The Thai alphabet is said to have been developed by King Ramkhamhaeng, the celebrated 13th century ruler of Sukhothai, in the year of 1283 A.D. He adapted Thai in part from the Devanagari writing system, which originated in India. The Pali and Sanskrit languages also influenced the shaping of Thai. Some Thai words, lastly, were adopted from Khmer, the language of Cambodia.
What are the special characteristics of the Thai Language?
How do we teach?
The Thai courses embrace all aspects of language: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. In addition, the model of Thai language instruction used at OU emphasizes the importance of culture. Students learn about and are exposed to Thai culture in a number of ways: Thai literature, films, lectures, interacting with native Thai students and other members of the local Thai community, learning how to cook Thai food, field trips to the Thai Buddhist temple in Columbus, Ohio, singing, dancing and more.
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