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Hi!
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.
Tourism
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!
Bargaining
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!
Food
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?
Sure.
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!
Bye~!

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สวัสดี Jesse,


That's fantastic! 😄 Which ones are your favorite?

Good luck with your Thai. Please don't forget to leave us a comment whenever you have any remarks or questions to us. 😉


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Jesse
Wednesday at 5:59 am
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This one is very helpful for. I am a fan of Thai series and Movies and this will help me to understand the story even if it does not have a subtitle. It's hard to watch the series and look at the subtitles at the same time and learning Thai will definitely help. Khaawn Khun na Khrap P'❤️️

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สวัสดี John,


But before jumping right into street Thai, one needs the basic building blocks of a language, right? This is an introductory lesson. If your level is more advanced already, I'd recommend you use our Lesson Library and Vocabulary Lists features and search for more advanced materials that better suit your needs. For instance, if you are interested in common Thai street or slang expressions, check out this collection of ours: https://www.thaipod101.com/lesson-library/must-know-thai-slang-words-phrases/


Kind regards,

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John
Wednesday at 6:53 pm
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You guys need to do REAL Thai. Something like what Easy Languages on Youtube did, but they had a short stint. Real, actual Thai translated as the learning material. Get away from all this fabricated stuff! I would subscribe in a second, I simply do not learn effectively from the "fake" language learning material style classroom stuff. Street Thai!!

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Hello, Ray McCluskey


Thank you for your kind words! We're glad to hear that :)

Please stay tuned! We'll create more fun and effective Thai lessons for you.


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Ray McCluskey
Thursday at 7:01 am
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A nice gentle first lesson, looking forward to studying with Thaipod101.


Ray

Melbourne, Australia

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Friday at 6:45 pm
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Hi Yurki,


At the moment we only offer the course in English. Thank you for your kind understanding.


In case of any questions, please feel free to contact us. We’ll be glad to help!


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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Yurki
Friday at 5:38 am
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Buenas tarde. Para una persona que no sabe el idioma ingres. Aún las página se traducen al español. Es posible aún así aprender el tailandés

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Hello Della,


Thank you. We're so glad to hear. We keep add particles in lot of random lesson by chance. If you keep study you will study them along. Please feel free to let me know if you have questions. I will be glad to help.


Have a nice day.

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Della
Wednesday at 1:10 pm
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Thank you for the lesson i enjoyed it very much,but where i can find object particel sentence here?