Thai Reading Lesson: Mid-Class Consonants

by | Nov 16, 2020 | Thai Reading Lesson | 0 comments

Language Focus

In Thai when they say letters, it is not the sam eas in English. In English we would say A, B, C etc. Whereas, in Thai, they would say A apple, B boy, C Cap. It is the same when you spell a word in that. Imagine you had to spell the English word cat the same way. You would have to say C cap, A apple, T tree. You cannot just say C A T.

Therefore, each letter in thai has its own word that it is connected to, and you need to learn them both together.

Mid-Class Consonants

gor-gai
LetterSoundMeaning
gor gaiGchicken (gài)

The G sound is pronounced the same and the G sound in get in English.

jor-jan
LetterSoundMeaning
Jor jaanJplate (jaan)

The J sound is pronounced the same as J in English.

dor-dek
LetterSoundMeaning
dɔɔ dèkDchild (dèk)

The D sound is pronounced the same as D in English.

dor-chadaa
LetterSoundMeaning
dor chádaaDheaddress (chádaa)

This is the D sound as dɔɔ dèk and is pronounced the same as D in English.

This letter is not used frequently.

dtor-dtau
LetterSoundMeaning
dtor dtàuDtturtle (dtàu)

This is the Dt sound is not a sound that we have in English.

To make this sound, push your tongue flat behind your upper teeth. It will sound like something between a T and a D

dtor-Bpa-Dtak
LetterSoundMeaning
dtor bpa-dtàkDtspear (bpa-dtàk)

This Dt sound is the same as the Dt sound in dtor dtàu.

This letter is not used frequently.

bor-baimai
LetterSoundMeaning
bor baimáaiBleaf (baimáai)

This B sound is the same as the B sound in English.

Bpor-bplah
LetterSoundMeaning
bpor bplaaBfish (bplaa)

This Bp sound is a sound that we do not have in English.

To make this sound press your lips together as though you are going to say the letter P, but instead say the letter B. It should sound somewhere between a B & P.

or-aang
LetterSoundMeaning
or àaŋ(silent)sink (àaŋ)

This is a silent consonant. it is used with a vowel when you want to only say the vowel sound.