Thai originates from the Tai-Kadai language family and is spoken by over 20 million people in Thailand, and 60 million people worldwide. Although Thai is recognized as one of many Tai dialects, it is the official language of Thailand.
The official Thai language is influenced by a Central Thailand dialect and the educated elite of Bangkok. The Thai alphabet was made in the 13th century by the King of Thailand. Not only is the alphabet form unique, its writing system is very different from most languages. There are no spaces used between words; spaces in Thai text mean the end of a clause or sentence.