Thai language

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ภาษาไทย phasa thai
Native to Thailand
Native speakers
60-65 million
Official status
Official language in
Recognised minority
language in
Regulated byThe Royal Institute
Language codes
ISO 639-1th
ISO 639-2tha
ISO 639-3tha

The Thai language is the national and official language of Thailand. It is the first language of the Thai people, Thailand's main ethnic group. Thai is closely related to the Lao language. In fact, some dialects of Thai and Lao are mutually intelligible, meaning that speakers of one language can talk with and understand speakers of the other language without knowing the other's language.

Sounds[change | change source]

Thai is a tone language, like Chinese.

Writing System[change | change source]

The Thai alphabet has 44 consonants: ก ข ฃ ค ฅ ฆ ง จ ฉ ช ซ ฌ ญ ฎ ฏ ฐ ฑ ฒ ณ ด ต ถ ท ธ น บ ป ผ ฝ พ ฟ ภ ม ย ร ล ว ศ ษ ส ห ฬ อ ฮ

The alphabet has Thai numbers:

  • ๑ 1
  • ๒ 2
  • ๓ 3
  • ๔ 4
  • ๕ 5
  • ๖ 6
  • ๗ 7
  • ๘ 8
  • ๙ 9
  • ๐ 0

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