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  • by hex (3272) on 2006.04.21 21:07 (#47334) Homepage Journal
    Having been to Thailand recently, I failed completely at the time to decipher the letters and sounds of their alphabet.
    May the curse of a thousand years fall upon the fruit of your loins! (Actually, that says "King Ramkhamhaeng the Great".)

    Reading about it [] is like getting an exercise in pain.

    • Oh God yes! Thai is difficult phonetically, orthographically, pragmatically, and fontographically. (I hear its syntax and morphology are relatively straightforward tho -- it's not like they're trying to be difficult.)

      When people ask me what languages have the scariest writing systems, I usually say Gaelic and Tibetan, but really Thai gives both those a run for their money. But it's a close race, because each brings its own extra menace to the difficulty of the writing system: Gaelic brings its horrible