Please watch the following video tutorials to learn how to use this course.
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Our video files are encoded with h264 as mp4 files and can be played by all recent smartphones. The audio files are encoded as mp3 files and can be played with pretty much all phones or mobile devices you can buy. The transcripts come as PDF files. You can download various free PDF reader for your computer or mobile devices.
We highly recommend you use the free Google Chrome browser to access the course material. It supports the latest standard web technologies and all areas of the course have been tested with it.
You can use Safari on iOS and on Android we recommend you use Firefox.
Completely new to Thai? Read this
If you are a complete beginner we recommend you to do the course like this:
- Complete Module 1 to get a feeling for the language.
- Start with the Beginner Grammar & Review Lessons in Module 2 and do Beginner Vocabulary Lessons along with it at your own pace.
- We have over 300 Beginner Vocabulary Lessons so this will take time. When you are done with the Beginner Grammar & Review Lessons feel free to either move on to learn to read and write Thai (this is highly recommended if you are serious about mastering the language) with Module 5 or continue with Module 3 and practice your conversational Thai and listening skills.
- Continue to Module 4 whenever you are done with the Intermediate Lesson Cycles.
- Congratulations! By now you should be able to speak, understand and maybe even read and write Thai!
Why learning to read and write Thai makes sense for serious learners
You will be able to have basic conversations and understand people on the street without knowing how to read and write Thai. There is nothing wrong with not learning it.
BUT… the big benefit of learning to read and write Thai is that you can practice with pretty much everything whenever you are in Thailand.
Those huge advertising signs, menus in restaurants or by deciphering what some street food vendors wrote on their signs. You are also not dependent on having audio files or a certain transliteration system, instead you can use all sorts of learning material (including the many Thai books for children to learn the language!).
Once you overcame the biggest hurdle, learning the Thai alphabet (which isn’t that hard with our Alphabet mnemonics!), learning to read and write isn’t that hard anymore. We recommend you give it a try.
Already know some Thai? Here is a general overview of the course
If you already speak some basic Thai skip the Phrase Lessons and Beginner Lesson Cycles. The Top 300 Thai words are probably a good start. Those are the words you will need over and over. After that it really depends on your skill level.
Either do Module 2 in which we cover all the Grammar and pretty much all words you will need day by day or if your vocabulary base is already quite large and you are confident with creating your own sentences start with Module 3.
Here is an overview of the different modules and what they basically are:
- Module 1: Introduction
- Module 2: Basics you got to know
- Module 3: Practice, practice, practice
- Module 4: More difficult practice
- Module 5: Reading and writing
If you run into any problems or have questions just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.