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  Northern Thai language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is a Tai language, related to Thai and Lao.
Northern Thai has approximately six million speakers, most of whom live in Thailand, with a few thousand in Laos.
Most linguists consider Northern Thai to be more closely related to Thai and the other Chiang Saeng languages than to Lao and the Lao-Phutai languages, but the distinction is never easy to make, as the languages form a continuum with few sharp dividing lines.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Northern_Thai_language   (248 words)

 THAI LANGUAGE FACTS AND INFORMATION   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Thai language (ภาษาไทย, ''phasa thai'', meaning "the language of Thais"), is the national and official language of Thailand and the mother_tongue of the Thai people, Thailand's dominant ethnic group.
Thai is a member of the Tai group of the Tai-Kadai language_family.
Isan (Northeastern Thai), the language of the Isan region of Thailand, is considered by some to be a dialect of the Lao_language, which it closely resembles.
www.redabacus.com /Thai_language   (1550 words)

 A Profile of the Thai Language
Thai (Siamese) is the official language of the Kingdom of Thailand.
Official or Standard Thai is based on the idealized speech of the educated elite of Bangkok and large portions of the Central Plain.
Thai is noted as a "pro-drop" language, both as a means of avoiding decisions about what pronoun to use and because the referent is understood from context, especially in face-to-face conversation.
www.seasite.niu.edu /thai/LLF/profile.htm   (1938 words)

 Travel to Thailand: Thai Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
There are four main Thai languages spoken in Thailand; Central Thai, Southern Thai, Northeastern Thai (the same language is used in Laos) and Northern Thai.
The language refered to as Standard Thai is close to Central Thai.
Thai is a very complicated language to learn with a unique alphabet to make it even more difficult.
www.magicaljourneys.com /Thailand/thailand-interest-language.html   (176 words)

 Thailand Forum > Thai Language
Thai and Lao both belong to the greater Tai group of languages so to say that Lao is completely different from Thai is not entirely true.
Central Thai is the language used in education all over Thailand, the language the script is based on, and also the TV language.
The difference from Central Thai is probably related to the fact that ค ช ท พ are not aspirated in Northern Thai (except in the combinations คร and พร, from which the ร is dropped in speech).
www.thaivisa.com /forum/lofiversion/index.php?t22579.html   (3466 words)

 Thai_language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Thai is part of the Tai languages group of the Tai-Kadai language family.
Khorat Thai is spoken by about 400,000 (1984) in Nakhon Ratchasima; it occupies a linguistic position somewhere between Central Thai and Isan, and may be considered a dialect of either.
Isan (Northeastern Thai), the language of the Isan region of Thailand, is considered by some to be a dialect of the Lao language, which it closely resembles.
www.freecaviar.com /search.php?title=Thai_language   (1588 words)

 2005 Population Figures for Lampang, Thailand   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Languages: Thai, English (secondary language of the elite), ethnic and regional...
...in the northern provinces of Lampang, Chiangmai and...
The Mon language is a distant relative of the Khamer...
travel.synabu.com /cities/L/Lampang,_Thailand.html   (360 words)

 PaiboonPublishing.com - Origins of Thai language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Thai (Siamese, Central Thai) belongs to the Tai language family, a subgroup of the Kadai or Kam-Tai family.
During the Ayutthaya period, Thai began to acquire other characteristics that have led the Thai to regard their language as highly complex and stratified, difficult to acquire even for the very educated.
It is the language taught and used in the schools, the same language used by the media and in government affairs.
www.paiboonpublishing.com /misc/origin.html   (1148 words)

 About Thai language
While the presents of some type of suprasegmental contrasts is considered conclusive at this early stage of the language, the phonetic nature of these contrasts still remains a matter of speculation.
During the Ayutthaya period, Thai began to acquire other characteristics that have let the Thai to regard their language as highly complex and stratified, difficult to acquire even for the very educated.
It is language taught and used in the schools, the ones used by the media and the one used for government affairs.
thaiarc.tu.ac.th /thai/thai.htm   (1149 words)

 Thai language --¬† Encyclop√¶dia Britannica
Because the word Thai has been designated as the official name of the language of Thailand, it would be confusing to use it for the various other languages of the family as well.
Mon-Khmer language spoken by most of the population of Cambodia, where it is the official language, and by some 1.3 million people in southeastern Thailand, and also by more than a million people in southern Vietnam.
Thailand's official language is the dialect of the Thai language spoken...
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9071900?tocId=9071900   (834 words)

