Different fonts of Thai Script
Learn Thai Alphabet
Many expat students at our Thai Language School find it difficult to recognize the Thai Alphabet Characters in
the magazines, newspapers, advertisement and even someone’s handwriting. As a Thai Language Teacher I hope I can help you with this. The easy way to help you to recognize those Thai characters from other media and to understand the concepts of Thai Alphabet shapes. If you notice the shape of each Thai letter you will see the standard form of Thai letters which are the curve, the line and the circle.
Let’s take a look at these Thai letters
ต this is ‘dtor-dtao’ the tortoise. If you take a closer look at it ต
you will see it starts with a circle then slash then vertical line then two curves and end with vertical line. If you understand and know how the ต is made you will be able to identify ตin different fonts.
ตตตต ‘dtor-dtao’ in different styles
**Please note that sometimes the circle will just be changed to a beak and the line might be a little curvy.
ก this is ‘gor-gai’ the chicken. If you have a closer look at it ก
You will see it starts with the vertical line then a little back slash then a curve and end with a vertical line
กกกก ‘gor-gai’ in different styles
**Please note that sometimes the part of the ก ‘gor-gai’ that looks like a beak might disappear. This is another style of writing
ก‘gor-gai’ for many of Thai people, which will look like an inverted ‘U’.
Let’s Practice This!
ยินดีต้อนรับ /yin dii dtͻ̂ͻn ráp/ = You’re welcome
กรุณาถอดรองเท้า /gàrúnaa tͻ̀ͻt rͻͻngtáaw/ = Please take off your shoes
กรุณา /gàrúnaa/ = please
ถอด /tͻ̀ͻt/ = take off
รองเท้า / rͻͻngtáaw/ = shoes
ห้ามถ่ายรูป /hâam tàay rûp/ = No photograph
ห้าม /hâam/ = prohibit
ถ่ายรูป /tàay rûp/ = photograph
โชคดีและปลอดภัย /chôok dii lԑ́ bplͻ̀ͻt-pai/ = Good luck and be safe
โชคดี /chôok dii/ = Good luck
และ /lԑ́/ = and
ปลอดภัย /bplͻ̀ͻt-pai/ = safe
ขอบคุณที่ใช้บริการ /kͻ̀ͻpkun tîi chái bͻͻ-rí-gaan/ = Thank you for using our service
ขอบคุณ /kͻ̀ͻpkun/ = thank you
ใช้ /chái/ = to use
บริการ /bͻͻ-rí-gaan/ = service
I hope this will help you to recognize the Thai characters when they are written in different styles.
Thai Language teacher