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    Thai Language courses

    Could someone recommend good thai courses in Bangkok. Would love to learn that language!

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    plenty of free stuff avail on the web... plenty of tutors avail... do web searches... don't sign up for any long term or costly stuff until you really do want to learn the language, and have the motivation - many, many, many hours of study

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    You can find lots of resources online but if you aren't a very self-disciplined person, I suggest you search for a Thai Language school near you. If you're in Bangkok, there are quite a couple of them. Just search in Google maps. There's also videos on Youtube for Thai language beginners.

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    The best way to learn is a personal teacher, 500 baht an hour, and lots of hard work in between lessons

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    Quote Originally Posted by quengil View Post
    quite a couple

    Quote Originally Posted by quengil View Post
    There's also videos

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    Mingle with the savages.

    The best learning tool.

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    go ahead, learn Thai, start learning like the Thai's do, pickup the manni mannat elementary school books, available for free on the web, learn the alphabet, learn the pronunciation, build a vocabulary... nothing to it, just start studying and practicing and pretty much, don't stop... sooner or later, actually much, much later, you'll be talkin' like a Thai, it'll only take a couple of decades

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    I want to learn basic Thai too.

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    ^ Youtube has plenty of "Learn Thai" videos.

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    ^ a place where, apparently, you can't learn Thai.

    Where would TD be without you?


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    Do you think anyone would sign up to anything via a link from you, you massive moron?

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    Learn thai and English langauge at https://www.huneety.co/ provide best services to student to learn thai or any other langauge.

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    Let us know how that pans out.

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    Does anyone have any experience studying Thai outside of Bangkok or Pattaya or other large cities?

    I'd like to begin with a school program with a structure and then use a private teacher.

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    Anyone considering "learning Thai" has to ask themselves what they are hoping to achieve?

    Are we talking about reading/writing Thai script and speaking Royal Thai proper or just learning how to order khao pad gai from a food stall and a few other phrases?

    Because the answer to each differs greatly.

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    Obviously nobody is ultimately aiming to do either of those things.

    I find myself in the unusual position of agreeing with quite a few of your views, whilst concluding that you're a bit of a dick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Obviously nobody is ultimately aiming to do either of those things.
    Nobody is aiming to learn Thai proper or just aiming to learn a bunch of basic interchangeable phrases written in phonetic English?

    I disagree, I would say most westerners learning Thai can be generally split into these two groups.

    But, I'm intrigued to know what kind of Thai you think EVERYONE is learning that doesn't fall into either of these two categories?


    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    ....whilst concluding that you're a bit of a dick.
    In light of the fact it's your 2nd bout of name calling today, what do you conclude about yourself going on a forum to call people names on Christmas day for no other reason than you don't agree with everything they say?


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    Quote Originally Posted by foobar View Post
    Anyone considering "learning Thai" has to ask themselves what they are hoping to achieve?
    Part of the teacher's job to work that out with the student and plan the class accordingly....another advantage to private classes

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    Quote Originally Posted by foobar View Post
    Anyone considering "learning Thai" has to ask themselves what they are hoping to achieve?

    Are we talking about reading/writing Thai script and speaking Royal Thai proper or just learning how to order khao pad gai from a food stall and a few other phrases?

    Because the answer to each differs greatly.
    In the beginning basic communication with speaking and listening and after that I'd like to be able to read basic.

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    Starting Point: Phrase books, you tube vids, practice the alphabet (four letters/week) Many, hours, hours, hours...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowie View Post
    Starting Point: Phrase books, you tube vids, practice the alphabet (four letters/week) Many, hours, hours, hours...
    Appreciate

    I have the Benj--Boon Becker tapes I forgot the complete name.

    Yes it takes many hours to learn a language

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pokey Bernstein View Post
    I have the Benj--Boon Becker tapes I forgot the complete name.
    Great books, and what I first used when I started to learn how to read Thai. I've always recommended them and lent them to friends that were interested in learning to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pokey Bernstein View Post
    In the beginning basic communication with speaking and listening and after that I'd like to be able to read basic.
    Make a list of basic interchangeable phrases that are easy to remember and reuse just by changing one word. Then group these phrases by situation, like shopping or buying food, taxi, etc & start building a word list that you swap into these phrases.

    But, also get started on the reading thai script side of things as soon as possible, because you will pick up a lot of bad habits messing around with tourist phrases written in phonetic English and will waste time later re-learning the right way.

    Thai is a tonal language and that tonal system is built into the design of the thai alphabet, so even if you've never heard a word before, thai script will allow you to pronounce the word and use all the correct tones, just like a Thai.

    I would recommend something like: Linguaphone Thai which is a complete course on reading/writing thai script and speaking thai proper.

    If you are working on LT everyday, going through the various exercises etc, then using your phrase/word list when you are out and about, you will learn quickly and your Thai will be built on a solid foundation.

    Once you start to wrap your head around the thai alphabet via LT and you can recognise and write the letters, one day you will be walking down the street and notice you can suddenly read all the Thai signs, then you can practice when you are out walking around.
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    Personally I wouldn't bother with classes, unless you need them for a visa something then by all means do the classes alongside the above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Great books, and what I first used when I started to learn how to read Thai. I've always recommended them and lent them to friends that were interested in learning to read.
    Yes they are well done and helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by foobar View Post
    Make a list of basic interchangeable phrases that are easy to remember and reuse just by changing one word. Then group these phrases by situation, like shopping or buying food, taxi, etc & start building a word list that you swap into these phrases.

    But, also get started on the reading thai script side of things as soon as possible, because you will pick up a lot of bad habits messing around with tourist phrases written in phonetic English and will waste time later re-learning the right way.

    Thai is a tonal language and that tonal system is built into the design of the thai alphabet, so even if you've never heard a word before, thai script will allow you to pronounce the word and use all the correct tones, just like a Thai.

    I would recommend something like: Linguaphone Thai which is a complete course on reading/writing thai script and speaking thai proper.

    If you are working on LT everyday, going through the various exercises etc, then using your phrase/word list when you are out and about, you will learn quickly and your Thai will be built on a solid foundation.

    Once you start to wrap your head around the thai alphabet via LT and you can recognise and write the letters, one day you will be walking down the street and notice you can suddenly read all the Thai signs, then you can practice when you are out walking around.
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    Personally I wouldn't bother with classes, unless you need them for a visa something then by all means do the classes alongside the above.
    thank you for the information I will follow it

    I've heard about the tones and will practice them

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