While individuality is very laudable, the Thais could have given
us a break by settling for the traditional number system, used by
most countries: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and 0. But someone got carried
away somewhere, and decided to go the full distance, and create
a unique number system, entirely incomprehensible to the outside
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Nevertheless, once you get an initial idea of what's going on,
things begin to become clear and logical - thankfully the mathematical
principles are the same, as are the combinations of symbols. The
thai "symbol for 1" followed by the "thai symbol
for 0" also means "10".
Fully covered in "60 Minutes to Learn the Thai Alphabet",
you'll begin to recognise the thai numbers in minutes, much to the
bemusement of your Thai friends. Once again the system relys on
a simple image, that encodes the shape of the thai number, and its
meaning. If you can look at a picture, and recall a picture, you
can learn the Thai number system in about 5 minutes!
Here is a sample of the numbers. Use the images below, to remember
the numbers in minutes!
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