WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway: Jcademy’s Ultimate Thai Combo package

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

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WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway…

Welcome to week SEVEN of WLT’s seven weeks of Thai language giveaways by top movers and shakers in the learning Thai industry.

If you are just hearing about the giveaway do read Please Vote THAI and WIN! 2015: Top 100 Language Lovers Competition to find out about the $4,500+ in prizes being given away.

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

Jcademy: Cracking Thai Fundamentals, Thai Bites, and Glossika Thai Fluency 1…

For Jcademy’s giveaway there’s FIVE Ultimate Thai Combo packages. The combo includes the Full Cracking Thai Fundamentals program, Thai Bites, and Glossika Thai Fluency 1.

If you already have the combo you can opt for their new subscription package instead (yet to be announced).


WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

Jcademy: Cracking Thai Fundamentals…

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway I was lucky in that I attended Stu’s Cracking Thai Fundamentals in person. But as there’s only so much of Stu to go around, he created an online course to reach a larger audience.

The Cracking Thai Fundamentals online course comes with: Preparing to Crack the Thai Fundamentals, Thinking in Meanings, Cracking Indic Based Scripts, Cracking the Thai Vowels, and Cracking the Thai Consonants.

The materials in Cracking Thai Fundamentals are compiled from Stu’s lifetime experience with learning languages. A powerhouse of a course, it covers many aspects of learning Thai.

Tip: As you work through the course be prepared to open your mind to new and different concepts.

What to expect with Cracking Thai Fundamentals:

  • Learn to hear tones, consonants and vowels as Thais hear them.
  • Become aware of sound, and muscle memory paradigms from your mother tongue that may hinder Thais’ ability to understand you when you speak Thai.
  • Develop a learning regime both at home and ‘in the field’ to help maximise learning.
  • Start to see and hear things around you in a much more ‘Thai’ fashion.

NOTE: Preparing to Crack the Thai Fundamentals is free to the public.

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

Jcademy: Thai Bites…

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway Thai Bites are just that – short, bite-sized lessons on the Thai language and Thai culture. Chock-full of all things learning Thai, they are also perfect for when you don’t have a lot of time to study but still want to get Thai into your learning schedule.

Subjects covered in Thai Bites:

  • Speaking and Sounds.
  • Writing.
  • Grammar.
  • Culture.
  • Colloquial Thai and Slang.

To try them on for size, here’s a few free Bites: สวัสดี 卍 The True Meaning of Sawatdee, Word Duplication to make you sound ไท้ยไทย Thai Thai, ขาวจั๊วะ Colour Rhymes in Thai and Develop an Adult Thai Handwriting Style Part 1.

Also free on Youtube are Stu’s Thai Bites Live Webinars.

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway

Jcademy: Thai Fluency 1 – Glossika GSR and GMS…

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway Glossika Thai is interactive. With the original Glossika materials you study phrases by listening to the audio files while reading along with the pdf files, or just by listening (up to you). On Jcademy’s online interactive course there’s more of a hands-on approach.

Thai Fluency 1: Sentence-based method that gradually builds sentences helping the learner acquire language naturally. Colloquial informal language that you can use with friends and family.

Gain listening comprehension and speaking skills in 30 days. For serious students or for busy people with only 20 minutes per day, it is possible to finish the course in 1 month.

Recommended for mid-high beginners with a working vocabulary of 100-200 words.

The Thai Fluency 1 includes GMS and GSR. GMS (Glossika Mass Sentences) has all of the sentences in the course. And GSR (Glossika Spaced Repetition) uses those same sentences with the proven spaced repetition method of getting the phrases into your head.

NOTE: To assure accuracy the Glossika Thai materials have been totally rewritten by the team at Jcademy. At the time of this post it’s not quite ready for primetime but it will be soon.

About Stuart Jay Raj…

WLTs Thai Language Giveaway Stu Jay Raj has a lot going on: Accredited Dale Carnegie consultant and trainer; regional advisor, trainer and lecturer in cross cultural communication; IT developer; simultaneous interpreter, translator and editor; television and audio composer; TV presenter; polyglot, TV host, part of the official Miss Universe interpreting team, jazz pianist, and Dad.

