Read Thai in 2 Weeks

Let’s Learn to Read Thai!

START the QUIZ by READing then CLICKing on the LETTER

First, let’s learn to recognize 7 of the most common Thai letters. Later, we’ll listen to their pronunciation.

The name of this letter is CHICKEN. It looks a lot like the head of a bird. Can you see its beak?

CLICK the CHICKEN to proceed

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This letter is called the FISH. It doesn’t look like a FISH, but it does look a lot like FISHhook. The circle is the bait on the tip of the FISHhook.

CLICK on the FISH to proceed

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We’ve looked at the CHICKEN and the FISH.

CLICK on the CHICKEN to proceed

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Correct, you clicked on the . Well, done. Click anywhere inside the quiz to continue.
You clicked on the . The correct answer was CHICKEN. Remember the beak on the CHICKEN? Let’s go back and try again.

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This letter is the CHILD. Try to imagine a boy dressed up as a one-eyed ghost for halloween. Can you see the big eye-hole in the center?

CLICK on the CHILD to proceed.

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We have looked at 3 different letters now. Please CLICK on the CHILD.

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Correct, well done.
You clicked the . Sorry, that isn’t right. The correct answer was CHILD.

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Next up is the LEAF. This letter definitely doesn’t look like a LEAF, but it does look a lot like a bucket or a basket so imagine it’s a bucket full of leaves.

CLICK on the LEAF to continue.

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We’ve looked at 4 different letters now. CLICK on the LEAF to proceed.

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Correct, you clicked on the LEAF. Well, done.
You clicked on the . The correct answer was the LEAF. Let’s go back and try again.

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Next up is the PLATE. It doesn’t look much like a PLATE, so we’ll need to use our imagination a bit more this time. Try imagining the shape of this letter as a flowery design across part of the PLATE.

CLICK on the PLATE to continue.

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Here are some of the letters we have studied so far. Please select the PLATE out of this line up and CLICK it.

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Correct, you clicked on the PLATE. Well, done.
You clicked on the . The correct answer was the PLATE. Let’s go back and try again.

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Let’s check to see if we remember what we’ve covered so far.

First, run through all these letters in your head and see if you remember what they are without any prompts. After you’ve done that, CLICK on the CHICKEN. Make sure to spend at least 20 seconds going through all the letters below and seeing if you remember what they are or not. If you don’t, make a note of it somewhere.

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Awesome! You clicked on the CHICKEN. You’re doing great!
Ack! You clicked on the . The correct answer was the CHICKEN. Remember, it’s got that beak sticking out which should help you pick it out of the line up.

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Next up, is the TURTLE. Notice the dent on the top of his shell? Now, imagine a TURTLE with a dent going down the back of his shell. When it rains he’s going to have a little river of water running down his back.

ClICK on the TURTLE to proceed.

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Remember the mighty TURTLE with the dent in his shell? Can you pick him out of the lineup below?

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Awesome! You correctly chose the TURTLE. Keep it up!
Ergh!! You clicked on the . The correct answer was the TURTLE. Remember, it’s the letter with the big dent at the top.

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Finally, we have the BASIN. You’ll definitely need to use your imagination a bit for this one. The BASIN is actually the large barrel-like container full of water you’ll find is used for bathing in Thailand in areas where they don’t have running water.

CLICK on the BASIN to continue.

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Here are all of the letters we have looked at so far. Can you find the BASIN? Click on the BASIN to proceed.

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Woot! You picked the BASIN just as directed. Well done.
Orghh!! You clicked on the . The correct answer was the BASIN.

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You did it! We covered all 7 letters. Now while they are still fresh in your head, scroll on down to the flashcards below and practice all 7 of them a bit more while also hearing the sounds the consonants make. Each of the letters in the cards below will be pronounced as if it had an “AAW” vowel attached to it. It’s a lot easier for us to make out a consonant sound if it’s spoken with a vowel.

See if you can remember the keywords for each consonant and also how many of the sounds you can figure out just by listening. We’ll talk more about the tricker letters in the next couple of lessons.

Feel free to bookmark this quiz and come back to it anytime you need a refresher. If you really want to make sure you remember it all, come back twice a day for the next 2-3 days. It shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes of review twice a day to get everything to stick.

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  • fish

  • plate

  • basin
  • All Done!

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Not sure yet? No worries. Lesson 2 should reach your inbox tomorrow. In the meantime, I’d go through the above exercises a couple more times to increase the likelihood of remembering everything.