Learn Thai

A few official schools teach Thai Language

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What we say: 4 stars

The American University Alumni (AUA) has courses in both spoken and written Thai. Their first two beginner classes focus on spoken Thai, while more advanced classes introduce the writing system and develop reading skills. Classroom work is demanding and rigorous, and is recommended for those with a serious interest in learning the language. Classes meet two hours per day from Monday to Friday (either morning or afternoon courses), totalling approximately 60 hours. It costs 3,900 baht and text books cost 250 baht each.

They can also organise private tuition for up to four students either at the centre or your place. Price varies depending on the number of students, but home lessons for one person start at 310 baht per hour. Call (053) 278 407 or Fax (053) 211 973 (Attn: AUA Thai Department) or email cm-thai@auathailand.org, aualanna@loxinfo.co.th (attn: AUA Thai Department).

The YMCA has course of 30 hours duration for 1600 baht. Classes are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Speaking is studied between 10:00-12:00, and writing is studied from 13:30. Private tuition costs 5500 baht for a 20 hour programme. For more information call (053) 221 819.

Payap University has five-week, 60-hour courses that combine reading and writing for 6000 baht which includes course materials, handouts and language lab fees. Continuing through the courses entitles students to consecutive discounts. Phone (053) 243 164 extension 7230 and 7238, fax (053) 245 353 or email gsis@payap.ac.th, www.payap.ac.th for more information.

Private organisations and individuals are also available, which can be more flexible. Major Thai offer classes to learn Thai for tourists and everyday life. Private lessons for one cost 150 baht an hour or group classes 100 baht an hour. Contact them on (09) 4299872 (Ting) , (06) 6594532 (Yai) or email majorthai@hotmail.com. Lah has a bachelors degree in Thai and takes all levels of private and group lessons for 150 baht an hour. Contact her on (06) 19387687 or peenong71@hotmail.com.

Last updated: 21st September, 2013

About the author:
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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