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Old 13th January 2008, 10:31 AM
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Default I want to learn to speak and read Thai

I am an American and now that I have decided to come to Phuket for 2 months, I think it would be a good idea for me to learn to speak and possibly read some Thai. Anybody agree? I know that many Thai speak English, but I wouldnt mind knowing what people are saying in every day life, it would help when I am watching TV and the news, and I think I might enjoy learning the language, although it will probably do me little good once I return to the states. I also think that if people realize I am trying to speak with them in their own language, they might be a little more willing to help me out understanding me and correcting me.

Im just wondering how others have learned Thai. I saw a computer program called Rosetta Stone, it's priced at around $200 but I dont want to buy it until I figure out if it's worth it. I have around 7 weeks before I leave for Phuket, and I would like to at least get a basic understanding of the language before I get there.

For over 12 years in school I studied French, and it turned out to be largely useless, I visited Paris once and didnt like it! I can conjugate anything in French but Im wondering if I need to go to that extreme for a 2 month Thai vacation? I would like to start learning here, and then continue when I get to Thailand. Should I just focus on daily conversational phrases?



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Old 14th January 2008, 08:06 AM
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I suggest you start looking at my posting under "thai talk" further down the listing, and then take it from there. I think this might cover most of what you need for a relatively short visit - and if you really do make it all, you'll be better off than most farangs. But try not to be too ambitious, Thai is a very difficult language - I speak from experience. Good luck - and enjoy your stay in Thailand.
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Old 14th January 2008, 10:06 AM
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Here's a useful site that I have found helpful Learning Thai the Easy Way
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Or you could wait to buy the Rosetta Stone once you get to Thailand....that would be MUCH cheaper!

It's quite an intuitive method, much more like the way children learn languages...might suit you if you are not very keen on conjugating verbs etc.

This said if you're only going to be here for two months and in Phuket then you won't really need to learn Thai...maybe just get some basic everyday phrases and learn the numbers like most foreigners do. Learning sufficient Thai to understand TV news and newspapers is a bit ambitious IMO!
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H i Rosetta Stone not much good for beginners tried it and found it difficult so gave it away , as it was a Pantipp Plaza copy . Much better and a lot easier , if you can get it is Robertsons Practical English Thai Dictionary , this has been out of print for some time and not available here in UK , but if you can find it buy it , it uses the phonetic system and the spellings are kept as simple as possible , authors description not mine , also it is pocket sized so can carry about with you .
The above covers speach only , never bothered with reading and it has never posed any problem .
Another program I have tried , they are a US company , is Languages of the World , but unfortunately as it is also speech recognition accents cause havoc , gave up on this luckily it was a library copy , no cost .
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Old 15th January 2008, 06:05 PM
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Default Thanks for you advice

Thanks again for your advice. After trying a few different methods I have decided to stick with English for now, i agree that it might not make sense to learn a whole new and relatively difficult language for only two months. My mouth just couldnt seem to make certain sounds, maybe I am just too old to learn.

I had really minor problems while in Thailand last time, anyone who could not speak English always knew someone who did.

Thanks again.

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Old 16th January 2008, 09:29 AM
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i learnt to speak a little here , came in handy

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