THAILAND FACT FILE
- Official Languages: Thai
- Population: 68,615,858
- Capital: Bangkok
- Government: Constitutional monarchy
- Literacy: 93.77%
- Currency: Baht
- Calling Code: +66
- Time Zone: GMT+7
- National Colors: Red, White, and Blue
- สวัสดี (S̄ WẠS̄DĪ)
- Thai language which is also known as Siamese the standard spoken and literary language of Thailand and it belongs to the Tai language family of Southeast Asia. Thai is a tonal and analytic language, similar to Chinese and Vietnamese.
- Thai language has incorporated thousands of foreign words. The most loanwords are from oldest Chinese and modern Chinese. Hundreds of elegant and literary words are taken from Pali and Sanskrit, and new words are also coined from Sanskrit roots.
Some Fascinating Thai Language Facts
- Thai language belongs to the Tai-Kadai (also spelt Kra-Dai) language family which is related to Zhuang languages spoken in Southwestern China (Guangxi, Guangdong, and Yunnan provinces). Thai Lue is also spoken in China’s Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture.
- Thai has the highest percentage of second-language speakers relative to the native speakers. The official language of Thailand is Central Thai; however, many linguists would classify the Northern and Northeastern dialects as Lanna and Isaan Lao as their own languages.
- Thai is considered to have emerged in the area between China and Vietnam. The written Thai language developed itself in the 13th century and has undergone minor changes since then.
- 20 million native Thai speakers, the Thai language is mainly spoken in Thailand, where it is an official language.
- The first occurrence of written Thai language was Sukhothai, the former capital of the ancient Sukhothai kingdom. King Ramkhamhaeng mentions the social, economic, and political organisation of his kingdom and the creation of the Thai script.
- This is like other Asian languages such as Chinese, Laotian, and Vietnamese. Thai uses an alphabet of 32 vowels and 44 consonants. Thai also has its own numerals, although Arabic numerals are used.
Some Interesting Facts About Thailand
- The name Thailand in the Thai language is Prathet Thai, which directly translates to “Land of the Free”. It seems apt then that this country is the sole country in the whole of South-East Asia to never have been colonised by any European nation. Considering that only very few countries in the world have managed to escape European rule, this in itself is a huge accomplishment.
- Every year, more than six million foreign tourists travel to Thailand, Asia, which makes it one of the most visited countries in the world.
- Thailand is the top orchid exporter in the world, with more than 1,500 species of orchids growing wild in the country.
- Thailand is home to a remarkable 1,430 islands, the most famous of which is Koh Phi Phi, which was featured in the movie “The Beach”.
- There are 1,430 islands in Thailand, 35,000 temples and nearly 67 million people comprise of Thailand’s population. Each year around 6 million tourists visit the country and there are 11 million non-resident visitors (local and foreign) who visit Bangkok, the capital, each annum. And for readers searching for geography facts about the country; Thailand shares its borders with four different countries; namely, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. And lastly, Thailand’s most exported crop? Rice, of course!
- Thailand has had its ups and downs economically. From 1985 to 1996, Thailand has the world’s highest economic growth 12.4% annually. By 1998, the economy contracted by 10.8% before it slowly began to recover the following year. During the first few years of the new millennium, growth averaged between 5% and 7%. However, political uncertainty leading to a decline in investor and consumer confidence sank the economic growth to a law of 0.1% by 2011. After struggling back to GDP growth of 7.5% by 2011, the economy once again seems to be on a downward trend following the coup of May 22, 2014.
Thai Culture: Customs & Traditions
With 93% of adherents, Buddhism is the official religion in Thailand with Islam as the largest minority religious group at 5% of adherents. Christians account for 1.2% of the Thai population and those in “other” or “non-religious” category accounts for 0.8%.
The culture of Thailand has evolved greatly over time, from its relative isolation during the Sukhothai era, to its more contemporary Ayutthaya era, which absorbed influences from all over Asia. Limited Indian, Chinese, Burmese and other Southeast Asian influences are still evident in traditional Thai culture.
Why choose Langma School of Languages for learning Thai Language
- Langma School of Languages is the pioneer in providing quality education of Thai language to students. We at Langma School of Languages combine several things to create a unique learning experience that has set us apart. Our students share their belief as they return to us bringing their relatives and friends.
