Thai Language

How To Speak Thai

Though it's not really necessary to get by, you will undoubtedly have an easier and more enjoyable experience in Thailand from any time you spend learning Thai. Most Thais don't expect a foreigner to be able to speak any of their language, and...

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Thai personal pronouns

Though many other aspects of Thai grammar are quite simple compared to other languages, that certainly doesn't apply to its complex and involved personal pronoun structure. Whereas a learner can get by to start with by learning just a few of the more...

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The 17 words you need to know to count in Thai

The Thai language has its own set of numerals, although the standard Arabic/Western numerals are much more commonly encountered. You may come across the Thai numerals in government and official documents, legal documents, religious texts, page numbers of...

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The essential Thai Grammar concepts to understand

On the surface, Thai grammar is much simpler than European languages - there's no verb inflection and tenses can often be shown just using the words "will" or "already", single and plural nouns are by-and-large the same, no noun...

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Free Thai fonts for download

Modern computers have built in support for Thai, so you don't need to download a Thai font in order to type in Thai on your computer. The default Thai font is clear and easy to read, but obviously it's not the most interesting looking font in the...

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Country names in Thai

Country names in Thai

In Thai, the name of the each country is also an adjective to describe things from that country. The word อังกฤษ ang-grìt, for instance, can mean either "England" or "English". To unambiguously refer to...

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The crazy world of Thai nicknames

Just about every Thai person has a nickname by which they are known informally, given to them by their parents at birth. The pervasive use of nicknames in this way apparently comes from the old belief that evil spirits ( ปีศาจ...

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Thai Family Words

Thai Family Words

In addition to the standard personal pronouns, it's very common when speaking Thai to also use family terms such as "brother", "sister", "aunt", "uncle", "mother" and "father" as personal pronouns. This applies even to strangers that you have no blood...

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Thailand culture FAQ

Thailand culture FAQ

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  • What are Thai people like ?
  • What sort of clothes should I wear while I'm there ?
  • How difficult is to talk with the Thais ?
  • Is it okay to go...
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What are the basic cultural do's and don'ts?

There are several main differences in behaviour that westerners should be aware of before visiting Indonesia. In the most popular tourist destinations, locals will take less offence to cultural...

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Thailand Monarchy

In an era of declining popularity of royalty in many countries, there's no doubt that Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej  - the longest reigning monarch in the world - and his wife Queen Sirikit stand out as extraordinary exceptions. Held in...

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Asking questions in Thai

Asking questions in Thai is straightforward, though there's a few different ways of doing it depending on what time of question you want to ask. An important thing to remember is not to automatically change the tone of your voice to indicate a question on...

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How to type in Thai

How to type in Thai

All computers nowadays can let you type in Thai, but computers bought outside of Thailand will need a few settings changed first. This is a pretty easy process, and how to do it is shown step-by-step below.

A Thai keyboard (i.e. a keyboard...

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What exactly does 'farang' mean in Thai?

What exactly does 'farang' mean in Thai?

Even if you can speak no other words of Thai, most European and American visitors to Thailand will quickly become familiar with the Thai word farang (often mispronounced (even by Thais) as falang - farang with a slightly trilled 'r' is...

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The confusing ways of telling the time in Thai

The confusing ways of telling the time in Thai

What time is it ?
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