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Thai Alphabet – Consonants Pronunciation Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Beginner

The Thai alphabet isn’t even an alphabet; rather, it’s an abugida. In this writing system, each unit is based on a consonant, while the vowel notation is secondary. We probably wouldn’t get much hits on Google if we titled this article “Thai Abugida,” though, so we’re sticking with words that we know. There are 44 consonants in the Thai “alphabet,” and each one is associated with a word that either begins with or uses that consonant. We’ll have a more in-depth article about the consonants and vowels of the Thai alphabet next month, but for now follow along with this video that teaches the 44 consonants from a native speaker. The Royal Thai General System for Transcription (RTGS) is used for the Romanization¬† of the Thai script, but as you may notice this is not the best system. There are a variety of systems in use, so it’s best for you to find one that suits you. Even better, just learn the Thai symbols and learn to associate the sounds with them!

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Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.