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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-15-2008, 12:57 AM Thread Starter
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I can say the "thai" part but how the duck do you pronounce muay? Is it like saying "my" or like the spanish way of saying "'muy' bien"?
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It's definitely not pronounced like "my thai". That's the name of a drink.

The three letters in the thai word "muay" are more or less the equivalents of the english letters "m", "w" and "y". (In Thai language that's three consonants.) This means that logically it would sound pretty similar to "muy (bien)".

On the other hand it seems like the Thai tend to twist that middle consonant a bit from time to time so that it almost sounds like it turns into a short vowel, like in "must" before the y, maybe because of the fact that the word is entirely made up of consonants. I really don't know what is more correct but I seem to remember hearing Thais pronounce it like "muy bien" more often than not.

Of course, as always when it comes to a far eastern languages, this is not the whole secret about how to pronounce it right. You also need the right intonation, or it will probably mean something completely different. But I don't know anything about that part.
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The "Muay" in Muay Thai is pronounced mooy as in the English word "boy".

Listen to how it sounds hear to get a better understanding.

http://thai-language.com/id/132349#def1

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Phonetically, it would be pronounced "muck-luck". If anyone pronounces it like these other dudes told you to, tell them the real thing, I'm tired of this shit.



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Sorry to hear that but it just so happens that my friend is Thai Chinese and the most common pronunciation is "moy" as in "boy". If you look anywhere on the internet you'll see pretty much the same thing.
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-17-2009, 04:10 PM
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Hey, does anyone know of a worth while camp for muay thai in the chicago land area? I am new to the area and need to know.
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I always understood it like this: say Moo-Ay Tie, but say the first two syllables very fast. So it sounds like boy, but there is still a hint of the oo-ay in the middle.

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Hey, does anyone know of a worth while camp for muay thai in the chicago land area? I am new to the area and need to know.
We all do, we're just not telling you. Why do you keep asking the same thing?



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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-17-2009, 04:42 PM
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Oh, I know, this is when I am supposed to go and cry and say why cant I play with you. Put your ego down for a moment and try to understand that it is a simple request. I am not going to tuff talk you on the internet...answer the question or dont homo. And then come find me there and we will continue this conversation to the fullest.
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