I am using the Teach Yourself series to learn Thai and creating my own flashcards from the book. From what the book tells me each letter has a name, therefore I am trying to learn each one, although the book doesnt tell you them all. It only has the first 6 or 7. So I search online and im getting different names for the letters and I cant seem to find a standardised one. Are there a standard set of names for each Thai letter? if so which one is it?
The romanisations vary from website to website so i think the sooner I learnt the script, the better
Here is a link to print flashcards with the names of all consonants.
Peachey - yeah I am looking for the A for apple etc. Thanks for the image, I'll check it out
Mike - I have been following Olly's challenge via youtube but not checked out the website lately. I've had a look and the alphabet chart is on the 'I will teach you a language ' facebook page. Thanks
You may want to check out Olly Richards’ “I Will Teach You a Language” website regarding a two-week Thai Challenge he just completed (http://www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com/learn-thai-challenge/). Additionally, on his FaceBook page, he has a chart with the Thai alphabet plus the corresponding “names” for the letters.
Hope this helps. Good luck!
You've probably noticed that the Thai alphabet is learnt like "A is for Apple", "B is for Ball", and so on. I think some of the letters may have been updated so they're connected to modern words instead of old words or mythical figures.
There used to be a very useful video called "Understanding Haw Heep", which shows why the Thai alphabet is ordered in such a way. I can't find the video anymore, but the Thai alphabet is connected to Sanskrit. I have however found an image which might make it easier for you to remember the order:
If you also check the class (high/mid/low) of each consonant, you'll see how they follow a consistent pattern in the alphabet. Of course, modern Thai seems to double up letters for certain sounds (eg. the D and T sounds), but this might give you some insight to where all these rules come from.