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Top Thai Language Learning Resources

Top Thai Resources

Resources for (mostly) entry-level learners…

In the WLT Resources there’s a section dedicated to Learning Thai. Some resources are quite brilliant. Others are focused on smaller windows into Thai learning. Below are my personal favourites.

Thai Language Learning sites:

ITS4Thai
Learn the Thai language with the Bangkok based e-learning company, ITS4Knowledge (free and paid).

Langhub.com
Mp3 audio and mp4 video files for learners of the Thai language (free).

Learning Thai the Easy Way
Home of Read With Manee, it’s also an extensive resource to learning all things Thai (free).

Learn Thai Podcast
Thai language lessons and online course by your kind hosts, Jo and Jay (free and paid).

Learn to Speak Like a Thai – SpokenThai.com (offline for now)
Video and audio clips of real situations and conversations to help you speak like a Thai (free).

SEAsite Thai Language and Culture Learning Resources
Supported by Northern Illinois University and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, SEAsite offers a comprehensive resource for learning the Thai language (free).

slice-of-thai.com: Thai Language
slice-of-thai.com has a generous offer of Thai learning aids: Thai consonant / vowel flash cards, consonant shape learning aid, voice viewer, the five tones of Thai, the consonant sounds of Thai, the vowel sounds of Thai, syllable stress, pronunciation guide systems of Thai, free Thai fonts, resources and websites for learning Thai (free).

Thai-language.com
Thai lessons for beginners to advanced students living, working, or retired in Thailand (free).

Online Course Materials:

FSI Thai Basic Course
Language courses developed by the Foreign Service Institute. Mp3 and ebook downloads (free).

The Fundamentals of the Thai Language
Text book (with sound) for English speakers to learn how to speak, read and write Thai. Fifth Edition version, by Stuart Campbell and Chuan Shaweevongs (free).

Thai Language Textbook for Foreigners
Textbook by the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) in cooperation with Chiang Mai University. Listening and speaking, reading and writing (free).

Spoken Thai
Adapted from the book of the same name, by Mary R. Haas and Heng R. Subhanka.

Thai Language Courses (with Cd’s):

Benjawan Poomsan Becker Series from Paiboon Publishing: Book, CD’s (American / Thai speakers) and online resources. Speak, listen, read and write the Thai language – Thai For Beginners, Thai for Intermediate Learners, Thai for Advanced Readers, Improving Your Thai Pronunciation, Speak Like a Thai – vol 1 and 2, Practical Thai Conversation 1 and 2 and all be purchased online at Paiboon Publishing.

Byki Thai
Free and pay SRS course. Read my review, Byki Thai Language Course.

Lingaphone
Book and CD’s (British / Thai speakers). Listen, understand and speak the Thai language.

Pimsleur
CD’s only (American / Thai speakers). No textbooks. Written exercises and drills to hear, learn, and speak the Thai language. Used by the FBI, CIA, and business professionals.

Shortcut for Speaking Thai
An excellent deal, it comes with a book and three CD’s.

Teach Yourself Complete Thai
Book and CD’s (British / Thai speakers). Listen, read, write, practice, speak. By David Smyth, author of Thai: An Essential Grammar.

Thai Learning Courses (books only):

AUA Language Centre
Books only. The course is dated and dry, but useful if you can slug it out. Learning with a trained AUA teacher is advised. Not minding their transliteration method, a must.

Thai Reference Books:

Thai: An Essential Grammar also on Kindle.
Guide to the basic structures of the Thai language. Useful for both students and independent learners.

Thai-English English-Thai Dictionary for Non-Thai Speakers
Brought to us by the prolific Benjawan Poomsan Becker.

Thai Reference Grammar
Information on the advanced sentence structure of the Thai language. Written for students and teachers. Written by James Higbie, who also wrote my favourite Thai course, Essential Thai.

Online Thai – English Dictionaries:

English – Thai Dictionary OnLine!
An additional plus is their Thai Dictionary forum (no longer active).

Longdo
English-Thai, Japanese-Thai, German-Thai, French-Thai Dictionary Service. Tip: Be sure to switch to English, as well as check out their downloads page to access their toolbars and more.

SEAlang Library Thai Dictionary
Based on the Mary Haas Thai Dictionary Project.

Thai-language.com Dictionary
Over 36698 Thai words and phrases with English definitions, and 13140 audio clips.

Thai to English dictionary & transliteration
Also known as T2E. This is the online dictionary I use for transliteration on WLT.

Books on Learning Languages:

How to Learn Any Language
Interesting concept (review in the works…)

The Quick and Dirty Guide to Learning Languages Fast
You can read my review on WLT here.

Language Learning Forums:

How-to-learn-any-language.com
Serious language forum for polyglots and polyglot hopefuls.

Learning Thai: Paknam Web Thailand Forums
Extensive resources for learning the Thai language.

Thai-language.com forum
Forum discussions include learning Thai, Thai language learning books and courses, Thai culture and travel, and more.

Thai Visa Thai Language Forum
A wide-ranging and helpful forum where members range from beginners to academics.

Thai Language Blogs:

Behind the Curtain – Stuart Jay Raj
Original home of Stuart Jay Raj’s ‘Cracking Thai Fundamentals’. Stu now has the wonderful jcademy.com (check it out).

