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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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Friday at 3:54 pm
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Hello Neil,


Thank you for comment. There is recommendation from student about "r" sound that I agree. The R in thai is rolled, like in Spanish. So it is a little more difficult to say. The R sound in common speech is often dropped or changed to R. So in common speech you will hear Khap most of the time. Listen to Thai news and you will hear them using the more proper pronunciations. One example of a word where the R is often changed to L is hot ร้อน. You will mostly hear it said as “lawn” not “rawn” or should I put it as “raawn”. Hope that's help. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have future questions. I will be glad to help.


Wish you a great day.

Parisa

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Neil
Thursday at 12:58 am
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Hello having great deal of difficulty pronouncing the rolled R sound are their any practices to help with this apart from those mentioned in the lesson ?

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Tuesday at 12:31 pm
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Hello Rayyan,


Thank you for comment. Do you have "j" sound in your language. If yes, you keep practice it and then try to blend it with vowels and other Thai alphabet to become Thai word. Find Thai words using "J" sound and practice them. Send your audio on to Thai teacher so I can help or ask your Thai friends how you doing with those words. Hope that's help. Feel free let me know if you have any questions. I will be glad to help you.


Have a nice day.

Parisa

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Rayyan
Friday at 9:40 pm
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The "j" sound is difficult for me

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Tuesday at 2:52 pm
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Hello allan,


Wow Thank you very much. I would like to say "congratulation" I'm glad we could help you. Please feel free to let me know if you have any question.


Have a nice day.

Parisa

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allan
Thursday at 6:58 am
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Hi


I have just learned how to roll R for the first time!


I went to drama school 30 years ago and had hundreds of hours of voice lessons and never managed to do it. I always though my mouth was the wrong shape: and I've just done it after one minute of instruction in this video.


Oh My God


RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR


Woo Hooo!!!

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Thursday at 4:18 pm
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Hi again Richard,


Thank you very much for your comment and shared your method. 555+ careful but you doing really well practice speaking. khun geng ka :)

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.


Have a good day.

Parisa

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Richard
Wednesday at 3:25 pm
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Practice practice practice, my new mantra. Hopefully my workmates don't think I'm mad as I wander around the workplace saying dracula repeatedly.

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Hello Khun Paul,


Thank you very much for your comment. For the problem you have will be able to fix by a lot of practice and observe how native Thai are making those sound. Please keep update your improvement and how you develop, so will be good to share with everyone as well. 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 Thai.


Have a nice day.


Parisa

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Paul
Saturday at 12:14 am
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I seemed to struggle more with the ป and the ต sounds from the previous lesson. I can hear there's a difference between บ and ป, and ด and ต, but can't yet correctly replicate the different sounds. But the 3 consonant sounds from this lesson seemed easier to replicate for me, or I could be messing them up completely 😄