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Accurate translations into and from Thai by the translation agency Fasttranslator

Thai, the language of Thailand, is part of the Tai-Kadai language family and is the native tongue of approximately twenty million people around the world. Today, Thai is the official language of the Kingdom of Thailand. Thai has some special characteristics that distinguish it from the languages spoken in Central Europe. The typical characteristic of Thai is that it is a tonal or tone language. This means that the words consist mostly of a single syllable whose meaning depends on the pitch used to pronounce it. Our native-speaking translators know all the specific characteristics of Thai and can translate your texts into all language combinations and subject areas properly and on the agreed delivery date.

A highly complex language

There are up to five different pitches that can be used for the pronunciation of a syllable. Every pitch calls for a separate meaning of the syllable. Thai grammar, however, is considered quite manageable. There is but one verb tense in Thai, and nouns are generally used without an article. There are also no plural endings for nouns. Elements of gender and cases are completely unknown in Thai grammar. All adjectives maintain their form and basically remain behind the noun in the sentence. It is still by no means easy for Americans to learn or speak Thai. In addition to the pronounced pitch of a syllable, even the exact length of every single vowel and how it is stressed is important to capture the meaning of the spoken message. On the other hand, politeness plays a prominent role in Thailand because it calls for keeping a certain distance from a speaking partner, speaking respectfully, and, most importantly, speaking quietly. In Thailand, loud speaking is generally considered a sign of aggression.

The dialects and the written language

The standard language of Thai, the official language, is usually spoken in the capital city of Bangkok and its surrounding area of Central Thailand. In addition to this sort of official, standard Thai, three more large dialects exist, whose colloquialisms differ considerably from standard Thai at times. The dialect spoken in the northeast of the country deviates the most from the official standard language because the changeover to Laotian begins to take effect. Thai is in principle similar to Chinese but belongs to its own language family, the roots of which probably lie in ancient Indian Sanskrit or Pali, as suggested by the extensive borrowed vocabulary from these languages. Elaborately complex and difficult, the Thai alphabet is reminiscent of computer circuitry to Middle Europeans. It is a highly complex character system that consists of consonants, vowels, double and triple sounds, and tonal and auxiliary characters, where vowels may only ever be placed after the consonants. We have mastered Thai script as well as spoken Thai. See for yourself and contact us by telephone or by email.

How much does a translation into Thai cost?

The standard rate for translations from English into Thai is $ 0,24 per word and for translations from Thai into English the industry rate is $ 0,27. For new customers or large texts (more than 5,000 words) we may significantly reduce our rates. For urgent jobs that need several translators working simultaneously, we'll apply a surcharge. For a full list of rates per language, please visit Rates table for most requested language combinations.

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