And now there’s the wonderful Jcademy.com.

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Stu. One important subject that often comes up is his beloved grandfather:

He taught me all different memory techniques and we would use them to remember wordlists in English and other languages, memorize lists of numbers, calculate what day of the week any given date was, convert decimal to binary to hex, send messages to each other in Morse-code, build electric circuits from schematics, listen to shortwave radio broadcasts, taught me to touch-type at the age of around four and many other things that stimulated and bridged the senses.

He would play with words with me and we would make new meanings up by making ‘nonsense words’ with roots and affixes that only we knew what they meant.

I believe that all of these things had an impact on my ability to learn languages.

Stu Jay Raj Interviews on WLT:
Stuart (Stu) Jay Raj: Interview Part One
Stuart (Stu) Jay Raj: Interview Part Two
Successful Thai Language Learner: Stuart (Stu) Jay Raj.

Web (business): Jcademy.com
Web (personal): stujay.com
YouTube: Stujaystujay
Facebook: Jcademy.com by Stu Jay Raj
Twitter: @JcademyOnline and @stu_jay

Rules for WLTs Thai Language Giveaway…

The rules are dead simple:

  • To be included in the draw, leave comments below.
  • Comment(s) need to add to the conversation (it really does matter).
  • If you don’t collect your prize within a week of the announcement, it will be given away to the next person in line.

I will not be responsible for choosing the winners so even if you’ve known me for ages you too can win.

The draw will run from this moment until the 14th of July, 6pm Thai time. At that time I’ll announce the winners in the comments below as well as create a dedicated post.

My thanks goes to Stu Jay Raj and the team at Jcademy for sponsoring such wonderful prizes, and those leaving comments below. Good luck everyone!

WLTs 2015 Thai Language Giveaway…

Here are the posts so far in WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway.

29 thoughts on “WLT’s Thai Language Giveaway: Jcademy’s Ultimate Thai Combo package”

  1. Thank you Catherine and sponsors for this series of contests. I’d like to join the last one because I’m interested in Stu’s ‘Cracking Thai Fundamentals’.
    I’ve been learning Thai on and off for about 5 years already but it was only recently that I decided to put serious effort in learning the language. I’m not really a novice in language learning; I’m fairly fluent in Japanese and ‘wander’ into other languages (Thai included) when I’m bored.:) Anyway, I bought some of the books that were highly recommended by this site. Last week, I was in Bangkok and I was very happy because I was able to buy a second hand dictionary by the venerable Mary Haas in Dasaa as well as several other learning materials from Kinokuniya (including ‘Practical Thai Conversation’, a two-volume course in Japanese and looking very promising) and Asia Books (‘Reading and Writing Thai’ by Somsonge Burusphat). I’m mainly self-taught so I think Stu’s method will immensely help me conquer all those elusive tones.

    Congratulations to all winners. Cheers from Manila!

  2. Thanks Stu & Stepan. The subscription does sound like a worthwhile prize so please ignore my previous qualms about me depriving someone else from the CTF package (sorry folks) and count me as a hopeful competing commentor trying to win the Jcad subscription as your replies, plus comments from Cat, have convinced me that all is fair in competing for Language resources and I now know that that subscription will be an additional benefit supplimenting my CTF, Glossica, ant Thai Bites packages I already purchased, so I want the chance to win it!. ^_^.

  3. Dear Catherine,

    Thank you for hosting the 7 weeks of giveaways. I’m a beginner Thai learner and would really love to add Jacademy to my study resources. Also, thank you for hosting the blog. I have since picked up tips and purchased learning resources like Paiboon under your recommendations (:

    Thanks ~

  4. One more thing. I really, really, really want to know how to pronounce งู properly! That one is killing me. I try and my Thai sister just smiles, laughs at me and walks away. Pleases tell me there is hope.

  5. Stefan from jcademy.com answered a few of the other questions asked:

    “Are these courses bound to the Jcademy website? Is there a mobile version for Android?”

    The courses are available on only the Jcademy website. However the site is fully responsive and works on all mobile devices. There are plans for mobile a app but it is some distance of at present.

