10 Posts for Thai Beginners Posted by sasha 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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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).
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!
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:
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.
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:
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!