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Level1~Level4 Using phonetic alphabet

Level5~Level8 Using Thai letters

original thai language text book

Level 1 (Introductory level)
For beginners, Master pronunciation,basic vocabulary and daily conversation
 (Using phonetic alphabet)

Level 2 (Elementary level)
Focus on speaking in situations for daily conversation
 (Using phonetic alphabet)

Level 3 (Intermediate level)
Focus on reading.master grammar through short stories.
 (Using phonetic alphabet)

Level 4 (Upper Intermediate level)
Improve reading skills through articles from a broad range of topices
(Using phonetic alphabet)

Level 5 (Intermediate level)
Introductory learning of all Thai letters(Part1)
Focus on writing in Thai.Conversation practice

Level 6 (Intermediate level)
Introductory learning of all Thai letters(Part2)
Focus on writing in Thai.Conversation practice

Level 7 (Upper Intermediate level)
Practice and improve reading,writing,speaking,and Listening skills through short stories in Thai letters

Level 8 (Advanced level)
Practice and improve reading,writing,speaking,and listening skills through articles from common Thai topics in Thai letters.

■Thai language has 5 tones LOW,MID,RISING,HIGH,and FALLING.
ใหม่ mai (new)
ไม้ mai (wood)
ไม่ mai (no) 
ไหม้ mai  (burn)
ไหม mai (isn’t it?)

These words’ pronunciations are all MAI but they have 5 different meanings.

The words meanings change with the tone of the word.
When learning Thai, the first step is studying the correct tones; because pronunciation is the most important part of learning Thai. If you study the pronunciations thoroughly from the beginning, you will become very skilled at Thai.
Our textbooks will provide you with all the tools you will need for gaining pronunciation skills. Starting with a good foundation will make the rest of your studied much easier. We have put great consideration into this in the creation of our textbooks and curriculum.

The five tones are:

① THE MID TONE – เสียงสามัญ(First tone)

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First tone is a flat tone of voice without any inflection of the voice.
ปลา  pla    (means  fish )
ปู     puu  (means  crap)
ดำ   dam  (means black)

② THE LOW TONE – เสียงเอก(Second tone)

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The second tone is a level tone with no inflection but lower in pitch than the common speaking tone.
ใหม่  mai     (Means New)
ไข่    khai  (means Egg)
ใหญ่  yai     (means Big)

③ THE FALLING TONE – เสียงโท(Third tone)

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The third tone is an emphatic tone with a falling inflection.
It has the same tone pronunciation as “come here”
เพื่อน  phwwan  (means Friend)
ข้าว    khaaw  (means Rice)

④ THE HIGH TONE – เสียงตรี(Fourth tone)

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The fourth tone is a uniform tone , normal voice .
Similar to the tone used in English to denote alarm.
ม้า  maa (means Horse)
น้ำ  nam (means Water)

⑤ THE RISING TONE – เสียงจัตวา (Fifth tone)

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The fifth tone is a rising inflection.
The tone used in English to denote  a question.
 Same pronunciation tone with “Are you from Thai?”
สวย  suay  (means Beautiful)
ขาว  khaaw (means White)


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