September 1, 2019 0

Learn Thai – Thai Writing – ม (Maaw máa), น (Naaw nǔu), and า (Long a)

Learn Thai – Thai Writing – ม (Maaw máa), น (Naaw nǔu), and า (Long a)


so Eddie had a Chandra Tanaka welcome to
Thai pot 101 comes the walks on kite made easy the fastest easiest and most
fun way to learn the Thai alphabet the walks on Chi over the next 25 lessons
you’ll learn everything there is about the reading and writing of the Thai
language by the end you’ll be able to read Thai menu items communicate online
and make your way through Thailand easier learning to read and write Thai
will also help you to speak Thai better are you ready
but let’s go the Thai alphabet is made up of 44 consonants that might seem like
a lot to you now but if you just learn a few at a time you’ll see that they’re
not difficult to master Thai is read from left to right just like English the
letters of the Thai alphabet are grouped into three consonant classes low middle
and high in this lesson we’ll learn to low class consonants each Thai consonant
has a name made up of two parts the first part of the name is the sound that
the letter makes as the initial sound of a syllable the last part of the name is
some word that contains that letter these names make it easier to remember
the letters in addition to the consonants the Thai script has 32 vowels
that sounds like a lot but most of them are pairs of long and short vowels so
it’s not as hard as you think the Thai vowels have to be written and attached
to a consonant they can appear both below in front behind all around a
consonant Thai has five different tones tone means how high or low the pitch of
a sound is the five tones are mid low falling high and rising or if you use
the sound gah as an example the five tones are gah gah gah gah gah if you
make the wrong tone you want to be easily understood Thai script has four
different tone symbols which helps to indicate different tones in writing but
they don’t automatically tell you which tone is syllable ease
the consonant class length of the vowel and type of ending sound also factor in
if that sounds like a lot to keep track off don’t worry we’ll tackle each tone
rule one by one so you won’t feel overwhelmed okay are you ready to learn
your first tight consonant let’s begin let’s start with the letter mama
remember how I say each letter has two parts to its name the first part of mama
is more because it makes us out mmm just like the letter M and MA is a word that
means horse most tie letters started with a small circle which we call the
hate of the letter the hate of mama is written clockwise and the rest of the
letter is written with one continuous line if you want an easy way to remember
the shape of this letter think of a coffee mug with a broken handle the hate
on the top and the loop on the bottom aware the handle used to be attached
this will help you to remember that mama has the hate and loop on the same side
and of course mama and MA boots start with the same song now it’s
time to take off your pencils we’re going to practice writing find some
paper and follow along okay here we go start with the hate go down and make a
loop go to the right and then back up see how easy that was now you’re going
to learn your second consonant the next consonant is nanu it makes a sound
mmm just like the letter n do you know what animal nanu is named after new
means rat in Thai I bet you’re thinking that nanu looks very similar to mama
while you’re right the only difference between the shape of these two letters
is nanu has the loop on the right side instead of the left side that’s why I
said you should remember a mark for Mama that has a broken handle on the left
side nanu is handwritten like this the hate is drawn lockwise and the loop
is in the lower right corner now you know to tie consonants but we
need to learn some vowels before we can start making words remember that the
Thai alphabet is entirely consonants vowels are a separate group of symbols
that orbit around the consonants the Thai word for vowel is Sarah
each vowels name is made up of the word Sarah plus the sound that the vowel
makes the first vowel that will learn is Sarah ah this written to the right of a
consonant but a lot of other vowels will be found in different positions vowels
can be long or short in this case Sarah R is a long vowel that makes the sound
ah like the a in father Sarah R is very easy to write just draw
a slightly curved line and then drop straight down it looks a little like a
cane or walking stick if you think of the sentence my father walks with a cane
it will help you remember the shape of Sarah ah you will never see Sarah are
written just by itself like this it always has to follow a consonant let’s
use the consonants we learned to demonstrate mama followed by Sarah ah is
the word MA this is a verb meaning to come let’s
practice writing it together mama Sarah ah ma now let’s try a new word this time we’ll
start with nanu-nanu followed by Sarah ah makes nah this is the word for rice
field let’s write it together nah no Sarah ah nah many Thai consonants have different
sounds at the beginning and end of syllables but these two consonants mama
and nanu don’t change the sound so you can make another word very easily just
by adding another Nonu to the end of na now you have the
word nan which means a long time let’s write it now no no Sarah ah no no man Wow you’ve already learned how to write
three words in Thai see it’s not that hard after all now it’s time for retinas
points practice writing these letters in Words until it becomes second nature
keep a notebook and write the letters many times while saying the names out
loud that way the shape of the letter the
solid makes and the latest name will sink deep into your memory did you
notice that all the words you learned today
are pronounced with a mid-tone it’s not just random there’s a rule for it and
then the next thoughts on kite made easy lesson you’ll learn your first rule for
reading tones in Thai see you there sawadika

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