 Isan language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Isan nation agency iso1 iso2 tai sil TTS Isan (or Isaan or Esarn) is the language of the Isan region of Thailand.
It is a tonal language of the Tai languages, and is closely related to Lao language, but has also been much influenced by Thai language: the three are substantially mutually comprehensible.
The other main differences from Thai are: the pronunciation of ass rather than ch, the common palatalisation of, and the absence of consonant clusters (where a consonant cluster occurs in Thai, the equivalent word in Isan retains only the first consonant).
read-and-go.hopto.org /Tai-Kadai-languages/Isan-language.html   (424 words)

 Encyclopedia: Northern Thai language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Lannathai (often short Lanna, English One Million Thai Rice Fields, Thai ล้านนาไทย) was a kingdom in the north of Thailand around the city of Chiang Mai.
The Tai languages are a subgroup of the Tai Kadai language family.
See also: Thai Yuan The Thai Yuan are a people of Northern Thailand, the former Thai kingdom of Lannathai.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Northern-Thai-language   (368 words)

 AllRefer.com - Thailand - The Thai and Other Tai-Speaking Peoples | Thai Information Resource
The core Thai--the Central Thai, the Northeastern Thai (Thai-Lao), the Northern Thai, and the Southern Thai--spoke dialects of one of the languages of the Tai language family.
Although the Thai Royal Academy was the final arbiter of new words added to the language, post-World War II Thai has been influenced heavily by American English, especially in the area of science and technology.
Increasingly, Central Thai was spoken with varied fluency all over the country as the education system reached larger numbers of children (see Education and the Arts, this ch.).
reference.allrefer.com /country-guide-study/thailand/thailand53.html   (1791 words)

The Thai alphabet itself, which some students may wish to learn before tackling reading connected text, is presented on a separate set of pages of "language" details, beginning with the consonants, then the vowels, and finally tone marks and numerals.
A photo at the top of the language page can be enlarged on-screen to reveal the inside view of a typical Thai elementary schoolroom with photos of the King and Queen and charts used to teach the alphabet.
For both the student of the Thai language and those who want to read translated works of literature that reflect modern life, short stories centering on the theme of urban experience have been selected from the writings of a gifted male writer, Wanich Jarungittanand, and an equally talented female author, Sri Dao Ruang.
www.seasite.niu.edu /Thai/guide.htm   (1528 words)

 Eating Info > Northern Thai Food
At a Kantoke Dinner the guests sit round a circular, raised tray on which are placed dishes of special Northern Thai food such as prik num and prik ong, both spicy dips, naem and sai-ua, peculiar kinds of sausage, kap mu, crackly pork skin, vegetables and so on.
Pretty girls in Northern Thai dress serve you and spectacular Northern Thai and hilltribe dances are performed.
There are, too, northern dishes that originated in Burma such as the tasty noodle curry, eaten for lunch, called kao soi.
www.chiangmainews.com /dining/thaifood.php   (248 words)

 Northern Thai Landscape
The paddy fields of the lowlands are immensely fertile, fed with nutrients by the erosion of topsoil from the nearby hills, and producing two or three rice crops a year.
At higher altitudes, where the rainfall is greater and the temperature lower, the size, density and lushness of the forest increases, culminating in cloud forest above 2000 metres, where the trees are covered in a thick flora of epiphytic mosses, ferns and creepers.
The vast majority of these hill peoples are not Thai, but belong to a variety of different hilltribes, each with its own customs, language and costume.
www.track-of-the-tiger.com /html/nt_landscape.html   (380 words)

 Overview of the Thai Language to Help You Learn Thai   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Thai, which is sometimes referred to as Siamese, is part of the Tai language family.
Thai is a tonal language, which means that the same word can convey different meanings depending on the tone with which it is pronounced.
As a tonal language, Thai is devoid of inflection (such as the rising voice an English speaker might use to show that he is asking a question).
www.transparent.com /languagepages/thai/overview.htm   (609 words)

 Phrasebase - Thai Language Facts And Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Countries where spoken: THAI: 20,000,000 to 25,000,000 in Thailand (1990 A. Diller), including 400,000 Khorat (1984), 4,704,000 mother tongue Thai speakers who are ethnic Chinese, or 80% of the Chinese (1984).
THAI, SIGN: The first deaf school was established in 1951, with influence from Gallaudet University in the USA.
The sign language used in the classroom and that by deaf adults outside is different.
www.phrasebase.com /languages/index.php?cat=222   (636 words)

 Thai language
One aspect of the Thai language which makes it quite unique and difficult to master by Thais and foreigners alike, is the remarkable diversity in words which mean exactly the same thing.
The Thai speaker must choose from this variety and must know which one to use for correctness and to avoid social blunder.
The earliest recorded word for "I" in Thai is "ku" which appears in the inscription of King Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai, said to be the oldest evidence of Thai writing.
asiarecipe.com /thalanguage.html   (626 words)

