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I want to branch out on this topic.

I plan on moving to either Khon Kaen or Maha Sarakham province in about August. I'm looking for an intensive Thai course and was figuring I'd probably have to go to Bangkok or Chiang Mai to get it. Is anyone aware of something decent in Isaan?

Thanks.

Tony

If you are going to live in Isaan, you might do better studying Lao.

Seriously.

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I want to branch out on this topic.

I plan on moving to either Khon Kaen or Maha Sarakham province in about August. I'm looking for an intensive Thai course and was figuring I'd probably have to go to Bangkok or Chiang Mai to get it. Is anyone aware of something decent in Isaan?

Thanks.

Tony

If you are going to live in Isaan, you might do better studying Lao.

Seriously.

That's a very good point. However, I plan on doing work within the school system working with kids learning English. As you know, the official language in the schools is Thai so I'll have to pick up Lao on the side. I think most of my contacts will be in Thai.

Tony

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I'd recommend Pro Language in Times Square. Good teachers, good explainations and no troubles communicating in English with them. I was already able to go around and use what they taught me after the first few lessons. They helped me get a one year visa too - very professional.

Jim :o

What's the best school for learning Thai, in terms of the teachers ability, materials and price? Candidates please.

Nisa in Sathorn so far has been the best all round for me out of the five I've been too.

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I went to pro-language in Pattaya a few weeks a ago. They had books (which is better than most schools in Pattaya). I need to go back to speak to the teacher and then I'll decide if I'll start studying there. I became father 1 week ago, so I didn't really find the time now. What was very strange (for a Thai language school) is that the lady at the reception couldn't speak Thai.

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I found their website but what about prices ?

How much Dave for your 120 hours ?

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I had a talk with the teacher. I decided to give it a try. I'll study at pro-language in Pattaya for 20 hours (and longer if I like it). The price was 7300 Baht (private teaching, book included), which makes it as far as I know the most expensive school in Pattaya. But as far as I know this is also the only school that has written several books and actually uses these books to teach. They also had 6 books to prepare P.6 exam (which I'll be studying).

I like the schools in Bangkok and I like studying in a classroom more than private teaching but Bangkok is just too far from my home.

I've visited several other schools in Pattaya (and also studied in one of them). Besides Pro-Language and AUA, none of them had more than one book or could say anything interesting about their method of teaching. The only thing every school could clearly say was the price per 20 hours.

AUA didn't offer any courses at my level. I expect a lot from Pro-language, because in my opinion it's rather expensive.

I'll let you know about my experience.

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In bangkok...Thonglor language school on Sukumwit Road

In Chiang Mai ...with teacher lah..0861938768

Any website for Thonglor. Anyone have any opinion which is better Piammitr or Thonglor? I've read a few who went to Piammitr who passed the Pratom 6 exam. Can the same be said for Thonglor?

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I had a talk with the teacher...

Here's my feedback.

Last week was my first day at Pro Language in Pattaya and it was not too bad. The teacher was energetic, actively corrected my pronunciation and she used a book from the school which was ok.

The pro-language teacher is much better than the teacher of my last school in Pattaya. The teacher from my old school had relational problems, looked depressed, overworked (and even looked a bit suicidal).

The only disappointment at pro-language was that after 1h40min the teacher said the course was finished, because every hour should have 10 minutes break. I was told nothing about the break at the moment I paid for my 20 hours. My 20 hours are now reduced to 16h40 minutes, making the school even more expensive than before.

If I would live at the same distance from BKK as from Pattaya, I would go back to one of the union based schools in BKK because I think they have a more structured teaching method (and they are cheaper than private courses).

But for anyone that stays near Pattaya I can advice this school: it's not too bad, better than many other schools in Pattaya. Too bad it's rather expensive.

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Here's my feedback.

Last week was my first day at Pro Language in Pattaya and it was not too bad. The teacher was energetic, actively corrected my pronunciation and she used a book from the school which was ok.

