Thai – What's the Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn the Thai Language?

In order to put this clip together, I thought to myself “If I were to be learning Thai from scratch again, what advice would I give myself?” –

I tried to make it applicable to anyone learning Thai – from someone just wanting to impress the wait staff at the local Thai restaurant, to expats and even diplomats who will be posted in Thailand and need Thai to effectively communicate.

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Links I refer to :

Cracking Thai Fundamentals Online Course:

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Glossika spaced repetition:

Bingo Lingo – Thai in 10 Days

Learn Thai from a White Guy (Brett Whiteside)

Khun Benjawan Poomsan Becker’s Paiboon Publishing Publications

Thai For Beginners
Thai for Intermediate Learners
Thai for Advanced Learners
Paiboon Dictionaries

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Google Translator toolkit

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36 Replies to “Thai – What's the Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn the Thai Language?”

  1. XiaZTV

    Hey Stuart, I think you got it backward.
    You need to watch a movie in Thai dub and read Thai subtitles, this way you will learn how to pronounce and write new words at the same time.
    And when you found some words you don't know the meaning, you can trace it back by counting the syllable to that word and then check it in the dictionary.
    This works best on dubbed movies you have already watched because you already know the meaning of the sentence, the rest is just to learn the word/pronunciation.

  2. Rabbie Burns

    I would say do what you feel is best for you. Personally, I think that learning to speak first is the best way. Forget tones and reading, as that can all come later. I feel it can be too intimidating for people to try too much at once.

    Learn like a child learns their native tongue; speak, then read and write. You will make mistakes, of course, but Thai people will understand in context what you mean. Then, when ready, (after 6 months or so maybe) learn the alphabet (Learn Thai from a White Guy is good, and video on youtube that teaches 25 most common consonants for free, then learn the rest yourself, don't give the guy 100 dollars ;0).

    Then, read children's books. I learnt from this site :

    These are kids stories that Thai children used to learn in school about a brother & sister and their friends and pets called "Manee Mana." Similar to a "Jack & Jill" in English.

    When you start to learn the words/ phrases you can already speak is awesome! Then, not so awesome is realising that you have been saying them wrong, incorrect tones etc .. so, you have to re-learn them the correct way. Depending on your ear, you may have been saying them correct. I know a guy that cannot read or write, but you would swear he could as he has nearly all the tones etc correct already.

    As SJR says, use lots of resources. I use the Paiboon dictionary app & the excellent "Learn Thai" app from Codegent that you can change male/female speaker.

    You can learn words & phrases & play it whilst in the shower, making food etc

    Immerse/ absorb

    Do at least an hour a day.

    Watch youtube videos, my favourites are:

    "Learn Thai with Mod,"

    "Kruu Wee Teach Thai"

    & "Speak Thai Easy"

    Don't give up & don't compare yourself with anyone else, only yourself the day before.

    ขอให้สนุกนะครับ Enjoy

  3. krajchek

    6k views? This deserves lot more. You are a Genius! I am signing up. I am glad that I found you trough a friend of mine you taught. This video represent exactly how I study, matches me a lot! And I am sure it works for most people.

  4. Shawn Hanes

    In the beginning, I would simply try to learn 3 new words a day, and review words from the previous days. This is an extremely lazy way to learn. It takes only about 20 minutes a day. Over the course of a year, it can add up to over 1,000 words.

    Were there times I got bored or felt burned out? Yes, many times. If you feel that way, then take a break for a day or two. I've taken breaks as long as a month before. Come back your study routine when you feel ready again.

    Now I've been learning for over 4 years. I'm still not yet at Stuart's level of fluency, but I can read and have conversations with anyone in Thai. The point is, even if you're lazy like me, stick with it for the long term and you'll eventually have success.

  5. Be Tee

    What’s your advice for learning how to read Thai? What do you think are the best resources if I want to start off by learning to read before learning to speak? Or do you think they both should happen at the same time? I’m just asking because I’m more of a visual followed by auditory learner so I feel like it’ll be easier for me to learn in this way but I was wondering what your thoughts are since this is the first language I’m attempting to learn.

  6. Cyber

    This guy is always talking nonsense. Thai is a difficult language to master because it has so many Sanskrit words and also an Indic script that doesn't fit. It's better to use latin IPA script which is easier to remember.

