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INTRODUCTION. Let's get straight to the point. This booklet will reveal techniques on how to take on learning the Thai language. Many people have been in. This post is a motivator for you to step up your Thai speaking game, because portal and practicing Thai using the videos, audio and PDF lessons to advance. It's time to go a step further and learn Thai in reverse from an. 11/2/ Thai Basic Lessons, Peace Corps/Thailand. Page 1 of 24 You will also have a chance to learn how to read and write Thai during your PST.
It will form the basis to all of your other studies. After learning the different letters you can move on to studying Thai words and Thai accents. Each of these will make up the building blocks of your lessons, and pretty soon you will be holding full conversations in fluent Thai.
It all starts with learning the Thai alphabet, and if you ever need to brush up on your basics you can always return to your older podcast lessons to refresh yourself on the fundamentals. Why is Learning the Thai Alphabet Important? Trying to learn how to write in Thai without first learning its alphabet is a bit like trying to build a brick house without touching the individual bricks!
It is impossible to do a good job that way. You will regret it later. Also, once you start recognizing symbols and words, you will be encouraged by your own progress and motivated to learn even faster.
Even just learning the basics of the alphabet will allow you to start recognizing simple Thai words, and it will feel great! Completely mastering the Thai alphabet, no matter how long it takes, will give you an excellent head start in learning how to write and read the language.
Read on for helpful tips and secrets to learning the Thai alphabet quickly and effectively.
If you want to master the Thai language and become fluent, you must learn the Thai alphabet letters first. And you need physical worksheets to practice on. Download Now!
Once a lesson or tool is downloaded, you can then access it offline via your computer or smartphone any time or place regardless of Internet access. So not only will learning Thai using PDF lessons save minutes on your data plan—it will save you some significant time as well as the lessons add up! The great thing about PDF lessons, tools or files is that they can be quickly printed and taken anywhere after you download them.
In fact, printing out Thai lessons in PDF format can actually save you time when compared to going through the material on a smartphone with a small screen—even with the extra printing time! But when you review the same Thai lessons again in PDF format, an incredible thing happens: your retention dramatically improves! Thanks to Time Spaced Repetition, seeing the information again in written format helps reinforce the information in your mind and improves both retention and recall.
The benefits of learning Thai using PDF lessons quickly add up to significant time savings for you, your data plan, and your dream of learning a new language! Why are we giving it away? Learning to read and write is a must for all beginners. Secrets to Learning the Thai Alphabet Fast Top With a language, like with anything you have to learn from scratch, having a few mnemonic devices handy are key to learning it fast.
A mnemonic device is basically any method or technique that helps you to retain or commit something to memory more easily. Here are a few mnemonic devices to memorize the Thai alphabet so you can speed up learning how to write in Thai.
Find a recording and learn to sing the song, or recite the poem along as best as you can. Repeat it out loud as often as possible.
However, you still need to learn how to write it. Also, remember to ask your teacher at ThaiPod if you have questions! Remember to write them out! You can also do it every time you have a free moment. Get yourself a special notebook for this purpose that you can carry with you anywhere you go.
Month 1: Getting to Grips with the Basics
Sitting on the train or bus? Waiting for someone somewhere? Month 3: Week 1: If you can't make it to Thailand, then make a plan to later in the year. When you do get here though, make sure you avoid solely hanging out in the tourist spots. Speak with as many Thai people in Thai as you can. Here's another cool video to help you talk about yourself and others: Week 3 goes a step further with full immersion.
Week 4: Yep, 3 months is up already! Complete the Following 10 Tasks in Thai! Ask a policeman for directions. Order a pizza over the phone. Take a cab and speak Thai, continuing the conversation for the entire length of the journey regardless of whether the driver is interested in speaking! Take the bus and ask the driver to tell you when it is your stop. Shop in the supermarket and ask questions about price, taste and origin — or anything else you can think of.
Tell a Thai friend that they look great today Go into a bank and change or withdraw money and don't speak in English.
Order Thai food from a restaurant. First, ask what they recommend, then ask if there are any specials today. Then choose a dish and ask that it be made with no MSG, not too much salt and not too sweet, or whatever your preferences are. Perhaps the hardest aspect of speaking Thai is phone calls, oh how I dread them. So now…. Want one last test?
