You should feel air coming out of your mouth when you make this sound. As a final consonant, พ makes a dead sound as a "P stop" by closing your lips. พ looks much like the letter W or an upside down letter M.
Grab your pen, and let's practice writing it together. Down-up, down-up. พ See, it's easy!
The next letter looks almost the same.
This is ฟ (faaw fan). 'Fan' is the Thai word for 'tooth'. And as you can see, the only difference is that ฟ has the last line sticking out higher than the rest of the letter. The sound of ฟ as an initial consonant of a syllable is "f" like the F in "family". But as a final consonant, ฟ *also* makes a dead P-stop sound.
Let's write it together. Start with the head. Go down-up, down-up. And extend the last line higher.
You know that ฟัน (fan) means "tooth", and you already know all the letters to write it.
But do you know what tone ฟัน is?
That's right! It's mid tone because it has a low class consonant with a live ending.
Start with ฟ, add ไม้หันอากาศ above, then น. ฟัน
Ok! Now let's learn a new pair of vowels: สระ อุ (sà-rà ù) and สระ อู (sà-rà uu). They both make the sound "u" like the Os in "boot". The difference is สระ อุ (sà-rà ù) is short and สระ อู (sà-rà uu) is long.
Let's practice writing these two new vowels together. สระ อุ
สระ อู
These two vowels are written under a consonant. Like in the word ดู (duu), "to watch". This word has a mid tone.
ด, สระ อู... ดู
Here is the word ชุด (chút), which means a "set" or "outfit". . สระ อุ is just a little circle with a line coming down.
What's the tone of ชุด? It's a low class consonant with a dead syllable and a short vowel. That makes it high tone.
Okay, now you write it! Start with ช, then สระ อุ, and ด...ชุด
You've done a lot of writing today! Now let's move onto a new tone rule.
Low class initial consonant + dead syllable with a long vowel = falling tone.
Do you know how to say "very" in Thai? It's the word มาก (mâak), and it is said with a falling tone because of this rule.
A falling tone begins with a relatively high pitch that drops sharply. Listen carefully: มาก. Let's see how to write this word.
ม, สระ อา, ก... มาก
So, ม is a low class consonant. ก makes the ending dead, and สระ อา is a long vowel. According to the tone rule you just learned, it's a falling tone.
Let's try one more word...
พูด (phûut) is the verb "to speak".
Here again, we have low class, with a dead ending, and a long vowel. So พูด is also falling tone.
Okay, one last word to write for this lesson! พ, สระ อู, ด... พูด
Now it's time for Pradthana's Points.
Flashcards are a great way to practice reading. You can make a set of cards using all the the words you've learned so far. Put just the Thai script on one side, and have the reading and meaning written on the other. Make sure to include the tones too, so that you get used to reading the tone based on the spelling of the word.
Thai has more vowel sounds than English, and in the next ตัวอักษรไทย Made Easy Lesson you'll learn how to write a Thai vowel that the English alphabet just can't do justice to. See you there! สวัสดีค่ะ!

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ThaiPod101.com
Friday at 6:30 pm
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What words can you write using พ (Phaaw phaan), ฟ (Faaw fan), -ุ (Short u) or -ู (Long u)?

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www.thaipod101.com
Monday at 8:45 pm
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Hello Sasha,


I think we don't have a summaries version of tone rules. Check this link out and let me know if that help.


http://www.thai-language.com/ref/tone-rules


Have a nice day.


Parisa

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Sasha Abramovich
Saturday at 10:24 pm
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Parisa, is there a place (anywhere) where those tones are summarised please? :thumbsup:

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Saturday at 7:55 pm
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Hello Sasha,


Thank you so much for your comment. We really appreciated your suggestion. We will improve our future lessons. Please let us know if you have any questions. I will be glad to help.


Have a nice day.


Parisa

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Sasha Abramovich
Thursday at 2:41 am
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Really nice lessons. What is missing to me is to have two types of resources:

1. How to write each letter (sometimes I forget, no shame :) )

2. Glossary of tone rules (I'll summarize them aside by myself but it would come very handy to have them summarized somewhere already. It takes time to recall the time and the lesson number for each tone rule to recap them all.

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Tuesday at 11:02 pm
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Hello Kat,


Thank you very much for your comment. We really appreciated. Please let me know if you need any future assistants. I will be glad to help.


Wish you have a great day.


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Kat
Sunday at 11:08 am
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I love Thaipod101.com! I literally tried about 15 different ways to learn thai and I was lost. I can even recognize street signs and menu items already with the letters I know!

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www.thaipod101.com
Tuesday at 11:42 am
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Hi Vaulson,


Thank you very much for your comment. We really appreciated. Hope you have a good progress in learning Thai.


Have a nice day.


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Vaulson
Friday at 12:27 am
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Thai alphabet made easy..... the title is true. it made thai easy and fun!

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Thaipod101.com
Tuesday at 1:31 pm
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Sa-wat-dii kha Aya,


Thank you very much for your comment. We are really appreciated that. I am not a developer of the lesson. I'm here to helps answering question from Thai language learners. For your question, มาก "maak" mean "many or a lot"

ก "gaaw-gai" make "g" sound as an initial consonant but make the "k" sound as a final consonant so that why you confuse. Hope that helps.


Thanks again and hope you have a nice day.


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Aya
Friday at 8:19 pm
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Sawatdee kha, Khru Parisa.


I am glad i found your site, especially your videos! On my day 2 now and am happy with the progress i made. I thought i would be hopeless in being able to write Thai. Many thanks to you!! Just one question, I thought very translated to thai is "mak" but the way it is spelled is "mag". I'm confused on this matter.


Aya