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FREE Thai language learning resources…
Here it is, the mother of all FREE Thai resources: Free Thai courses, ebooks, audio books, songs, dictionaries, audio files, videos, podcasts, YouTube channels, alphabet lessons, grammar lessons, cheat sheets, flashcards, typing tutors, keyboards, games, quizzes, study aids, iOS apps (iPhone, iPad, iPod), radio, tv, newspapers, spoken Thai, written Thai… and more.
NOTE: The Broken Link Checker plugin has been added to WLT to combat wonky links. And while I have cleaned them up (dead links, links going to smut sites, etc) I do need your help.
Please, if you come across a site that’s been taken over contact me and I’ll fix it.
Free online Thai courses…
AUA: Learn Thai Language Videos
The complete set of AUA’s ALG videos.
Book2 English – Thai For Beginners: A Book In 2 Languages
The online files for the book, Book2 English – Thai For Beginners. Download the sound files here.
NEW: Department of Non-Formal Education – Ministry of Education, Thailand
Animated course teaching the basics of Thai. Reading, writing, grammar.
Everyday Thai Language school: Learning materials
Online flashcards, quizzes, lessons created from the FSI materials, sound included.
FSI Thai Basic Course
Workbook, Reading and Translation Exercises, Lessons 1-80
FSI Thai Basic Reader
FSI supplementary textbook for self-study. Pdf download.
Thai Language Wiki
Updated FSI Thai materials (a work in progress).
FSI: Noss Thai Grammar
A greatly revised and expanded version of his dissertation, ‘An Outline of Siamese Grammar’.
GLOSS online language lessons
Reading and listening lessons taken from articles, TV, radio, etc.
Educational materials for kids.
The lessons are written for English-speaking expats living in Thailand, travelers to Thailand, those doing business in Thailand, and those who are simply learning the language. Mp3 audio and mp4 video downloads.
Learning Thai 101
Learn the Thai writing system via the AUA Thai Course Reading Book. Produced by the Thai Language Program, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Includes pdfs and sound.
Learning Thai 101 with unit exercises
These are the same materials, different url.
A 100% aural based series of flashcards which automatically adjust to your level.
Peace Corps Thai Course (basic introduction to Thai language in 13 lessons), Peace Corps Central-E-Saan Thai Dictionary, Peace Corps Central Southern Thai Dictionary, Northern-Central Thai Dictionary. Pdfs and mp3 downloads.
Supported by Northern Illinois University, this site is slightly old-fashioned but well worth the time it takes to dig into all the various nooks and crannies. Suggestion: read the site guide. Includes sound.
Spoken Thai has been adapted from the book of the same name authored by Mary R. Haas and Heng R. Subhanka. 30 lessons, includes sound.
TCU Open Courseware
Created by Chiang mai University, with a Creative Commons license. It is an excellent online course for the Thai beginner. Includes activities, animation, sound and pdf downloads.
inter.mua.go.th: Thai Language Textbook for Foreigner
The Fundamentals of the Thai Language
Thai course with 26 lessons. By Stuart Campbell and Chuan Shaweevongs (Fifth Edition, not under copyright). No sound.
Free online Thai mini lessons…
DLI FLC: Field Support Modules
For a conflict situation… Pdf and mp3 downloads.
elearning with Sriwittayapaknam School
Thai only. If you can’t read the Thai script, click on the icons.
Learn Thai online with simple games.
Learn Thai Online
101 Languages has an overview of the Thai language.
Excellent resource with Thai consonant / vowel flashcards, printable flashcards for the Thai consonants and vowels, consonant shape learning aid, chart of the 44 Thai consonants arranged by similar shape, voice viewer, the five tones of the Thai language, the consonant sounds of Thai, the vowel sounds of Thai, pronunciation guide systems for Thai.
Speak Real Thai
Lessons cover greetings, how to wai, how to make a suggestion politely, giving a snappy retort, how much money to give a beggar, dialects.
Ten basic lessons for speaking Thai. Thai transliteration only, no Thai script or sound.
Thai alphabet and phrases (with sound). Articles on the Thai language.
Thai for lovers
Basic Thai for relationships. Touches on apologies, writing letters, love poems, etc.
Thai Language Games
Interactive game to learn Thai numbers, colours, fruits and vegetables.
Thai Newspaper Headlines
Learn how to read Thai newspapers in the Paknam Web Thailand Forums.
