Learn Thai From a White Guy
By Brett Whiteside
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The Thai alphabet can seem daunting at first so what I've done with this app so I've prioritized the order in which you learn the letters based on the same system used in my book Learn to Read Thai in 2 Weeks.
The letters of the alphabet are split up into 3 groups generally called "classes" and you can quickly look up a letter to see what class it is which is necessary in determining the tone.
Note that this is not intended as an all-in-one app, but rather it is to help you quickly look up and review individual letters (and their respective sound and class) no matter what level you are. The current version does not include numbers, tone mark explanations or pictures. Most importantly, it does not include transliteration. Transliteration may seem helpful, but it will screw up your pronunciation and in the same amount of time you could learn the alphabet.
What's New in Version 1.0.3
The App for Learning the Thai Alphabet
I lived in Thailand and went to University in Chiang Mai several years ago. During this time, I learned Thai the old-fashioned way- hours upon hours of Uni classes, and piles of workbooks and resources. It was painful, but it eventually got me conversational and able to read and write basic Thai.
I am now living in Germany, and stumbled upon this app while looking to refresh my Thai so that I do not lose it. I honestly didn’t expect too much, because I’ve never found any software that effectively assisted me in learning Thai.
Surprisingly, this app strips away the potentially confusing elements, and what remains is a very straight-forward, easy-to-use reference of the entire Thai alphabet. Please re-read that last sentence, because if you have spent any time studying Thai then you will understand how impressive that is.
I truly wish that I had this when I was first learning the Thai alphabet. Regardless of what approach you are taking to learning Thai- this app will help you.
Great first step!
Although a very good basic start point, it would be also useful to have some basic phrases, a survival type of phrases commonly used in Thailand. My humble opinion is talking is king, grammar could be learnt later.
Brett is amazing his website is awesome. My wife is Thai and his program has helped a lot.