Thai Alphabet

Thai Alphabet

If you're trying to learn the Thai Alphabet you will find some useful resources including a course about pronunciation, and sound of all letters... to help you with your Thai grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and memorize the sounds. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Thai. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

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Thai Alphabet

Learning the Thai alphabet is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. Without it, you will not be able to say words properly even if you know how to write those words. The better you pronounce a letter in a word, the more understood you will be in speaking the Thai language.

Below is a table showing the Thai alphabet and how it is pronounced in English, and finally examples of how those letters would sound if you place them in a word.

Thai AlphabetEnglish SoundPronunciation Example
Consonants

kas in ko kai (chicken)

khas in kho khai (egg)

khas in kho khuat (bottle) [obsolete]

khas in kho khwai (water buffalo)

khas in kho khon (person) [obsolete]

khas in kho ra-khang (bell)

ngas in ngo ngu (snake)

chas in cho chan (plate)

chas in cho ching (cymbals)

chas in cho chang (elephant)

sas in so so (chain)

chas in cho choe (tree)

yas in yo ying (woman)

das in do cha-da (headdress)

tas in to pa-tak (goad, javelin)

thas in tho than (base)

thas in tho montho (Mandodari, character from Ramayana)

thas in tho phu-thao (elder)

nas in no nen (samanera)

das in do dek (child)

tas in to tao (turtle)

thas in tho thung (sack)

thas in tho thahan (soldier)

thas in tho thong (flag)

nas in no nu (mouse)

bas in bo baimai (leaf)

pas in po pla (fish)

phas in pho phueng (bee)

fas in fo fa (lid)

phas in pho phan (tray)

fas in fo fan (teeth)

phas in pho sam-phao (sailboat)

mas in mo ma (horse)

yas in yo yak (giant)

ras in ro ruea (boat)

las in lo ling (monkey)

was in wo waen (ring)

sas in so sala (pavilion)

sas in so rue-si (hermit)

sas in so suea (tiger)

has in ho hip (chest)

las in lo chu-la (kite)

*as in o ang (basin)

has in ho nok-huk (owl)

Vowels

au as in in nut

– –

ooa as in in boat

–รร

anun as in in tun

–รร–

au as in in nut

–รรม

amum as in in hum

–ว–

uaewe as in in newer

–วย

uaiuoy as in in buoy

–อ

oaw as in in saw

–็อ–

oo as in in not

–อย

oioy as in in boy

–ะ

au as in in nut

–ั –

au as in in nut

–ัย

aii as in in hi

–ัว

uaewe as in in newer

–ัวะ

uaewe as in in sewer

–า

aa as in in father

–าย

aiye as in in bye

–าว

aoow as in in now

–ำ

amum as in in sum

–ิ

iy as in in greedy

–ิว

ioew as in in new

–ี

iee as in in see

–ึ

ueu as in French du (short)

–ื

ueu as in French dur (long)

–ุ

uoo as in in look

–ู

uoo as in in too

เ–

ea as in in lame

เ–็ –

ee as in in neck

เ–ะ

ee as in in neck

เ–ย

oeiu as in in burn + y as in in boy

เ–อ

oeu as in in burn

เ–อะ

oee as in in the

เ–ิ –

oee as in in the

เ–ว

eoai + ow as in in rainbow

เ–า

aoow as in in cow

เ–าะ

oo as in in not

เ–ีย

iaea as in in ear

เ–ียะ

iaea as in in ear with glottal stop

เ–ียว

iaoio as in in trio

เ–ือ

ueaure as in in pure

เ–ือะ

ueaure as in in pure

แ–

aea as in in ham

แ–ะ

aea as in in at

แ–็ –

aea as in in at

แ–ว

aeoa as in in ham + ow as in in low

โ–

oo as in in go

โ–ะ

oo as in in poke

ใ–

aii as in in I

ไ–

aii as in in I

rueri as in in Krishna

ฤๅ

rue

lueli as in in leak

Thai Pronunciation

You saw how a letter is written and might be pronounced, but there is nothing better than hearing the sound of the letters in a video or audio. Below you will be able to hear how the letters above are pronounced, just press the play button:

Thai Pronunciation

The alphabet and its pronunciation have a very important role in Thai, therefore they need very special attention. Once you're done with Thai alphabet, you might want to check the rest of our Thai lessons here: Learn Thai. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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