The Thai Letter ถ: Introduction and Usage for Beginners
Introduction to the Letter ถ
In the Thai script, the letter ถ, known as "ทะห์เอก" (thà-hɔ̀ːk), is the third consonant of the Thai alphabet. It represents the unvoiced aspirated sound /tʰ/, which can be thought of as an aspirated 't' sound, similar to the 't' in English when saying "top", but with a puff of air following.
This letter is classified in Thai as a low-class consonant, which is important to know for tone rules when learning to read and write Thai sentences correctly.
The pronunciation of ถ is not too difficult for English speakers to master. To practice, try saying the English word "tall" and notice how the 't' is pronounced. Now, add a bit of extra breath after the 't', as if you are blowing out a candle. This aspirated sound is what you're trying to achieve with ถ.
Introduction to Words with ถ
Now let's look at some basic Thai words that include the letter ถ:
- ถือ (thûea) - to hold or to carry
- ถือเอา (thûea ao) - to assume or to take it that
- รถไฟ (rót fâi) - train (literally "car fire")