Lesson 17

Diphthongs ,


The /ay/ sound can be written with two different symbols (/máy máˑ​laay/) and (/máy múan/). Both are written before the consonant to which they relate. Almost all words written with and do not have a final consonant. One obvious exception is ไทย (/thay/, Thai). The final has no effect upon the pronunciation.

is only used for 20 words, though some of them are very common, such as ใช้ (/cháy/, to use), ใน (/nay/, in) and ให้ (/hây/, to give/let/allow/have someone do something, &c.).

Now try reading these words:

And now some slightly longer words.


aimaimalaiStart by drawing the loop clockwise.
aimaimuanStart by drawing the loop clockwise.