If you ask me ”what is the most entertaining part of the Thai language?” My answer would be learning Thai onomatopoeia words! Because they are super easy to learn and memorize as long as you know how to read and write the Thai alphabet.
I can hear you say ”wait, what is that on-o-mato-poe-ia you’re talking about?” No worries! You’ll find the answer to your question in this blog post. And right after that, you will learn the commonly used Thai onomatopoeia words.
Alright, if you’re ready, let’s move on!
What Is Onomatopoeia?
Onomatopoeia indicates the words that sound exactly like the noise it describes. The pronunciation of an onomatopoeia word is directly influenced by the sound it produces in real life.
Let me give you some examples from English to make it more clear. Here are some of the most common onomatopoeia words in the English language:
When these words are used in context, you can almost hear what they sound like in your head.
The word onomatopoeia comes from the combination of two Greek words, ”onoma” meaning “name” and ”poiein” meaning “to make,” so onomatopoeia literally means “to make a name.”
Animal Sounds In Thai Onomatopoeia
When we talk about onomatopoeia, the first thing that comes to mind is animal sounds. For example, a dog walking by and barking “woof woof” or a cat “meowing” on your lap.
As in any other language, the animal sounds are written exactly as they sound to the human ear in the Thai language.
Let’s learn how to write down the animal sounds in Thai!
Nature Sounds In Thai Onomatopoeia
The second most common onomatopoeia words are nature sounds. For example the sounds of rain and wind or the relaxing sound that the leaves of a tree branch make.
Let’s see how nature sounds are written in Thai.
Collision Sounds In Thai Onomatopoeia
What is meant by collision sounds is the sound occurs when two objects knock into each other. They usually begin with cl- and th-. The most basic example would be clapping. The ”clap” sound is a result of hitting your hands with one another.
Let’s see more examples in Thai.
Vocal Onomatopoeia Words In Thai
Vocal onomatopoeia sounds are human-made sounds that don’t really have a meaning in the spoken language. These sounds can come from the back of your throat or come out of the mouth through the lips. They often begin with gr- and mu- in English. Such as groaning, and moaning.
Let’s see the vocal onomatopoeia words in Thai.
Other Onomatopoeia Words In The Thai Language
I’m sure you will hear these words a lot in Thailand if you pay attention to the sounds in your environment. Of course, there are much more onomatopoeia words in Thai but these are the most common ones.
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