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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Thai Pronunciation Guide.
In this series, you'll master Thai pronunciation. Proper pronunciation is essential in Thai, and in this series, you'll learn it in a fast, comprehensive, and easy way.
In this first lesson, you'll learn about the building blocks of the Thai pronunciation system that will help you in future lessons.
Thai doesn't use an alphabetical writing system like English does. This makes learning Thai as a second language an incredibly challenging task. It's often necessary to use a romanization system to transcribe Thai into roman letters *first*, to allow you to get familiar with the script. As you become more familiar with Thai, you'll rely on the transcription less and less, until finally, you'll be rid of them altogether. But for now, it's a good place to start.
Many romanization systems exist, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Unfortunately, there isn't an agreed upon 'one size fits all' system for transcribing Thai into roman letters. In this series, we'll be using a system that's the *closest thing* to a standard of transcription for Thai.
This system is near-identical to the Royal Thai General System of Transcription, or the RTGS for short, which is a type of transcription used by the Thai government for publications and road signs. Keep in mind though, that it's use is quite inconsistent even by the government.
Don't get too caught up with all the letters though, because in this series, we're more concerned with the *sounds* of Thai. And here they are:
There are 21 consonant sounds and 18 vowel sounds in Thai. By using all of these sounds, you can form every single word in Thai.
Still seem complicated? Well how about this: of the 21 consonant sounds in Thai, you *already know* 18 of the original sounds. That's right, if you're a native English speaker, then you already make these sounds every day!
You can also ignore 14 of the vowel sounds for the very same reason.
The only thing standing between you and perfect Thai pronunciation, are 3 new consonant sounds and 4 new vowel sounds. You can handle that!
Now let me introduce Jay, who will be helping you to master these new sounds.
"Hello, I'm Jay" in Thai
Jay will be giving you native pronunciation examples for you to imitate. But for this first lesson, just sit back and listen to the unique sounds of Thai:
ร / หร
พรุ่งนี้ "tomorrow"
จาน "plate"
ฉ / ช / ฌ
ฉัน "me"
สระอึ
รึ "question particle"
สระอือ
ชื่อ "name"
สระเออะ
เยอะ "many"
สระเออ
เธอ "her"
In the next lesson, we'll look at the top 5 pronunciation mistakes Thai learners make. You'll want to make sure not to fall into these common traps.
After that, we'll begin going through the vowels and consonants of Thai. This is your chance to learn how to correctly say all of the words you just heard.
We'll finish up the series by covering some special topics that will really make your Thai sound natural!
To close this lesson, here's a question for you.
Why is it important to spend time on learning proper pronunciation, even if you're already an advanced speaker?
The answer...
You will be understood, and this will help you build more confidence as you communicate in Thai. For beginners, you're creating a strong foundation to build on. And for more advanced students, this is your chance to improve your accent and lose any bad habits you may have picked up.
What is the hardest part of Thai pronunciation? Tell us about it in the comments.
See you in the next Ultimate Thai Pronunciation Guide lesson!

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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What is the hardest part of Thai pronunciation? Tell us about it in the comments.

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Monday at 3:09 pm
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Hi Andreas,


Thank you for posting.

You can review the words you selected at this page:

https://www.thaipod101.com/learningcenter/flashcards/flashcards

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Andreas
Wednesday at 2:49 am
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Hello


I want to had the words seen in the lessons in a vocabulary list / flashcard and the review the with a slideshow. I can have a slideshow of the words of one lesson as here above or create a new list in vocabulary list for study but cannot have a slideshow of those words in my own list.

How can I get a slideshow of a list I have created myself?

This helps me to review the words only with the audio while I’m cycling.

Thank you

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Tuesday at 12:47 am
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Hello Warren,


Thank you very much. You understand perfectly like about high class ห take over tone rule of the word หนัง but ง ng is not dead ending. So หนัง is rising tone. Hope that's help. Please feel free to let me know if you have questions.


Have a nice day.

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Warren
Saturday at 6:42 pm
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Hello,


I have a question about the tone for this word หนัง


From my understanding this high class consonant ห converts the the following consonant (น) to high class

And the tone rule for high class + any vowel + dead syllable = low tone


So why is หนัง pronounced with a rising tone?


Thank you!

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Chuck Glenn
Wednesday at 1:24 am
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maybe i'm getting ahead of the lesson here, but it might help to explain what the modifiers above the vowels in the romanizations are meant to do. I'm assuming it has to do with the tonals, but that isn't explained here. also the first romanization shown in the vide uses double vowels, I assume to indicate long vowels?

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Wednesday at 7:21 pm
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Hi Diego,


Thank you for posting!


Keep up studying well and soon you’ll get great results!


In case of any questions, please feel free to contact us.👍


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Cristiane

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Diego
Wednesday at 2:06 am
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XD, as spanish native speaker I will suffer learning the thai sounds. At least the thrilled r is already in spanish.

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Friday at 12:28 am
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Hello Amanda,


Thank you very much for your comment and suggestion. Our team will be consider. For the the last letter or final consonant sound, we do pronounce them but not as strong as it's in English language. Please let me know if you have any future questions about Thai language I will be glad to help. We wish you will have a good progress with Thai.


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Amanda
Thursday at 6:36 am
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Also, in the beginning I was told the last letter is silent in pronunciation. However, in the videos she includes it so what is the correct way.

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Amanda
Thursday at 6:33 am
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There should be sounds recorded for the vowels and what the letters sound like. 😒 Especially the letters portion. I cant tell what part of the word you are meaning for the sound of the characters.