    “How do the Thai Bites and Glossika products compare?”

    Glossika is the complete GSR and GMS fluency book one. Thai Bites doesn’t really have an “end” it is envisaged that more videos will be added in the future.

    “What is in the future subscription package? How it is different than the Thai Ultimate Combo for someone who wants to learn Thai only, and no other discipline?”

    Jcademy Universe is primarily aimed access to multi-discipline learning. At present we plan to launch with 40+ new courses, the subscriber will also have access to all the current courses. As this is a subscription model you only have access whilst the subscription is active. With regards to Thai we hope to additional supporting courses available however I can confirm this at the present moment in time.

  6. Hi. I am from norway and have been trying to learn Thai for about 8 months now. I have seen all of stu’s free video on YouTube. And it have helped me alot. My wife is from Thailand and I would love to be able to communicate with her family and friends as they are not that good in English. English is not my native language so I do not speak and write that good also. I still live in norway and only goes to holliday to Thailand once a year. I hope next time I go I will be able to attend one of stu’s live seminars. In the meen time I will continue to practicing my Thai with whatever materials I have. Hopefully I will one day be able to speak and write this fantastic language. Thanks 🙂

  7. I have been teaching myself Thai for about four years. It has been on and off as I have not been able to live in Thailand full-time. Something I discovered is that I can understand much more than I can speak and be understood. Unfortunately, I learned through transliteration. Yes, I had read that ultimately it would be easier if I simply started out learning the Thai alphabet and forget about anything else. But, I held to the false belief that I was too old to learn a new alphabet, especially something as complicated as Thai. Several months ago I decided to give up those limiting thoughts and went to school for about a month to actually learn to read and write Thai. I had planned to study more but had to return to America to care for my aging mother who is ill. In Chiang Mai I was living in a home where only Thai was spoken so there is a huge impetus to learn the language. Now that I’m no longer in Thailand, I do not have the daily stimulus and feedback so feel as if I am backsliding. One thing I know for sure – the reason I was not being understood was due to the transliteration. I can now see how much time was wasted by not jumping in and learning the alphabet instead of using a crutch. Then, when I was online last week, Stuart shared with me the Indic Compass and what a lightbulb moment that was! I had no clue where to place my tongue when forming sounds – and didn’t understand the different places in the throat where sound comes from. No wonder I wasn’t being understood. I was imitating sounds from English, except these were sounds that could not be understood by a Thai as they are not a part of the language. I have looked at Stu’s YouTube videos and am gaining such an awareness that I did not have in my four years of learning. They simply make sense. And I echo Ann’s sentiments about how excited Stu gets when teaching. It’s contagious! I am SO excited now as I know that I will be able to eventually come closer to mastering this elusive language and be understood. It would be so awesome when I return to surprise my Thai family with a new way to speak! Thai – not imitation Thai. The timing on this contest is so perfect for me. I am open to learning in new ways and I really do want to get it right this time! After all, I soon will be living in Thailand for the rest of my life. I’m up for the challenge and do hope that I can win this, both for myself and also for my Thai family. Language is what bridges cultures. I get why it is called “Cracking Thai Fundamentals”. And a big thank you to Stuart for publishing so much material for free. The addition of Glossika looks like it will aid in retention, something that is just a wee bit more difficult as one ages. It seems like a very well rounded package. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  8. Hi Stuart, thanks for your answers.

    I did undertood quite well what is the idea and strategy behind The Cracking Thai Fundamentals.