Thai study aids from Benjawan Becker: Thai For Beginners.
A language learning system using association and transliteration. No Thai script or sound.
World Nomads – Free Travellers Language Guide
Thai iPod language guide. Thai language guide app for iPhone & iPod touch. Pdf and Mp3 downloads.
Thai Language cheat sheets and free downloads…
WLT Review: Thai Language Cheat Sheets
Indic Script Consonant Compass v1.0 – Southeast Asian Version (Pdf download 636 kb)
Thai Consonant Map – Phonetic Map of the Human Mouth (Pdf download 948 kb)
In Stu’s post, Jazz Lessons on Language – Improvisation 101 – Stuart Jay Raj’s Indic Script Compass, there are two cheat sheets mentioned. One (Indic Script Consonant Compass) you can download from his post. The other (Thai Consonant Map) is on WLT until further notice. (Thanks Stu)
Thai: An Essential Grammar
First edition of David Smyth’s popular grammar book. Pdf download.
Thai Consonant Sounds cheat sheet (Pdf download 41 kb)
Tod Daniel’s cheat sheet to study the initial and ending sounds of the Thai alphabet. (Thanks Tod)
Thai Language Cheat Sheet A4 (Pdf download 124 kb)
Thai Language Cheat Sheet Letter (Pdf download 124 kb)
This intensive and well-researched cheat sheet includes classes, tone marks, clusters, symbols, final consonants and more (beginners will need keep a grammar book handy). English, transliteration and Thai script (thanks NguuMuu).
Thai script card, 1000 Word List, and the Book of Remembrance
Ben Crowder from Riverglen Press has three downloads on his site. The last two are for the religious minded, the Thai script card is for everyone.
Thai Script Guidebook
Written by Veradej Wisetjarkhun, this is a wonderful cheat sheet to learn the Thai alphabet and tones.
Thai Building Terms (Excel download 38 kb)
This handy sheet covers ceilings, foundations and footings, windows and doors, electricity and bathrooms (thanks Andy).
English-Thai housing/shop rental contract
Download a free, bilingual English-Thai housing/shop rental contract to use to rent from a Thai landlord.
Free Thai lessons from pay sites…
BYKI: Before You Know It
Software which includes a collection of lists to learn Thai. Download software with sound.
EuroTalk – Learn Thai for FREE
This is an online taster of what to expect from EuroTalk products.
Conversation course (400 Thai words with sentences), 5 lesson vocabulary course (50 Thai words), and the first 3 lessons free for their Thai script course. Online course.
L-Lingo Thai uses content from their language learning application, L-Ceps Personaltrainer Thai.
Learn Thai Podcasts
Blog style Thai Language lessons with video and audio. Pdf, mp3 audio and mp4 video downloads.
Using a flashcard system, you can go with either a free or premium account.
Top Thai language learning websites…
Internet resource for learning the Thai language: Lessons, forums, dictionary with an excellent search criteria, and Thai language reference.
Richard Barrow’s sites will go here as soon as they are in operation again.
WLT Review: Google Books: Thai Learning Resources
The resources for Google Books grew too large for this page so I’ve moved them to a dedicated post on WLT.
An Elementary Hand-book of the Siamese Language
This book is online in full (out of copyright) By Basil Osborn Cartwright (1906).
English-Thai Thai-English dictionaries…
English to Thai Dictionary Online
Contains more than 83,000 English words and phrases translated into Thai. Community forum with live chat, online Thai keyboard.
Glosbe: English Thai Dictionary online
Glosbe has translations and examples of usage.
Lingopolo English-Thai audio dictionary
A small dictionary with recordings of all words.
Tagline: World’s fastest dictionary from English to Thai to Transcription.
A serious English-Thai, Japanese-Thai, German-Thai, French-Thai dictionary.
Royal Institute Dictionary
Official dictionary of the Thai language.
SEAlang Library Thai Dictionary Resources
Based on data developed by the Mary Haas Thai Dictionary Project.
Thai – English Dictionary Online.
Handy dictionary with a whole lot more as it’s designed to assist in learning the Thai language, as well as translating from Thai to English.
Dictionary of over 36001 Thai words and phrases with English definitions, and 13146 audio clips.
TNC: Thai National Corpus
Database of 14m words from books, newspapers, legal and other sources with part-of-speech tagging for comparing word usage.