You Did It! You tried though, so don't stop now!
Hey, even learning two words a day will give you words a year, and that's a lot of words. Comments Sort by: Thanks man Thanks for sharing! Been a while since I read this. I get your point about transliteration being useful now.
It was interesting seeing the comment about reading words that I've never heard before being difficult. I think with Thai script it's a little easier than with the English alphabet.
I'll read something out loud but have no idea what it says as a local asked how I knew those words. Then I have to explain that I'm actually an idiot and don't know them.
I think it's useful as a kick-start, and as I've noted many people who come for a holiday once a year or do a long stay now and again just want to learn enough Thai to get by and not delve into the alphabet; so in that respect the transliteration is useful.
Then again, it can be problematic because there isn't necessarily an agreed way to interpret the words in roman alphabet, so variations can confuse.
I think we'd all agree that if you're serious about learning Thai long term then it is majorly beneficial to learn the alphabet. That said, I have met foreign nationals who can speak but not write Thai, simply because they've learned ad-hoc over the years. I won't bother It's easy to pick up a few words here and there, enough to string a sentence together to get your point across and possibly enough to listen in on a conversation by picking up key words..
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That's all I do. I just make an angry face so that always gets my point across I want to learn but also don't It may be pointless as once my father in law is gone he's 86 my wife doesn't really want to go there anymore and neither do I. But, it would be fun to listen in to what her friends are saying at their drunken parties. My mrs is a teacher of Thai and I still can't speak it after 23 years, cannot hear tones and nobody understand what i say, so I gave up.
The Ying lee song is not pop by the way, it's luktung. It's good to speak the language I've been with my Thai wife for 20 years and still only know a few words but enough to understand when they say things about you in a discriminative way. I have nothing against them for that but it's good to know how some people there feel. I originally bought the pimsleur Thai cassette and book box set but that's been on the shelf since Thai is difficult but easy as well once you pick up the sounds, tones etc which makes it easy to work out what people are saying even though not understanding the language.
I used the Pimsleur also. It definitely taught me a lot. Then I used learn-thai podcast which also helped a lot. Having lived in Thailand for 23 years and being able to speak four languages including being able to read, speak and write Thai. The one thing that hinders so many people when learning a language is trying to relate words directly to the same word in their mother tongue. The best way to learn any language is to associate an object with a sound or an action with a sound.
I hope this helps some people.
Haha well it took me about 3 months just to learn to read Thai and understand the tones. I feel like English to Thai transliteration is borderline worthless, personally but it certainly is a fun language to practice.
Well, you're living proof that it is possible then: I don't think English to Thai transliteration is a waste of time at all, as long as you combine it with listening practice to get the correct pronunciation.
Some people just can't get to grips with the alphabet quickly, which puts them off starting. Using the transliteration and listening exercises you can start talking Thai immediately. Though I do agree that learning the alphabet and tones helps massively. English to Thai transliteration is a waste of time, if you dont precede it with thai script.
In your native language you dont learn words in the dictionary looking first and only at the phonetics. Even native english speakers are not able to read properly thai using the phonetic transliteration, and it is much worse for non-native english speakers like me.
Thai script is phonetic. In your native language, first you struggle to decipher the words, then your brain learn to recognize instantly the word as an entity. The same apply for thai. It's very rewarding to recognize the thai words you know when you read, or to understand better how to pronounce them by seeing them written in thai.
It is difficult to read a word when you did not hear it before and you dont know it at all. So you better have to start with the vocabulary you learn. Write the word in thai, then the transliteration in parenthesis, then the translation.
Use your own phonetic transliteration for the thai alphabet, then go with the thai alphabet. Work 15 minutes per day instead of not at all. Once you know the alphabet and the tone rules you dont need anything else. I recommend "thai alphabet" and "thai script" free applications Transliteration systems are amazingly ridiculous and inconsitent, many wrong or extra sounds polluting your brain, when you should be able to visualize the word written in thai script and remember the tones to use from it.
Transliteration without thai script is just good to learn a few sentences for holidays or when you dont accept to go back to A-B-C and feel like a 4 years old kid at school with everything to learn strong ego does not like to feel like a newborn again After 30 years of daily use not study , I'm still far from a native english speaker: I don't disagree with your points, and yes ideally one would learn the alphabet first.