    What I’ m wondering is : that you could do when you were doing even “acting” sessions in a face to face relation with people during your special events in Bangkok, can be “ported” on a software infrastructure (and even in a book, which is not interactif and has no mtumedia in) ?
    I regularly watch your video about how to pronounce clearly ” ง ” but I ‘have still lost of problem to get it clear – I still pronounce it as “gn” in my French mother tongue (grognon, campagne, gagne…).
    I would like to experiment more your technics to “re”train the throat and the tongue, and use your course as the same time as the Learn Thai Podscat (I use it mostly for grammar/structures learning and making new sentences by my own) and Glossika. I use it as “massive” repeating training sessions to get the prosody of a sentence (even if I don’t understand what’s it means yet ). Basically I pick up about ten sentences from Glossika that I produice with Audacity as many as 30 times each, then I send the file to my iPhone and I shadow over those sentences as much free time I have, mostly when I go walking with the dogs. At the begining the recording is played as very high sound level so I can not hear my onw voice, only the recordings, then slowwy I reduice the volume until the recording is like a whispering and I hear mostly my voice only… It seems that this help me already a lot, thai friends telling me that they can understand me a bit better than before.
    I detail that as it could help other people to do something similar, if they want to get the prosody of the Thai, not only working on words, but on full “breathing” sentences.

  9. Hi all,

    Bernard – one of the main goals for me for CTF from the very beginning was to bring things to the surface that I saw really had an impact on a person’s ability to speak Thai ‘ชัด’ or clearly that wasn’t usually covered in your usual books, courses or by Thai teachers. Here’s the text from the back cover of the Cracking Thai Fundamentals book that will be published hopefully within the next month:

    I want to help learners become more aware of how they make sounds themselves and then how to take control over the way they make sounds to bring it in closer to the way Thais make sound and think about sounds. Likewise with meanings.

    The online version of CTF goes through preparing your body, mouth and environment, then works through building meanings in Thai and then onto the writing and sound system. I never intended CTF to be a stand alone course for learning Thai, rather to be coupled with any other method to answer the questions that people never seemed to be able to answer, and develop core skills and mindset that would enhance how learners produce Thai. This is why I think Glossika is the perfect complement to CTF as will other Thai learning courses in the future as we bring them in on Jcademy. I don’t learn from just one book or one course. I don’t think anyone does. Hopefully soon all the good Thai teachers around the place will see that rather than competitors, they are complementing each other’s efforts and through Jcademy, we have built a platform where they can all benefit from helping people learn together. People who were previously competitors now become partners.

    Now, onto the subscription package. I am told that we are about a month or two away from the B2C subscription model being available. Right now we have started it with our B2B platform, where companies pay a flat rate per month for ‘x’ number of users and they get access to everything on the site.

    For B2C, we are working with the algorithm right now. Something like CTF working in conjunction with Glossika and all the other material as it grows on the site is something that cannot (and shouldn’t) be consumed in one week or one month. It’s a long term learning strategy. Right now if you buy the package you buy it outright and will have access to it forever. You don’t have access to new content though. In the future, we will have a monthly subscription fee that will give you access to everything – but as with all subscriptions, if you stop, your access will stop. Spotify for learning. The course authors will get their revenue according to how much their course is being used. There are still several things we need to get ironed out first before we deploy that.

    Hope this has answered some of the questions.

  10. I have the same question as Bernard. I have Stu’s CTF, and Thai Bites and both are excellent, and continually expanding, resources that everyone shoud have in their toolbox. As I already have them, and know that the quality and content of Stu’s products are excellent, I am interested in knowing exactly what the subscription package entails. I know many polyglots like Stu say that having a language or two in your arsenal helps you learn additional languages more easily as you can compare & contrast features, but so far Thai is the first addition to my arsenal and as I find learning one language (Thai) at a time challenging enough, and would not expect to start on another language for some time, would there be any benefit in the subscription package or is it only really useful for “current” polyglots? I would hate to take a great package away from someone else on here, but at the same time would hate to miss out on the subscription if it would help my progress at present. Can Stu comment on the upcoming subscription package and what advantages it will have please?

  11. I LOVE Stu Jay Raj and his insights and evident LOVE for languages. He gets so excited explaining language. I like the way he finds explains patterns and uncovers fundamental insights about language and applies them as tips for language learning. It is never boring watching Stu Jay Raj talk about language. I need to know about this “Thinking in Meanings.” I have noticed in translation that you DO have to think in meanings: hear the one language, then forget the words while remembering what you need to say, then start saying it in the other language. I am interested in language on two levels: I need it on a practical level to DO something (to interact with Thai people and to translate Thai song lyrics); and it is intrinsically interesting. Language is so miraculous and we don’t realize this when it is our own language. The wonder of it is revealed when one wander into a new language and realize there is more than one way of organizing this feat of interpersonal communication. This will probably not help me win the Jcademy Thai Combo package, but I think I need to buy this if I don’t win.

