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Long and short soundsLong and short sounds in Thai

Sa wad dii ka 🙂 In this online Thai lesson I would like to teach you about Thai pronunciation. In the Thai language, not only the tones are important but also the vowels. If you pronounce in the same tone but different vowels, the meaning can be changed as well.

Here are some interesting words to help you practice your pronunciation.

Short Sounds                                     Long Sounds

ไอ /ai/   =  to cough                         อาย /aai/  =  to be shy

Ex. เขาไอมาก /kǎo ai mâak/          = He has a bad cough.

เขาอายมาก /kǎo aai mâak/             = He is very shy.

จน /jon/ = to be poor                      โจร /joon/ = thief

Ex. ที่นี่จนมาก  /tîi nîi jon mâak/     = Here is very poor.

ที่นี่โจรมาก  /tîi nîi joon mâak/         = There are many thieves here.

ใส่ /sài/ = to wear, to put in            ส่าย /sàai/  = to shake

เอากาแฟแต่ไม่ต้องใส่นมครับ  /ao gaa-fɛɛ dtɛ̀ɛ mâi dtɔ̂ɔng sài nom kráp/   =  I want coffee but don’t have to put milk in. (I want coffee without milk)

เอากาแฟแต่ไม่ต้องส่ายนมครับ  /ao gaa-fɛɛ dtɛ̀ɛ mâi dtɔ̂ɔng sàai nom kráp/  =  I want coffee but don’t have to shake your breast. (Oops! be careful with this!)

Notice: The word นม /nom/ in Thai can be “milk” or “breast”

เกา /gao/ = to scratch                       กาว /gaao/    = glue (n.) 

Ex. เราเกาตา /rao gao dtaa/ = We scratched our eyes.

เรากาวตา /rao gaao dtaa/ = We glue (n.) our eyes. (This sentence does not make sense.)

ไห /hǎi/  = jar                                     หาย /hǎai/ = lose, lost (something)

Ex. นี่ไหของเรา /nîi hǎi kͻ̌ͻng-rao/ = This is our jar.

นี่หายของเรา /nîi hǎai kͻ̌ͻng-rao/ = This loses our. (broken Thai)

ไข /kǎi/   = to wind                           ขาย /kǎai/= to sell

Ex. เราไขกุญแจ / rao kǎi gun-jԑԑ/ = We wind the key.

เราขายกุญแจ / rao kǎai gun-jԑԑ/ = We sell some keys.

ใน /nai/   = in                                      นาย /naai/ = Mister

Ex. เขาหาของในห้อง /káo hǎa kͻ̌ͻng nai hͻ̂ͻng/ = He looks for his thing in a room.

เขาหาของนายห้อง /káo hǎa kͻ̌ͻng naai hͻ̂ͻng/ = He looks for the things of mister Hong.


Hope this helps you enjoy learning Thai and understand Thai more and speak Thai clearly.

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