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The Short Thai Course

Understand Basic Thai


“An affordable first step to start learning Thai”


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Course Information

Learn more about the Short Thai Course below;


Learning Aims

Understand the basics;

  • Pronunciation
  • Basic vocabulary
  • Basic grammar
  • Principles of Thai language
  • Thai Culture
  • Manners and characteristics of Thai people


Starting Skills : Who is it for?

An affordable first step to start learning Thai with a local teacher

It is a great option for individuals who want to try learning a little before learning a lot


  • Suitable for complete beginners
  • Suitable for individuals who are travelling to Thailand
  • Suitable for people who just want to try out learning


Note : If you are committed to learning Thai and wish to develop fluency we suggest you to read more about our Speak Thai Course or Speak, Read & Write Course


Course Duration

There is no set duration

Every learner is different and there is no ‘one size fit all’ method to learn any language. Therefore, we have no set duration to learn our courses. Learn for as long as you need at a pace to suit you.


  • Only Pay For The Time You Learn
  • Lifetime Access To Materials
  • Change Teacher/Location Anytime
  • Lifetime Support


The average learner will complete the Short Thai Course in around 10-20 hours private tuition. This may be more or less depending on your starting skills, how you learn a language and how much you practice.


Course Outline

The Short Thai Course

1 Workbook / 1 stage / 10 chapters;


Stage 1

Learning the principles of the language is very important as it helps and leads to a good understanding of Thai and can be used as a reference for what you will learn in the future.



1. The principles of Thai language (1)

2. Transliteration & pronunciation guide

3. Symbols, lesson plans and learning guide


Chapter 1: Greeting; formal greeting, informal greeting, traditional way of greeting

Chapter 2: Meeting people; how to ask ‘What’s your name?, real/official name, nickname, and how to say nice to meet you

Chapter 3: About yourself; Job/occupation, nationality, hometown, etc.

Chapter 4: Addressing people; personal pronouns used in different situations

Chapter 5 : Family

Chapter 6 : Numbers

Chapter 7 : Classifiers & Counting system

Chapter 8 : Desire & Requesting

Chapter 9 : Things – Singular / Plural (1)

Chapter 10 : Things – Singular / Plural (2)



Want to learn more?

After you have completed the Short Thai Course (stage 1) you can upgrade to continue learning Thai conversation (Stages 2 and 3) and/or you may also choose to learn Thai Script (Read & Write Thai Course).

Read more about our Speak Thai Course


Example Materials

What Do You Get?

There is a LOT of material provided to help you learn effectively

Learn both with your teacher and in your spare time in order to progress effectively


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The modern learning materials have been developed by us from scratch and include;


1. Written Materials 

Easy to follow & detailed worksheets / workbooks

  • 10 structured chapters help you to learn step-by-step with your teacher
  • Clear explanations give you a complete overview of the Thai language
  • Learn lots of vocabulary, sentence structure and conversation skills as well as Thai culture, history and the principles of Thai language
  • Very logical and easy to follow modules will be adapted to suit every individual


2. Audio Materials

High quality & great for your MP3 Player

  • Over 5 hours of practice and homework audio
  • Follow the written materials with practice audio and complete audio homework tasks
  • Listen online or download to your computer or MP3 Player
  • The audio helps you develop listening skills as well as remind you the pronunciation, tone(s) and meaning of every new word
  • Dialogue audio helps you listen to how Thai people speak
  • male and female Thai speaker help you to hear the difference between a feminine and masculine voice


3. Self Study Materials

To help you practise after your lessons

Written and audio self study materials are separated into 5 parts to help you practise and improve essential skills in learning a language;

  • Listening and pronunciation (Audio tasks)
  • Vocabulary and structure accuracy (Written and audio tasks)
  • Function / Grammar (Written tasks)
  • Fluency (Written tasks)
  • Principles (Written tasks)


4. Online Learning Space

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We provide lots and lots of supplemental materials that are updated and added to weekly;

  • Online Quizzes
  • Learn Thai Blog
  • Smart Flash Cards
  • Helpful Hints & Tips
  • Links and recommendations to other great learning resources


Registration Includes: 

  • Lifetime access to an online learning space
  • Access to learn with any trained Thai Style teacher
  • Support from Thai Style throughout your learning experience
  • You can change teacher / location anytime


What do our learners say?

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  • Understand about the main principles of Thai language ; pronunciation ; lots of vocabulary, basic grammar, culture, manners and characteristics of Thais
  • Students are able to speak basic Thai conversations used in everyday life


Class Plan

  • Each chapter may be taught in 1 – 2 hours depending on each individual learner
  • We advise learners to attend one or two lessons per week
  • Practise after your lessons with the self study materials is the key to progressing
  • Lessons are flexible, your teacher will adapt the materials to suit you
  • Try to leave 2 or 3 days between lessons to give youself time to practice and consolidate new skills



How do we teach Thai?

  • Learn to make Thai sounds and tones to pronounce Thai words correctly
  • Use repetition to help you memorize until you can differentiate different sounds and tones
  • Practise listening until you can distinguish Thai sounds and tones
  • Build up lots of vocabulary and understand Thai language structure
  • Learn how to make formal and informal sentences
  • Practise conversation with your teacher and friends to help you speak naturally
  • When you feel ready you may choose to upgrade and continue learning stage 2 and stage 3. You can also sign up for our Read & Write Thai course to incorporate learning Thai scripts and further your understanding and fluency of Thai language

Our speak Thai course uses a new and unique system that we have developed from scratch to teach you how to speak Thai language using the English alphabet and a trained teacher. Read More about our transliteration / phonetic system.


Course Fees

How Much Does It Cost?


1. Registration Fees

For Lifetime Access to; Learning Materials, Trained Teachers & Support Services.

- The above savings are added when you register at the same time with a friend. If you register together, you will get the discounted registration fee and can choose to attend private classes (1:1) or private group classes.

- Registration fees are paid in Thai Baht. If you prefer to pay for your registration in your local currency please contact us for a quote.


2. Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are paid directly to teachers in their local currency.

Unlike most other schools, we do not take any commission out of teacher tuition fees, providing you more flexible and affordable classes…


3. Travel Expenses

The cost for a teacher to travel to your location will depend on many factors; distance, mode of transport, frequency and duration of lessons as well as peak travel times that need to be taken into account. You can discuss a reasonable travel expense directly with your teacher after registration.

The average cost for travel during rush hour in Bangkok is between 50 - 150 THB. In London, it is reasonable for teachers to charge £5-10 due to the higher cost of public transport. All locations and teachers can vary in cost. After registration, if you are not satisfied with the travel expense you are quoted by your allocated teacher we can help to negotiate a reasonable expense for you. Please enquire if you would like a quote for travel expenses before you register.


4. Workbooks

When you sign up to learn a Thai Style course you can download and print the learning materials by yourself via your Student Hub Page. If you want to save on printing costs you can purchase the workbooks (colour A4 size). Workbooks cost 500 THB each. There is 1 workbook for Short Thai course.

Postage - Workbooks are dispatched from our Bangkok office. EMS postage to addresses in Thailand is free. International postage outside Thailand will cost 1,000 THB per order.



Getting Started

Register Online : Start Here

We have made it as easy as possible to get started and learn with any Thai Style teacher. After you register online you will receive login details and teacher contact information via email so you can access the learning materials and contact your teacher to arrange a free trial lesson. You can then start learning and we will be here to support you throughout your learning experience.

We love Thai language, we want to help you learn. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.