The Thai Language
Language Lessons and Dictionaries
For the westerner
the Thai language is one of the more difficult
languages to learn. There are tones to
deal with and lots of vowel and consonant sounds
that our tongues cannot wrap around. For
some that would be a reason to give up right
away, for others the prospects of learning a new
and difficult language are stimulating and
challenging. If you are in the first group
then you may only see and understand the surface
of the Thai culture. If you are among the
second group then your time in Thailand will
bring new excitement daily and you will be able
to develop lasting and close relationships.
Anyway, if something were easy then why do it?
Make the effort to lean Thai from many of the Thai
language schools around the country or get yourself an
individual tutor. Choose a school depending on the class
sizes, the teachers' experience, their emphasis, (reading and writing or
conversation), and what best suits your needs. It is probably best to start in a
classroom setting for the basics and then move on to
what is most comfortable for you. This writer has been
speaking Thai for almost 40 years and still studies Thai
an hour every day. It keeps me young and my mind
alive and at the same time closer to the Thai people
One really good Thai language school is the
AUA Chiang Mai.
Lots of luck with your studies.
Overview of the Thai language:
University) - Don't let
them intimidate you. They are just here as a
Women Learning Thai...and Some Men Too -
This website has lots of hints on studying Thai,
interview with successful Thai learners, and free
downloads of materials for studying Thai. The
interviews alone are a great inspiration to the new Thai
yours truly about my experiences in studying
and learning the Thai language.
See a few introductory
lessons in Thai to get a feeling of what learning Thai would be like.
You can also listen to recordings of Thai words and sentences
Beginning vocabulary with recordings of the Thai words.
ARC Language Project -
Overview of the Thai language and introducing the Thai alphabet (with
Riker Blogspot - For the linguistic
oriented, some high-level discussions on the Thai language.
Contains a very unique Thai keyboard that you can use to write in Thai on a
small screen provided, then cut and paste into your document. Save hours
of time trying to type using your computer keyboard. Also contains an
- Intermediate vocabulary for various situations (with
Lessons - Basic language lessons
with an introduction to reading and writing.
Lessons written and compiled by Yours Truly
Advanced Thai Reading and
Vocabulary Building - Written to help the advanced Thai learner
improved their reading skills and helps to build a stronger Thai vocabulary.
Free download of (3 volume set), or go to
Lessons to see them online.
Pali and Sanskrit Prefixes and Suffixes, is also for advanced
Thai learners and provides an interesting way to increase your Thai vocabulary
by learning their roots.
I have 5
Thai/English dictionaries on my shelves, all now gathering dust.
Since I am on the computer much of the day I have found that the online
variety of Thai/English dictionaries are convenient, quick, and
accurate. Some will even speak the Thai words that you look up.
Go to these links to check out a few of the best.
Thai is the primary language of Thailand, a country in Southeast-Asia with a population of around 60 million people. This website is provides information for English-speakers with any level of interest in
Thailand, its language and culture—from beginners who wish to learn a few phrases before their vacation to advanced students who may want to live or work in Thailand someday. The search results are given in both Thai script and transliterated phonetics.
"ParSit" is a result of collaborative research
between National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) and
NEC Corporation, Japan. It is an online free service via
Internet that can translate English texts and Web pages into Thai.
You will need to read Thai to be able to use this dictionary as it does
not define Thai words using English phonetics.
We have a comprehensive Thai <> English
dictionary available to search, with over 30,000 entries. The
dictionary can be searched either in English, Thai script or by
transliterated Thai. The search results are given in both Thai
script and transliterated phonetics.
translator. Very good on individual words, giving
multiple definitions for each word, but not perfect when
translating sentences. It will get you in the ball
Microsoft's Bling Translator
individual words but gives only one definition.
Needs lots of work on sentence translations.