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Learning Thai

Post by bangkokbanjo » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:18 am

Im recently moved to Thailand and am determined to learn to read,write and speak Thai. I see many on here writing in thai so im assuming most speak. I am taking private lessons now and am also using online sources. I am curious to know how long it took some of you to learn (i know its an ongoing process ). What were your resources to learn. Any encouragement is appreciated.

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Re: Learning Thai

Post by oakdale160 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:24 am

This is not quite on your subject, but an observation. Before Thai I lived in China. There every lady friend I had was busy teaching me Chinese whether I liked it or not. Every friend I had married to a Chinese lady worked hard at becoming fluent encouraged by their wives. i have never encountered this in Thai and have heard guys married to Thai ladies who say that they discourage them from trying to speak Thai.

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Re: Learning Thai

Post by christopher1 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:55 am

When I first met my Thai wife 13 years ago, I'd already started studying Thai. A good job really as she didn't/doesn't speak any English. This encouraged me to carry on. I initially used Benjawan Poomsan Becker and another book by David Smyth . I then moved on to this http://www.thai-language.com/

Don't give in, you'll eventually get there. Good luck!

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Re: Learning Thai

Post by StevePIraq » Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:34 pm

Chris, do you click on the speaker symbol to hear the phrase? when I click on it I get no sound
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Re: Learning Thai

Post by centermid7 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:18 pm

Yes, click on the symbol. For some reason however I get no sound when using it in Google Chrome but do get sound in IE.

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Re: Learning Thai

Post by bangkokbanjo » Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:01 pm

Chris how long did it take before you became conversant in the language

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Re: Learning Thai

Post by Ginjaninja » Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:31 pm

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Re: Learning Thai

Post by christopher1 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:13 pm

Banjo. It didn't come overnight and at times I thought I'd never get there.
Probably took about three years before I could stop doing the translations in my head.

I tried to get friends interested so we could learn off each other...to no avail!

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Re: Learning Thai

Post by bangkokbanjo » Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:11 am

Thanks. I can now read somewhat (i dont understand what I'm reading) but i can say the words. Speaking is coming along, but slowly. Thanks for the reply.

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Re: Learning Thai

Post by bluelagoon » Tue May 16, 2017 8:44 pm

oakdale160 wrote:
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:24 am
This is not quite on your subject, but an observation. Before Thai I lived in China. There every lady friend I had was busy teaching me Chinese whether I liked it or not. Every friend I had married to a Chinese lady worked hard at becoming fluent encouraged by their wives. i have never encountered this in Thai and have heard guys married to Thai ladies who say that they discourage them from trying to speak Thai.
If I may, for what reason does the Thai lady discourage her farang husband/boyfriend from learning to speak Thai?????!! :( :tsk:
Nonsense is better then no sense :laugh:

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Re: Learning Thai

Post by StevePIraq » Fri May 19, 2017 8:50 am

bluelagoon wrote:
Tue May 16, 2017 8:44 pm
oakdale160 wrote:
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:24 am
This is not quite on your subject, but an observation. Before Thai I lived in China. There every lady friend I had was busy teaching me Chinese whether I liked it or not. Every friend I had married to a Chinese lady worked hard at becoming fluent encouraged by their wives. i have never encountered this in Thai and have heard guys married to Thai ladies who say that they discourage them from trying to speak Thai.
If I may, for what reason does the Thai lady discourage her farang husband/boyfriend from learning to speak Thai?????!! :( :tsk:
Simple, once you understand Thai you will know what they are saying about you.
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Re: Learning Thai

Post by deepee » Fri May 19, 2017 6:03 pm

Found this site and it's presenter to be captivating.
learnthaiwithmod.com
Here's a sample vid of her
[youtube]https://learnthaiwithmod.com/[/youtube]
The means may be likened to a seed ,the end to a tree;
And there is just the same inviolable connection between the means and the end
as there is between the seed and the tree.
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Re: Learning Thai

Post by deepee » Fri May 19, 2017 6:23 pm

oops seems I have an issue here lets try again
The means may be likened to a seed ,the end to a tree;
And there is just the same inviolable connection between the means and the end
as there is between the seed and the tree.
............. Mohandas Karamchand GANDHI

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Re: Learning Thai

Post by athai » Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:12 pm

Hi
Any language courses in Ranong which can provide ED visa as well? I couldn't google anything for Ranong..no courses exist in the search data not only language ones :(

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Re: Learning Thai

Post by oakdale160 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:32 am

I am embarrassed. I have a friend 50ish guy, has lived in China 15y and speaks 2 Chinese languages fluently. He comes to Thai 3 times a yr for 3w at a time. After about 3 years of this he can carry on conversations quite easily. Everyday he takes lessons, not from certified teachers but from bar girls, girlfriends, waitresses etc--he says it is easy.

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