Language learning shouldn’t be a competition and you shouldn’t be graded on the rate at which you progress based on someone else’s program or book. There are no levels in life. Words like beginner and advanced are relative.
- Ooh, you must have a special gift because you are good at _________
- I’m too old/young to start doing that…..
- I can’t learn tonal languages because I’m tone deaf
- I like chocolate
- Oi, that is a really hard language because blahblahblah
- I can’t read/watch/listen to that because it’s too hard
The bottom line is you can learn to do anything you want. It takes time and loads of practice and even more than that it takes discipline and dedication. There is no secret method or hack that is going to make you a master of something overnight. It’s just like exercise or playing a musical instrument you gotta keep going. There is no end.
Cheat. It doesn’t matter what you do to get there. You don’t have to read those boring ass Manee books. Read stuff that you like. Watch movies or tv shows that you like. If you don’t know what’s good then ask someone else for recommendations. If you hate Thai movies, then watch Western movies dubbed in Thai (or whatever language). Keep plugging away. If you don’t dig it then toss it and find something else. Just don’t stop and do it every day. You’ll get better. I promise.
You will never understand tv/movies/news if you never watch them.
You will never be able to read a book if you don’t actually ever try and read one.
Here’s how to learn Thai or any language:
- Learn the Thai script and sounds
- When you are comfortable with the sounds, start drilling short high frequency sentences (ไปไหน, กินข้าวรึยัง, ทำอะไรอยู่)
- Once you have about 20 or 30 short sentences in your head, start trying to use them on people. You may want to start practicing short dialogues at this stage.
- When you get to a point where you can handle 50-100 short sentences and you know around 500-1000 words, you should start spending a little bit of your study time attempting to read. Try to find interesting content. This could be attempting to read the first (or random) sentence in a Thai wikipedia article on a topic you are interested in every day. It will be really hard at first, but if you do it every day for a month, you will learn so many new words and before you know it, you’ll be reading 1 paragraph per day.
Try 4 Lessons Free
Enter your email to get the first 4 free Thai lessons now!