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5 best online channels to learn Thai

Sawadee Krub dear reader! It doesn’t really matter whether or not you’re a tourist touring Thailand or an expat living in the Land of Smiles, knowing the Thai language to some extend will certainly come in handy. With the advancement of technology it is now easier than ever to find sources in the sheer endless depth of the world wide web that promise to help you master basically every language on this planet. In order to navigate through this huge amount of would-be Thai teachers my-thai.org is here to show you the best of the best in different online worlds. From web sources over Instagram and Facebook to Youtube.

Learn Thai With Mod

Learn Thai with Mod was one of the first ever online teachers I discovered back when I just moved to Thailand. Her business seems to have evolved quite a bit, she’s now taken on a partner and they seem to be doing rather well. Also Learn Thai With Mod is one of the few youtube/facebook channels that keeps posting and putting out new content on a more regular basis. Most online presences just try to sell their courses. Mod & her colleague are obviously also trying to sell their private classes, they still provide you with some interesting knowledge though and make it rather easy to follow their teachings.

Facebook |Β Youtube

Learn Thai With Pictures

Learn Thai With Pictures is a rather interesting choice here in my opinion. The style isn’t all that polished but that’s also what makes it charming. Moreover I do like learning with pictures as it makes it easier to remember the taught content / phrases. I only follow Learn Thai with Pictures and enjoy their more frequent updates in my newsfeed as it’s pretty quick to digest and to understand. A nice add on in order to learn / refresh some common Thai phrases.

Facebook

ThaiPod101.com

ThaiPod101.com is probably the most professional entry here on that list. If you are looking for Thai classes on youtube you can’t escape them as they seem to be the only provider who keeps posting ALL THE TIME. Their videos are good though – even though they are quite heavy on the ads in order to get you to sign up for their courses. The videos are professionally produced and always show a certain quality standard which makes it easy and pleasant to follow. I do dislike the constant adds and unsubscribe from their email newsletter but the videos are helpful nevertheless.

Youtube

Learn Thai With Phavit

Another rather different entrance here. An Instagram account that tries to teach you Thai in a rather more comical style. As if English-Thai wasn’t enough, we also get Chinese, Korean and French translations as well as ‘karaoke’ versions of the words so that we know how to pronounce them. Show off! I like the ease with which it is to understand and, as I’m lazy, I like that I can just learn while I’m on the go and don’t need to sit down and focus on a book or anything like that. Just scroll through your IG feed and learn something. The look and feel is rather playful and also doesn’t make me feel like I’m in school which is definitely a plus as well.

Instagram

Memrise

Last but not least my favorite language learning app. It now even overtook famous DuolingoΒ – at least on my personal list of language apps. I’ve been using it to brush up on my Spanish and start to learn Chinese (Mandarin) and Japanese from scratch and, of course, also to improve upon my Thai skills. Memrise is the only app that actually has a variety of Thai language courses available which makes it a bit easier to follow through while trying to become more fluent in Pasa Thai. You can focus on spoken Thai but also learn the alphabet in order to be able to read and write – which is something that has been missing in most other online courses. Memrise is available as smartphone app but also has a website for you to keep track of your progress.

App on Google PlayΒ | App on iTunes | Website

Those are my favorites – did I forgot any? Have experience with any of those or more recommendations? Shout out in the comments!

Sascha Funk

Founder / Editor at My-Thai.org
Sascha is the publisher of my-thai.org and switched from an online marketing agency life in Europe to a teaching and education life in Thailand. He also writes about Teaching & Technology.

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  • Elle Thitakorn

    Oh this is such a great blog for foreign readers who want to learn Thai. With the advancement of technology, it is easier for the whole world to learn something new. I will share this link to foreign friends. Thank you for sharing this !!!!! :)

  • May Chiranakorn

    Thanks to the technology nowadays, we can learn anything by ourself! This blog provides knowledge not only for foreigners to speak Thai fluently but also for Thais to know that there are many things we could learn online. Thanks for sharing!

  • Benjapol Juntharee

    After I read this, I was thinking about my high school. It was a international school in Thailand. So my foreigner friends need to study Thai language. Everyday(before the subject) they will come and ask me about how to say this and that. What they study is basic Thai language such as Kor Khaoi Kor Khai. :)

  • Um Ntrch

    For me Thai language is one of the hardest one to learn. From the way to pronounce the words or even the alphabet are hard to distinguish. To be honest, I don’t think I’ll be able to speak or read Thai if I’m not Thai to begin with. So I really admire and respect those foreign who is willing to learn Thai and some could read and speak Thai fluently because as I said, its really difficult. And now people don’t have to pay to learn a new language anymore due to the technology nowadays. People can just open the website and study everyday little by little. I think its very convenient and it encourages people to learn other language more.