English-Thai Thai-English dictionary software downloads…
Tamilcube.com: English-Thai Thai-English
This is a single search dictionary (one word, not sentences)
Google Translate for Thai-English and English-Thai.
This is quite the helpful dictionary (and there is no transliteration to get in your way).
Online dictionary at one of the best language sites on the internet. You can search via single word or sentence.
Community driven translation for all languages.
Learn the Thai alphabet…
Vintage Thai alphabet poster at pinterest.com.
Vintage Thai alphabet set
I’m a softy for antique art and this Thai alphabet set is a keeper.
Thai tones and pronunciation…
Thai pronunciation guide – Forvo
Crowdsourcing site where you can add words (record and upload), pronounce, listen & learn.
YouTube and video Thai language…
WLT Review: Thai Alphabet Song
Langhub’s YouTube channel
Mp3 audio and mp4 video files for learners of the Thai language.
thaiguysabu’s YouTube channel
Thai-American John makes his way through learning the Thai language. It’s a learning process as he doesn’t get it quite right in the beginning.
Thai videos with subtitles…
Do a search for ‘Thai’ to find the videos.
Online Thai radio and tv stations…
The BBC in Thai.
Internet TV broadcasts
Streams only, 26 channels.
Mister Kwai’s list of online Thai radio stations.
VOA News – Voice of America Thai
VOA broadcasts news, information, educational, and cultural programming. Mp3 downloads.
Like VOA, this news site has the video with the matching Thai in script.
Online Thai audio…
NHK World Thai
Thai radio in Japan.
Spoken Thai MP3s
Free Thai downloads at the Paknam Web Thailand Forums.
ThaiARC: Thai Language Audio Resource Center
Various styles of Thai speech: royal speeches, academic lectures, oral literature. Thai script and audio.
Thai listening and reading…
Learning From News > Learning Thai from Post Today
Each post has a short article in Thai and English, with audio for both. You can read along with the audio online, or copy everything to your computer to study at a later time.
WLT Review: Learn Thai from the Bangkok Post
Five minute audio clips with transcripts covering a variety of topics for intermediate learners of Thai.
You Read Thai
For intermediate Thai students who aim to improving their reading. Also provides insights into Thai culture.
Thai music and language learning sites…
Learn Thai from Songs
Practice reading seven songs. Each song is accompanied by culture notes, grammar notes and explanation.
Thai Music, Thai Lyrics and Thai Songs: ethaimusic.com (offline for now)
For people who want to learn Thai through music. Some songs have been translated into English.
Top 10 Thai Music Charts
New Thai songs are added each week. You can read the lyrics in Thai, or in Roman letters if you cannot read Thai. Many of the songs have been translated into English.
Online Thai readers…
WLT Review: Thai-English Readers with Mp3s
Thai Literature audio books. Pdf and mp3s downloads.
English language poems with Thai translations
Manii Reader 1 and 2, as well as online vocabulary tests. It’s old and clunky, but it is there if you need it. Pdf and mp3 downloads.
SEAlang Lab: Just Read
The motherload of online Thai-English reading. Sounds are lacking for whole paragraphs, but when you click on individual words the search takes you to a dictionary with sound and video. Be sure to check out the SEAlang Archives while you are there.
Thai Basic Reader
The lexical range represented in the early lessons is approximately that of lessons 1 through 50 in the Thai series prepared for A.U.A.
Thai Fiction in Translation
Translated modern Thai literature, by Marcel Barang.
Thai Reader Project
By the University of Wisconsin at Madison. There are two readers with 76 lessons. Volume I is for beginners up to high readers, Volume II is for intermediate to advanced readers. Includes pdf downloads
And don’t forget the Thai Language Wikipedia
Reading a foreign language is usually more interesting when reading a subject you enjoy.
The Thai Bible
This Biblica translation of the Bible is for the Thai language, which is primarily used in Thailand. This translation uses a semi-formal language style and applies a mixed translation philosophy. It is translated from the biblical languages and the New Testament was completed in 1999.
Typing in Thai software and online keyboards…
WLT Review: Thai Typing Tutors: aTypeTrainer4Mac
A fantastic multilingual typing tutor for the Mac.
Mister Kwai – Virtual Thai Keyboard
Note: check out the Thai-English-Thai dictionary (editable), along with the quiz generator (uses the dictionary).
