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The transliteration scheme is the method by by which the Thai letters are transcribed to Roman letters, and unfortunately there is no universally accepted system for doing this. The Thai Royal Institute system is the official system and is the method used to transliterate Thai names, place names, road signs etc... However, it makes no distinction between short and long vowels and ignores the tones altogether, so it's not the best system for learners trying to accurately pronounce the words. Many alternatives system try to improve on this, but no one system sounds exactly right to everybody and it can be hard to adapt to a new transliteration scheme if you're used to a different one.
You can set the transliteration scheme that is used on this website to anyone of the following below.
|The Thai Royal Institute system.|
|The International Phonetic Alphabet|
|As used in 'Thai for Beginners' and other Paiboon publishing books|
|As used in 'Teach Yourself Thai' by David Smyth|
|As used in the Lonely Planet guidebook and phrasebook.|
|Don't show transliteration at all|
By default, we'll show the transliteration for Thai words with a tone mark symbol above the vowel in each transliterated syllable to indicate which tone it's pronounced with. If your computer has problems displaying these characters or you don't want them, they can be turned off below.
|Show transliteration with tone marks||sà-wàt-dee kráp sà-baai dee măi|
|Show transliteration without tone marks||sa-wat-dee krap sa-baai dee mai|
Thai text is entered without any spaces between the words, which makes reading it an additional challenge for learners. When entering text into the home page, we automatically spaces between the Thai words to make doing a manual translation easier. If you prefer, this can be turned off and the text left as it was entered.
|Add spaces between Thai words||ใน น้ำ มี ปลา ใน นา มี ข้าว|
|Don't add any spaces, leave the Thai script as it was entered||ในน้ำมีปลา ในนามีข้าว|