Lesson 12

Vowels ◌ื, ◌ึ , โ◌

Reading

This lesson introduces the final three vowels. The first two are "above" vowels, like ◌ี and ◌ิ.

CharacterPronunciation
◌ื/ʉʉ/
◌ึ/ʉ/

So, these are long and short versions of the same vowel sound.

Note that ◌ื has two short, vertical lines, and contrast with ◌ี which has one.

One idiosyncracy of ◌ื is that where there's no final consonant sound, ◌ื is followed by . In this context is silent. So, for example, /mʉʉ/ (meaning "hand") is written มือ.

Here are some practice words:

And here are some words using a mixture of all the "above" vowels.

And here is the final vowel:

CharacterPronunciation
/oo/

This is a "front" vowel, like and , so โกน ("to shave") is read โ-ก-น and is pronounced /koon/.

Here's some practice:

And here's some more practice:

Writing

CharacterNotes
uueStart, by drawing ◌ิ. Then lift the pen and draw the two short, vertical lines, right one first. This vowel aligns with the right side of the character it's attached to.
ueFor once we don't start with the loop. Start, by drawing ◌ิ. Then, without lifting the pen, draw the loop anticlockwise. This vowel aligns with the right side of the character it's attached to.
ooStart by drawing the loop clockwise.