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Welcome to Introduction to Thai.
My name is Alisha, and I'm joined by...
Hi everyone.
I'm Jay!
In this series, you'll learn everything you need to know to get started learning Thai.
That's right!
And we're here to help guide you through your journey.
In this lesson, you'll learn the reasons why you should start learning a new language, why you should learn Thai specifically, and how to get started.
Why learn a new language?
There are countless reasons, but perhaps the biggest one of all is that it could actually change your life! Learning a new language unlocks new pathways that are off limits to you now.
There are certain things that you simply cannot do without having the technical or cultural skills that come from learning a new language.
Like working or living in another country!
Knowing another language provides you with greater job opportunities. You have the freedom to move to another country halfway around the world and earn a living, or better yet, build a career from it – instead of just being stuck in one place.
Language allows you to visit or live in places that you may never even have considered going. Knowing another language simply gives you more options to choose from.
And learning a new language also helps you to be more open-minded and see the world from a new perspective.
Language and culture go hand in hand. The world is a big place, and by broadening your understanding of other cultures, it allows you to be more empathetic and understanding of the many different ways that people live their lives. With language, you're able to see and experience more, which helps you grow as a person.
Learning a new language also improves your memory.
Studies have consistently shown that those who study another language have improved memory as opposed to those who didn't. Learning another language also keeps your brain healthy by significantly delaying the onset of Alzheimer's and dementia. This difference can be as much as 4 to 5 more years of quality life!
And those are just some of the reasons you should learn another language. The list just goes on and on.
Now you know the benefits of studying another language, but why should you learn Thai in particular?
Why learn Thai?
For traveling, of course! Thailand is a beautiful and exotic country with a lot to discover - from breathtaking mountains and gorgeous sandy beaches to isolated local villages.
Besides those popular tourist destinations such as Bangkok, Phuket, and Pattaya, Thai language skills allow you greater freedom to explore remote areas and fully appreciate this rich, beautiful culture in a way the average tourists can't even imagine. Knowing the language lets you to visit sites on your own and at your own pace and without having to rely on a tour guide or interpreter.
And it helps you bargain and get good prices!
In Thailand, you have to bargain for almost everything, from buying clothes at street markets or for transport services, such as motorcycles and tuk tuk. Moreover, If you do speak Thai, the locals will know that you have spent a significant amount of time in Thailand and are experienced enough to not accept an unreasonable price offer.
Also, it helps you increase your chances of employment or investment.
Thailand enjoys a strategic location at the heart of Asia and is home to what is regarded today as the largest growing economic market. Thailand serves as a gateway to Southeast Asia and the Greater Mekong sub-region, where newly emerging markets offer great potential for business. It is the best choice for those who seek to find jobs or new business opportunities.
So clearly, there are many, many reasons why you should learn Thai!
Okay then, we've talked about why you should start learning a language, and why you should start learning Thai, but how should they get started, Jay?
How to get started.
Well, it's as simple as learning your first word in Thai and building up from there!
The good news is many English words have made their way into Thai.
คอมพิวเตอร์ ("computer") , ออฟฟิต ("office") , มอเตอร์ไซค์ ("motorcycle")
This means that you already know a lot of words in Thai!
Let's teach you something that you might not know, but is very useful.
ขอบคุณ (khàawp khun)
It means "thank you" in Thai.
That's a useful word. Can you explain a little bit about what these characters are though?
This is actually the Thai writing system that uses alphabetical letters. It is pretty similar to how English's writing system works. So, we combine alphabets with vowels to make a word.
You'll learn the Thai writing system eventually, but for now let's put up some romanization to help get you started.
This romanization will allow you to read Thai before you become familiar with Thai characters.
That certainly makes things easier. Well okay then, now listen and repeat after Jay.
ขอบคุณ (khàawp khun)
Now you try!
ขอบคุณ (khàawp khun)
Your turn again!
ขอบคุณ (khàawp khun)
Well done. Now you know how to say "thank you" in Thai!
We've covered a lot of things already, so why don't we wrap up the first lesson and recap on what we've learned.
In this lesson, you learned that studying another language has many benefits such as providing new job and business opportunities. Knowing Thai can help you with traveling through the country and bargaining.
And "thank you" in Thai is...
ขอบคุณ (khàawp khun)
In the next lesson, we're going to demystify Thai pronunciation by taking a look at the sounds of Thai, so be sure to watch the next video.
See you in the next lesson. Bye!


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เรายินดีค่ะ ขอบคุณค่ะ Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.

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Hi Peter,

Thank you very much. We are really appreciated. I'm glad your progress has improved with our method. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.

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Peter Miller
Wednesday at 08:25 AM
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I found that thoroughly learning just the first 10 numbers (from zero to 10) and making sure I get the pitch and emphasis absolutely correct AKA the right tone, is a nice and easy way to start learning Thai. ❤️️

These first 10 words start a good habit of hearing the way the word is spoken and then mimicking and copying the sound exactly. 😁

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Hi Gael,

Thank you. You got to learn everything, remember every phrasses and go out speak to Thai people. Improved if you made mistake. Around your self with Thai language as much as you can just like you are going back to be kid. Find someone who you can speak Thai with. Speak to yourself in Thai if there is no one to talk to at the moment but in the future try to communicate to Thai people anytime you got chance. Hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any future questions. I will be glad to help.

Have a good day.

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Gael Abbasi
Wednesday at 11:00 AM
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They kept playing the intro -Im not sure I understand how to be efficient

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สวัสดี Tony,

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a comment.

Actually, we offer such a trial. All our newly registering students get a free 7-day premium subscription to see the full functionality of our website. Furthermore, we also offer 1-dollar first-month subscription deals. 😉

Wishing you good luck with your Thai,

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Wednesday at 04:59 AM
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I think it would be nice if you have the option to a trial, before you ask for money. Even that is only 1 dollar, with i think is a very good price, and who cant pay 1 dollar? but even so at the internet people get a little afraid when you have to start with a payment. I want to start for sure, but are not happy with flashing my visa Card before i know what im going in to.

I hope you see the point. and im looking forward to get startet.

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สวัสดี May Su Eain Thu,

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a comment. 😇

We are so happy to hear that! ❤️️ Welcome to ThaiPod101.com!

We hope you will have a fun time studying with us.

If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask us. 😉

Wishing you good luck with your Thai,

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May Su Eain Thu
Sunday at 12:52 PM
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The main reason why I start to learn Thai is just because I love Thai native accent ❤️ Perfect !