How to Read Different Thai Fonts and Handwriting

Read Thai Fonts

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It’s been my observation that when you are advanced in a language, to read you don’t need to recognize each letter. You see words as a coherent whole. And given the context you can guess what the word is quite easy. 

But at the beginning of learning a language such as Thai, even little differences in letter shapes (using different fonts and handwriting) will often make you stumble. At least it was my experience.

 Over time I developed rules on how to distinguish letters in the Thai alphabet which I will share with you now.



There are hundreds of Thai fonts. To make the comparisons, I chose four different ones:



  1. Browalia New – classic Thai font

  2. JS-Puchong-Normal.ttf – modern font with simplification

  3. Prompt-Black.otf – modern font with another type of simplification

  4. SOV_wayo.ttf – nice handwriting



All are easy to find online so you can try them yourself. 


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Note: There’s also a post on WLT listing free Thai font downloads: FREE Thai Fonts: Comparisons & Downloads

How to Read Different Thai Fonts and Handwriting…

Read Thai Fonts

Read Thai Fonts

Read Thai Fonts

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Here are the three files at full resolution for you to download and print out.

ZIP (572kb): Aleksey Golubtsov: Read Thai Fonts

2 comments
  1. thx. i can read handwritten thai and the basic “keyboard” font but i struggle with the fonts used on tv. this helps!

  2. Hi Alex,

    Great article. I’ve just launched an iOS app to help practice reading non-standard Thai fonts.

    It would be great if you could give it a try and provide some feedback

    https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/learn-thai-fonts/id1392316340

    Drop me an email and I’ll respond with a promo code so you can try for free.

    If you like it then maybe you wouldn’t mind adding it to your monster list of apps that I’m loving… http://womenlearnthai.com/index.php/ginormous-list-of-thai-learning-apps-for-your-ios/

    Kind regards
    Tony

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