Super Hard Thai Words: Top 60 Mistakes You Should Avoid

Hard Thai Words-thai temple

When you arrive in Thailand, what is the first word you say in Thai? We bet that it’s สวัสดี (sà wàt dii), which means hello. There is a vast lexical landscape waiting to be explored. If you’re up for a challenge, we have many hard Thai words to throw you into a loop!

Before we throw you into a sea of hard Thai words, we want to know how far along you are in your Thai studies. If you’ve been studying Thai for a while, testing yourself by reviewing these words can ensure you’re using the language correctly. Then we want you to tackle these challenging Thai terms that are prone to spelling and pronunciation errors together; let’s get you up to speak Thai properly!

Hard Thai Words Even Natives Pronounce It Wrong

Let’s tackle the easier Thai word first. Most native speakers will mispronounce these terms; thus, if you hear someone using a pronunciation that differs from the one in the table below, you should not adopt that pronunciation yourself. Of course, speaking Thai with an accent similar to that of native speakers is preferable, but proper pronunciation is also important. Well then, let’s get this party started!

Algebra – พีชคณิตพีชคณิตPii chá ká nít[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]พีชคณิต[/Speechword]
Monk’s residential quartersมณฑปMon dòp[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]มณฑป[/Speechword]
CrematoryเมรุMeen[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]เมรุ[/Speechword]
Terminate/stopยุติYút dtì[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ยุติ[/Speechword]
Nearly – รอมร่อรอมร่อRɔɔm ma rɔ̂ɔ[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]รอมร่อ[/Speechword]
Strange/abnormalวิตถารWít tǎan[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]วิตถาร[/Speechword]
QualificationวุฒิWút[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]วุฒิ[/Speechword]
CenturyศตวรรษSà dtà wát[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ศตวรรษ[/Speechword]
HonestสุจริตSùt jà rìt[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]สุจริต[/Speechword]
Temperature อุณหภูมิUn hà puum[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]อุณหภูมิ[/Speechword]
Appointรังสฤษฎ์Rang sa rìt[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]รังสฤษฎ์[/Speechword]
RadicalสมุฎฐานSà mút tǎan[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]สมุฎฐาน[/Speechword]
MedicineโอสถกรรมOo sòt gam[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]โอสถกรรม[/Speechword]
JulyกรกฎาคมGà rá gà daa kom[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]กรกฎาคม[/Speechword]
StrategyกลวิธีGon lá wí tii[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]กลวิธี[/Speechword]
Sexual pervertกามวิตถารGaam wít tǎan[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]กามวิตถาร[/Speechword]
Occasion/periodกาลสมัยGaa lót mai[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]กาลสมัย[/Speechword]
MethodologyกุศโลบายGùt sà loo baai[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]กุศโลบาย[/Speechword]
ReachจรดJà ròt[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]จรด[/Speechword]
PenaltyทัณฑกรรมTan tá gam[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ทัณฑกรรม[/Speechword]
PublicธารกำนัลTaa rá gam nan[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ธารกำนัล[/Speechword]
ConvictionทิฐิTaa rá gam nan[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ทิฐิ[/Speechword]
ChildhoodปฐมวัยBpà tǒm má wai[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ปฐมวัย[/Speechword]
IllnessพยาธิPá yaa tí[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]พยาธิ[/Speechword]
Parasite (animal)พยาธิPá yâat[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]พยาธิ[/Speechword]
QueenพระบรมราชินีPrá bɔɔ rom má raa chí nii[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]พระบรมราชินี[/Speechword]
DriverพลขับPon lá kàp[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]พลขับ[/Speechword]
Paratrooperพลร่มPon rôm[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]พลร่ม[/Speechword]

Hard Thai Words Even Natives Can’t Spell Correctly

You can imagine the fantastic possibilities of this tonal language, given that the Thai script is one of the most difficult due to its 44 consonants, 18 vowels, and 5 tone marks. Aside from mispronouncing the word, the next lesson will cover the most often made spelling errors.

