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  Thai Culture Holidays -THAI LANGUAGE-
Chiang Mai Thai Language Center, recommended by "Lonely Planet" since the year 1996, is one of our major presentations of Thai culture for you.
Petchara Meesook, the former trainer of Thai language and Thai culture for the U.S. Peace Corps in Thailand.
Our aim is to introduce Thai language to all foreigners whether a tourist or resident in Chiang Mai.
www.thaicultureholidays.com /language.htm   (0 words)

  Thai Language at SAIS
Thai is a member of the Tai family of languages which are dispersed over a wide area of Asia from northern Vietnam to northern India.
Distinct dialects are spoken in the north, the northeast and the south of the country, but the language of the Central Region is regarded as the standard and is used both in schools and for official purposes throughout the country.
Thai is written in an alphabetic script that was ultimately derived from South India; words are not separated as in western languages, and vowels, like those in many Indian and South East Asian scripts, sometimes appear above a consonant, below it, in front of it, or even surrounding it on three sides.
www.sais-jhu.edu /programs/asia/sea/sea_languages/language_thai.html   (374 words)

 The Thai Language
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.
Thai, like Chinese and Vietnamese, is a tonal language meaning that the same word can have a completely different meaning depending on it is pronounced.
Luckily most Thais realize how difficult it is for foreigners to speak their language, and are generally quite tolerant of any mistakes - which is just as well really.
www.into-asia.com /thai_language   (522 words)

 M a h i d o l   U n i v e r s i t y  - - - -
The official national language, spoken by almost 100 per cent of the population, is Thai, classified by linguists as belonging to a Chinese-Thai branch of the Sino-Tibetan family.
It is a tonal language, uninflected, and predominantly monosyllabic.
Today, standard Thai is spoken nationwide with regional dialects differing widely from north to south and east to west.
www.mahidol.ac.th /thailand/language.html   (910 words)

 Thai language, alphabet and pronunciation
The Thai alphabet was probably derived from, or at least influenced by, the Old Khmer alphabet.
Thai is a tonal language with 5 tones.
The tone of a syllable is determined by a combination of the class of consonant, the type of syllable (open or closed), the tone marker and the length of the vowel.
www.omniglot.com /writing/thai.htm   (445 words)

 simply-thai.com-Thai Language and Alphabet
Thai history supports this evidence, as cone-shaped stone blocks made of powdered sandstone, with dimensions of 1.11cm High x 35 cm deep x 35 cm thick, dated from AD 1292 were found by King Rama IV of the
Thai is a tonal language with 5 tones.
The tone of a syllable is determined by a combination of the class of consonant, the type of syllable (open or closed), the tone marker and the length of the vowel.
www.simply-thai.com /Thailand_page_Thai_Alphabet.htm   (0 words)

 Thai Language
Usually a transliteration of the Thai word is used but sometimes I have listed the English translation and not the Thai word when I think it is not necessary.
It is not the Thai way to lose your cool so if anyone sees a friend beginning to get angry and emotional they will urge them to "jai yen yen".
For example: 15 in English is fifteen, but in Thai it is sib ha (ten five or one block of ten and five).
www.thaistudents.com /project/language.html   (0 words)

 The Thai language: A basic overview.
Worse, entirely too many Thai consonants resemble either snakes or squiggly-tailed pigs as viewed from behind, so merely noticing that "this is the letter that looks like a squiggly-tailed pig" will not help you read Thai.
And one other thing: Thai offers ten ways to say "you", depending on whether you’re speaking to a friend or a lover, a family member, someone higher or lower than you on the social hierarchy, and so on.
Thai has none of that hard-to-remember masculine-feminine stuff for inanimate objects, no past or future tenses of verbs, not even plurals.
www.gay-thailand.net /language.htm   (899 words)

  Thai language Thai language phrases Learn Thai
Thai has 44 consonants and 32 vowels and diphthongs.
Thai has five tones: mid, low, falling, rising and high, which with practice basic words and phrases are relatively easy to master.
Translations from Thai script to roman are sometimes confusing.
www.thailand-huahin.com /thai-language.htm   (158 words)

  Introduction to the Thai Language
The Thai migrated into the Indo-Chinese peninsula from their own home in China sometime in 400 B.C. after migrating into Indo-China, the Thai were within the empire of the Mon, which was the governing race in the area, roughly from the 5th century A.D. onward.
It is stated in Thai history that King Si Intharathit of Sukhothai city freed Thailand from the Khmer and established Sukhothai as the capital of Thailand in 1257 A.D. from that time on the Thai became the dominat force in central Thailand.
Languages are living entities, not sets of mathematical formulae; primarily, they don't serve the purpose of being correct but of being understood.
www.thaioregon.com /thailanguage.htm   (2394 words)

  Thai language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Thai is a member of the Tai 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 on a dialect continuum, and may be considered a variant or 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 very closely resembles (although it is written in the Thai alphabet).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Thai_language   (1819 words)

 AllRefer.com - Thai language (Language And Linguistics) - Encyclopedia
Thai language[tI] Pronunciation Key, formerly Siamese, member of the Tai or Thai subfamily of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages (see Sino-Tibetan languages).
The Thai language is also tonal, and the tones serve to distinguish meanings of words otherwise pronounced alike.
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.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/T/Thailang.html   (302 words)

 Thai Language
Thai is one of the oldest languages in East and South-East Asia.
It is a monosyllabic language which uses five tones (high, mid, low, rising, and falling tone) to alter the meaning of a single syllable.
Thai is a tonal language, so that a given syllable can have different meanings depending on the inflection with which it is pronounced.
webzone.k3.mah.se /k98ad7rp/thailanguage.html   (411 words)

