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THE SIMILARITY BETWEEN THAI AND HOKKIEN LANGUAGE

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Fukkinese has also been referred to as taiwanese dialect but let's be honest about it the taiwanese chinese that speak that dialect used to come from the fukien region of china and not all fukkinese people are located in taiwan or china but all over the world especially in the south east asian region. There is also a difference in northern fukkiense called foo chow and southern fukkienese called hokkien.

Starting from the numbering system.

Thai:
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
soon, neung, song, sum, see, ha, hok, jet, pet, gao

Hokkien:
Kong, yeo, yee, sar, see, gor, luck, qik, peua, gao.

One thing of note is that i think for all chinese dialects or rather southern chinese dialects the number 3 and 4 sound the same just like the thai language, sum and see. Notice how the number 9 probably sounds similar too which is gao.

Basically, Thai uses Chinese numbers, and has for well over a thousand years.  A lot of East Asia does - they've also taken over in Japan.  Thai [R]suun comes from Pali and Sanskrit, [LS]nueng isn't Chinese, and [R]sawng comes from the Chinese word for 'pair'.  The Hokkien yee lives on in Thai [F]yii[L]sip 'twenty'.  For comparison, English 'zero' comes from Arabic.

I wouldn't be surprised if they are distantly related to the Hokkien people.  As it is believed that Thai people originally migrated south from China during the Gengis Khan period.
The famous New Zealand/Australian race horse Phar Lap is often mistakenly referred to having a Thai name, however the name was actually came from a Chinese gentleman, as it meant lightning in his local dialect of Chinese.  I can't remember which tribe he was from, but apparently their language has many similarities to modern Thai (Although of course has evolved in a different direction over the past ~800 years since the Thais migrated)

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