ATTENTION: Finally, a simple way to learn the Thai alphabet and to start reading Thai…
From: Russ Crowley
RE: Learning How to Read Thai.
If you’ve come to this website, then you have an interest in learning how to read Thai. I have no idea what level you are currently at; but, it would be a fair assumption that you’re either just beginning, have already started and are looking for additional assistance, or are looking for material to take you to the next level.
If it’s the latter, then this application is probably not for you. You see, this application is for those who want to learn how to read Thai but are either: a total novice; a beginner in the early stages of learning the alphabet; or, you have some idea of reading Thai entails, but haven’t progressed very far. You will still get the benefit from this app, but it’s beginners we intend to help.
It stands to reason that if you want to learn to read Thai script, then you need to know the Thai alphabet.
A common thought for most, is that it’s ‘too difficult’: 44 consonants, 32 vowels, few spaces between words and more put a lot of people off. It’s a fallacy that unless you’re dedicated and put countless hours of hard studying in, you’ll never be able to learn the Thai alphabet and learn how to read Thai. Okay, it still requires study on your behalf; but, it just got easier!
Well, we’ve recently brought out a new pc and iPad application that helps you to learn the Thai alphabet. In logical, easy-to-learn steps, we show you how to learn the alphabet. First though, watch the video below…
Yes, as you have seen, the app is fully interactive and shows you how you can quickly and easily learn the entire Thai alphabet: consonants, vowels, punctuation, tone marks and numbers. We have it all.
As you learn, and at each stage, you can test and keep track of your progress and can then modify your learning as you go. Broken down into logical steps: Low, Middle and High Class consonant, Simple and Complex vowels, you’ll be up and running with the alphabet in no time.
In fact, by the time you finish the Rockstars level, you’ll know the Thai alphabet front-to-back, back-to-front, upside-down, and left-to-right; but, you don’t have to know the entire alphabet to start learning how to read Thai – you do need to know some though.
Don’t worry, we guide you step-by-step, and show you how to read Thai in our members area.
If you have studied any books on reading Thai before, you’re probably a little sceptical about our claim to teach you. Many books show you the consonants and vowels, the sounds they make, then throw in a section about tone rules, and then leave you to it. The problem here is that it doesn’t actually teach you how to read Thai – we do.
Once you have logged in, you see the home page:
For reading Thai, we want section 4:
Here, you can see we have our steps for teaching you, progressively, from the most basic of levels to read Thai. As you can see, we have the introduction, then we look at unwritten vowels, then onto step 02, then 03 and so on.
Within each post, we go into infinite detail in explaining the thought processes behind identifying syllables and words in sentences, so that you know exactly what you need to do: this is how we do it. At the start, we’re like children, we don’t know anything about how to do this – it needs to be explained: we explain it!
As you can see from the sample post, we cover the information in great details. You may also have noticed that we use various colours in our posts. As you may recall from the video, we talked about colour-coded backgrounds to help you learn the consonant classes. We use red for High Class consonants, yellow for Middle Class, and green for Low Class (think of a traffic light, and you’ll never forget them); this is a colour scheme we use through all of our materials: the app and out books, and this helps you to easily learn and recall the consonant classes.
We also use this colour scheme when explaining how to read Thai in our posts: in the image above, the first consonant in ผม is red (high class), the second is green (low class) – and we use blue for the vowel sound. This helps you to keep track of what we’re doing, the steps involved to learning how to read, and getting to where you want to be – far more effective don’t you think?
This is how we teach you the alphabet, and how to read Thai.
For the PC:
For the iPad: