Liverpool soccer fans in Thailand now have a reason to smile. The club unveiled a Thai website to help their fans in Thailand get updates about the activities of the club. Thailand.liverpoolfc.com was designed to provide content online using the local language. While a lot of people in Thailand understand English, language barrier prevents the fans from fully understanding what’s going on with the club, through the English version of the club website. The Thai website also focuses on providing local content that is unique to Thailand fans only. There are approximately 14 million Liverpool fans in Thailand. The club’s Facebook fan page has more than 400,000 fans. The Thai website is managed from Bangkok.
Thai is the official language of Thailand. Thai is also known as Siamese or Central Thai. It is the native language of the Thai people, who are the most dominant ethnic group in Thailand. Thai belongs to the Tai Kadai language family. As of 2000, about 60 million people were speaking this language in Thailand and all over the world. Other countries where Thai speakers can be found includes the USA, Singapore, Midway Islands and in the United Arab Emirates. Thai is a tonal language, just like Chinese and Lao. It has 5 tones. Getting the tones of words right may take sometime for beginners. This may not be a problem at first but if you want to learn how to speak Thai well, you should make an effort to get the tones right, otherwise it may be hard for other language speakers to understand what you are saying.
The Thai language has different dialects. The northern dialects are mutually intelligible with the Lao language, especially the Lao that is spoken in Thailand. Thai has loan words from the Pali language, Sanskrit and Old Khmer. Thai is written using a syllabic alphabet. It has 44 consonants and 32 vowels, which are combined to form syllables. Writing is done from left to write. There are no spaces between words. A space between words indicates the end of a sentence or clause.