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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Thai Pronunciation Guide.
In this lesson, you'll learn 9 Thai consonant sounds.
These consonant sounds are identical to the ones in English, so they'll likely be familiar to you.
Are you ready?
Then let's get started!
The first consonant is...
ใบ Leaf
บ้าน House
บน Above"
It sounds like a hard B sound, like in the word 'buy'.
บ, บ (slowly)
บ, บ (slowly)
The next consonant is...
ปลา Fish
ปู Crab
เป็ด Duck"
This sound is in-between a B and P sound. It's not as hard as a B, nor is it as soft as a P. Technically speaking, this is an *unaspirated* P sound. This means that you should pronounce a P sound without releasing a big puff of air like you would normally in words like 'pet' or 'post'. Instead, it should be pronounced *without* a burst of air, like in the words 'spin' or 'spike'. Listen to Jay.
ป, ป (slowly)
ป, ป (slowly)
The next consonant is...
ผ/พ/ภ
ผม Hair
เพลง Song
ภาพ Picture
This is an *aspirated* P sound. It's like the P in 'pet', or 'post'. With this sound, ensure that you're releasing a big puff of air to better differentiate it from the previous sound.
ผ/พ/ภ, ผ/พ/ภ (slowly)
ผ/พ/ภ, ผ/พ/ภ (slowly)
The next consonant is...
ฎ/ด
ดู Looking
เดิน Walking
ดม Smelling"
It sounds like a hard D sound, like in the word 'dad'.
ฎ/ด, ฎ/ด (slowly)
ฎ/ด, ฎ/ด (slowly)
The next consonant is...
ฏ/ต
ตา Eye
เตะ Kick
เต่า Tortoise"
This sound is in-between a D and T sound. It's not as hard as a D, nor is it as soft as a T. Technically speaking, this is an *unaspirated* T sound. Similar to the previous unaspirated P sound, you want to pronounce this T *without* releasing a big puff of air, like in the words 'stop' or 'stand'. Listen to Jay.
ฏ/ต, ฏ/ต (slowly)
ฏ/ต, ฏ/ต (slowly)
The next consonant is...
ฐ/ฑ/ฒ/ถ/ท/ธ
ธง Flag
ทาน Eat
เทา Grey
This is an *aspirated* T sound. It's like the T in 'tan', or 'take'. With this sound, ensure that you're releasing a big puff of air to better differentiate it from the previous sound.
ฐ/ฑ/ฒ/ถ/ท/ธ, ฐ/ฑ/ฒ/ถ/ท/ธ (slowly)
ฐ/ฑ/ฒ/ถ/ท/ธ, ฐ/ฑ/ฒ/ถ/ท/ธ (slowly)
The next consonant is...
ไก่ Chicken
กลับ Going back
กา Crow"
This is an unaspirated K sound. It's like the K in 'ski' or 'skip'. Similar to the previous unaspirated P and T sounds, you want to pronounce this K *without* releasing a big puff of air. Listen to Jay.
ก, ก (slowly)
ก, ก (slowly)
The next consonant is...
ข/ฃ/ค/ฅ/ฆ
ไข่ Egg
คน Human/person/people
ใคร Who/whom
This is an aspirated K sound. It's like the K in 'kite' or 'koala'. With this sound, ensure that you're releasing a big buff of air.
ข/ฃ/ค/ฅ/ฆ, ข/ฃ/ค/ฅ/ฆ (slowly)
ข/ฃ/ค/ฅ/ฆ, ข/ฃ/ค/ฅ/ฆ (slowly)
The final consonant sound for this lesson is...
อา Uncle
อุ่น Warm
อ่าน Reading
This sound, or one can argue, lack of sound, is the abrupt pause that takes place before the next sound is released suddenly.
You can pronounce it by contracting your throat muscles quickly to obstruct the airflow, and then releasing the pressure abruptly.
Because the vocal cords are held tightly together, this prevents them from vibrating, so you should not hear anything for a short period of time.
Some English speakers may produce this sound when pronouncing the word 'button' for example, or when they say 'uh-oh!'
Listen to Jay.
อ, อ (slowly)
อ, อ (slowly)
Well done! You just learned another 9 Thai consonants.
Were there more familiar sounds than you though? Please comment and share your thoughts.
In the next lesson, you'll learn 3 consonant sounds that are unfamiliar to English speakers.
See you in the next Ultimate Thai Pronunciation Guide lesson!

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Were there more familiar sounds than you though?

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Tuesday at 4:57 pm
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Hello Mel Malinowski,


Thank you very much. We really appreciated. Please feel free to asks if you have any questions. I will be glad to help.


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Mel Malinowski
Saturday at 10:18 pm
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I'm trying to learn the two part Thai names for the consonants as I learn them, so I can properly spell a word in Thai if asked.


It would be better to include this in this video and the PDF.

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Hello นักเรียนเก่า,


Thank you very much. For spelling of เพลง and เครดิต , พล,คร,กล and กร are consonants cluster so that why we spell the way it is. Hope that's help. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions. I will be glad to help.


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Tuesday at 1:38 am
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Maybe these examples will also be helpful to help me understand: เกล is Gale, why is เกร "Grey" and not "gain"?

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Tuesday at 1:19 am
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Hello, I am new and I am just learning to read Thai.


Please help me understand something. The word " เพลง " is pronounced differently than it's written. Why isn't it pronounced as เพ ลง? Or เพล ง? In other words, why is "เพล ง" how it is pronounced? Is เ always followed by one consonant? Or is it always followed by two consonants?


Another word which sounds differently than it's written is : เครดิต. Why isn't it pronounced as เค รดิต? I am confused because I thought the เ can only have one consonant after it? Why do some words have two consonants after เ? Such as เคร ดิต

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Jason 2
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You guys are great. This has to be the best app for learning Thai. I'm on free part and it's more useful than any other out there. I'll be going premium when ready for sure


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Thank you very much for your comment and feedback. We're really appreciated your kind supported. Please feel free to let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help. We wish you will have a good progress with your Thai.


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You guys are great. This has to be the best app for learning Thai. I'm on free part and it's more useful than any other out there. I'll be going primium when ready for sure

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Monday at 8:34 pm
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Hello Vincent,


Thank you very much for your comment and shared. In order to remembering which consonant to use, is all about writing practice and remember words spelling. There are a lot of consonant but, there are common one that we used all the time. Cheer!. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help. We wish you will have a good progress with your Thai.


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