Language of Thailand

Thailand language is not mere a language but it is a blend of different borrowed languages. The language of Thailand is believed to have come from Chinese-Thai branch of the Sino-Tibetan family. The language of Thailand is generally tonal, uninflected and monosyllabic.

The polysyllabic words have been borrowed from Khmer, Pali or Sanskrit. The other principal languages spoken are Malay and Chinese.

English is also widely spoken and understood by a majority of people. The written language of Thailand involves 44 consonants and 32 vowels and has borrowed from Pali and Sanskrit. The unique thing about Thai language is that the same word can be pronounced in five to six different ways that include normal or middle tone, high, low, rising and falling.

The language of Thailand is one of the oldest languages in South East Asia and according to the linguists it may also pre date Chinese. The Chinese and Thai have many similarities. The Thai inscription was started by the ruler of Sukhothai Kingdom (1279-1298), King Ramkhamhaeng.
The language of Thailand is read same as English from left to right with its only similarity with the language.

Some of the English sounds such as th, v and z do not appear at all. Plurals and tenses have no place in Thai. Thais highly revere the courteous and conservative behaviour and proper manner of dressing.

There are different pronouns used for the pronounI on Thai language for male and female speakers. In formal communication the men will use phom and women will use dee-chan. The Thais consider feet as pagan and head as sacred. Same as in India before entering the hallowed places such as temples, classrooms or even somebody’s home shoes are taken off.

Source:travel.mapsofworld.com

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