  7. HIRO

    Lydia's FB post sent me here. Thank you for the information. I joined her autodidact academy this Jan and I started to struggle on how to learn Thai from a scratch. Then 3 weeks ago I tried LearnThaiFromAWhiteGuy materials to memorise consonants and tones, which is amazingly useful as you mentioned in the vid. Thanks to Brett's program I did crack the tone system for the first time in my life. Now I've just started Glossika after checking your vid, and I already know that it works perfect to my needs (A1 low lvl). Thank you so much Stuart !

  8. stephen fein

    Great video. In my case (30 years in Thailand) the best resource has always been teaching kids English. Now that I live in the sticks in South Thailand and I am trying to do the same thing to learn the southern Thai dialect, but I think my mind was a bit more plastic back in Bangkok in the 90s. Anyway, it is always a fun challenge.

  9. Vladimir Hybl

    Yeah, you have to realize it's gonna be a long way😉 Our brain tends to be lazy at times and if we do not enjoy it we just get disgusted or annoyed by all the long process of learning. It's about your motivation and your feelings to the language too. Make it fun and do not hesitate to laugh at yourself how funny you sound😁 I often enjoy speaking thai with Lao people when travelling and it makes me feel relax and I learn Lao language a bit by this way too.
    Regarding teachers and language resources, exactly as Stuart says, use everything and anything in your learning process. . . and trust your guts! If you feel like that try it and if it does work for you just stop andfind another way. There are not so many resources for Thai as for e.i. Mandarin chinese but you can find them and some of them are really good and even free. Everyone is an individual so something that works for me doesn't work for you or just a little bit.
    Regarding "tones" if you compare a few males(or females) sounds saying the same word they will sounds so different to your ears so as Stuarts says you need to speak to lots of natives and use plenty of resources and definitely do not rely on your teacher only. You must find your way and learn with love😇

  10. Reuben Ahokas

    อยากจะถามพี่เรื่องการพัฌนาการพูดให้มันถึงระดับ advanced หรือระดับที่คล้ายเจ้าของภาษาครับ รู้สึกเหมือนมาถึงทางตันที่ว่า ผมฟังรู้เรื่อง 99% ครับ การอ่านก็เช่นกัน แต่บางทีถ้าจะให้อธิบายอะไรที่มันซับซ้อนมากขึ้น ซึ่งถ้าเป็นภาษาอังกิดแล้ว(ภาษาแม่)ก็ไม่มีปัญหา แต่หลายครั้งผมจะคิดไม่ออกว่าในภาษาไทยเขาจะพูดยังไง เรียงประโยคหรือเรียงความคิดยังไง รู้สึกว่ามันไม่ได้อยุ่ที่คำศัพหรือแกรม่า เพราะ ฟังคนไทยพูดก็เข้าใจหมดแหละ เห็นพี่ผ่านจุดนี้มาแล้วอยากจะขอคำปรึกษาสักหน่อยครับ

  11. zencat

    I have an unusual stumbling block. I can read, write & speak at a basic level (although my listening & reading comprehension is still pretty awful), so whenever I’m in Thailand I try to get “deep in the soi” so as to run into as many Thai only speakers as possible. Almost inevitably, when a person gets a feel for my proficiency level, they want ME to teach THEM how to speak ENGLISH, and usually only give lip service to an ‘equal exchange’ of lessons. Without actually employing a tutor, it seems hard to find a Thai that has the patience to help you improve your skills, even if your dating them! Any suggestions?

  12. Krisstofer Shaw

    Definitely couldn't agree with you more! I used to be in the shower, holding press conferences with my different languages! I haven't ever been off the American continent and I have both Japanese, Chinese, and Thai people cannot believe I never stepped foot in the country and yet I have so much knowledge. I did like you said, I allowed the language and the culture infest within me, that someone thought I had visited the country.

  13. duke1duke1

    Darn you for coming out with the book, now Im tempted to study Thai again! Haha. Although Vietnamese and (old) Punjabi are my priorities these days. Sometimes a good book pulls you back into a language.

  14. Eric Carlsson

    Very good advises already halfway through your book and ordered a lot of different books for learning Thai. Even about Thailand or Siam history to better understand the Thai people. Thanks for the tip about writing and get spoken Thai on my Mac, had no clue about that before I bought your book, perfect 👍

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