Accurate translations into and from Thai

Thai, the official language of the Kingdom of Thailand, is part of the Tai-Kadai language family and is the native tongue of approximately 20 million people around the world.

In principle, Thai is similar to Chinese but belongs to its own language family, the roots of which probably lie in ancient Indian Sanskrit or Pali, as suggested by the extensive borrowed vocabulary from these languages.

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Thai is a tonal or tone language. This means that the words consist mostly of a single syllable whose meaning depends on the pitch used to pronounce it. There are up to five different pitches that can be used for the pronunciation of a syllable. Every pitch calls for a separate meaning of the syllable.

Thai grammar, however, is considered quite manageable. There is only one verb tense in Thai, and nouns are generally used without an article. There are also no plural endings for nouns. Elements of gender and cases are completely unknown in Thai grammar, and all adjectives maintain their form and remain behind the noun in the sentence.

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It still isn’t easy for most Americans to learn or speak Thai. In addition to the pronounced pitch of a syllable, even the exact length of every single vowel and how it’s stressed is important to capturing the meaning of the spoken message.

Politeness also plays a prominent role in Thailand because it calls for keeping a certain distance from a speaking partner, speaking respectfully, and speaking quietly. In Thailand, loud speaking is generally considered a sign of aggression.

Written Thai and its dialects

Elaborately complex and difficult, the Thai alphabet is reminiscent of computer circuitry. It’s a highly complex character system that consists of consonants, vowels, double and triple sounds, and tonal and auxiliary characters, where vowels may only ever be placed after the consonants.

The standard language of Thai is usually spoken in the capital city of Bangkok and its surrounding area of Central Thailand. In addition to this sort of official, standard Thai, three more large dialects exist, whose colloquialisms can differ considerably from standard Thai.

The dialect spoken in the northeast of the country deviates the most from the official standard language because the changeover to Laotian begins to take effect.

How much does a translation into Thai cost?

The standard rate for translations from English into Thai is $ 0.12 per word, and for translations from Thai into English, the industry rate is $ 0.20. For new customers or large texts (more than 5,000 words), we may significantly reduce our rates. For urgent jobs that need several translators working simultaneously, we'll apply a surcharge. For a full list of rates per language, please visit Order here.

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Our native-speaking translators know all of the specific characteristics of Thai and can translate your texts into all language combinations and subject areas properly and on the agreed delivery date.

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