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Thai Tones Pronunciation Guide Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Beginner, Videos

The five tones of Thai are intimidating, but learning them is a vital part of picking up the language. There’s tons of information out there about the tones, so I won’t bore you with a lengthy article. Instead, here’s a short video with three examples for each of the five tones. Listen and repeat at home, and you’ll be on your way to understanding the Thai tones.

mid :  1. chaa   ชา

           2. dern   เดิน

           3. bpai    ไป

low : 1. nʉ̀ay   เหนื่อย

          2. pìt       ผิด

          3. hào     เห่า

falling : 1.mâak  มาก

            2. pɔ̂ɔ       พ่อ

            3. mɛ̂ɛ      แม่

high : 1. rɔ́ɔn   ร้อน

           2. cháa   ช้า

           3. sʉ́ʉ     ซื้อ

rising : 1. hǐw       หิว

             2. nǎaw   หนาว

             3. mǎa    หมา

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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.