เฒ่า เถ้า เท่า → thâo

All these are pronounced as:

Now, let’s look at the meaning:

 

เฒ่า = an elderly

พ่อเฒ่าแม่เฒ่า//phôr thâo mâe thâo = elderly man and woman

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เถ้า – ash

ขี้เถ้า//khêe thâo – ash

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เถ้าถ่าน//thâo thàan = ash; this is a good example of how we create a rhyme in a compound word, by choosing words with similar initial consonant, in this case, it is ถ. Mostly used as ไหม้เป็นเถ้าถ่าน//mâi pen thâo thàan (to be burnt until became ash).

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เถ้าแก่//thâo kàe = a (not necessary but at times, elderly) business owner; this comes from a Teochew word.

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เท่า//thâo = time

หกเป็นสามเท่าของสอง//Hòk pen săam thâo khŏrng sŏrng

Six is three times of two.

เท่ากัน//thâo kan = equal (in size), the same (amount)

อายุเท่ากัน//aayú thâo kan = (having) the same age

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สูงเท่ากัน//sŏong thâo kan = (having) the same height

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ความเท่าเทียมกัน//khwaam thâo thiam kan = Equality

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