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    The best methods for learning the Thai Language
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    If you are planning to stay in Thailand, then learning Thai may be a good idea as it can be handy and help you survive long-term. Different methods of learning Thai can offer different benefits, and it really depends on what method is convenient depending on your needs.

    Learning at a Thai Language School

    Attending a Thai language school may be for you if you have the time to go and the money. At school, you will get to study with other learners and practise in and out of the classroom. Most Thai teachers also offer one-on-one private lessons that can speed up your command of the language. Most of the Thai language centres focus on serving 2 different purposes. One is for actually learning the Thai language, while the other is a bit more watered-down version of learning Thai as part of keeping an education visa. If you choose to get an education visa, the class pricing will be higher as it includes the visa. In Bangkok, there are several language centres that can help you learn Thai. Duke Language School is considered the best language centre in Bangkok. Other language schools that are reputable, include AUA Thai (which features a unique teaching style that was adapted from a famous algebra teaching method). Rak Thai Language’s method of teaching is similar to the Union Thai method, which was created over 40 years ago for the purpose of teaching missionaries to be fluent in the language. Pro Language School is also another reputable language school to attent as well as Jentana & Associates. The latter school is great for those who want to learn specific Thai vocabularies, such as business, law, etc. Sumaa also has good ratings by former students. If you are dead-set on getting fluent in Thai, Chulalongkorn University has a Centre for Thai as a Foreign Language. For those enrolling in the programme, you can also obtain an education visa using this route. The programme is divided into 3 courses:
    • Intensive Thai Programme
      Price: 28,000 THB
      Times: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 12::00 pm or 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
      Duration: 6 weeks
    • Communicative Thai for Beginners
      Price: 12,000 THB
      Times: Monday and Wednesdays, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      Duration: 10 weeks
      Enrollment period: January, April, July and October
    • Thai for Mandarin Chinese speakers
      Price: 27,000 THB
      Times: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, or 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
      Duration: 6 weeks
    Learning Thai online
    Studying the Thai language online is another popular option. As you don’t have to leave the comforts of your home and can study whenever you want, it is a more convenient option for many. However, your motivation must be high as it is easy to put off studying using this method. Online learning does have its cons, however, as the lack of physical and social interaction is evident. Immediate feedback from teachers is missing as well.
    ThaiPod101.com is a reputable online learning platform for Thai and upon signing up, you get a free, 7-day premium class trial. Their lessons are divided into 4 different proficiency levels, allowing you to choose which one you think suits your skills the best. The lessons revolve around using the language practically, as they include everyday phrases that you can use in daily life. The platform also offers cheat sheets, flashcards, word banks, and bonus apps for additional learning. Learn Thai from a White Guy is also a popular online learning platform. Brett Whiteside, the “White Guy,” created his system that was based on 10+ years of direct experience and teaching Thai to foreigners. As a native English speaker, he is accustomed to the many questions and issues that non-native Thai speakers may face when learning the language. He also knows the problems associated with a speaker of a non-tonal language learning a tonal language.
    • Read Thai
    • Learn common Thai sentences and phrases
    • Understand basic conversations
    His course is broken into 3 areas that are divided over 4 courses. Those areas include:
    • Read Thai in 2 weeks
    • Starter Sentence Pack
    • Need to Know Sentence Pack
    • Talking Thai
    Those who enroll in the courses, get access to audio clips, examples, exercises and almost weekly supplemental material by email.

    Online Tutoring
    An online tutor is another great way to tackle the Thai language. A tutor can provide uninterrupted attention, while answering your specific questions. They can also teach you exactly what you want or need to know. As they are usually cheaper than taking private classes, it could be a great way to learn the language. italki.com is a great website that will allow you to choose your online Thai tutor. After choosing, you get a half-priced trial hour in which you can try out the tutor and lesson to see if it is right for you. If it is, you can go ahead and continue learning with your chosen teacher. If it is not, you can switch.

