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Transliteration systems are a waste of time. I was advised to learn thai writing right from the start using picture books ("h" like "horse", "s" like "snake" etc.). Is this a good strategy?

 

Since such picture books are meant for Thai pupils I would need to get the pronunciation from an internet source. What pisses me off on my Android is that each time I click on an audio file I'm asked if I want to play the file with google music play or whatever. On a PC small audio files get played straight away.

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Yes learning by transliteration is a waste of time!

 

I learnt all the alphabet, then realised that you mostly only ever use 80 percent of it.

 

Teach yourself Thai by David Smyth gives you an easy staged approach.

 

1steasythaialphabet was also helpful.

 

The Google Translate app is great for practising pronunciation.
 

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How to learn lots of timeand energy

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I learned to speak and read Thai together. 

Me and my wife were living in Singapore at the time, and she pretty much taught me like I was a small child.

I would also agree that read first, or at the same time. Trying to speak first is not the way to go. 

Thai isn't difficult, unlike Mandarin were I struggled for years

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Learning to read Thai is the only way to go - the whole world around you becomes a giant language lesson as you read shop signs, street addresses and so on.

 

One suggestion I have is to buy a newspaper regularly; if you have an interest in sport, say, all the newspapers have sports coverage (I like Khao Sot for this) and it provides motivation to read on and find out what the article is about. Far more interesting than ploughing through consonant tables.

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I learned 4 consonants a day using flash cards... each day, I reviewed the ones from the days before... in 10 or 11 days I was mostly there... I spend much more time in conversation than reading, mostly signs... but it does help to know the sounds. 

 

oh no! There are vowels too!!

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I would like to start learning Thai. But whenever I ask anyone where to start they invariably make assumptions and in a few moments I have no idea what they are talking about.

 

I bought a book once but it was gibberish to me. I learned Indonesian quite quickly and easily so I'm not a complete dope but there is something about Thai that I'm not getting.

 

Do I learn the alphabet first?

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Learning a language takes years and most people want to learn it yesterday.
The fundamentals of Thai include tone and length of vowel and strangely when learning the consonants by rote which in English is A for Apple, Thai it is made as difficult as possible in that the first letter is ก and the word ไก่ . mid class consonant short vowel and first tone mark, ie. ก +อ่+ ะ +ย but when written uses almost completely different symbols!
It was a long time that I mastered this but my object was not to learn Thai but to solve the puzzle of Thai.


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5 hours ago, tgeezer said:

Learning a language takes years and most people want to learn it yesterday.
The fundamentals of Thai include tone and length of vowel and strangely when learning the consonants by rote which in English is A for Apple, Thai it is made as difficult as possible in that the first letter is ก and the word ไก่ . mid class consonant short vowel and first tone mark, ie. ก +อ่+ ะ +ย but when written uses almost completely different symbols!
It was a long time that I mastered this but my object was not to learn Thai but to solve the puzzle of Thai.


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So as I said before.

 

Kids books, they help a lot.

If you have a partner, they'll teach you the tonal parts as you read, if not you'll need to find a teacher.

 

Don't try to learn to speak without reading, it's the best way

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www.womenlearnthai.com

 

"Read Thai in Ten Days" or similar

 

www.thai-language.com

 

Search on Youtube for pronunciation.

 

Stuart Jay Raj.

 

Learn Thai With Mod.

 

Benjawan Poomsan Becker's books.

 

A good and compact Thai-English dictionary (or app).

 

There are a ton more resources out there (and you'll find most of them at the first link).

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After I learned the vowels and consonants, I learned to read with these online children's readers from 1st grade, 2nd grade and so on.  There are little audio files to read for you so you can check to see if you got it right.

 

I think they're great:  http://ressources.learn2speakthai.net/

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