I can speak several languages now but the toughest by far was the Thai Language. I tried to learn Thai by myself just reading text listing to tapes and stuff online but really it didn’t work very well because i had the most trouble with pronunciation. I think that’ s were most people just like me had trouble with. Trying to learn and build up a big vocabulary is pointless if you don’t know how to say the words.
Thai is made up of many different sounds some of which I and most people will have difficulty trying to learn. The best place to start that I always tell people is the Thai alphabet. The reason the alphabet is so important because if you keep trying to say the letter, like seriously make them perfect. If you can say the alphabet completely and very clearly than you can say any Thai word something throws at you. Whether you know the word or not if it’s easier for you to say learning it will be a breeze.
Have you ever asked someone what something is in Thai. Like pointed to a chair and asked them what it’s called. This is the best way to learn Thai and like i said previously if you already know the alphabet then when it comes time for you to repeat the word they said you won’t be fumbling. Like I meant to ask is have you ever had a situation learning Thai where someone has told you how to say it in Thai but you waste like 20 minutes just figuring out how to say it. Yeah, that’s why I tell people you need to know the alphabet first.
Do you really need to know how to write Thai? Simple answer is no! People don’t write letters these day they Type them and learning how to Thai type is just as important as learning how to speak Thai. When you have mastered how to Type in Thai you’ll be able to assimilate into Thai society.
Fitting in is very important in Thailand but unless you look Asian you’re always going to stick out. This is not your homeland. In the outskirts and country areas of Thailand it’s funny those people will treat you less like an outsider, more than likely because the people travelling to Thailand are more likely to be there so it’s more understandable yet harder for us to understand since we live in a very ethnically diverse country like the USA, Australia, or England.
So really it all boils down to your strategy for learning the language. This is the method I used and it might work for you, i might not either but seriously give it a try because now I’m living in Thailand and most days i don’t even speak English, although I do have to work all day using English so basically i’m writing in English but talking in Thai.
It’s really a great life once you know how to speak Thai, it’s opened up so many opportunities in my life I hope that someone reads this post and they too can live the dream in South East Asia just like I and tens of thousands of others are doing the same.