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BANGKOK 23 April 2019 15:30
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Hourly rate to teach Thai language to farang

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In my small village the retired head teach from the local school has agreed to teach me 2 hrs 3 times a week.  That is 6 hours a week.  I asked him what would he like for payment and of course he got embarrassed, said no money, thank you.  But then when pressed a bit he said what you (me) wish to pay is OK for him.  He was also the English teacher at this school so I suppose he has an idea about what to do.  The question is, how much is fair?  This is not BKK and the fellow is not hurting financially but I don't want to take advantage (or be taken advantage of, for that matter)  Any ideas?  What do other people pay  teachers to study Thai?  If I were to guess I might offer 5 or 600 baht a week, say 100 baht per hour.  Any thoughts on that, please?  I am not a wealthy person, btw and 5 or 600 per week is a significant sum for me.  Thanks in advance for any comments.  

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Is there a different rate for other foreigners ? You know, non farangs !

 

Or did you mean to use the word foreigner and missed a couple of keypresses?

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Instead of cash, take him to lunch and make it a working lesson.

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Thai people I know who do this as a business charge between 150 and 250 per hour, location will be a factor as will the qualifications of the teacher - if just casual unqualified teaching, the lower end of the scale will apply.

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Since the person is a qualified teacher, I would suggest the higher amount.   It's not about the money, but people do not like to be under paid for their services.  

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I pay a Monk 250 Bath per hour to teach me in South Africa this agrees well with simoh1490

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For a retired village teacher 100 baht an hour sounds good.

 

You are not in a big city with overhead also you are going to do give him steady income for a while which is also good.

 

You would be surprised how low the qualifications often are for older village teachers many don't even have a university degree in any subject.

 

If he does a great job and you like him take him out to lunch.

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In Chiangmai I pay 200 Baht for a qualified teacher, who does this business for years already and speak fluently English too.

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Thank you very much for comments everybody.  Mr  Rampang is almost a family friend and was my wife's teacher all those years ago.  He also decided to call me pii-chaai and said that I can be his English teacher.  Our village has around 5000 people and is very rural.  So I am going to think along the lines of offering him 2,500 baht every 4 weeks.  That is a few baht over 100 per hour.  Not a lot but enough to put by for his grandchildren or something and I can afford it.

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On 13.5.2017 at 7:13 PM, 55Jay said:

Not including books, my Thai teacher charges 400/hour for private, 1 to 1 classes

 

 

school setup as well, books incl., 290/hr. 1 to 1 tuition

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When we moved here to western BKK, my daughter (half Thai) could speak Thai already, but neither read nor write. She had to learn it up to level mor 1 (7th year) within 6 months. From the school we applied for we got an experianced teacher for 150 Baht/hour, but his oldstyle teaching was good for nothing. Then we hired a young student with no degree yet for 200 Baht/hour and she learnt very fast. If you want to learn just some Thai to get along, maybe 100 Baht/hour for the retired teacher in your village will do. I could speak and read/write Thai already, but i have no teaching skills.

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I have a Thai friend who was teaching me to read Thai... mostly I would read and he correct me. We are in the countryside too... I would give him 150 baht per hour - - we did the lunch thing but I do not want to make him an alcoholic... it only lasted a very brief time so you might want to go weekly... and I would agree with a poster above, at least start with an hour at a time... if you can handle more, add on. 

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