Thai Tones

thai thailanguage thaitone tone speak pronounceThe Thai Language is a tonal language. Each syllable within the Language has a choice between five distinct Thai Tones; middle, low, falling, high and rising. To be understood in Thai, it is essential that you master the five tones correctly. If you use the wrong tone, you might be saying a completely different word!

Tones

Middle

Low

Falling

High

Rising

Kaao

Kaao คาว
= Fishy smell

Kaào ข่าว
= News

Kaâo ข้าว
= Rice

Kaáo ค้าว
n/a

Kaăo ขาว
= white

 

Kon

Kon คน
= Person

Kòn ข่น

n/a

Kôn ข้น
=Thick/
concentrated

Kón ค้น
= To search

Kŏn ขน
= Hair/fur

 

Bpaa

Bpaa ปา
= To throw

Bpaà ป่า
= Forest

Bpaâ ป้า
= Aunt

Bpaá ป๊า
= Dad (Chinese)

Bpaă ป๋า
= Sugar daddy

 

Sueh

Sueh เซือ
n/a

Suèh เสื่อ
= Mat

Suêh เสื้อ
= Shirt

Suéh เซื้อ
n/a

Suěh เสือ
= Tiger