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Simplified Thai Spelling

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A great post I came across that should be of interest to some advanced Thai learners out there. Thanks to Rikker from Thai 101 for the post! Very interesting!

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http://rikker.blogspot.co.uk/2008/02/simplifed-thai-spelling-during-world.html

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  1. Kem Clementn says:

    I’m glad (in a masochistic way) that the Thais resisted the temptation to simplify their written language. To me it’s a great example their respect for other people feelings; they borrow a word from another language and their natural instinct is to acknowledge the fact and give credit to the original owners and not to change the word and treat it as their own. (Unlike some countries).
    Besides, if we carry simplification to Its logical extreme, then we will only need to learn two symbols; one and zero.
    The time period in question interests me very much, the story of “Mother Ubon” and the Free Thai Army is my latest project. Any info? KC

  2. Ken Clements says:

    I’m glad (in a masochistic way) that the Thais resisted the temptation to simplify their written language. To me it’s a great example their respect for other people feelings; they borrow a word from another language and their natural instinct is to acknowledge the fact and give credit to the original owners and not to change the word and treat it as their own. (Unlike some countries).
    Besides; if we carry simplification to Its logical extreme, then we will only need to learn two symbols; one and zero.(but 44 may seem just a little OTT)
    The time period in question interests me very much, the story of “ Little Mother Ubon” and the Free Thai Army is my latest project. Any info? KC

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