# How do you say song in Thai

Get those special 'Thai speaker prices' by knowing the numbers in Thai

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 ๐ ศูนย์sŏon 1 ๑ หนึ่งnèung 2 ๒ สองsŏng 3 ๓ สามsăam 4 ๔ สี่sèe 5 ๕ ห้าhâa 6 ๖ หกhòk 7 ๗ เจ็ดjèt 8 ๘ แปดbpàet 9 ๙ 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 .