Learn Thai | ‘Stop Final Letters’ and ‘Sonorant Final Letters’?

By March 18, 2009Writing Thai Script

Stop Final Letters and Sonorant Final Letters

In the Thai language, the ‘final letters’ decide the sounds of the syllables and words. When I teach my Thai language students I normally focus on the final sounds/final letters because often they find it difficult to pronounce the length of final sounds in the Thai language.

Final letters mainly have 8 sounds which are basically categorized into 2 groups

·         Stop final letters are (short)  -ก,  -บ,  -ด

·         Sonorant final letters are (nasal long)  -ง,  -น, -ม, -ย, -ว

The stop final letters make dead syllables/words whereas the sonorant final letters make live syllables/words

Now you have learnt Step 3 of Thai grammar in term of reading and writing Thai words. When you combine all the steps together…1-2-3 then you are getting very close to a perfect reading and writing the Thai language. You will just need one more thing to go …… Tone Markers!

Jang
Thai Language Teacher