Thai Accents – Part One
The Thai language, like any other, has many different dialects and accents. As foreigners learning Thai, we are usually taught the Central Thai language, the standard Thai.
A post on the Facebook Group page suggested that we try to collect recordings of accents from all around Thailand.
This first post is a set of recordings by Brilliant Winter who is a speaker of Central Thai. She has had a go at imitating a number of Thai accents and recording them for us.
Of course, when someone imitates an accent, they will very likely, exaggerate certain features, but for learners, that may be a good thing as it accentuates the differences making them easier to hear.
Can you work out which area they represent.
The recordings were made on a mobile phone and sent by Facebook Chat. Problems were experienced saving these to my computer. In the end they were saved using the following method:
1. Open m.facebook.com on the computer. Note that this is the mobile phone version of the site.
2. Navigate to the Chat message containing the audio.
3. Click on the message then Right click on the sound file. In Chrome, you will be offered a number of choices, but the one you want, Save as.., will probably be greyed. So click on Play in different tab.
4. This will cause the sound file to be downloaded.
5. Open the file in Audacity, then export as MP3.