Learn Thai Inner Circle - Introduction


Welcome to Read Thai in 2 Weeks, the first and most important course in the Learn Thai Inner Circle program!  I hope you are excited about learning Thai.

You may want to have a paper and pencil at your side as you go through the course. It’s never a bad idea to try to occasionally write out things you have learned and jot down a few notes as you go, but I leave this up to you.  It’s ok to leave it for a bit later.

Aside from that, you’ll just need slightly more patience than a six year old Thai child and the willingness to temporarily block out any negative thoughts that you aren’t good at learning languages, or are tone deaf or any other excuses that have stopped you thus far.

You may get frustrated or upset when you come across something that seems difficult or confusing. This is normal. Do not smash your computer, please do not send me angry emails. Just take a short break and go do something else. Have a look again later or the next day. It happens to everyone occasionally and it’s just part of the learning process.

By the time you reach the exercises at the end of the course, you should be able to sound out nearly any Thai word and work out what tone it should be. It will be a little slow at first and you may not know what the words mean yet, and that’s ok. At this point, when you pronounce something incorrectly, you will be aware of it so you can work on fixing it.

Soon, you will be able to distinguish the initial consonants in the following words:

Expect to put in at least 2 weeks to have a general understanding of how everything works, but don’t worry if it takes a bit longer. I recommend aiming to complete as much as you can in the first 2 weeks because it’s a realistic goal to aim for. If it ends up taking you 3 weeks to complete the course and you can still read Thai at the end, it doesn’t really matter.

You’ll really want to spend at least 30 minutes a day on this course. More is better. Aim for 45 minutes to an hour if possible. There’s a lot to take in and a little bit of practice each day is the only way we can guarantee success.

Once you’ve begun to get a feel for how the tone rules work and are reasonably proficient with being able to sound out all the vowels and consonants, you’ll be miles ahead of everyone who hasn’t. Too many people skip the alphabet because it’s too different and seems to be too difficult. They don’t understand how huge of a mistake that is.

Sometimes you’ll need to go over a lesson a couple times in order to completely understand it. This is normal. You also may need to go back over some lessons in the past because you forgot some important point. Below is a sample study plan.

Sample Plan of Attack:

Important Notes:

  • Don’t move on if you are confused and definitely don’t skip around. The order is extremely important. Each lesson assumes you know everything above it.
  • Always, always, always spend a few minutes reviewing everything you’ve studied over the past 2-3 days before moving on to new stuff. Even 5 minutes will make a huge difference.
  • This course works best if you power through everything in as short a time as possible.  All the new concepts will need to connect together and spreading this out over months is not a very good idea.  If you are working on this for 30 minutes/day and you haven’t completed the course by the end of the 3rd week, you might not be going about it the best way and should send me an email and I’ll help you get back on track.

*** Warning:

There are a few instances of consonants being added into an example before they have been introduced into the course.  This is intentional so don’t panic if you see something that isn’t explained.  Just click on the word to see if you can figure out what’s happening (regarding the pronunciation).  If something isn’t explained yet, you don’t have to master it yet.

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