  • Wanthida Tiwari

    oooooh… I remember coming across English with phavit when I tried learning Thai online. technology did made it easier for people like me to learn Thai or any language as a matter of fact. it so easy to know how to converse with the local now and know what they are saying.

  • Arinrada Boonarchathong

    For me, I think those website will help the foreign who wants to learn Thai language but have not much time to take course, online learning will be an opportunity for them to learn Thai words through social media since it is easy for them to reach. I think I will show this to my exchange student friends! of course, I will share this with my host family back in the United States because they will come to Thailand real soon! :D

  • Kana Matsushita

    As we talked during the break time today, learning the culture is essential if you live in the “culture” for some terms. This article might be helpful for people who are thinking to stay in Thailand little longer. Thanks to the technology and new media developing today, we can get any information that we want with just typing keywords and clicking the link, however, the problem with this amazing innovation is you never know how it makes you feel until you really experience it. For the language part, there is a ton of sites teaching the language, which is quite useful because you can take a look when you have nothing to do on the van or train.
    I would like to mention that the information on the internet is just a little part of the culture/ country.

  • I agree that the language is only one part of understanding the culture, a helpful one at that though. For example I never quite understood why Thai people wouldn’t just tell me to my face what’s going on until I understood the concept of ‘kreng jai’ – which has no literal translation but explains very well what the culture is about (http://my-thai.org/understanding-kreng-jai-learning-thai-culture/)

  • MonΓ© Pusanisa

    Never know before that there was an “actual” platform for learning Thai language I thought there was only a content online for foreigner to take a look and try to learn by themselves. Well on the other hand for me as a Thai citizen and wiling to learn another language I always go to Duolingo.com there are plenty (well more than 10 languages) to study but I’m sure they didn’t include Thai.

  • I used to use Duolingo as well but as mentioned above I now replaced it with memrise as it keeps more invested with all kinds of languages. And true, there’s no Thai on there :(

  • Kimkreme Asawa

    Wowwww This is so good that have combine many ways that we can use in the internet to learn Thai languages which may look hard to pronounce or learn but all of these platform may make the language easier to learn. I think that this article will help foreigner to learn our language. This is great article and I hope to see more article. Thank you for sharing. :)

  • Cindy Apichaya Pattanasirimong

    Wow!! This is interesting online platform for who want to learn Thai language. I never know about learning Thai language platform before. It will be the greatest things for foreigner to learn more about Thai language. I’m really like this idea.πŸ‘πŸ»

  • Catty Methayanunt

    Woww! Due to the advanced in technology makes learning languages easier than before! This would be crucial benefit to foreigners who does not have much time to take course, they can learn via online in various platform by themselves. I really appreciate with this kind of idea, i hope it would continue developing the application to have a better quality!

  • Phirachash Piyawutiposh

    Not just foreigner need this, many of Thai people nowadays really need to learn more of Thai language as well, by the way, it looks really good for making people pay attention and access for learning by those social media we use every day.

  • Pokpong Vetchakanjana

    I have to say thank you for your article which make me know that there are many online channel to learn about Thailand.Moreover,I think many foreigner can learn our culture from this channel and they can share the content to their friend from another country.So that, Thailand will be a well-known country to the world and many visiter will visit our country and know about our tradition and culture as well.

  • Paytong Pharima

    It is undeniable that Thai language is very really hard!.Thank you for all these helping tool! it cover all form of social media, Facebook, website and Instagram.So, I will definitely give your blog as an suggestion to my foreign friends who interested to learn basic Thai language and also I will use it as a tool to teach my cousin who is half-blood Thai-Korean :)

  • Ellen Deveaux

    I have a few friends in the USA that would love to learn Thai. Most of my foreign friends use Instagram, so it would be easy for them to learn some words. Also, its awesome that there are many platforms for all types of people. Overall, this is a great way to learn another language.

  • Song Sathiraboot

    Thank you for sharing these information! I have some friends that are Koreans and Chinese that stayed in Thailand. They wanted me to teach them some Thai, but I don’t know how to start because as a mother tongue, we learn them since birth, as an instinct. Sometimes, they’ve even been tricked by another friend that taught them swear words! Hahahaha Now I can show them where they could have a try on!

  • Tanathorn Petawan

    This is very cool! I some friends when I was an exchange student in USA that are interested in coming to Thailand for a long vacation this year and they have nothing in mind that what they should learn or know before coming here and I think that this article would be perfect for them. Thanks!