 Northern Thai language: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Lanna (english one million thai rice fields, thai) was a kingdom in the north of thailand around the city of chiang...
The tai languages are a subgroup of the tai kadai language family....
The burmese language (, or bama sa) is the official language of myanmar (formerly known as burma)....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/n/no/northern_thai_language.htm   (446 words)

 Thai language at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Thai language is part of the Tai/Daic language family, whose origin is uncertain but which is sometimes linked to the Austroasiatic, the Austronesian or Sino-Tibetan language families.
Thai is the official language of Thailand, and of no other country.
The dialect of the Isan region of Thailand is sometimes considered a dialect of the Laotian language, which it closely resembles.
www.wiki.tatet.com /Thai_language.html   (1037 words)

Thai (also known as Siamese) is a member of the Southwestern branch of the Tai-Kadai language family.
Thai is an analytic language which means that it does not use inflections to represent grammatical relations, such as case, gender, number or tense.
Thai is considered to be a Category II language in terms of difficulty for speakers of English.
www.nvtc.gov /lotw/months/may/Thai.html   (1450 words)

 Thai language: General Facts
However, if you want to speak Thai well you should learn the tones, and some words definitely need their tones to be understood, such as “five” (ha) which has a falling tone and “pork” (moo) which needs a rising tone.
Thai words may have extra letters at the end that are not pronounced.
Using polite forms of language in Thai shouldn’t be thought of as demeaning to the speaker.
www.thailao.net /thaifact.htm   (834 words)

 Thai Language
Thai is one of the oldest languages in East and South-East Asia.
Early Thai settlers in the late Dvaravati period gradually enlarged their own Chinese-influenced, tonal, monosyllabic language by borrowing and adapting certain Mon and Khmer words.
In Thai the meaning of single syllable may be alter in five different tones (in standard central Thai) : normal or middle tone, low tone, high tone, and falling tone.
www.thailandcentral.com /Elang.html   (564 words)

 A Profile of the Thai Language
Thai (Siamese) is the official language of the Kingdom of Thailand.
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.
As explained earlier, Thai is a pro-drop language, and only the skilled student or native speaker is able to figure out from the topic and context who the centers of action and focus are with any degree of certainty.
www.seasite.niu.edu /thai/LLF/profile.htm   (1938 words)

 Learning Thai Language | Speak Thai | Learn Thai
Linguistically speaking, the Thai language is related to the languages spoken in Northern Vietnam, Eastern Burma, Laos, and Yunnan.
In Thai, grammar is considerably simpler than grammar in Western languages, and for most students, this makes up for the additional difficulty of tones.
Language schools, large and small where you can learn Thai can be seen at almost every corners of major cities in Thailand, especially Bangkok.
www.alphasoft.cc /thai_v2/thai-language.htm   (716 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 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.
As the language developed, word forms began to reflect the social hierarchy of the period.
asiarecipe.com /thailanguage.html   (621 words)

 Thailander.com - Thai Language - English Version   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Thai Language, Pasah Thai, has its roots going back to the hills of Southern China from where the the Thais originated but are overlaid by Indian influences.
There are distinct dialects of Thai spoken in the North, Northeast and south, but its the language of the Central Region and Bangkok which is used throughout the country as the medium for education and mass media.
In tonal languages the meaning of a syllable is determined by the pitch at which it is pronounced.
www.thailander.com /aboutthailand/language/index.html   (301 words)

 ITTA/ FSI Basic Thai Language Course, Volumne 1 and 2   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Yates and Absorn Tryon, Thai language instructor at FSI, are co-authors of the 40 lessons comprising the core of the course.
Thai language textual material was tape recorded in the FSI Language Laboratory under the direction of Gary Alley with technical assistance from Jose M. Ramirez and Arthur Young.
Standard Thai is the national spoken language of Thailand and is the dialect of educated speakers of Bangkok and Central Thailand.
www.thaimassage.com /itta/bookstore/fsi.html   (1857 words)

 Thai Language, Difficulties in Studying Thai Language, Courses and Classes
The Thai language is classified by linguists as belonging to a Chinese-Thai branch of the Sino-Tibetan family.
Besides standard Thai (based on the central dialect), taught at school, used in radio and TV broadcasts etc, there are regional dialects in the northern, northeastern, and southern regions.
The main difficulty is that the Thai language is tonal.
www.thaiwebsites.com /thailanguage.asp   (1234 words)

 Guest Writers - Learning Thai language at a language school - GOOD
Learning Thai is much easier than it seems, although I am not yet fluent and certainly it does take work, it is possible.
Most of us could speak a tiny amount of Thai before we started and the group structure was very good for us, although our teacher suggested that perhaps some-one with absolutely no knowledge of Thai would be better off studying 1 on 1 with a teacher to start with.
Having a bit more Thai language I was even able to help my monk friend and his Abbott teach meditation to the Australian volunteers.
www.thai-blogs.com /index.php?blog=7&title=learning_thai_language_at_a_language_sch&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1   (1263 words)

 The Thai Language
Thai is spoken by roughly 25 million people living in Thailand, where it is the official language.
According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, standard modern Thai is based on the dialect of Bangkok and the areas surrounding the city.
However, this particular form of spoken Thai does not dominate the rest of the country as a result of its use in the national media and official functions; other dialects are still quite entrenched.
www.globalisationpartners.com /Translation_Services/Thai/HTML/The_Thai_Language.html   (244 words)

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