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The Tones

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The Thai language has five tones, neutral tone, low tone, the falling tone, high tone and rising tone.
The same syllable with a different tone will sometimes radically different meanings.
A good understanding of tone is a prerequisite to learning capital of the Thai language.
Before detailing the rules governing the tone of a syllable, I offer a record of these five tones.
Listen and repeat, make sure you understand the difference between these five tones is crucial.

Neutral Tone Symbol ton moyen

Low Tone Symbol Ton Bas

Falling Tone Symbol Ton Descendant

All the tones

High Tone Symbol Ton Haut

Rising Tone Symbol Ton Montant

The tones associated with syllables Thai depend on many factors: class of the initial consonant, vowel length, presence of a final consonant and accents.

We can combine all these combinations in tables.

 

With accent

Consonant

Medium

 

 

 

 

 

High

 

don't exist

don't exist

Low

 

don't exist

don't exist

 

Without accent

 

Consonant

Long vowel or syllable ending in the letter ng,n,m

Long vowel and syllable ending in the letter k,p,t

Short vowel or syllable ending in the letter k,p,t

Medium

Symbol ton moyen

High

Low

Symbol ton moyen

 

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