ข้าพเจ้า

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Thai[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly from contraction of ข้า (kâa, slave; servant) +‎ พระเจ้า (prá-jâao, literally sacred lord), literally meaning "sacred lord's servant" or "sacred lord's slave". Compare Lao ຂ້າພະເຈົ້າ (khā pha chao).

Pronunciation[edit]

Orthographicข้าพเจ้า
kʰ ˆ ā b e t͡ɕ ˆ ā
Phonemicข้า-พะ-จ้าว
kʰ ˆ ā – b a – t͡ɕ ˆ ā w
RomanizationPaiboonkâa-pá-jâao
Royal Institutekha-pha-chao
(standard) IPA(key)/kʰaː˥˩.pʰa˦˥.t͡ɕaːw˥˩/

Pronoun[edit]

ข้าพเจ้า (kâa-pá-jâao)

  1. (very formal) a first person pronoun used when addressing a person of equal or higher status: I, we, etc.

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