Thai Notes has a Thai typing trainer, Thai speed trainer, custom speed trainer, Thai typing game, flashcard game, IPA typing tool and Thai typing tool.
Thai Typing Trainer
Browser based typing trainer.
Thai Typing Tutor Game
By Josh Sager, hosted on thai-language.com.
Type in Thai: Free online Thai typing tutor
Type in Thai offers an interesting way to improve your typing skills. First you practice by typing out the different Thai phrases. Then, when you feel you are ready, you can move on to the challenges.
Virtual Thai Keyboard
Simple online Thai keyboard for learning the Thai language.
Visual Thai Keyboard
If your keyboard does not support typing in Thai, the Virtual Thai keyboard can help.
Typing in Thai advice…
Mnemonics for the Kedmanee Keyboard
Logic for learning the Thai keyboard.
Thai Typing – The Key to A Hidden World
Tips on typing in Thai from Stuart Jay Raj.
Free Thai fonts to download.
Language forums with Thai learners…
Paknam Web Thailand Forums.
Learning Thai forum
Forum sections for beginners and intermediate, Thai grammar, Thai songs translated. Hundreds of mp3 files to download.
thai-language.com Message Board
Forum for thai-language.com.
Thai Visa Thai Language Forum
A decent mix of beginning to advanced Thai learners.
Online language exchange partners with Thai learners…
Through ConversationExchange.com you can have three types of language exchange: Face to face conversation, correspondence (pen-pal), text and voice chat.
International language exchange.
Language learning network.
A social network and online resource for learning foreign languages.
You write in the language you are studying, native speakers correct your entries, you correct theirs.
Learn to Speak Thai
Language exchange via email, text chat and voice chat.
Learn at your own pace, connect with foreign language partners around the world.
My Happy Planet
Learn & practice languages with partners around the world.
Phrasebase Foreign Language Learning
Conversational foreign language learning social network.
Language exchange community.
Language exchange via Skype.
Learning in tandem means you exchange your language with an other person, who maybe lives in the other part of the world and speaks an other language.
A language exchange community for everyone.
Verbalplanet.com is a an online language learning platform that brings language teachers and students together using Skype internet telephony.
The social network for learning languages.
About the Thai language…
60 Minutes to Learn the Thai Alphabet
Brief overview of the Thai language (consonants, vowels, reading, writing, etc) in the left nav.
Ancient Scripts: Thai
History of the Thai script.
Basic Concept of Thai Language
Posted by the University of Electro-Communications.
Royal Thai General System of Transcription
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Royal Thai Consulate General
Basic sentences using Thai script and transliteration.
A brief site on the Thai language. Includes sound.
Omniglot: Thai language, alphabet and pronunciation
An outline of the Thai language.
Thai language schools, dictionary, words and other resources about Thai.
Outline of the Thai language from the ESL Teachers Board
Msc Thai Language Resources…
Clay’s Kitchen: Thai Food Glossary
Food normally used in Thai cooking. Photos, transliteration and Thai script.
Children’s site with animation. I need to poke around more…
Multilingual, multi-script plant name database.
Reading Thai Signs
Reading from Signs is part of a mini-grant project for Less Commonly Taught Languages at the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota.
Resources in and about the Thai language
An extensive list of papers, books, and Thai courses.
Royal Institute Classifiers
(From Rikkr, in Thai)
2107 Thai words with their language source (where applicable).
WikiBooks: Thai/Adding vocabulary with word association
A growing list of Thai words that are similar to English words.
WikiBooks: Thai/Writing lessons plan
Same concept as above, only with Thai letters (Quote: the goal is to introduce letters one by one so as not to overwhelm the student).
Thai characters, writing in Thai, vowels, tones, grammar and spelling. Includes sound.
Origins of farang.
Wikipedia: Thai alphabet
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Wikipedia: Thai phrasebook
Wikipedia: Thai proverbs
Your name in Thai
Enter your name in English to get your name in Thai.
SRS (Flash Cards) software…
WLT Review: Byki Thai Language Course
A friendly, intelligent spaced learning system. For Windows, Mac and Linux.
Before You Know It
Free and paid software bundle (includes Thai). For Windows and Mac.
A free open-source Java application that manages your learning processes by using flashcards and the famous Leitner system. For Windows, Mac and Linux.
