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Thai language

The Thai language, formerly known as the Siamese, is the official language of Thailand and has about 60 million speakers. Thai is a language with very simple grammar because it does not use plural, masculine / feminine and does not have any conjugation …

The biggest difficulty of this language is that it does not have a Latin alphabet and that it exists within this language, 5 different tones for its pronunciation (neutral, amount, descending, high and low).


Thai dialects

In Thailand, although Thai is the official language and spoken by everyone, there are many Thai dialects, the main ones being:

-The Thai Nissan

The Thai issan is from the northeastern region of Thailand (isan province). It is a dialect very close to Lao. It is also called lao-thai. It has about 6 million speakers, which represents about 10% of Thais.

-Northern Thai

Northern Thai, also called Lanna spoken by the Thai Huan, more precisely in the regions of the ancient kingdom of Lanna, ie the regions of Chang Mai and Chang Rai.

-The Pak Tai

Pak tai, which means simply Thai from the south, has about 5 million speakers. It is spoken in southern Thailand from Chumphon.


Vocabulary in Thai

HelloSawat dee
How are you?Koun sabai dee mai?
I’m fineSabai dee
What is your name?Koun cheu arai?
My name isPome cheu
How old are you?Koon ayou taoraille?
I understandKaodjai
I do not understandMai kaodjai


Thai courtesy

At the end of each sentence, you will have to add the courtesy form in Thai “Kra” or “khrap” according to your gender.
If you are a woman you will have to add “kha” and if you are a man, the politeness form “khrap”


Learn Thai in Toulouse

If you want to learn Thai in Toulouse, we recommend one of our partners, Phasa Thai, whose courses take place on the website of the French Alliance, Place du Capitole.
For any further information please do not hesitate to contact us or contact Phasa Thaï directly.

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