Pronunciation – Thai Low Consonants – Set 2

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There are Twenty-four Low consonants in Thai. Some are less common than others but all are used in some words. In a few cases the letters are common in place names and Thai names and nicknames. It is common to learn Low consonants in sets (we choose to do 3 sets of 8 consonants, in alphabetical order), and to start the Low consonants after the first set of 7 common Mid consonants.

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Pronunciation Practice – Thai Low Consonants – Set 1

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There are Twenty-four Low consonants in Thai. Some are less common than others but all are used in some words. In a few cases the letters are common in place names and Thai names and nicknames. It is common to learn Low consonants in sets (we choose to do 3 sets of 8 consonants, in alphabetical order), and to start the Low consonants after the first set of 7 common Mid consonants.

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Pronunciation Practice – First Set of Mid-Consonants

The First Set of Consonants to Learn

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It is common to begin learning the Thai consonants in groups rather than in a linear fashion. The first set of consonants learned is generally the common mid-consonants. Seven of the nine Mid-Consonants are common, while two are uncommon and rarely used. Those are left for later. The idea is to learn consonants which can be built upon in terms of using vowels and creating words.

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ก. ไก่ – The first letter of the Thai alphabet

Sound

gau gai - english side ก has the sound of .g. as golf, gun, guide in English when it is an initial consonant. กา crow (gaa), กิน to eat (gin), ไก่ chicken (gai). Note: The word “koh” that is the official name for island then misleads the foreign speaker to pronounce it wrong.

If it appears after a vowel ก will be softly pronounced as a stop “g” but not with a strong aspiration as in English. For example มาก – very (maa+soft g) รัก – to love (ra+soft g), ลูก child (loo+soft g).

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