Thai language facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsThai
|ภาษาไทย phasa thai|
|Native speakers||60-65 million (date missing)|
|Official language in||Thailand|
|Recognised minority language in|| Indonesia
|Regulated by||The Royal Institute|
The Thai language is the national and official language of Thailand. It is the first language of the Thai people, Thailand's main ethnic group. Thai is closely related to the Lao language. In fact, some dialects of Thai and Lao are mutually intelligible, meaning that speakers of one language can talk with and understand speakers of the other language without knowing the other's language.
The Thai alphabet has 44 consonants: ก ข ฃ ค ฅ ฆ ง จ ฉ ช ซ ฌ ญ ฎ ฏ ฐ ฑ ฒ ณ ด ต ถ ท ธ น บ ป ผ ฝ พ ฟ ภ ม ย ร ล ว ศ ษ ส ห ฬ อ ฮ
The alphabet has Thai numbers:
- ๑ 1
- ๒ 2
- ๓ 3
- ๔ 4
- ๕ 5
- ๖ 6
- ๗ 7
- ๘ 8
- ๙ 9
- ๐ 0
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Map of the Chinese plain at the start of the Warring States Period in the 5th century BC, showing the locations of the states of Yue and Wu.
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