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Free online Thai courses…
FSI Thai Basic Course
Thai language course developed by the Foreign Service Institute. Pdf and mp3 downloads.
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FSI Intermediate Course
FSI workbook (lessons 1-80) with supplementary exercises for the Thai Basic Course. Pdf download.
FSI Thai Basic Reader
FSI supplementary textbook for self-study. Pdf download.
The lessons are written for English-speaking expats living in Thailand, travelers to Thailand, those doing business in Thailand, and those who are simply learning the language. Mp3 audio and mp4 video downloads.
Supported by Northern Illinois University, this site is slightly old-fashioned but well worth the time it takes to dig into all the various nooks and crannies. Includes sound.
Teachthai.com (no longer online but sometimes Thai gov sites come back)
Interactive Thai language e-Learning course covering the basics of Thai. Flash based, includes sound. Hosted by the Department of Non-formal Education, Ministry of Education, Thailand.
The Fundamentals of the Thai Language
Thai course with 26 lessons. By Stuart Campbell and Chuan Shaweevongs (Fifth Edition, not under copyright). No sound.
The Thai System of Writing
This book is designed to be used with the Thai Reader and the Thai Vocabulary.
Free online Thai mini lessons…
DLI FLC: Field Support Modules
For a conflict situation… Pdf and mp3 downloads.
elearning with Sriwittayapaknam School
Thai only. If you can’t read the Thai script, click on the icons.
Learn Thai online with simple games.
Learn Thai Online
101 Languages has an overview of the Thai language.
Excellent resource with Thai consonant / vowel flashcards, printable flashcards for the Thai consonants and vowels, consonant shape learning aid, chart of the 44 Thai consonants arranged by similar shape, voice viewer, the five tones of the Thai language, the consonant sounds of Thai, the vowel sounds of Thai, pronunciation guide systems for Thai.
Speak Real Thai
Lessons cover greetings, how to wai, how to make a suggestion politely, giving a snappy retort, how much money to give a beggar, dialects.
Thai Language Games
Interactive game to learn Thai numbers, colours, fruits and vegetables.
World Nomads – Free Travellers Language Guide
Thai iPod language guide. Thai language guide app for iPhone & iPod touch. Pdf and Mp3 downloads.
Free Thai lessons from pay sites…
BYKI: Before You Know It
Software which includes a collection of lists to learn Thai. Download software with sound.
Conversation course (400 Thai words with sentences), 5 lesson vocabulary course (50 Thai words), and the first 3 lessons free for their Thai script course. Online course.
Learn Thai Podcasts
Blog style Thai Language lessons with video and audio. Pdf, mp3 audio and mp4 video downloads.
Top Thai language learning websites…
Learning Thai the Easy Way (offline for now)
Extensive resource for learning the Thai language: Forums, Thai alphabet, Thai script, read Thai, grammar notes, listening resources, reading resources, Thai road signs, short stories, study aids, games and quizzes, exams, your name in Thai, and much much more. Home of Read with Manee.
Learn to Speak Like a Thai (spokenthai.com – offline for now)
Video and audio clips to help you speak like a Thai. Mp3 downloads.
Internet resource for learning the Thai language: Lessons, forums, dictionary with an excellent search criteria, and Thai language reference.
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