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1. Posted by The Jones (Budding Member, 44 posts) 4 Apr '11 04:56

Hi,

Hope this isn't too obvious a question but I have been wondering for a while the correct Pronunciation for the word Baht. Is it Pronunced "Bart" as in the popular animated cartoon character or "Bat" as in the sporting equptment used to stike the ball in a game of cricket?

I'm also strugling with Soi.

I'm sure you all know the answer

Thanks,

Nick

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3595 posts) 4 Apr '11 12:51

As far as I know it's pronounced the same as Bart.

3. Posted by Curt1591 (Respected Member, 230 posts) 4 Apr '11 16:19

bawt as in bought and sold.

soy, as in the bean

Transliterations of Thai are all over the place. The "official" transliteration is a complete third language!

4. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 860 posts) 4 Apr '11 16:46

Quoting bex76

As far as I know it's pronounced the same as Bart.

but without emphasis on the "r" Think of the sheep Baa with a "t" on the end.

Sawatdee khrab. I miss saying that so much.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru, 1287 posts) 4 Apr '11 18:05

I always just say baht like in bah humbug with a"t" on the end of bah. Most Thais seems to understand.

Not many of the 15 million tourists who visit Thailand each year pronounce Thai words correctly and they seem to do okay in the end. Thais will gladly take your money no matter how bad you mangle the word!

Even Thais say some words differently from region to region.

6. Posted by bulldogtwo (Budding Member, 31 posts) 5 Apr '11 11:17

Best way to say it is "BOT" . You can try to pronounce it like the Thai's with the "h" sound after the B but not necessary. There is no emphasis on any other letter, sounds just like, "BOT."