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Thai language lessons in Bangkok

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Learning some basic Thai will make your time in Thailand considerably easier and more enjoyable, especially if you plan to explore beyond the big-name tourist destinations. Not surprisingly, Bangkok boasts the largest selection of Thai language schools and private teachers in the kingdom.

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Thai is a challenging language for most native English speakers. Many vowel sounds don’t exist in English, and the meaning of a word changes drastically depending on the tone. On the other hand, the alphabet is relatively easy to learn when compared to, say, Chinese or Japanese characters, and a lack of tenses means that you won’t have to learn eight different ways to conjugate verbs. Most people can pick up the basics—numbers, common phrases and directional words—after a week or two.

Never see the wrong movie again. Photo taken in or around Thai language lessons in Bangkok , Bangkok, Thailand by Samantha Brown.

Never see the wrong movie again. Photo: Samantha Brown

The first thing to consider is whether to go with an official language school or a private instructor in a more casual setting. A school is probably best if you’re looking to devote serious time and resources to gaining a solid foundation with the language. One-year education visas are also available through most proper schools, making these good options for staying in Thailand long-term.

But if you’re just seeking a week’s worth of lessons to dip your toes into the language, a private teacher may be best. Many teachers can also be reached on Skype, making it possible to continue your lessons and clear up questions as you practice your budding Thai skills on the road.

One option that falls in between is Learn Thai with Shaun the Deer, an informal but consistent set of small-group classes taught by an Australian expat who is fluent in spoken and written Thai. For 250 baht per person, Shaun offers weekly classes for beginners and intermediates on an upper floor of the Queen Bee, a pub off Sukhumvit. We could read many Thai signs within a few weeks of attending his “Read Thai ... Travelfish members only (Around 900 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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