AUA Learning Thai

AUA – Day 2

Our lesson on the 2nd day started by practice greetings and question and answers using “?à-rai”. After that, we learned about the basic things we should know for the rest of the term.

We learned about:

The teacher explained how to produce each sound. The explanation is similar to the sites that I link above. I’ll write a few notes from my class:

Initial sounds from consonants

There are 4 groups of initial sounds, based on how you pronounce it and associated with words we learned before:

  1. the sounds produced to outside the mouth: h as in phŏm, ph as in phûut, th as in thay, kh as in khun, ch as in chûu
  2. the sounds produced to inside the mouth: ? (standalone: eh, in word: silent) as in ?à-rai, p/bp as in pen , t/dt as in Sà-wàt dii , k as in naamsakun, c/j as in caak
  3. the sounds produced go deep to the stomach: m as in maa, b as in sà–baay
  4. , d as in dii, y, s as in sà-baay, n, r, l, w, f

  5. the sounds produced up to the nose: ŋ (from ng) as in muaŋ


For the complete vowels, please go to this site (you even can hear the sample sound).
Special note :

  • u, try to say u with a smile
  • É” , as in caught or court , like saying o with open mouth wider
  • É›, as in cat, like saying e with mouth open wider
  • ǝ, try to say o with a smile


I didn’t have special notes on this part, just visit the link above 🙂


This is the hardest part of learning Thai (at least for me). There are only 5 tones and if you say the word correctly but without the correct tone, then Thai people won’t understand. I don’t know how to write the explanation without giving the sound example. I’ll just write the five tone in Thai language :

  • Mid Tone : the voice is flat around your adam apple (example : maa – come )
  • Low Tone : the voice is under your adam apple (example : mài – new )
  • Falling Tone : the voice is from above adam apple and drop to below adam apple (example : mâi – no )
  • High Tone: the voice is above your adam apple, and drop a little bit but still above your adam apple (example : mái – silk )
  • Rising Tone : the voice start from below adam apple go up above adam apple(example : mÇŽi – wood )

Daily Expressions

  • Thank you: kh̀ɔɔp khun kh
  • Sorry : kh̀ɔɔthôot kh
  • Nevermind : mây pen ray kh
  • I dont understand:♀/♂ mây khâwcay kh
  • please say it again: phûut ?ìik thii kh
  • please speak slowly: phûut cháa cháa kh
  • I can speak Thai a little bit : ♀/♂ phûut phaasÇŽathay dây nítnɔɔy kh
  • no, thank you: mây aw kh. kh̀ɔɔp khun kh
  • see you again: phópkan mày kh

Before the class ended, the teacher gave us another homework to practice the 5 tones at home.

By risna

a housewife who recently learns to knit and crochet, lives in Chiang Mai since 2007, so must learn Thai Language, and had some part time job to do documentation with LaTeX and welcoming for a new family member at the end of 2010

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