The Royal Institute has come up with new spellings of 176 words borrowed from English in order to better reflect how the words are pronounced in Thai.
Tone marks (“wanayuk” in Thai) will be added to those words when they appear in a new version of the institute’s official Thailanguage dictionary.
These words include computer, quota, calorie, and radar. Currently, they are spelt without tone marks.
The 176 words were identified by the institute’s recent survey on some 300 people, including its board members, organisation members, and people in the language circles.