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Do you have Thai friends? I think if you have talked to them via emails, chatting programs or social networking websites, you might have seen “5555555” or “555555+” characters. These might bewilder you what they mean.
Thai Internet Slang
The number five is not any error or typo. It is only Thai Internet slang. Thai people pronounce the number five as “haa” so it sounds like “ha”. Therefore when Thai people would like to laugh while they are talking online, they will type “555” for “ha ha ha”. Many fives “55555555555” or many fives with plus sign(s) “55555555+(+)” can be used for LOL.

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  • Thai Consonants (part 1)

    According to Thai dictionaries, there are 48 Thai consonants representing 21 distinct initial consonant sounds and 9 distinct final consonant sounds. The order of the consonants below is arranged by the Thai dictionary order. We romanized the characters and grouped them mostly based on the sounds in English and the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) system. Therefore, it is easy for foreigners to learn and understand how each consonant is pronounced from the romanization below especially if you know some IPA. When we use the romanization below to transliterate Thai words or sentences, everybody will read it correctly in the same way as Thais. For example, “Thai language” (ภาษาไทย) can be transliterated as [phaasaathai].

    Velar Consonants
    Thai consonant 1Thai consonant 2Thai consonant 3Thai consonant 4Thai consonant 5
    Thai consonant 6Thai consonant 7
    Post Alveolar Consonants
    Thai consonant 8Thai consonant 9Thai consonant 10Thai consonant 11Thai consonant 12
    Palatal Consonant
    Thai consonant 13
    Alveolar Consonants
    Thai consonant 14Thai consonant 15Thai consonant 16Thai consonant 17Thai consonant 18
    Thai consonant 19Thai consonant 20Thai consonant 21Thai consonant 22Thai consonant 23
    Thai consonant 24Thai consonant 25
    Bilabial Consonants
    Thai consonant 26Thai consonant 27Thai consonant 28Thai consonant 29Thai consonant 30
    Thai consonant 31Thai consonant 32Thai consonant 33
    Palatal Consonant
    Thai consonant 34
    Alveolar Consonants
    Thai consonant 35Thai consonant 36Thai consonant 37Thai consonant 38
    Thai consonant 39Thai consonant 40
    Bilabial Consonant
    Thai consonant 41
    Alveolar Consonants
    Thai consonant 42Thai consonant 43Thai consonant 44
    Glottal & Alveolar Consonants
    Thai consonant 45Thai consonant 46Thai consonant 47Thai consonant 48

    NOTE:
    Upper roman scripts with white background represent initial sounds while lower roman scripts with grey background represent final sounds.
    1= High Class | 2= Mid Class | 3= Low Class (indicating tones)
    (O)= Obsolete, no longer used or rarely used
    ” = The consonant can be considered as a vowel.
    * = The consonant comes with its own vowel.
    ^ = no form exists. For example สระ [sraʔ] : pool (N.)

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