- The Thai alphabet is used to write the Thai, Southern Thai and other languages in Thailand.
- It has 44 consonant letters, 15 vowel symbols that combine into at least 28 vowel forms, and four tone diacritics.
- Although commonly referred to as the "Thai alphabet", the script is in fact not a true alphabet but an abugida, a writing system in which each consonant may invoke an inherent vowel sound. In the case of the Thai script this is an implied 'a' or 'o'.
- Consonants are written horizontally from left to right, with vowels arranged above, below, to the left, or to the right of the corresponding consonant, or in a combination of positions.
- Thai has its own set of Thai numerals that are based on the Hindu-Arabic numeral system, but the standard western Hindu-Arabic numerals are also commonly used.
- The Wikipedia entry presupposes an intimate knowledge of linguistics for a full understanding.
- It's best to skim it on a first reading, and then focus on the bits you need to know.
- There are extensive links to explain the linguistic terms, but it would be easy to get in a complete muddle.
- There are further links at the end of the Wikipedia article, some of which no longer work or which are of dubious benefit. I've extracted those that look most useful.
- The same remarks apply to the "Wikipedia - Thai Language" article as to this one, though it's not quite as bad! Just skim it and focus on the bits you need.
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