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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Thai Pronunciation Guide.
In this lesson, you'll learn the final 3 consonant sounds in Thai.
These consonant sounds do not appear in English, so they'll likely be unfamiliar to you.
Be sure to practice these sounds, as these are the sounds that learners often get wrong.
Are you ready?
Then let's get started!
The first consonant sound is...
"ร
รอ Waiting
รัก Love
ร้อน Hot"
This is also known as a rolled R, or a Spanish R. Contact the gums directly behind the top teeth with the tip of your tongue, build pressure behind the gums and then flick the tongue upwards rapidly to release. The small passage created by the gums and the tongue should open and close rapidly -- as if your tongue is fluttering or vibrating against the gums. It sounds almost like a rapid "D" sound.
When building up pressure behind the tip of the tongue, rapidly brush the tip up and back, against the gumridge. As you do so, you should feel a vibrating sensation behind your gumridge.
It's like striking your gumridge, and then again *behind* the gumridge with the tip of your tongue, in one quick up and back motion.
One useful trick, is to repeat the word "butter" or "ladder" really *really* quickly. This will help you to get the 'tapping', or flicking sensation.
Yet another trick, is to think of olden day movies. Do you remember how Dracula first introduced himself? Like DO-RA-CU-LA. Try to say it like this multiple times. You want to focus on the D and R sound in the word "dracula". This *very* quick transitioning from the D to the R can sometimes allow you to prononuce the rolled R sound.
OK. Let's breakdown this sound. Listen to Jay.
ร, ร (slowly)
ร, ร (slowly)
The next consonant is...
"จ
จาน Plate
เจ็บ Painful
จน Poor"
This consonant is similar to the 'ch' sound in English. English however, focuses the tip of the tongue to contact the gum ridge, while in Thai, the middle part of the tongue, known as the blade of the tongue, is used to contact the area *behind* the gumridge. Also, this is an unaspirated sound, meaning there shouldn't be a burst of air when pronouncing this sound.
One useful trick, is to repeat the word "question" to practice this sound. The sound created in "question", is the closest English equivalent to this Thai sound.
OK. Let's breakdown this sound. Listen to Jay.
จ, จ (slowly)
จ, จ (slowly)
The final consonant sound is...
"ฉ,ช,ฌ
ช้า Slow
ฉัน I/Me
ชาม Bowl"
This is identical to the previous sound, but aspirated, meaning there *should* be a burst of air when pronouncing this sound. It's very similar to the English 'ch' sound as in 'church'. Like the previous sound however, you want to use the blade of the tongue to contact the area just behind the gumridge. Listen to Jay.
ฉ/ช/ฌ, ฉ/ช/ฌ (slowly)
ฉ/ช/ฌ, ฉ/ช/ฌ (slowly)
Well done! You just learned the final 3 consonant sounds in Thai.
We've covered every single sound that could possibly appear in the Thai language. You can now pronounce anything in Thai! Isn't that great?
How difficult were they to learn? Please comment and share your thoughts.
See you in the next Ultimate Thai Pronunciation Guide lesson!

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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You can now pronounce anything in Thai! Isn't that great?
How difficult were they to learn?

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Tuesday at 6:15 pm
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Hello คิมอันดเร้ะ,


Thank you for comment. I think your idea would help other learners. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions. I will be glad to help.


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คิมอันดเร้ะ
Monday at 6:53 pm
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Wow. We make the rolling R's in the Norwegian dialect I was raised with, but I can't imagine learning them as an adult.


I definitely do not put my tongue behind the gums and "build pressure." For me it starts the exact opposite way with the tongue needing to be relaxed.


You have to vibrate the tongue much in the same way that you may vibrate (roll) your lips when you sigh. Rolling your lips while sighing actually relaxes your facial muscles, that's why singers often warm up that way. This also gives credibility to my experience that the tongue NEEDS TO BE RELAXED to roll.


You should be able to make the roll without using voice when you get it right.


Other than that, I've got no better way to explain how to make the sound. It's really hard, but obviously people master it.

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Hello Karen,


Thank you for feedback. We're really appreciated. Please feel free to let me know if you have questions. I will be glad to help.


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Karen
Monday at 8:50 am
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Good reminder and advice on the rolling ‘r’

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Hello กิมอันดริ,


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กิมอันดริ
Thursday at 8:50 pm
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If I pronounced a Thai word correctly every time Sheldon Coopers sister asked if I was ready, I'd be fluent by now 😅

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Hello Mounir,


Thank you for comment. I think it just a different people accent. Hope that’s help. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.


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Mounir
Friday at 8:39 pm
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Hello.

Can someone explain to me why sometimes the teacher pronounces "tch" and sometimes "ch" ( for ฉ,ช, ฌ ).

Same applies with "dj" and "j" ( for "จ")

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Hello Eric,


Thank you for sharing. We're really appreciated. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions. I will be glad to helps.


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Eric
Thursday at 6:57 pm
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When as a boy I had difficulty pronouncing "R" I had to practice this:

A Round the Rugged Rocks the Ragged Rascals Ran the Rural Race

It was a tongue twister but could be of some help as it helped me the Scotts said I could pronounce R very well