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Thai language school-is Walen any good?

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Thinking about making an ED visa(very interested in learning too,already know some basic like reading,alphabet etc.). Considering couple of schools in/around Pattaya, walen amongst them.If anyone has any experience with them,maybe can shed some light on it?(hearing some bad comments lately) .We are talking about 20k+ baht so i want to choose well.Thx

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I think they have one day trial at Walen to try it out(not sure though). I started learning at walen 2 weeks ago and i'm really happy with it. I have some experience with other schools so i have something to compare with.I don't want to bash other schools(that's why i won't name it) but somewhere even though i was much better than rest of he class they didn't want to move me on intermediate/advance class so basically for next 6-7 months i had to learn something that i already surpass by a mile.When i came to walen, on first day they've moved me to advance class which is great and shows that teachers really care.

Teachers and teaching method is excellent (in my opinion, the fastest learning method is by thai converstion and learning to read THAI not transliteration-which is basically walen method). So yeah if you want to learn thai ,walen is great and i would recommend it . good luck

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Try Pro language school

If you really want to learn thai Better to pay extra for a small class. or 1 on 1 tuition.

As in most schools in pattaya a lot of guys. Just get ed visa's for a extended holiday.

I would not recemmend wallen .

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Try Pro language school

If you really want to learn thai Better to pay extra for a small class. or 1 on 1 tuition.

As in most schools in pattaya a lot of guys. Just get ed visa's for a extended holiday.

I would not recemmend wallen .

yeah i looked for private lessons but its like 90 000baht, just too much. how many people attend in class in pro language vs walen?

Also why you would not reeccommend walen

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Going from all of the above is exactly why you should maybe start with a 'teach yourself' course to learn the basics then find a school/tutor to suit your own learning requirements.

Both David Smyth's Teach Yourself (Complete) Thai and Benjawan Poomsan Becker's books are excellent.

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Walen has significantly more branches and more students than any competitor.

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Not if they teach Thai the same way they teach English. They basically just read through a textbook word for word very quickly and then ask: any questions?

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Walen has significantly more branches and more students than any competitor. Sent from my GT-I9190 using Thaivisa Connect Thailand mobile app

I wonder what Walen has to say about this

"Yes the school was Walen (good rep) they escorted him to immigration and did everything for him. Walen has their own staff within immigration offices using immigration's computer and accessing their data... So yes, very much in good rep with immigration. "

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/675318-holiday-extension-for-ed-visa/page-2#entry6948561

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Not if they teach Thai the same way they teach English. They basically just read through a textbook word for word very quickly and then ask: any questions?

It's not just about reading through a textbook very quickly.It's about reading it,pronouncing it correct and make a sentence with that word so you can actually know how to use it properly.The best way you can learn thai is by talking the language,there's no other way

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The schools in pattaya imo are centered on visa and not language. I am looking forward to meet some graduates of these visa factories i mean schools that are actually fluent in thai.

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Wouldn't recommend Walen EVER!! Try Pro Language or any other place. I've heard very good things about Pro Language if you really intend to learn Thai.

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I have tried both Walen and Pro language. Their teaching methods are very different and I guess you have to try both (free trial lessons) to see which one suits you.

I have to admit - I learned very little with Walen in my year spent there, except how to spell words.

It appeared as though they had a very high turnover of teachers and it was not often we got the same teacher to keep the flow going. In fact in a weekly four hour lesson period - we would have four different teachers, one each hour.

I learned from the experience and made sure that at the next school I enrolled in, the class would be taught by the same teacher every lesson and that the teacher was in fact a real teacher - with qualifications and experience, not some dolly bird just out of University, and also that teaching materials (textbooks) were included in the course fee, which they are at pro.

try them both - or more and see which one feels most comfortable for you!

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To the OP, since Walen is a sponsor of the forum we are not allowed to openly discuss issues about that school. I would suggest Pro Language.

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Hey guys,

I just noticed this thread and wanted to ask if anyone has had a similar experience. I recently enrolled in to Walen as their courses seem to have flexibilty such as choosing online or other branches. Yet I find the staff unfriendly and inflexible. Its hard to get any info from them on visa extension or on the program yet they told me that I may be late for visa renewal and may end up having to pay overstay. They also seem quite rigid on changing from online to regular courses or from one branch to another.

Maybe its just the Bangkok office. But am already beginning to wonder if I choose the right school particularly with the visas and the flexibility in the course. Any thoughts?

Chris

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