Pauker – Flash Card Learning
Uses a combination of ultra-shortterm, shortterm, and longterm memory. You can use it to learn all the things efficiently you never want to forget, like vocabulary, capitals, important dates, etc. For Windows, Mac, Linux and more.
Free vocabulary trainer for Mac OS X.
The Mnemosyne Project
A sophisticated flash-card tool to optimize your learning process, as well as a research project into the nature of long-term memory. For Windows, Mac and Linux.
SRS (Flash Cards) resources…
Flash cards from Dave’s BangkokMac.com…
English-Thai Vocabulary Quizzes
Quizzes to help you learn and review vocabulary.
Using Word lists
Advice on using words lists.
Articles on learning Thai…
Learning Thai with a Palm Pilot, a PC and a `kroo’
…and a compulsive, obsessive personality.
Rules for Transcribing English Words (into Thai)
The Royal Institute has recognized the importance of adopting foreign words such as names and specialized scientific terms into the Thai language.
Speak Thai in 10 Days
How to be conversational in Thai (hmmm…)
Thai Culture in Language
By Peansiri Vongvipanond, presented to a workshop of teachers of social science organized by the University of New Orleans.
Non English resources…
Lire et Ecrire le Thaï
Free ebook to learn how to read the Thai alphabet.
Sites and resources no longer online…
Some of these sites are offline temporarily, others are permanently gone from the internet. If interested, I have some of the downloadable materials.
soas.ac.uk: Teaching Thai Tone Rules — Walaiporn Tantitkanangkul (aka Uan)
This is an excellent resource for learning the tone rules (no longer online but I have it
Thai Dictionary in Excel
It’s no longer online but if you want it just contact me. There are 13 files, from 2000 to 22000 words. The languages in the spreadsheet are: Thai, transliteration, English, and Japanese.
Teachthai.com (offline but sometimes Thai gov sites come back)
Interactive Thai language e-Learning course covering the basics of Thai. Flash based, includes sound. Hosted by the Department of Non-formal Education, Ministry of Education, Thailand.
Learning Thai the Easy Way (offline for now)
Extensive resource for learning the Thai language: Forums, Thai alphabet, Thai script, read Thai, grammar notes, listening resources, reading resources, Thai road signs, short stories, study aids, games and quizzes, exams, your name in Thai, and much much more (check out their free Thai resources page). This is also the home of Read with Manee.
Learn to Speak Like a Thai (spokenthai.com – offline for now)
Video and audio clips to help you speak like a Thai. Mp3 downloads.
learningthai.com: (offline for now)
Thai alphabet: Consonants 1 and Consonants 2 and Vowels
The Royal Institute – Thailand
Thai Video Transcripts (thai101.wikispaces.com – offline for now)
Gifted from Rikker of Thai 101.
Read Thai with Manee and Friends (offline for now)
A modern Manee (Manii) reader at LearningThai.com. Included are 22 lessons with sound, a vocabulary list, flashcards, tests and more tests.
learningthai.com/thaikeyboard/: PPA Thai Keyboard (offline for now)
Virtual Thai Keyboard.
Learningthai.com: Thai Language (offline for now)
Exercises and flashcards.
Suphawut.com: Bilingual Translations Zone (no longer online – please contact me if you find it)
Translated Thai songs, poetry/poems and assorted texts.
http://www.design.in.th: Tales from Thai Childhood (no longer online)
Thai and English versions. Includes lullabies and sound (songs from Thailand). There is background music but you can opt to turn it off (it is difficult to hear the songs over the music).
http://www.lonweb.org: Languages on the Web
Daisy Stories: http://www.lonweb.org/daisy/ds-thai-nightwatch.htm: Night Watch
http://www.lonweb.org/daisy/ds-thai-littletrip.htm: A Nice Little Trip
http://www.lonweb.org/daisy/ds-thai-bookworm.htm: The Bookworm
http://www.lonweb.org/daisy/ds-thai-macbeth.htm: Daisy Macbeth
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gwenael.free.fr/wattana (Assimil Thai)
Materials taken off by request from Assimil. Stay tuned for something else exciting.
NOTE: Site down for maintenance … Thai Tone Quiz
A small quiz from thaitones.com.
Thai Tone Test – thai-tone-test.herokuapp.com (hasn’t worked in awhile)
A simple Thai tone test. It can be accessed from your smartphone (excellent for testing yourself from speeding taxis).
Please contact me with free Thai language learning resources.