Muay Thai Terminology

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It is impossible to give the correct pronunciation of Thai words by using the Roman alphabet without auxiliary signs. However, by observing the following pronunciation guide, the words will be understood if used in context.

'a' like the  'u'    in cup

'aw' like the 'aw'    in law

'ee' like the 'ee'    in feet

'ue' like the 'ui'    in french

'aa'  like the 'a'  in spa

'e'  like the 'e'   in set

'o'  like the 'oa'   in board

'ai'  like the 'i'   in fight

'ae'  like the 'a'  in man

'eh'  like the 'ea'   in bear

'u'  like the 'u'   in put

'i'  like the 'i'   in fit

      'oo' like the 'oo' in food          'dt' is a consonant, somewhat between a 'd' and a 't'
ThaiEnglishThaiEnglish
AenkenAnkletHuajaiHeart
AndapRatingsHookHook punch
BaakMouthJadPromote
BangkokCapital ThailandJamookNose
BatBlockKaaLeg
ChaikrongFloating ribKaiCamp
ChampChampionKai MuayMuay Thai Camp
Chaing maiNorthern CapitalKagangaiJawbone
ChokFightKamabTemple
Choraked Faad HaagTurning KickKaoKnees
DadsinToJudge/decideKao KongOver-arm knee kick
DaihauchaiUnder the heartKao LovJump knee kick
DermpanForm of bettingKao DrongFrontal knee kick
Dontree MuayFight MusicKhuen KruKruu accepts students
Kao DrongFront KneeKoo ekMain bout
DtaaEyesKradotJumping
DtaaiTo dieKradot DtaeJump kick
DtaeTo kickKruang RuangArmulet
Dtae KaoKnee kickKruu MuayBoxing teacher
Dtae TaoKick with footKwaaRight, to the right
Dtae WiangRoundhouse kickLang TaoInstep
DtaiKidneysLimpeeSolar Plexus
Dtai KaoSide KneeLopTo Duck
DteeTo hitLook antaTesticles
Dtee MatTo punchLook gradueakAdam's apple
Dtee SawkTo elbowLook kangChin
DtoiTo box, boxingMatFist
Dtoi LomShadow boxingMat atUppercut
FaadTo thrashMat drongStraight punch
Faidaengred cornerMao MatPunch drunk
FainamnerngBlue cornerMongkonfighters headband
Falang (Farang)ForeignerMekon WhiskeyThai Whiskey
GamaganRefereeMuay AcheepProfessional boxing
Gaan DadsinJudgingMuay SakonInternational boxing
Gangkeng MuayBoxers shortNa KaengShin
Gawn WelaaNovice boutTaitoiNape of the neck
GrajaabGroin guardTaeFoot
Grammon SrisaTop of the headNa PaagForehead
Nak MuayBoxerNuamGloves
NamnakWeightPang NgaTo dodge, evade
GarsawbPunchbagPaa Pan Muebandages
HuaheadPee LiangSeconds
Huajai lekIron heartRaigaan MuayBoxing program
YaekBreak ( referee)Ram MuayRitual dance
RunWeight CategoryTeep drongForward foot push
SaaiLeft, to leftTingThrow
Sanam MuayBoxing stadiumTongStomach
SangwienRing ropesTong noiLower stomach
SawingSwingUppercutUppercut punch
SawkElbowWai Krurespect to teacher
TeepPush with sole of footWehteeThe ring
Teep Dan LangFoot thrust to rearWongband (musical)
Teep dueh sonHeel pushYaepjab

 

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