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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


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


Ong-bak: The Thai Warrior

Audio Tracks Thai, English
Subtitles English, Thai
Running Time 105 min
Rating R

The Protector

Audio Tracks Thai, English
Subtitles English, Spanish
Running Time 194 min
Rating R

Web-Based Resources

Web-Based Software

Mango Languages LogoMango Languages is available free to all Saint Michael's students, faculty, and staff in a number of languages. Each Mango lesson is focused on practical, common conversation skills and includes instruction on vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

For assistance with Mango, please see the Getting Started with Mango Languages guide.


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Global Road Warrior

Use this database to get acclimated to a country's business culture and etiquette (greetings & courtesies, ethics, meetings, attire), society and culture (gift giving, food, media, time & punctuality) and travel tips (money & banking, transportation, and more) for 175 countries.