    Taking Private Classes
    Taking in-person, private classes or tutoring is probably the most effective way of learning the Thai language. As you can clearly hear the tones and get immediate feedback, if you have the funds, it may be worth the price. Bangkok’s Sumaa learning centre offers such classes at a starting cost of 39,000 THB. The course at Sumaa offers 60, 1-hour classes. And, if you just want to try out the course, you can pay for a minimum of 10 classes at 1,000 THB each, and then add more later at a rate of 650 THB per class. Another option is hiring a freelance tutor. In Bangkok, rates for a private tutor range from 300 THB to 500 THB per hour.

    Reading Thai Language Books
    If you like to learn through reading books, this is a good option. However, beware of the pitfalls in learning the correct tones that are used in the Thai language. As you don’t have someone speaking to you or someone to assess your tonal skills, it could not be as efficient as some of the other methods listed. It is recommended to use books as a secondary resource due to the absence of hearing, seeing, and speaking to someone who can give you feedback.

    Learning Thai with a Mobile Phone app
    Google Play or the Apple Store can be used to find a Thai language learning app. Just type in “learn Thai,” and you will see many apps that claim to teach you the language. It is best to look at the app’s ratings before committing and try out the app before relying on it to learn the language accurately. Learning Thai through an app or even YouTube is one of the cheapest ways to master the language. However, keep in mind that feedback may be minimal if present at all.

  • #2
    Why you should study Thai to explore Thailand



    Thailand has always been known as the world’s most popular tourist destination. Why? The land of smiles has so much to offer: tranquil beaches, never-ending options of cuisines, majestic temples and scenery, rich history, and cultural and archaeological sites. There is never enough time to get to know and explore Thailand fully. But, how do you make the most out of your time in this beautiful country? Why not learn the language itself? Here are reasons why you should study Thai to know Thailand.

    Get to know Thai culture better.

    Culture and language are strongly connected. Learning Thai immediately leads to a greater understanding of Thai people and the essential components of their culture, customs, and traditions. Through learning various expressions, vocabulary and slang, you’ll be able to grasp the culture connected to it. You might even gain some vocabulary with meanings unique to Thailand! On top of this, you are opening the door to making friends with more than 60 million people. This gives you the chance to know the culture in a greater depth while familiarising yourself with the colloquialisms.

    Obtain Education Visa (Non-immigrant ED Visa)

    If you genuinely want to explore Thailand, a 2-month tourist visa might not be enough. By enrolling in a reputable Thai language school, you can obtain a non-immigrant ED visa for the time duration of your study, for a minimum of 8 months. Moreover, some of the courses have a flexible schedule. This gives you plenty of time to cross the items on your bucket list of things to do in Thailand. But, where do you find a good and trustworthy Thai language school? Check out our language school info.

    Make Thai friends.

    One of the best parts of travelling is making friends from different cultures and backgrounds. While you can get around Thailand without speaking the language, it can be challenging to make friends since English is not widely spoken in the country. But of course, it is no surprise that the Land of Smile is home to friendly and generous people. Speaking Thai reduces the boundaries and is an excellent ice-breaker to get to know these amazing people! It is also an excellent conversation starter if you want to make friends but don’t know how to. While it may be nerve-racking to talk to the locals, know that you make a great first impression since Thai people will greatly appreciate your effort to learn their language.

    Explore less touristy areas

    Thailand is the hub for tourists; hence, there are endless activities for you to do! But the country never runs out of surprises; there are still many hidden gems yet to be discovered by many. Have you been to a local carnival? There, you can get rides, feed adorable piglets, play Bingo, play carnival games and choose from a range of street food for very cheap prices. But, where do you find these events? Well, it is a fact that the locals know best! So, go ahead and ask your Thai friends or a local for some suggestions. You will find the country’s most hidden gems!

    Improve your career options.

    During your time in Thailand, don’t limit yourself but explore the career opportunities here. Contrary to popular belief, there are many career options in Thailand for a foreigner aside from teaching. Multi-national companies have great opportunities for foreigners, especially in industries such as tech, digital marketing and real estate. Knowing the Thai language on top of your native language will surely give you an edge over other candidates. Moreover, speaking Thai will also benefit the social aspect of your work life, especially if you’re working with many Thai employees.

    By learning the Thai language, you are opening the door to meeting amazing people, visiting gorgeous yet hidden places, expanding your career options, and, last but not least, getting to explore the beautiful country for longer. So, don’t delay your urge to explore Thailand and enrol for a Thai language course!

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