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Thai

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Quick Facts

 

Total Worldwide Speakers: 20,362,390.

 

Language Family: Tai-Kadai

 

Spoken in:


Thailand, Canada, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United States

 

History:
 
The Thai alphabet was probably derived from, or at least influenced by, the Old Khmer alphabet. According to tradition it was created in 1283 by King Ramkhamhaeng. Thai is closely related to Lao, and northern dialects of Thai are more or less mutually intelligible with Lao, particularly the Lao spoken in northern Thailand.

 

 

Sources: The Ethnologue & Omniglot

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