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Thai
ภาษาไทย phasa thai
Native to Thailand
Native speakers 60-65 million  (date missing)
Language family
Tai–Kadai
  • Kam-Tai
    • Be-Tai
      • Tai-Sek
        • Tai
          • Southwestern
            • East Central
              • Chiang Saeng
                • Thai
Official status
Official language in Thailand
Recognised minority language in  Indonesia
 Myanmar
 Cambodia
 Laos
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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