- Langma School of Languages works a “facilitator” instead of being a “transmitter” of knowledge. Langma School of Languages not only emphasises on improving the language skills but also helps students develop overall-personality.
- Langma School of Languages follows an international standard whilst teaching foreign languages ranging from Level 1 (Beginners) to Level 3 (Proficient). Langma School of Languages is fully equipped such as Computer lab, Library, and Wi-Fi facility. Langma School of Languages use its own tested methodology: the Audio/Video – cum – Interactive Method (ACIM), giving a proven quick and easy grasp of the languages. ACIM offers fast result in comprehension and speaking by introducing words and phrases in a structured way to develop sentence framing in an understandable manner, our methodology is suitable for learners of all age group and easily adapted to specific needs.
- The growth of Developing countries remains one of the most anticipated economic and its fulfilment relies on multilingual. A broader foundation of language training enable students enables students to become part of the developed world, their lives become enriched and their future set firmly on the path to success. Langma School of Languages courses of Thai Language offers an insight into history, literature, culture, and arts. Langma School of Language is the best training centre for both classroom and online where one can choose individual or group sessions according to their requirements. Our dedicated team of teachers are highly experienced and qualified, some with more than 14 years of teaching experience whilst others hold PhD or other relevant qualification from internationally recognised institutions. They bring their experience to classes: implement a practical approach into their lessons.
- Langma School of Languages is active in promoting the growth and development of Thai learning skills through our classroom and online platform across the world. We take very seriously the importance of providing specific Thai skills to suit our student’s and client’s needs along with being aware of the reputation of both our self’s and our clients and students by ensuring the highest standards of training. Langma School of Languages’ forward thinking approach takes into consideration new developments in teaching practice; we have adopted a pro-active role in lobbying Government bodies, institutions, and several diplomatic centres to take seriously the importance of being multilingual.
- Langma School of Languages offers a best platform to prepare for the international exam like The Chulalongkorn University Proficiency Test of Thai as a Foreign Language (CU-TFL). Classes at Langma School of Languages, are offered under the supervision of native speakers, who have years of expertise in preparing students for these exams. A basic structure is created by imparting an overall knowledge of the topic followed by practical exercises and interactive practice sessions. Langma School of Languages’ expertise in education and its ongoing development are brought into play with specific topics and practice sessions designed exclusively for the students.
- Langma School of Languages offers a best platform to acquire the knowledge of Thai language and culture. Langma School of Languages covers a range of relevant and fun based areas deemed to be of the greatest value and interest to the participants.
- Langma School of Languages is lead by a team of accomplished teachers and authors with a broad experience in education and interpersonal skills, our inspirational and motivational teaching methods have won the hearts of thousands of students during their illustrious career. Our programme of training is designed specifically for the students and clients and expected outcomes are always reached and exceeded. Students and participants not only gain the required skills they enjoy learning and in many cases have gone on to achieve tops jobs and reach their goals with work wise and personally.
- Langma School of Languages’ client base is extensive and comprehensive including: The Indian Army, Indian Navy, British High Commission, Government Ministers, Members of Parliament (MPs), and Foreign embassies like Embassy of The Czech Republic, Embassy of The United Arab Emirates, Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia, Embassy of The Republic of Benin, and Embassy of The Republic of Congo; and it has provided training programmes for individuals and corporate houses throughout the world. These are just a few of Langma School of Languages’ impressive and ongoing service providers.
Experience professional and authentic Thai classes with our Qualified Native-Speakers
All of our Thai language teachers at Langma School of Languages are Native-Speakers and highly qualified, each with specialist and cross over training credentials have between them years of experience and abilities in all areas of training. Langma School of Languages not only ensures that you receive quality teaching, but also acquire authentic Thai dialect and terminology. One can gain theoretical knowledge from book; however, to gain practical and spoken experience can only be attained in the classroom to be prepared for future endeavour. Our teachers at Langma School of Languages encourage extracurricular practice and it is envisaged that spoken Thai Spoken skill is taken beyond the formal teaching environment and into the students’ daily lives. Teachers provide written exercises and presentation, role play, Group discussion, and extempore to keep students engaged and consistently using the words and phrases they learnt.