 A Northern Thai Primer -- ThingsAsian Article
They are speaking what is called northern dialect, or kham muang, some of whose peculiarities overlap with those of the Lao language and the dialect of Thailand's northeast, Isan.
The Thai word rai, which appears in the famous Thai phrase mai bpen rai (or "never mind"), becomes yahng(r) in northern Thai.
Happily, the male first-person pronoun is ai(f) in northern Thai.
www.thingsasian.com /goto_article/article.2533.html   (826 words)

 Thai Translation - Translate Thai Language
LeoSam Translations's Thai translation teams are professional linguists performing translation from English to Thai and Thai to English for a variety of documents in various industries including:
The dialect of the Isan region of Thailand is sometimes considered a dialect of the Laotian language, which it closely resembles.
The Thai Royal Institute [http://www.royin.go.th/] publishes a set of rules for transliterating English words into the Thai alphabet, but these rules are not intended to be used in reverse.
www.translation-services-usa.com /languages/thai.shtml   (454 words)

 thai language courses thailand, thai language courses thailand information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
ITTA/ FSI Thai Language Courses: Volumne 1 & 2, The Thai Basic Course teaches the national spoken language in the dialect of educated speakers of Bangkok and Central Thailand.
And, with the exception of the Thai language courses, the curriculum is delivered in English...
T he Thai Language Program is part of a much broader range of courses focusing on Southeast Asia in general and (at times) Thailand in particular that are offered in Asian Studies.
activelanguageprograms.com /b/thailanguagecoursesthailand   (1167 words)

 Learn How To Speak - Thai
The Thai Basic Course teaches the national spoken language in the dialect of educated speakers of Bangkok and Central Thailand.
Most Thais don't expect a foreigner to be able to speak any of their language, and are often visibly surprised if you can string a few sentences together.
The Thai language has its own alphabet, which ultimately goes back to a script of S India and which was adopted in the 13th cent.
www.learn-how-to-speak-thai.com   (962 words)

 LinseLA's Learn Thai Language on your own   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Thai Keyboard Switcher - (downloads a 16K ZIP file) Works with either Win 3.1 or Win95, this utility allows you to "switch" between typing Thai or ASCII (English or "roman" text) I have a brief READ.ME to tell how to install it.
Thai Language Audio Resource Center - as the name implies, plus many summaries and general information including an good Thai language overview.
The Basic Concepts of the Thai Language is a bit acedemic, but may be interesting to advanced Thai learners..
linse.org /lynn/lrnthai.htm   (1989 words)

 Thai language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
For Thai language phrase segmenting the frequency dictionary of Thai words is used.
LINGUISTIC SKETCH Thai is a language which is devoid of inflection; some refer to this type of language as "isolating," that is a situation where grammatical
The Thai language is also tonal, and the tones serve to distinguish meanings of words otherwise pronounced alike.
supersearching.com /k/thai-language.html   (878 words)

 University thai language courses, University thai language courses information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Welcome to Thai Language Courses at Arizona State University Take THAI to fulfill your foreign language requirements.
The students study a combination of intensive Thai language, approved Thai University courses in language/literature and a discipline, together with preparation for a study project to be completed...
in Thai language and cultural studies taught in English or intensive Thai language courses.
activelanguageprograms.com /b/Universitythailanguagecourses   (853 words)

 Thai Language - Learn to Speak Thai
However, the Thai people you encounter will be impressed for sure if you try and use a little Thai with them.
Before you start, I need to warn you that Thai is a tonal language so unless you "sing" the word in exactly the right way you probably won't be understood.
If you are serious about learning Thai then please take the time to learn to Read Thai.
www.learningthai.com /speak_thai.html   (162 words)

 Boston Language Institute: Thai teachers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
In addition to teaching the Thai language, she also teaches culture and business practices and, most recently, designed and taught a three-month immersion program for an American executive and his family.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Library Science, French and English from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand; a Master of Arts in English as a Foreign Language from the University of Northern Iowa (where she was a Fulbright Scholar) and a Master of Library Science from the University of Rhode Island.
In addition to teaching Thai at the Institute, she has taught a course on "Asian Women in America" at UMass Boston since 1994.
www.boslang.com /fl/thaiteach.htm   (140 words)

 Learning Thai language online - Thai language dialects   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The dialect situation--that is, what is properly a variant of Standard Thai or a separate language--has not been settled.
Others group Northern Thai (Lanna), Northeastern Thai (Isan), and Southern Thai as variants or regional dialects of Standard Thai.
A terminological problem also exists: Isan, which is closely related to Lao and spoken in northeastern Thailand, is also called Northeastern Thai; Lanna which is spoken by the Khon Muang people in the northern provinces of Thailand is also called Northern Thai; Lao, which is spoken in Laos is also called Eastern Thai.
www.thai-language-online.com /introduction/dialects.shtml   (133 words)

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