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10 Posts for Thai Beginners Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Beginner

Are you new to the Thai language? Intimidated by the tricky alphabet and all those pesky tones? It’s alright – Thai certainly isn’t an easy language to pick up. That’s why we’re here! To get you going in your Thai studies, here are 10 of our best posts for beginners:

Thai Alphabet – Vowels

It looks intimidating, but give it a shot.

It looks intimidating, but give it a shot.

Of course, you need to start off with the alphabet. If you think you can just gloss over the Thai alphabet, you’re wrong. Read this post about learning to read Thai to find out why. After studying the post, follow this video for practice:

Thai Alphabet – Consonants

After learning the vowels, it’s time to move on to the consonants. Once you get the Thai script down – and it will probably take you a few months – learning the language will be so much easier. Here’s another video to guide you:

To Be or Not to Be

This post gives plenty of examples using the Thai word เป็น (bpen), meaning “to be.” Obviously this is an important word to get you going in your Thai studies, so learn the examples and practice them.

Thai Tones

That heading isn’t a link because there are three posts on the Thai tones – Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. I’m sure that seems like a lot, but they’re all pretty short and you’ll be well on your way to understanding the Thai tones after reading them. Get some practice with your pronunciation through this video guide:

Top 25 Thai Words for Beginners

Of course, rice is an important word.

Of course, rice is an important word.

There are about 1,000 very common words in Thai, and you’ll eventually want to learn them all. Start out with a list of 25 very common words, such as rice (ข้าว kâao).

Vocabulary for the Thai Family

Learning how to talk about your family is an important step in learning a language. As a beginner, talking about your family is a great way to practice the basics. Build your vocabulary up through this post and get talking!

Thai Ending Particles – Krap and Ka

If you’ve been to Thailand – even if you don’t speak any of the language – you’ve surely noticed how people are always adding the words “krap” and “ka” to the end of statements. This post teaches you all about them and how to use them, and you can even watch this video while you’re at it:

Thai Question Words

Learn the who, what, when, where, why, and how of Thai in this helpful post. In addition to the question words, you can go over a few examples for each to practice.

Thai Numbers 1-100

Learning to count is a crucial step for beginners. This post will help you get all the way up to 100, and then you can practice with this video:

How to Buy Something in Thai

Go shopping... in Thai!

Go shopping… in Thai!

Shopping is one of those everyday tasks that is so much easier if you can do it in the local language. You’ll be well on your way to being able to shop confidently in Thai after studying this post.


Those posts will definitely provide a good foundation for you. If you’re interested in taking your skills to a higher level, we’ve got you covered if you’re really interested in learning Thai. You can even try the online course for free for two weeks. Best of luck!

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Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


  1. Fred:


    alphabet/ consonants.. the last 4-5 on the video were silent…no sound….

    just thought I would let you know…

    your fan