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Indicating tone in transliterated Thai language texts


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  • Making electronic flashcards for learning new Thai vocabulary is easy - but how do you indicate the correct tones in the transliterated text?

On my Thai vocabulary flashcards, I write the Thai words using a colour-coding system to indicate the correct tone to use for each syllable:

The system is based on the traffic light principle, which I stole from this book:

 

 

The book uses traffic light colours to indicate the different consonant classes. I use a modified version so that I can indicate the correct tones on my flashcards, without having to work-out the tones using the Thai language tone rules. (Lazy, or what?!! I am still struggling with the Thai language tone rules. I just prefer to learn new words with the correct tones...)

Anyway, I use:

Red for High Tone syllables

Plain black for the Mid Tone syllables

Green for the Low Tone syllables

Light Green for rising tones. The tone is rising up from a low (dark green) tone, hence the light green? It made sense to me!

and

Pink for falling tones. The tone is falling from a high pitch, hence the colour should be a bit "less" than pure red?!

 

For the transliterated Thai to Roman Alphabet script, (which tells me how to pronounce the words,) I use the fairly standard:

High Tones - A Combining Acute Accent (something like an "/" on top of the syllable) by typing 0301 after the letter over which I want the accent to appear; highlighting this - and then clicking on Alt + x

Low Tones - A Combining Grave Accent (as above but sloping down from left to right) by typing 0300 after the letter over which I want the accent to appear; highlighting this - and then clicking on Alt + x

Falling Tones - A Combining Circumflex Accent (like a little ^ on top of the syllable) by typing 0311 after the letter over which I want the accent to appear; highlighting this - and then clicking on Alt + x

Rising Tones - A Combining Caron (as above but the other way up) by typing 030C after the letter over which I want the accent to appear; highlighting this - and then clicking on Alt + x

 

It took me a while to figure out just how to do that, so I just wanted to share, as they say. (Well, if nothing else, it will provide me with a reference as to how to do it, in case I forget the codes...)

 

The above works fine with StudyMinder Flash Cards

 

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Edited by smb



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