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The Thai language has its own set of numerals, although the standard Arabic/Western numerals are much more commonly encountered. You may come across the Thai numerals in government and official documents, legal documents, religious texts, page numbers of textbooks or generally anything related to Thai tradition or history. When doing mathematics, Thai students will typically use the Arabic numerals for doing calculations but will write the answer in Thai numerals.

A common use for the Thai numerals that you're likely to see is in double pricing situations, where a price for Thais is written in Thai numerals whereas the more expensive price for foreigners is written in Arabic numerals. If you can learn the Thai numerals, your chances of being able to only pay the Thai price are much improved!

Counting in Thai is relatively straightforward, and by memorising only 17 words you can count into the millions. Due to the frequent need to haggle prices in Thailand, knowing the numbers and being able to count comes in very useful. The numbers 1-10, shown below, form the basis of all the others.

Numbers 1 to 10

Arabic Numerals

Thai Numerals

Pronunciation

0

ศูนย์sŏon

1

หนึ่งnèung

2

สองsŏng

3

สามsăam

4

สี่sèe

5

ห้าhâa

6

หกhòk

7

เจ็ดjèt

8

แปดbpàet

9

เก้าgâo

10

๑๐

สิบsìp

Numbers 11 to 100

Numbers 12 - 19 are the same as 2-9 except with the number ten , สิบ ( sìp ), in front of them. 11 is slightly different, as from 11 onwards whenever หนึ่ง ( nèung , the number 1) is the last word in a number it becomes เอ็ด ( èt ) instead.

Arabic Numerals

Thai Numerals

Pronunciation

11

๑๑

สิบเอ็ดsìp èt

12

๑๒

สิบสอง sìp sŏng

13

๑๓

สิบสาม sìp săam

14

๑๔

สิบสี่sìp sèe

15

๑๕

สิบห้าsìp hâa

16

๑๖

สิบหก sìp hòk

17

๑๗

สิบเจ็ดsìp jèt

18

๑๘

สิบแปดsìp bpàet

19

๑๙

สิบเก้าsìp gâo

Counting in Thai is relatively straightforward, and by memorising only 17 words you can count into the millions. Due to the frequent need to haggle prices in Thailand, knowing the numbers and being able to count comes in very useful. The numbers 1-10 form the basis of all the others.

For the numbers greater than 19, the multiple of ten is placed before the สิบsìp at the start of the number. For instance, 30 is สามสิบsăam sìp which if translated literally is just "three ten". Numbers in the twenties are an exception though, as 20 is ยี่สิบyêe sìp not สองสิบsŏng sìp.

Arabic Numerals

Thai Numerals

Pronunciation

20

๒๐

ยี่สิบyêe sìp

21

๒๑

ยี่สิบเอ็ด yêe-sìp-èt

22

๒๒

ยี่สิบสอง yêe-sìp-sŏng

23

๒๓

ยี่สิบสามyêe-sìp-săam

30

๓๐

สามสิบsăam sìp

31

๓๑

สามสิบเอ็ด săam-sìp-èt

32

๓๒

สามสิบสองsăam-sìp-sŏng

40

๔๐

สี่สิบsèe sìp

50

๕๐

ห้าสิบhâa sìp

60

๖๐

หกสิบhòk sìp

70

๗๐

เจ็ดสิบjèt sìp

80

๘๐

แปดสิบ bpàet sìp

90

๙๐

เก้าสิบgâo sìp

99

๙๙

เก้าสิบเก้าgâo-sìp-gâo

Into the millions

Above that, 100 is ร้อยrói and 1000 is พันpan.

Arabic Numerals

Thai Numerals

Pronunciation

100

๑๐๐

หนึ่งร้อยnèung rói

200

๒๐๐

สองร้อย sŏng rói

555

๕๕๕

ห้าร้อยห้าสิบห้า hâa-rói-hâa-sìp-hâa

1000

๑๐๐๐

หนึ่งพันnèung pan

9999

๙๙๙๙

เก้าพันเก้าร้อยเก้าสิบเก้าgâo-pan-gâo-rói-gâo-sìp-gâo

Thai differs from English in that it also has separate words for 10,000 (หมื่น , mèun ) and 100,000 (แสน , săen ) . 1,000,000 is ล้าน ( láan ).

Arabic Numerals

Thai Numerals

Pronunciation

10,000

๑๐,๐๐๐

หนึ่งหมื่นnèung mèun

123,456

๑๒๓,๔๕๖

หนึ่งแสนสองหมื่นสามพันสี่ร้อยห้าสิบหก nèung săen sŏng mèun săam pan sèe rói hâa sìp hòk

1,999,999

๑,๙๙๙,๙๙๙

หนึ่งล้านเก้าแสนเก้าหมื่นเก้าพันเก้าร้อยเก้าสิบเก้า
nèung láan gâo săen gâo mèun gâo pan gâo rói gâo sìp gâo

In common speech, nèung , the number 1, is frequently dropped when it appears first in a number (except for the number 1 itself, obviously). Similarly, rói , pan , mèun and săen are often dropped when they are the last word in a larger number. For instance, rói can be dropped when it's the last word and the number is greater than 1000 . pan can be dropped when it's the last word and the number is greater than 10,000 etc.

To use the number 1700 as an example: its full pronunciation is nèung pan jèt rói , but in common speech it would often be abbreviated to just pan jèt .

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