Thai can be a difficult language to learn mainly because it is a tonal language. One word can have several different meanings depending on the tone used when speaking. Take, for instance, the word mai…depending on the tone when said it can mean: Not, new, burn, silk, and wood. In all there are five tones used in the Thai language and they are: Low tone, mid tone, high tone, rising tone, and falling tone.
Below is some guides to learn easier Thai language
1. Try to surround yourself with the language. Definitely the best solution is to go to Thailand and live there for some time.There you will be able to hear, read, speak and thus train this language 24/7. If it’s impossible get Thai TV, subscribe to Thai papers and magazines and watch Thai movies. This will speed the process of learning Thai considerably.
2. Get Thai friends. After all you want to communicate with Thai people. You can do it either personally or over the Internet. There are many social portals you can strike up new wonderful friendships while speaking and writing in Thai.
3. Try to be like a Thai person, learn what they like, what their traditions are. This will help you to understand a fascinating Thai culture and when something fascinates you – learning it and about it is a pure pleasure. Studying the Thai language is a key to understanding Thailand.
4. Study every day and repeat often what you have learned. We learn by repetition so the more you repeat the better your command of Thai will be. Even half an hour of studying and repeating each day is much better than studying 5 hours once a week.
5. Put emphasis on writing and reading. Spoken Thai is much easier so you should find time every day to practice these two skills.
6. If you don’t understand something – ask. Find Thai language discussion forums on the Internet and ask your questions there. There will be many people there that will readily help you.
7. Talk your friends into studying Thai with you or find somebody who learns it too. Studying with other people is very motivating, effective, and simply brings much more fun.
8. Set up reasonable goals for yourself. Raising the bar to high can discourage you since you will tend to think you are making no or little progress.
9. Make studying this language fun. When you practice reading – choose something interesting, when watching a film let it be something fun, etc. You will notice then that Thai is close to you since you can express and understand things that are of interest to you.
10. Last but not least. Stay optimistic as Thai people are. Even one word learned a day is bringing you closer to your aim – communication in Thai.