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.
Despite what you may have been told your entire life, your parents, teachers or whoever were all wrong. You CAN learn Thai or any language. You are not tone deaf. You are not bad at learning languages.
You may have moments where you get frustrated or upset when you come across something that seems difficult or confusing. If you get stressed out, take a break and try again later. As long as you work on this a bit every day and follow my instructions, you will succeed. The only way you can fail is if you give up.
Keep a Study Log:
Keeping track of time spent is an extremely powerful accountability and progress tracking tool. I recommend using this sheet.
- Study Session Tracker Open this sheet in another tab, go to FILE–>Make-A-Copy. Every time you sit down to study, mark the date and the time you spent on each lesson. Mark any notes/questions/problems you had so later you can look back and see if something needs more review.
When you finish this course a few weeks from now, if you send me this sheet along with your tales of success, we will both be very happy.
Path to Success:
You don’t need to be a genius or even a good student to learn a language. You just need to be committed enough to build and maintain a study routine that lasts until you’ve accomplished your goal.
Do NOT skip around or jump ahead. The ORDER of the lessons is extremely important. If you get confused and email me for help, the first thing I’m going to do is look at your activity log shake my head if I see that you’ve jumped around aimlessly.
EVERY concept introduced is not just important, it is necessary. I’ve condensed everything you need to know into about 50 lessons. Some lessons are short and may feel easy, but don’t rush through them.
Read the lessons more than once. Do the drills more than once. Every couple of days, go back through any lessons you feel shaky on.
Email me when you get stuck. I’m always here to help, but read the lesson a couple of times first. I’ve done this a long time and the answer to your question (if you need to know at this point) is probably already in there.
What Happens at the End?
By the time you reach the drills at the end of this 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.
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:
Go at your own pace, but to significantly increase your chances of success, I recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of study each day as well as 10+ minutes of additional review. Ideally, this review happens at another point in the day at not right before or after the study session.
- Day 1:
- Learn the Middle Class consonants and their KEYWORDS
- Learn the Middle Class Story – Say it Out Loud to yourself
- Learn the First Vowel and how it attaches to the 7 Middle Class Consonants
- Day 3:
Important Notes to Remember:
- 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.
- Based on all my years teaching this material, what seems to bring the highest chance of success is touching base with the materials every day for a few weeks. All the new concepts will need to connect together and spreading this out over months is not a very good idea.