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What comes into your mind when you think of Thailand? The movie Hangover? Delicious Thai street food? The infamous lady boys? Fabulous shopping paradise? Well, there more to it than just these.

Known as the Land of Smiles, the Kingdom of Thailand is 50th largest country in the world, the 12th largest in Asia and the 2nd largest country in South East Asia.

So why is it called the Land of Smiles? Well, Thailand is called the Land of Smiles because generally, Thai people do smile a lot. Just like there are 50 words for snow in the Eskimo language, there are thirteen types of “smiles” or “yim” in the Thai language.

As one of the five Asian Tiger Cub Economies, Thailand is an attractive location for foreign investors. According to the Doing Business Report 2017 by the World Bank, Thailand is ranked 46th in the world and 5th in East Asia & Pacific for its ease of doing business. Thailand is also the 2nd largest economy in Southeast Asia after Indonesia. It has the 2nd largest international reserves (*2013 figure) in Southeast Asian after Singapore. In terms of external trade volume, Thailand ranks second in Southeast Asia just after Singapore. With a growing economy, a booming tourism and medical tourism industry, you can imagine the importance and influence that the Thailand and Thai language have on businesses across borders!

The national and official language of Thailand is Thai and it is spoken daily by approximately 80% of the 68 million residents in this Southeast Asian country. Although English is the most common foreign language in Thailand, and English is taught in school in Thailand but outside of Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, the language becomes quite useless as more Thai people are more comfortable with the use of their own language.

Mostly considered as an “uninflected, primarily monosyllabic, tonal language”, the Thai language has gone through various historical sound changes. Over half of its words are borrowed from Pali, Sanskrit and Old Khmer. Some significant changes in terms of consonants and tones occur between Old Thai spoken when the language was first written. However, since its introduction during the third Sukhothai period by King Ramkhamhaeng, written Thai has seen little change.

Does this mean that the Thai language is difficult to learn? To most, the answer is a resounding yes! Being a unique language, the tricky parts of this language are the writing system and tones. The Thai alphabet has 44 consonants and 32 vowels, which may sound unmanageably large.

The easy part of picking up this language for some could be the short and long versions of most vowels. The Thai language is less strict on the rules of grammar compared to English. In this case, what is the challenge of translating Thai to English, and vice versa?

The challenge involves the placement of the Thai letters. In a Thai document, you will notice that there are no spaces between the letters nor are punctuations used. Vowels may be anywhere, either above or below the consonants. There are no capital letters or articles for easy identification. Adjectives and adverbs can also be anywhere, and there is no set sentence structure to go by. There is no change in the Thai words to reflect different tenses or change of singular to plural.

Can you believe that all those mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg??!!

Yes. There are much more things to consider than just getting someone who knows Thai to handle translation from English into Thai and from Thai into English for you. It is an incredibly tedious process that must take into account the local touch, cultural sensitivity and keeping up with the latest development in the language and its acceptable slangs.

It is about getting the right quality people with enough training and professional experience to produce translations that are fit for its purpose.

With more than 2 decades of experience in providing English to Thai, Thai to English and all Thai related translation services, we can share this valuable experience with you.

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Thai translation is definitely our forte as Lingua Technologies International has an affiliate branch in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand.. When you work with us for your Thai translation requirement, you know you are getting expert advice and solutions from the source.

Contact us now at +65 6570 0138 or fill up our web inquiry form immediately. We are ready to share our experience with you.

Source:

http://www.thai-language.com/ref/overview

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_language

https://asialinkbusiness.com.au/country/thailand

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Thailand

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