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Thai-Notes: Free Reading Course

Thai-Notes

A website growing in popularity with the Thai community for its online Thai Typing Trainer is Mike’s Thai-Notes. Mike is presently in the process of adding yet another free course – one that teaches you how to read Thai.

Thai-Notes is a website with a variety of applications to people learning Thai. Its latest addition is a reading course. This course takes the beginner from reading the first few characters and vowels, in small, easy steps, to a comprehensive mastery of all the rules of reading Thai with its many complexities and irregularities. Provided within each lesson are lots of opportunities for practice through simple, interactive games.

New materials introduced in a logical way, based upon frequency, makes sure that beginners get maximum use out of what they learn.

The course also includes instruction and worksheets for those who want to learn to write Thai characters and words.

Currently there are 12 lessons available online (out of a planned 70). Until the course is complete new lessons will be added.

The course is available at Thai-Notes: Reading Index

Also available on Thai-Notes…

Thai Typing Resources:

Thai Typing Trainer
Thai Steady Typer
Thai Typing Game

Thai Dictionaries:

Thai-English/English-Thai Dictionary
Thai Classifier Dictionary

Thai Flashcards:

Flashcard Game
Flashcard Editor

Miscellaneous tools for learning Thai:

IPA Typing Tool
Thai Typing Tool

Note: As this is a project in the making, please contact Mike if you have suggestions or feedback.

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Thai Typing Tutor Game

Thai Typing Tutor Game

Have I got a Thai typing tutor game for you…

While I was adding thai-language.com’s logo to the top of WLT (glance up and over to your right) Glenn was happily showing me his new toy developed with Josh Sager (Let’s Talk Thai): TLC’s Thai Typing Tutor Game.

Waiting for the countdown to 2010, I contacted Josh to get instructions.

  1. Start the game (obviously).
  2. The character will fall from the top a la Space Invaders.
  3. You have to type the appropriate keyboard key that matches the character; your score is on the right, determined by how many times you hit the right or wrong keys.
  4. If you get the character WRONG, the correct key suggestion will show up in the bottom right corner of the game; that’s what you use to learn when you make a mistake. Just be sure to pay attention to what is capitalized and not, since obviously the SHIFT key on the keyboard will produce different Thai characters.
  5. If the character makes it all the way to the bottom without getting correctly entered, the game will pause.
  6. To start the game again, just hit the “continue” button.

If you are bad (but don’t know it yet), click the box next to adapt. That way, the speed will slow down to accommodate your skill level.

And if you are really, really bad, you can even pause the Thai character partway down. How great is that?

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Typing Tutors for Thai: aTypeTrainer4Mac

TypeTrainer

At last! A Thai typing tutor for the Mac…

After years of touch typing, I finally taught myself how to type. It happened while I was in Scotland on an extended holiday in ‘92, which is now so long ago that I don’t remember which one it was, only that it included progressive games and was fairly easy.

When I started learning Thai, I wasn’t sure where to start. The Thai typing tutor I found was for the PC and didn’t work on my PC emulator, Parallels. Frustrated, I lost interest.

Then along came aTypeTrainer4Mac.

ALERT: –>> aTypeTrainer4Mac has just updated to 3.0.

About aTypeTrainer4Mac…

Thanks to Valentin Vassilevski, aTypeTrainer4Mac (an advanced version of TypeTrainer4Mac) supports Thai keyboards.

  • Is a (truly) multilingual typing tutor for Mac OS X
  • Comes with a prepared lesson set
  • Has the ability to create customized lesson sets
  • Imports from RTF files, email, and web browsers
  • Remembers the last files imported

From Valentin: You can import texts from TextEdit in the same way as from a web browser or Mail using import from TextEdit. You can import files in all formats, accepted from TextEdit (i.e. RTF, DOC, TXT, RTFD etc.). Additionally, you can import PDF and TXT files by opening them first in your web browser.

How to type in Thai on a Mac OSX…

First off, you’ll need to turn on your Thai keyboard.

  • Go to Apple Menu >> System Preferences >> International >> Input Menu.
  • Scroll down the list to select ‘Thai’.
  • On the bottom left corner of the prefs window, select ‘Show input menu in menu bar’.
  • Close the window (command W, or click the red button).
  • In the menu bar (top right corner of your screen) there’s a country flag.
  • Click on the flag and drag down, releasing your mouse on the Thai flag.

If you don’t have a Thai keyboard, you can purchase online from DCO, or buy Thai-English stickers here or here. Or if you live in Bangkok, Pantip Plaza comes to mind. My MacBook Pro came with Thai-English keys, so I was set.

Advice from Valentin: The best way to learn to type blindly is NOT to have the appropriate keyboard.

I agree with Valentin, but I’m not that brave!

How to use aTypeTrainer4Mac…

The instructions for aTypeTrainer4Mac are fairly easy, even for those not computer savvy.

Typing switch

For ‘typing priority’, I’ve set mine at ‘quality’. In the preferences you’ll also find various settings (most you might not use). There, you can set the metronome speed or turn it off. Or, do like I do and turn the sound off at the computer level.

To use the aTypeTrainer4Mac lessons:

  • Switch to Thai keyboard on your Mac.
  • Start aTypeTrainer4Mac.
  • Choose your level from the dropdown menu.
  • Start typing.

The power of aTypeTrainer4Mac is the ability to customise to match your Thai lessons.

For instance, if you are learning the Thai alphabet via Thai Reading for Speaking (purchased from DCO), you can create RTF files of each lesson with your word-processing software of choice.

And as each lesson Thai Reading for Speaking consists of small blocks, it’s easy to say each letter out loud as you hit the keys. If you want to get fancy, you can always set iTunes to play the lesson before and after you try out your typing skills.

To use your own lessons:

  • Create RTF (rich text format) files.
  • Switch to Thai keyboard on your Mac.
  • Start aTypeTrainer4Mac.
  • Click the ‘select’ button.
  • Drag and drop your RTF file where it instructs.
  • Start typing.

From Valentin: Alternatively, you can drag-n-drop your RTF file over aTypeTrainer icon in dock.

Note: The process is slightly different if your Thai keyboard is not selected before opening aTypeTrainer4Mac. To switch to Thai inside aTypeTrainer4Mac just change to the Thai keyboard and then click the ‘switch’ button.

One more thing… if you edit the set lessons by mistake (like I did), in aTypeTrainer4Mac’s menu bar, go to preferences >> general >> restore all defaults.

Typing Resources…

Thai Typing – The Key to A Hidden World
Stuart Jay Raj’s suggestions and insights for typing in Thai.

All The Touch Typing Tutors
Typing tutor resource for both Mac and PC (for all languages).

Thai English Keyboards
Dual Thai-English keyboards from DCO (Windows).

Virtual Thai Keyboard
Freeware virtual keyboard (Windows).

Typing Thai
Virtual Thai keyboard (Windows).

Thai Keyboard Stickers
Stickers for your keyboard.

Thai/English alphabet stickers
Stickers for your keyboard.

To suggest improvements or ask questions, please contact Valentin.

Valentin, thank you for helping me with the post!

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