The pro-language teacher is much better than the teacher of my last school in Pattaya. The teacher from my old school had relational problems, looked depressed, overworked (and even looked a bit suicidal).

The only disappointment at pro-language was that after 1h40min the teacher said the course was finished, because every hour should have 10 minutes break. I was told nothing about the break at the moment I paid for my 20 hours. My 20 hours are now reduced to 16h40 minutes, making the school even more expensive than before.

If I would live at the same distance from BKK as from Pattaya, I would go back to one of the union based schools in BKK because I think they have a more structured teaching method (and they are cheaper than private courses).

But for anyone that stays near Pattaya I can advice this school: it's not too bad, better than many other schools in Pattaya. Too bad it's rather expensive.

Hi Kris

I'm sitting here in France thinking of doing a one year sabbatical with Mrs Cap to learn Thai and Pro Language is on the list.

I teach English here and I think your teacher is right to enforce your break (it would be better in the middle of the period of course - teacher wants to get home early? But then maybe he/she was "on a roll" - don't forget he/she is probably being paid for 50 minutes). Maybe you should use your last twenty minutes to re-read what you have learned before leaving the building, then it wouldn't be "wasted" money. You're not buying a sack of potatoes after all!!!

Just in my HO of course.

Andy Cap

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How is the course so far, kriswillems?

Yes Kriswillems, how is it going??? Would love an update.

I think you are studying at the PRO language school near Carrefour in Central Pattaya.

I have been studying Thai at the 'other' PRO (gress) language school near the Bus Depot in North Pattaya.

I went there by 'mistake' 3 years ago as they were advertised as PRO language school in the leaflet I received at the time!

They have been OK until now, but I want to take the P.6 exam and I have had to go and buy my own books etc... as they dont have this course. In fact they dont have any set course nor exams.

I did not mind buying the books, but I had to go to that Thai school bookshop near Carrefour and even decide the books I needed - no help at all from the language school. In the end bought the books the Thai kids use.

So an update on the 'real PRO language school and this course would be appreciated.

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Anyone can reccomand me (PM) any former teacher for 1.1 lessons?

I think that few hours a week privatly it would be more helpful then a full time class.

Anyone can also suggest me a school not to expensive where to take good private lesson?

My thai is quiet basic and I'm looking for someone who can improve my conversational thai as well as teach me reading and writing.

Thanks

I could use a PM from a knowlegeable source as well. My needs are somewhat specific though. I have been here many years and although my Thai is fairly decent for everyday getting around, I now find myself in need of more advanced business Thai as well as reading and writing capabilities. Ideally, to be able to do a business meeting or presentation entirely in Thai would be a great advantage.

However, I cannot attend classes due to my work schedule and to my specific needs. I have taken classes before (years ago) with Jentana and it was quite good. They were able to skip past all the stuff I already knew (basic stuff) and into the more advanced bits. However, Jentana is getting a bit pricy. If anyone knows a good freelance teacher with a flexible schedule (evenings & weekends), I am all ears.

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Can one study beyond Book 5 at Piammitr? Someone here said they studied Books 7 and 8 but these are not advertised on their website. Are Books 7 and 8 run as one-to-one classes?

What about the advanced modules in Thai culture, history and newspaper reading that are offered at Piammitr, UTL and AAA? Are these group or one-to-one classes?

When does the Prathom 6 intensive prep class usually start? Early or mid September?

Thanks.

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Hi All

Have been trying to follow the thread, but thought it would be easier to just ask the question.

I have recently moved to Thailand and am living in BKK. Where is the best place to learn Thai from scratch (obviously am focusing on verbal communication at least for now)

Also would you recomed intensive or should I do a P/T year long type course.

What kind of costs should I expect.

Do you think its worth while to get a week long intensive (maybe one on one or small group) class first and then look around (does such a thing exist) or just enrol straight into a begginer level school.

Thanks for your help

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