“Sawasdee Krap” That’s how they hello in Thailand. If you are a girl you would say “Sawasdee Ka”. When you go to Thailand you’ll find many more people speaking English than most Asian countries but it’s still a very small fraction of the population, there are a dozen different Dialects but the main Dialect the Central Thai is the most widely spoken and most Thai’s can speak it. It’s a tonal language but it’s also very straight forward. Here are some resources that are most helpful if your learning Thai.

Learn the Thai Alphabet

Beggining to learn Thai

If you are first learning Thai I highly recommend some of chris in Chiang Mai books. First there’s the Thai alphabet book which you can literally learn the entire alphabet in a day. Then there is the Thai Vocabulary book which tells you exactly which words you should learn first when learning to speak Thai.

Learn Thai for intermediate learners

Learning Intermediate Thai

Benjawan Poomsan Becker was born in Bangkok and spent her childhood in Yasothon, a small province in Northeast Thailand. Her family is ethnic Laotian, so she grew up speaking both Thai and Lao. She graduated from Khon Kaen University in Thailand in 1990, with a B.A. in English. Benjawan gained extensive experience teaching Thai to foreigners while studying for her M.A. in Japan with the Japan-Thailand Trade Association and Berlitz Language School, and in the US with Thai temples, Stanford University and private students. She now resides in Berkeley, California where she continues to write and publish books on the Thai and Lao languages. Her books include “Thai for Beginners”, “Thai for Intermediate Learners”, “Thai for Advanced Readers”, “Thai-English/English-Thai Dictionary for Non-Thai Speakers”, “Improving Your Thai Pronunciation”, “Practical Thai Conversation DVD Series”, the popular “Speak Like a Thai Series” and many other titles on the Thai language.

Learning thai for advanced readers

Learning Proficient Thai

Becoming fluent in Thai can be done in a year or two after about a year you’ll need some more challenging reads and something interesting as well. This book will help you to read faster as well as improve your reading word vocabulary.