In this post, I’ll share my experiences after attending Thai Culture for Daily Life at Mahidol University (Salaya Campus), which was organized by Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS).
In my opinion, this short course is highly recommended for foreign postgraduate students who studying in Thailand (particularly at Mahidol University). Disclaimer; I have never studied Thai before & this is my first visit to the country.
As someone who is unfamiliar with Thai language, I am so excited to learning more about it. Studying abroad is a great opportunity for graduate students to expand their knowledge, experience new cultures, and make lifelong friends. Today, Thailand is one of Asia’s most popular student destinations, due to its vibrant culture, cuisine, and language.
Some of the things that I learned from this course are:
Thai Language Dialects
Thai has several dialects that are spoken in different parts of the country. On this course we focused more on learning the Central Thai dialect, which is the dialect spoken in Bangkok and the surrounding areas.
Thai Sound System
There are 44 alphabets used as initial consonants in Thai. But, there are only 21 sound units because some initial consonants uses the same sound. The Thai language also has five tones, which are flat (level), low, falling (descending), high (ascending) and rising. Because the tone of a word can alter its meaning, it is critical to pay attention to tone when speaking.
To be continued…