  12. I remember of a Styart J. raj post on FCLT in which he was explaining something like how consonants are lige a pice of Lego or puzzle or like a teeth bridge that souround vewels to mak the thai basic building blocks. This explanation was interesting but limited as the main one was in the Stuart’s course. Is this type of information part of Cracking Thai Fundamentals ?

    It is not yet announced but Jcademy site has its home page about it : what is in the future subscription package ? How it is different than the Thai Ultimate Combo for someone who wants to learn Thai only, and no other discipline ?

  13. I have learned an amazing amount through Stu’s youTube videos. JCademy/Glossika is one of the few learning packages that I, unfortunately, have not tried out yet. I appreciate and enjoy his natural ability to get down to the essence of languages to help us to learn.

    This would be a fantastic resource for my site, as well as a great addition to my personal learning library.

  14. Thai Fluency 1 sounds very appealing — I’m around the 100-200 word level of beginner in Thai, but sort of a false beginner because what little I do know, I generally know very well from living in Thailand for a summer.

    I’m also convinced about the Comprehensible Input hypothesis for language acquisition. So, hearing and reading sentences that progress by adding a little new language is just the kind of thing I would prefer to use to learn Thai.

  15. I have Cracking Thai Fundamentals, and I really like the conceptual approach toning the sounds and alphabet. I wish I’d had the resource years ago when I first started learning Thai. I will say that the later lessons on the consonants don’t have quite the same high production values as the earlier lessons, and the final module ends rather abruptly. How do the Thai Bites and Glossika products compare?

  16. Since learning Thai two years ago I have come across a lot of resources to help improve my Thai. Luckily, I came across Stu Jay and his teaching methods which have helped a lot. Glossika has also been my daily study regime before bed and I find that when somebody mentions any of the sentences I have practiced, I can easily rattle off the Thai from memory.

  17. The comment above (just ‘Jee’) was me. Sorry, used a different device. Email is the same.

    There is one more remark.
    English is my second language, and it’s all mostly the product of my own methods of learning. My English is far from being ideal, but still I’m enjoying conversations all over the world. That’s it. I’m happy with that at the moment (there is always something to improve, of course), and I’d wish to be able to speak Thai at least 10% of that.
    I, by experience, have always neglected any official courses as useless (for me).
    They just never work. Never. Even mandatory courses on my mother tongue at school. For me it looks like a chaotic bunch of rules that you must learn by heart (and then never know how to use — I was always getting the highest score, though, due to my visual memory). Of course, one can get closer to 99,9% by wasting 100000% of effort. Not my way, I’m afraid.
    For me there is only one, my own, natural method, and I don’t know how it’s called. But it’s 100% natural, no GMO, guaranteed. I said “my own”? No! It’s just like babies do. I just open my eyes, my ears, and my mouth. The human’s brain, IMHO, is a perfect learning machine — let it do its part of the job.

    And this exactly what I like in SJR’s approach. Well, I might misinterpret it, of course, but still I love it and feel like I love it a lot.

  18. For me, during my learning Thai journey, learning about tone rules, vowel length and vowel pronunciation, all the different Thai consonants and sounds. The one thing that switched on the light, opened up the world of the Thai language, and enabled me to really get things clear in my mind was Stuart’s descriptions of the sounds you need to speak Thai in a clear and understandable manner. How to use your mouth, throat and tongue to generate all these different sounds really did help me to be able to use all the other resources out there. Without his insight, and the way he clearly demonstrates how it’s done, I would still be struggling with my native English sounds in the Thai language.

    Once you understand what sounds you need to be using, all the other learning materials will immediately become 100% more useful. Your spoken Thai will also become much more understandable, almost instantly!
    I can personally vouch for that.
    His work is the key to the door that’s holding you back.
    Open it.

  19. I’m about half way through Glossika Thai Fluency 2 by now (doing GSR), I have to say it may have been the single biggest boost to my Thai learning. While they do have the occasional odd sentence, overall the language and patterns used seem relevant and I do encounter them in daily life.

