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Pali and Sanskrit Root Words in Thai คำกิตก์ในภาษาไทย

The following list has been adapted from the list presented in Ch. 10 of ภาษาไทยปริทัศน์ – คู่มือภาษาไทย สำหรับนักเรียน นักศึกษา และผู้สนใจ by เอื้อน เล่งเจริญ . I have kept the roots written in the Thai script so that they can be recognised when seen in Thai words. The meanings have been loosely translated into English. The meanings […]

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Sanskrit and Pali Prefixes in Thai คำอุปสรรค

Thisis a list of 20 common prefixes derived from Sanskrit that are used in the Thailanguage. The explanations given will give you some general ideas of what theprefixes mean when you meet them in a word. The explanations are notexhaustive.   Whenyou see these prefixes in Thai, some of the letters might change slightly toaccount […]

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Tinglish Without Toil – Stuart Jay Raj 18th May 2005

Swee Sar Pok Wee’ Flai Lai – What’s in an accent? My grandfather used to tell me “When you’re learning a language, you want to try your best to avoid having speakers of that language complimenting you. If people are complimenting you on how well you’re speaking ‘their’ language, it means that you still haven’t […]

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Thai Typing – The Key to A Hidden World

During my school days, there were two things I feared more than anything. The first was receiving my report cards and the second was the parent teacher evenings that normally followed shortly after. No matter how well I did in other areas, there would never fail to be a comment mentioning the dire aesthetic state […]

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Speech Analyzer – A Graphical Representation of Your Voice

Speech analyser is a fantastic tool that I use when learning languages. It lets us graphically see the way we speak and when used properly, is a great tool in helping us sound more ‘natural’ when speaking a foreign language. You can install it from the CD ROM that you have or download it from […]

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What’s Hairy and Takes Passengers Across the River?

Last week a Thai friend of mine called me up in a panic trying to find out why her farang boyfriend couldn’t understand what on earth she was trying to say. At one stage he thought that she might have been going to take him down to play with a pack of gerbils across the […]

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Small Business Success in Siam – Culture is King? (From August 8 2006)

In October 2004, I was standing chatting with a group of Thai business owners at an Australian Chamber of Commerce networking evening at a five-star hotel here in Bangkok. As I turned to order another drink from the bar, a Dutch gentleman briskly extended his hand in my direction, teeth blazing and introduced himself -“Hi […]

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Playing Shares – A Traditional Thai Alternative to Credit Cards

We’re getting close to that end-of-year season where “buy before you think” is the name of the game as we run the gauntlet with our credit cards to see who will run out of steam first. It wasn’t that long ago in Thailand when credit cards weren’t as abundant and those end-of-month cues at Aeon […]

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