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Written Thai, Word Separation, and Punctuation

Note that Thai is written from left to right, just like English. You will learn how to write in Thai should you choose to study it more in depth, but for now just pay attention to the following rules.

Thai writing does not use punctuation marks and does not separate words from one another. In order to set sentences apart, a gap is used between them.

Throughout this course, you will see Thai words separated in sentences in the Grammar to help you become familiar with individual words and common sentence patterns. We have also separated the Thai words in Dialogues. Again, keep in mind that this is not how they would be written in printed Thai, but this is merely a strategy to make it easier for you to distinguish separate words in this course.

Also note that in the Roman transliteration used throughout this course, words are always separated, and English punctuation is used.