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The Seven Thai Vowels that Change Form

Learn the names of these marks:

There are two new punctuation marks that you will need to learn. They are used to indicate that the vowel has changed form. Listen to the sound files, learn the names, and practice saying them.

(mái hǎn-aa-gàat)
(mái dtài-kúu)

The sound is the same

The way they are written changes.

There are seven vowels that change form when followed by a consonant. This is only done so it is more clear, as certain letter combinations can be confusing. There are just a couple of things to look for, and you will start to recognize them right away with a little practice.

It's important to note that it is the written shape that changes, but the change has no effect on the way the syllable is voiced, and its tone rule is the same.

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