The Rewards of learning the Thailand Language Are Worth The Effort!
Thailand - People, Their language and Culture.
A lot of foreigners living in Thailand and of course Pattaya never learn the language.
It is such a different experience in Thailand if you speak at least some of the local language and you learn more about the Thai culture.
Most people want to learn the Thailand language so they can communicate and have a conversation with locals.
"Just give me a magic book!"
It seems that the alphabet is way too difficult to learn just by looking at the writing.
However it is a lot easier to learn the language by studying the alphabet.
It does look a little scary since their alphabet uses 44 consonants, 32 vowels and four tone marks and a variety of symbols for numbers, punctuation, etc.
On top of that, the consonants are divided into three classes. Vowels can be short and cut off at the end, or long and drawn out. Some sounds have no comparable sound in English. So you pretty much have to start learning the language just like a school kid.
There are three consonant classes (high, middle or low). If you don't know the class you will not know how to pronounce correctly what you are reading.
I have spent -wasted- time by trying to learn the language like I would English, German or let's say Spanish. I spent money on dictionaries and other books which use transliteration and that is simply wasted time and money.
Every Book I bought had a different transliteration system. I wish I would have known that it is a waste of time when I started to look for books and audio tapes.
Listen to Thai music! That is easy for me to do since I like Thai music. A lot of their music videos are karaoke and you can read while you listen.
The best books and audio CD's for self learners are from Benjawan Poomsan Becker. I studied "Thai for beginners". There is also one for intermediate and advanced students.
I listen to her tapes in my vehicle including the "Speak like a Thai' Volume 1-3. I also bought a special Keyboard and started learning how to type with their characters. This may not be for everyone but I happened to enjoy it and it improved my reading and writing skills immensely.
If you are a self learner kind of person you will benefit from Benjawan Poomsan Becker's books and tapes.
Have fun in Thailand
Language learning made as easy as possible. Benjawan's books are very well laid out and simple but not easy. Learning the language from 1st grade is fun but it is not easy. Benjawan uses a vocabulary and sentences that are useful and that you will be able to use in your everyday speech.
The reward of being able to speak the language even if it's only some to make your self understood are numerous. The locals are impressed when they meet a farang who speaks their language. Enjoy your learning and the fruits of your harvest. Also see Thai phrases.
Other Free and Helpful Thailand Language Online Tools
Thai Flash Cards
Have flash cards sent to your email account for free
Learn how to type with their characters on your computer
Thai2English Translation Software
Used to be free but it's NOT free anymore. Great online Thailand-English dictionary.
This website provides information for English-speakers with any level of interest....from beginners who wish to learn a few phrases before their vacation to advanced students who may be living, working, or want to retire in Thailand someday.