Stop Final Letters and Sonorant Final Letters
In Thai language, another thing that plays an important role in reading and writing is ‘final letters’ because they decide the sounds of the syllables and words. When I teach Thai language students who are expatriates living in Bangkok at my Thai Language School I normally focus on the final sounds/final letters because my expat students find it difficult to pronounce the final sounds in Thai language.
Final letters mainly have 8 sounds which are basically categorized into 2 groups
· Stop final letters are -ก, -บ, -ด
· Sonorant final letters are -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 Thai language. You will just need one more thing to go …… Tone Markers!
Thai Language Teacher