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Full Kee has nothing to do with the Thai language – it’s a common name for a chinese restaurant. But that name really bothers me because in Thai, ‘kee3’ means s&%t or ‘crap’. As an adult I shouldn’t be amused by this, but really, a restaurant that is full of kee?
Not too long ago I got to participate in gee1laa1 see5 กีฬาสี. What is กีฬาสี? It’s the sports day for school, or for some other group. People are divided up evenly into two teams of opposing colors, and then compete. In the west, we’d call it ‘field day’, but in the west we wouldn’t have…
In the first part of this series, I talked about how to determine the vowel when it wasn’t visible. In the second part, I talked about how vowels can change its appearance. In this third part, I will show several more vowels that change it’s appearance.
In the first part, I showed how strings of consonants can be pronounced despite not having any visibly defined vowels. I had simplified it as just four easy to remember rules.
In English, words are pronounced left to right. You pronounce the first letter of the word first, and the last letter last. But not so in Thai! Vowels are written above, below, to the left, to the right, and even surrounding the consonants. For a beginner it’s an unintuitive concept.