(also refer to people with bad behavior)
กเฬวราก (commonly misspelled as กเลวราก)Gà leeo râak[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]กเฬวราก [/Speechword]
Goldsmith’s feeกำเหน็จ (commonly misspelled as กำเหน็ด)Gam nèt[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]กำเหน็จ [/Speechword]
Honorary – กิตติมศักดิ์กิตติมศักดิ์ (commonly misspelled as กิติมศักดิ์)Gìt dti ma sàk[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]กิตติมศักดิ์[/Speechword]
Be energeticขะมักเขม้น (commonly misspelled as ขมักเขม้น)Kà mák kěe món[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ขะมักเขม้น[/Speechword]
Reignครองราชย์ (commonly misspelled as ครองราช)Krɔɔng râat krɔɔng râat[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ครองราชย์[/Speechword]
Villaคฤหาสน์ (commonly misspelled as คฤหาสถ์)Krí hàat[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]คฤหาสน์[/Speechword]
Murderฆาตกรรม (commonly misspelled as ฆาตรกรรม)Kâat gam[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ฆาตกรรม[/Speechword]
Laymanฆราวาส (commonly misspelled as ฆารวาส)Ká raa wâat[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ฆราวาส[/Speechword]
Emperorจักรพรรดิ (commonly misspelled as จักรพรรดิ์)Jàk gà pát[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]จักรพรรดิ[/Speechword]
Intentionเจตจำนง (commonly misspelled as เจตจำนงค์)Jèet jam nong[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]เจตจำนง [/Speechword]
Brightชัชวาล (commonly misspelled as ชัชวาลย์Chát chá waan[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ชัชวาล[/Speechword]
Ambassadorทูต (commonly misspelled as ฑูต)Tûut[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ทูต[/Speechword]
Penaltyทัณฑ์ (commonly misspelled as ฑัณฑ์)Tan[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ทัณฑ์[/Speechword]
Balanceถ่วงดุล (commonly misspelled as ถ่วงดุลย์)Tùang dun[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ถ่วงดุล[/Speechword]
Referเท้าความ (commonly misspelled as ท้าวความ)Táao kwaam[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]เท้าความ[/Speechword]
Customธรรมเนียม (commonly misspelled as ทำเนียม)Tam niam[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ธรรมเนียม[/Speechword]
Reconstruct (refer to the temple)บูรณปฏิสังขรณ์ (commonly misspelled as บูรณะปฏิสังขรณ์)Buu rá ná bpà dtì sǎng kɔ̌ɔn[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]บูรณปฏิสังขรณ์[/Speechword]
Orientationปฐมนิเทศ (commonly misspelled as ปฐมนิเทศน์)Bpòt má ní têet[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ปฐมนิเทศ[/Speechword]
Commandประกาศิต (commonly misspelled as ประกาษิต)Bprà gaa sìt[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ประกาศิต[/Speechword]
Virginพรหมจรรย์ (commonly misspelled as พรมจรรย์)Prom jan[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]พรหมจรรย์[/Speechword]
Brahmanพราหมณ์ (commonly misspelled as พรามณ์)Praam[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]พราหมณ์[/Speechword]
Commerceพาณิชย์ (commonly misspelled as พานิชย์)Paa nít[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]พาณิชย์[/Speechword]
Storekeeperภัณฑารักษ์ (commonly misspelled as พันธารักษ์)Pan taa rák[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ภัณฑารักษ์[/Speechword]
Circumstanceภาวการณ์ (commonly misspelled as ภาวการ)Paa wá gaan[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ภาวการณ์[/Speechword]
Palaceมนเทียร (commonly misspelled as มรเฑียร)Mon tian[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]มนเทียร[/Speechword]
Functional advantageสารัตถประโยชน์ 
(commonly misspelled as สารัตถะประโยชน์)
Sǎa rát tà bprà yôot[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]สารัตถประโยชน์ [/Speechword]
Plunderปล้นสะดม (commonly misspelled as ปล้นสดมภ์)Bplôn sà dom[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ปล้นสะดม[/Speechword]
Resultผลลัพธ์ (commonly misspelled as ผลลัพท์)Pǒn láp[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ผลลัพธ์ [/Speechword]
Procrastinateผลัดวันประกันพรุ่ง (commonly misspelled as ผัดวันประกันพรุ่ง)Plàt wan bprà gan prûng[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ผลัดวันประกันพรุ่ง[/Speechword]
Die (refer to the monk)มรณภาพ (commonly misspelled as มรณะภาพ)Mɔɔ rá ná pâap[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]มรณภาพ[/Speechword]
Magicalมหัศจรรย์ (commonly misspelled as มหรรศจรรย์)Má hàt sà jan[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]มหัศจรรย์ [/Speechword]
Decorative artsมัณฑนศิลป์ (commonly misspelled as มันทนศิลป์)Man tá ná sǐn[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]มัณฑนศิลป์ [/Speechword]
Giantราพณาสูร (commonly misspelled as ราพนาสูร)Raa pá naa sǔun[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ราพณาสูร[/Speechword]
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Easy Thai Words That Are Often Misspelled

We’re not just here to teach you the difficult Thai words; we also want to teach you the common Thai terms that even Thai people often need clarification on. So let’s review these words again to be sure you don’t make the same error everyone else does.

Ice creamไอศกรีม (commonly misspelled as ไอศครีม)Ai sà griim[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ไอศกรีม[/Speechword]
Cakeเค้ก (commonly misspelled as เค๊ก)Kék[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]เค้ก[/Speechword]
Chocolateช็อกโกแลต (commonly misspelled as ช๊อกโกแลต, ช็อคโกแลต)Chɔ́k goo lɛ̂ɛt[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ช็อกโกแลต[/Speechword]
Pad Thai (Thai food)ผัดไทย (commonly misspelled as ผัดไท)Pàt tai[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ผัดไทย [/Speechword]
Shaved iceน้ำแข็งไส (commonly misspelled as น้ำแข็งใส)Náam kɛ̌ng sǎi[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]น้ำแข็งไส[/Speechword]
Film/movieภาพยนตร์ (commonly misspelled as ภาพยนต์)Pâap pá yon[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]ภาพยนตร์[/Speechword]
Permissionอนุญาต (commonly misspelled as อนุญาติ)à nú yâat[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]อนุญาต[/Speechword]
Suddenกะทันหัน (commonly misspelled as กระทันหัน)Gà tan hǎn[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]กะทันหัน[/Speechword]
Jokeมุกตลก (commonly misspelled as มุขตลก)Múk dtà lòk[Speechword voice=”Thai Female” isinline]มุกตลก[/Speechword]

In Summary

There are obviously many difficult terms in Thai that even native speakers get wrong. It doesn’t matter how frequently a word is used; its spelling and pronunciation will still be improperly spelled and pronounced by many. In addition to the difficulties associated with the Thai language’s tonal system, the Thai writing system presents unique challenges to those trying to master the language.

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