Learn Thai from a White Guy
Excellent posts to get you galvanized into learning the Thai language. The only thing missing is sound (which reminds me…)

Thai 101
One of the top Thai language blogs, with educational posts on Thai language, history and culture.

Thai Language Tricks
Excellent blog, but stalled in April with All Hell broke loose.

Sanook Lei!
Hilarious TV commercials from Thailand (a great way to listen to Thai).

Language Learning Blogs:

All Japanese All The Time Dot Com
Insert Thai for Japanese and you are home free with 10,000 sentences and SRS (my new toy).

Language Geek
A student studying languages, posting his opinions and experiences as he goes.

Multilingua.info Presents Confessions of a Language Addict
Constant niggles to keep you excited about learning a new language.

Learning the Thai Alphabet:

60 Minutes to Learn the Thai Alphabet
Online flash-style book (PC). A quick jump-start into learning the Thai Alphabet.

Reading Thai is Fun
Soft cover book with an easy to use method for learning to read and write in Thai.

Learning the Thai Language Through Music:

ethaimusic.com (offline for now) Thai Music, Thai Lyrics and Thai Songs
For people who want to learn Thai through music.

Top 10 Thai Music Charts
Many of the Thai songs have been translated into English.

Thai – English Children’s Books:

Nanmee Books
Books with combo English and Thai.

Nation Egmont
Publishers of the beautiful Thai-English You Wouldn’t Want to… series, as well as others for young children, to teens.

Shadowing:

Getting Started with Shadowing
The basics of shadowing. Includes further links for more.

Foreign Language Study
The site of Alexander Arguelles, polyglot. Excellent tips on how to learning a foreign language by using the shadowing method.

10000 Sentences Resources:

10,000 Sentences
How.

10,000 Sentences
Input Before Output.

10,000 Sentences
Learn Any Language.

10,000 Sentences
Answers To Questions.

SRS – Spaced Repetition System:

What is an SRS? 1
Khatzumoto shows the way with SRS.

What is an SRS? 2
Khatzumoto goes into more SRS detail.

SRS Products:

Anki
A program designed to help you remember words and phrases (Mac, Windows, Linux and Debian).

Byki
After playing around with others, Byki is my preferred SRS. You can download the free version, or opt for the editable full version.

ProVoc
Easy-to-use vocabulary trainer (Mac).

SuperMemo
A learning method that makes it possible to learn fast and retain memories for years (Windows).

The Mnemosyne Project
A flash-card program to help you memorise question/answer pairs, but with an important twist: it uses a sophisticated algorithm to schedule the best time for a card to come up for review (Mac, Linux and Windows).

If you have favourite language learning resources, please feel free to contact me via WLT’s contact form, or leave a note in the comments.

Note: This post will be edited.
Last edit: 10 Sept 2014

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15 Comments

  1. This is a phenomenal resource–thanks!

  2. Thanks Janet. Now if I put as much work into my Thai as I did collecting those resources, my teacher would have a settled heart.

    Pood len! (kidding) Actually, she’s quite proud of my sourcing abilities. But, she would like me to hunker down tight after I’ve sorted out my language learning ways… and I’m almost there…

    cats last blog post..Top Thai Language Learning Resources

  3. There is one more online dictionary you did not include, the one I use most of the time – dict.longdo.com

  4. Good one Andy. I’ve known about Longdo, but never tried it. Thanks for bringing it up, I’ll now spend time over there figuring it out.

  5. Joe Casum@Boise NLP

    January 26, 2009 at 2:30 am

    Loads and Loads of excellent information, all in one place. Thanks Cat!

  6. You are welcome Joe…

  7. This is by far one of the most exhaustive lists we have ever seen when it comes to giving resources to learn a language like Thai. The only one I can see that did not make the list, but will help all levels of students learn Thai is a site called Mocha Live. This is where a student from Thailand logs on and say an English guy logs on and they help each other with their languages.

  8. To learn Thai effectively needs a lot of applications
    and practices. The Thai culture should be learned along with its language as well.

  9. Hi Catherine… I find Thai so extremely difficult. I used to live in Koh Tao for 2 years… and my skills are = to zero. I like the idea of Thai Language Cheats. Cheers…

  10. Cheats can come in handy, but it’s still a lot of work (pity, yes?)

  11. Totally in love with SRS, but where can I find all those wonderful Thai sentences?

    Until now, I have been using the sentences here,
    http://www.thai-language.com/id/590186

    But they will not last forever. Soon I’ll need more sentences, but so far I haven’t been able to find any collections of Thai sentences (with Thai letters and English translations).

    Any ideas where such things can be found?

    Thanks,
    Mads

  12. Hi Mads. I recently posted about a site with a huge amount of Thai sentences (sound files and pdfs): Over 300 Free Thai Lessons: Learn Thai Language Online

    They might be dry but if you are looking for materials, they are there for the taking.

  13. Catherine, thank you very much for your work.

    A link for -Thai Language Textbook for Foreigners –

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8rOc7rYOH6ERFFsYkMzRjY4bmc/edit

  14. Thanks Pat! I’ve linked it in and I’ll do the same with the Learn Thai for FREE page.

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