Thai Grammar | Thai Script “ร” usages

By March 30, 2009Thai Alphabet, Thai Script

Usages of “ร”

“ร”is one of the 44 consonants of the Thai alphabet. Many expat Thai Language students get very confused when they find the “ร” in different positions/ locations. “ร” can work as an initial sound, a final sound and also a vowel sound. As a Thai Language Teacher I find myself having to often explain this to my Thai Students. The details below will give you hints about how to use “ร” in different situations in reading and writing Thai words.

1.“ร” as an initial sound or as a consonant….it gives a “R…” sound

Examples: รัก (ร -ะก= รัก)pronounced as “rák” means “love”

 าก (ร –า ก = ราก) pronounced as “raâk” means “root”

รือ (ร + เ –ื= เรือ)pronounced as “ruerh” means “boat”

2.“ร” as a final sound or final letter… gives a “…N” sound

Examples: หา (ห-า + ร = หาร)pronounced as “haăn” means “divide”

ธา ( ธ-า + ร = ธาร) pronounced as “taan” means “water/ creek”

โจ (จ + โ –ร = โจร)pronounced as “jone” means “thief/ bandit/ robber”

3.“รร”as a vowel sound when they come together…it gives a “Ah” sound ( -ะ / – )

3.1 “รร”with a final sound or final letter comes afte… it works as vowel ‘ah’( -ะ / – )

Examples: วรร = ว + รร + ค = (วัค)pronounced as “wák” means “space/ pause in writing”

กรร = ก + รร + ณ = (กัณ)pronounced as “gan” means “ear”

ธรร = ธ + รร + ม = (ธัม)pronounced as “tam” means “dharma”

3.2“รร”without any final sounds or final letters come after it works as “-an” sound (- น)

Examples: สรร = ส + รร = (สัน)pronounced as “săn” means “select/ choose”

พรรษา = พ + รร /ษ + า = (พัน – ษา)pronounced as “pan-saă” means “year/ rainy season”

บรรเทา = บ + รร / ท + เ-า = (บัน-เทา) pronounced as “ban-tao” means “relief”

4.“ร”as when it comes after initial sound/ initial letter without any vowels between…it gives “…awn” sound(“…อน”)

Examples: = อนpronounced as “pawn”means“blessing”

= อนpronounced as “gawn”means “hand”

= อนpronounced as “săwn” means “arrow”

ละคร = ละ-คอนpronounced as “la-kawn” means “a play/ soap opera”

วานร = วา-นอนpronounced as “waa-nawn” means “monkey”

โคจร = โค-จอนpronounced as “ko-jawn”means “orbit”

I hope this will help you to understand the usage of “ร” better (^_^)

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