    I can’t say much about Stu’s materials, but the few free CTF videos I saw on Youtube were interesting and helpful. Given his track record and general contributions to Thai language learning, I have no doubt that Jcademy would be immensely useful.

    A great package, which reminds me that I should actively start working on my Thai again. In my first year I was very motivated and got to around lower intermediate (according to my teacher), but like too many other people I essentially stopped studying once I managed to get most of my daily life done without too much trouble. Also I’m still too shy to speak Thai socially with my friends, something I hope I’ll eventually overcome…

  20. Welcome everyone! What a great start to Stu’s giveaway – and thank you for your kind words. These seven weeks of giveaway have been a total blast.

    Bernard, thanks for the alert. We were fiddling with timing and I totally forgot to change that one bit.

  21. I have gone through most of Stuarts free stuff and it is all great, thankyou. I am also using Glossika so I am excited to see v2 that I hear Stuart has been working on! I would also like to thank Catherine for this wonderful site! I have lived in Thailand for 4 years and the resources you provide here have helped me immensely with my own language goals, getting there slowly! Cheers!

  22. Hi Catherine, Hi Stuart,
    Since I discovered Stuart J. Raj (thanks for theses interviews, Catherine), I tried to follow him on its different sites and on FCLT, read its advices (at least those I can understand, I’m not linguist at all myself) and grab time to time some of the free resources he often offer to anyone interested in Thai language (or languages at large).
    I always noted that people who had, like Catherine, the opportunity to participate in person at his Cracking Thai events in Bangkok in the past years, were quite “sold” at him.
    I guess, that experience cannot be the same on Internet, in front of a computer program, than in a “face to face” event (I saw some astonishing small videos of the event), but at least the ideas and the specific perspectives of SJR will be live in a certain way – or many ways.

    I have learnt a lot already of vocabulary and structures (but perhaps I studied on a too long time, with many long breaks too, and without any real guidance). My main problem in Thai is that I still mostly do not understand clearly Thai people when they speak to me more than few words (I even don’t speak about TV shows or radio broadcasts…). And I have, as speaking and listening are linked skills, a lot of difficulty to speak Thai “in real”.
    I mean not speakingThai “in my head” only. When I write down those “in head” sentences, teachers are surprised that I can produce them on paper but be unable to say them aloud in an intelligible way.
    I don’t speak on monotone mid tone only, I rather mix all the tones… and then nobody understand me, but some teachers that are enough charitable to help me.
    Fact is that I don’t know how to control my voice, my throat, my tongue…
    When I have to speak, I loose all my poor confidence in myself. I remember when Stuart was with Paul ordering a pizza. But few months later, Paul was abale to present a long speech in Thai… So there is hope always.

    OK, I don’t know if the online SJR courses could help me with that. I’m a bit sceptic about that. But why not trying ? So, for me, I see Stuart J. Raj Combo as a perfect complement to the Learn Thai Postcast courses, and it could help me in many ways.

    I already bought the Glossika Thai Level1 to 3 last year when it was launched. I worked with Level 1, but stopped at sentence n°551, half the way, waiting the new version. I guess as I paid user, I will get soon version 2.0. Anyway, in the SJR Combo, I’ m interested by the possibility (if i understood correctly) to get the assistance of an online software, that Glossika doesn’t offer.

    So I will be very motivated and happy to be one of the winners of the Jcademy Thai Combo package. Thanks again to Catherine and to all sponsors who made this giveaway possible.

    NB : Catherine, you can correct your post as the end of the competition is not on the 24 June but, I guess on the 14th of July 🙂

  23. I’d like to thank Stuart for his free online lessons. It’s only because of him I have believed in my ability to learn Thai script and recognize the tones.

  24. English is not my native language and unfortunately also Thai isn’t, I’m Dutch and follow this site for a while and in mine opinion it’s a treasure house of Thai language skills. Convenient because I’m trying to learn the Thai language. I have Thai language lessons in Belgium; Thaivlac. I would like to qualify for the giveway. Sorry for my poor English language skills.


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