How to learn 3 Classes Of Thai Consonants

How to learn 3 Classes Of Consonants Thai

Consonants are divided into three classes — in alphabetic order these are middle (กลาง, klang-), high (สูง, sung*), and low (ต่ำ, tam_) class — as shown in the table below.


The Middle class (กลาง, klang-)

We memorize, learn by heart like this ;

ด & ฎ  (Dor & Dor)  are Homophones
ด  อ่านว่า  ดอ – เด็ก        Dor – Dek_
ฎ  อ่านว่า  ดอ – ชะ – ดา  Dor – Cha/! Da-

ต & ฏ (Tor & Tor) are Homophones too
ต  อ่านว่า  ตอ – เต่า          Tor- Tao_   
ฏ  อ่านว่า  ตอ – ปะ – ตัก   Tor- pa_! tak_!


The High class (สูง, sung*)

We memorize, learn by heart like this



ข & ฃ  (kor* & kor*)  are Homophones
ข  อ่านว่า  ขอ – ไข่         Khor* Khai_
ฃ  อ่านว่า  ขอ – ขวด       Khor* Kuaad_ 

ฐ & ถ (Thor* & Thor*) are Homophones
ฐ  อ่านว่า  ถอ – ถาน         Thor* Than*  
ถ  อ่านว่า  ถอ – ถุง            Thor* Thung*

ศ,ษ & ส  (Shor*, Shor*  & Shor*  ) are Homophones too
ศ   อ่านว่า  สอ – สา – ลา         shor* sa* la-   
ษ  อ่านว่า  สอ – บอ –  รือ – สี   shor* bor- reu- see* 
  อ่านว่า  สอ – เสือ                  shor* suer* 


The Low class (ต่ำ, tam_)

The Low class has 24 alphabets but it divided into 2 types



How different between Low class Paired and Low class Unpaired?

Low class Paired means the sound of the consonants have the similar sound as the High class consonants, In opposite the Low class Unpaired does not have the similar sound with any.

The  Low class paired is pronounced as middle tone ( – ) nor in the High class is pronounced as rising (*)

For examples ; 


The Low class Paired

We memorize, learn by heart like this


The Low class Unpaired 

We memorize, learn by heart like this


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