Thai Language

The Thai language is a very interesting medium, not only does it have a large number of Pali and Sanskrit words, which support Buddhist concepts, beliefs and themes, but it also has a special vocabulary known as Rajasap, or special words for actions, articles, etc., used by the Royal Family and Buddhist Sangha. This is evident with the word “Pra Tamnak”, a residence occupied by a senior member of the royal family, and “Tamnak” for a Buddhist Prelate – though there are some exceptions with the latter. [Please note that the honorific Thai word “Phra” [Pali: Vara – Excellent], is spelled throughout this document as ‘Pra’. Those who are unfamiliar with Thai transliteration often mistake the Thai ‘Ph’ as the English phonetic ‘F’.]