Talking Thai: Learning to Speak Thai Fluently

Talking Thai: Learning to Speak Thai Fluently

Read the Introduction below and/or click on lesson one if you’d like to know what to expect in the rest of the Talking Thai course.  

In my experience, one of the most frustrating parts of language learning as a beginner is finding out what native speakers are actually saying. Schools, books and even native speakers themselves are generally little or no help and have a tendency to teach you what they think you should be saying.

Once you are fairly comfortable with the sounds of a language,  you’ll want to start learning common phrases and sentences which people (especially you) can and do use every day.

We do this by spending a little bit of time each day drilling a couple of sentences.  The goal is to be able to pronounce them perfectly and at a quick, natural pace.  Once you’ve drilled a sentence a bit, you should go out and practice them on people! You need to use those sentences with other human beings in order for them to end up in the part of your brain where they will stay a while.

The idea with this course is to show you how someone fluent would speak in a number of very common situations that you as a foreigner are likely to encounter in Thailand.  I’ve added in some of the key vocab in flashcards between the lessons, but not all of it.  I don’t want to overwhelm anybody with flashcards or explanations.  The particles can be very confusing at first.  They are sometimes very difficult to translate and I think it’s best to see them as a form of emotional coloring that takes the place of intonation in non-tonal languages.

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