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Practical Guide > Speaking Thai

Spoken Language:

English is being learnt by more Thais now than ever and most Thais in more populated areas can speak English to some degree.

Polite Syllables - It is polite to end a sentence being spoken with "Khrap" (spoken by males) or Kha (when spoken by a female).

Different meanings - Most Thai words can have up to five different means, each meaning is has its own pronunciation. The best way to learn is to listen to a Thai speaking.

Example: khrap said in a rising tone for the letter a.

Written Language:

Nearly everywhere in Thailand these days most signs will have words written in both Thai script and western alphabet, although still in Thai. Locations such as Hospitals will often have English signs as well. In Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket, English is appearing along side Thai more and more. For example, most restaurants in Bangkok now include an English translation on menus.

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