But I know plenty of people who speak very good Thai but can barely read it. The alphabet is very hard to master for some, particularly at an older age.
Moreover, some just don't have the time. Many just learn "parrot fashion", by speaking and repeating. Living in a predominately Thai area will have you speaking a lot of Thai very quickly.
Also, a lot of people just want to speak conversational Thai and aren't too fussed about fluency. This is very possible without reading Thai. I dont say it is mandatory, but I struggled a lot trying to pronounce properly transliterated words and trying to remember and repeat the words I heard the first years, before learning the tones curves every tone is a curve and the alphabet needed 3 months of daily exercises to feel comfortable with both.
For me it was funny to feel back to the nursery school, but some people do not accept. Now if you have a talkative parrot handy and also good young ears and sound memory, well I agree you dont need to be able to read or write anything and you still can associate other visual memories to the sounds. I think that in order to pronounce words in Thai correctly you need to learn the Thai alphabet and the sounds.
A lot of transliteration is incorrect or imprecise so start with learning the alphabet and that will make the pronunciation much easier. There are simple memory systems to learn the consonants and vowels which with some practice are quick to learn.
I do agree, but I also know many people who speak Thai very well but can't write or read it, or at least have a very limited understanding. I know a Thai woman born in Europe who went back to live in Thailand in her early teens who can't write Thai very well but speaks like a native.
The point is you can make a start speaking Thai without learning the alphabet. Some people just want to learn some Thai to get by on holiday, and others can't get to grips with the alphabet but progress well picking up the language from Thai friends.
I find it hard to beileve that one can speak fluent Thai in a matter of 3 months. Like the Thai says, "pood dai gu-gu, pla-pla" I have been studying Thai for several years now, and I consider myself still a long way to master the language. What says you?
Khun wa yang gnai krup? Khor khun mee kwan sut satber krup. Chok dee krup.
Of course 3 months is slightly exaggerated, but this is post is more about motivation and taking action than the timeframe itself. I know a guy up in Chiang Mai who was pretty much fluent within a year, so it can be done fairly quickly with dedication.
Chok dee gap gan rien passa Thai na krup! Nice post.
ThaiPod is a good program to learn Thai. It works! All the Westerners I work with or know socially, say I am fluent in Thai, but after living here for nine years one thing I learned is that the more you learn, the more you realise there is still to learn! Immerse yourself in Thai and you can't help but learn it. Listen to native speakers, and hold as many conversations as you can.
Start out in the local noodle shop, and then move on to buses and other shops. Her pronunciation is very clear, and her mannerisms are lovely.
The one thing to do is to try to avoid going to tourist places where every conversation starts with "hello mister".
Learn the Thai Alphabet from A to Z!
Watch Thai TV, listen to Thai radio stations - even if they are playing international songs, listen to a station where the DJs talk Thai. No Radio Thailand 88FM! I do however draw the line at the soaps. Horrible, horrible, horrible. Sound advice Scott, thanks for your input. I also like Learn with Mod, but I find the Youtube stuff too basic now - would be great if she released some intermediate stuff Thai script is difficult but it can be picked up and when you do start figuring out words and letters it makes you feel a bit like you are accomplishing something after all the frustrating pulling out of hair..
I do believe you need to be in contact with someone who speaks Thai fluently..
I struggle with the script. I get really into it, start speaking a few words and then get distracted. There is a Chinese lady in my local cafe who married a Thai guy; after 8 years she is fluent in Thai but can't read any. She said she just learnt to speak hanging out around Thais all day. Sh had no choice because she can't speak any English! If I am as good as her after 8 years i will be chuffed.: Be aware that learning the Thai language could open the pandora box and there is no way back!
Good Luck but prevention is better That all depends on where you just picked up your lady from:Now you've been practicing the YouTube lessons, start introducing yourself to tones. Each of these will make up the building blocks of your lessons, and pretty soon you will be holding full conversations in fluent Thai.
Read on for helpful tips and secrets to learning the Thai alphabet quickly and effectively. What constitutes a difficult language is not the same for a native English speaker as for a native Chinese speaker. Feb 21, at Using the transliteration and listening exercises you can start talking Thai immediately.
More repetitions are obviously better.
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