There are a total of 44 Thai consonants in the Thai language. Two
of these Thai consonants are pretty much obsolete except for their
occurence in a very limited number of thai words. However with the
memory system presented in "60
Minutes to Learn the Thai Alphabet", you'll be able to
learn these letters in seconds anyway, with no effort - it's as
easy as looking at a picture, and being able to recognise that picture
again! So all 44 thai consonants are presented and dealt with, in
Minutes to Learn the Thai Alphabet."
The real complications in learning Thai consonants are caused by
the so-called classes or groups, that the consonants are divided
into. The 44 Thai consonants are divided into 3 different classes
or groups. Class one is called low class consonants, then you have
medium class consonants and high class. Why they decided to call
the classes low, middle and high, is beyond those with a logical
turn of mind, as it only serves to confuse some beginners into thinking
that a word beginning with a "low consonant", will automatically
have a "low tone".
Such is not the case unfortunately - that would make things far
too simple! Instead the names of the classes is just a way of breaking
the letters into three distinct groups.
: not only must you learn that such-and-such a shape equals a certain
sound, you must also remember that the sound belongs to a certain
group of consonants. The groups might as well have been called group
1, 2 and 3, as there are a set of rules that will help you to determine
the correct tone, and these rules are quite a bit more complicated
than low class consonant means low tone.
As an example, the rules can be like this: you identify that the
syllable begins with a high class consonant, and that the syllable
doesn't end abruptly (end in b, p, t etc), but instead has an open
or extendable sound (ends in a vowel, m or n). This combination
of "high class" + "extendable syllable" = "rising
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Sounds complicated and it is if you're tackling the language without
the aid of someone who has studied the system deeply, and not only
presents the correct rules, but formulates an easily digestible
memory system that will almost instantly hard-wire the rules into
your brain! This is what "60
Minutes to Learn the Thai Alphabet" is all about. It doesn't
just present the correct sounds and rules, it provides you with
a simple to use, visual memory system, that will enable you to instantly
learn the thai tones, thai letters, number and symbols.
Besides the class, there is yet another slight complication. Some
letters have one sound when positioned at the start of a word, and
an entirely different sound when appearing at the end of a syllable.
This isn't an entirely foreign concept for english speakers. Just
think of the words "chocolate" and "loch". In
this example the letters "ch" have entirely different
sounds, when they appear at different locations - well one of the
words is of gaelic origin - but you get the idea.
This extra bit complication can throw many people, who decide
that they'd like to tackle the thai language. But yet again, this
problem is solves simply and elegantly in "60
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