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Thai Pronunciation
Series

Say good by your native accent and embrace Thai sounds. Learn and practice pronouncing to build confidence in speaking Thai.

Thai pronunciation

5

Chapters

20

Lessons

20

Drills

All

Levels

3 golden rules of Thai pronunciation

I understand how frustrated you’re when trying to communicate in Thai but the locals didn’t get what you’re trying to say. Blame it all on your pronunciation!

There are a few elements you need to master Thai pronunciations. To get started, I would like to introduce you to the 3 golden rules:

1. Unrelease the ending consonant sound
You should try to close your throat and hold your breath and don’t let any air out of your mouth when pronouncing words with บ(p), ก(k), or ด(t) ending consonants. Instead of saying ชอบ (châawp) with the ending “p” sound. Try to close your mouth at the end, you will sound much more like a Thai.

2. There are short and long vowel sounds.

Thai vowels are separated according their sounds into two groups: long sound and short sound. When a syllable consists of a long vowel, you need to make sure the vowel sound is long. The word ชอบ (châawp) consists of สระออ (sa-ra-aaw) which has long sound. Let’s try to pronounce this word with a long -aaw sound. It should not sound like the word “shop” in English but chaawp.

3. Hit the right tone

By this time, you probably realized Thai is a tonal language where the meaning of a word changes regarding its tone. The thing is, using English transliteration (writing a word with English letters) only makes it worse. Not only imprecision of consonants and vowels, but only confusing diacritical marks to represent tones (a, à, â, á and ǎ).

The word ชอบ (châaw) is clearing with a falling tone according to the diacritical mark (â), however, the pitch starts from high and moves low, instead of moving from low to high and back to low. It’s best to learn 5 pitch movements before matching them with the signs.

In a nutshell,

These 3 rules are highlighted but there are many more rules and tips to learn. The most important thing to improve pronunciation is only 20% about theory, for the most part, 80% is all about physical exercise. You need to go to the ears-mouth gym. This course provides it all for you.

5 Golden Rules for Better Thai Pronunciation

These 5 rules are highlighted but there are many more rules and tips to learn. The most important thing to improve pronunciation is only 20% about theory, for the most part, 80% is all about physical exercise. You need to go to the ears-mouth gym. This course provides it all for you.

Course introduction

This Thai Pronunciation Series will help you improve your Thai pronunciation to build your confidence in speaking Thai and finally let other Thais understand you. 

Our Methods

Improving Thai pronunciations is like learning how to ride a bicycle. You not only have to learn the concept of the bike and tips to paddle and direct with the handlebar, you also have to practice ride the bike yourself until you become more confidence and more familiar.

In this course, I will first teach of the concepts of Thai phonetics in a very simple-to-digest and easy-to-follow. Then I will let you practice with listening and speaking exercises and drills that are designed to help you build muscle memory of your mouth and sound pattern for your ears. 

Course content

5 chapters with 40 pockets lessons and exercises will help you regain your confidence in speaking Thai with better pronunciation.

Download your course book and exercises first. Then get started with the most concise introduction video lesson to show you each elements of great Thai pronuniciation, point out common mistakes and lay out the path for you to walk on to reach your goal.

Let’s start with the most fundamental. Let’s pronounce each consonant sounds correctly starting from the originations of sounds and I will also highlight and give tips to pronounce consonant sounds that do not exist in English which are จ, ง, ต, ป and ร. 

Lastly, we will practice to swallow ending consonant sounds as well as train your ear to differentiate similar sounds.

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There are 32 sounds in Thai. I believe you can pronounce most of them, but still struggle with a few strange sounds like สระอึ สระอือ สระเออ and สระเอือ. Let me help you go through these smoothly with each vowel’s mouth shape and tips. 

Let’s unlearn what you’ve learned in the past that makes you so confused and scared of tones. I will start from introducing you 5 movements of pitches with visualization techniques. Then you will realised tones are manageable and fun to pronounce. Let’s speak like you’re singing.

Many times you might catch Thai people speaking differently from how the words should be pronounced. I gathers common rules with clear explanation and examples for you in this chapter.

Besides pronunciation, you also have to learn to speak or express like Thai locals. This topic includes using the right pronouns, different levels of politeness and formality, shorten words, interjections and particles (or filling words).

I put in various exercises and tools to help you improve your Thai pronunciation. This is the real ears-mouth gym for you!

Try out Thai lessons

It’s best for you to experience the lessons yourself. Click on any of the free preview and visit the learning platform to get the impression of the course.

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Pay once and access the course content and materials for a lifetime. Get the package of video lessons, exercises, slides and audio to start learning right after the enrollment.

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FAQ

 

After the course, you will feel more much confidence to speak Thai as you improved your Thai pronunciation.

 

✓ Pronounce some challenging consonant sounds with ease.
✓ No longer fall back to your native accent. 
✓ Be able to differentiate the similarly-sounding vowels.
✓ Master the Thai tones with visualization and humming techniques. 
✓ Understand more colloquial Thai and speak Thai more naturally.

I guaranteed an enjoyable learning experienced and quality content.

As soon as you can. 

You should learn Thai sounds and how to pronounce words correctly from the beginning of your journey. It becomes more challenging to unlearned what you have learned wrong.

Do not wait until you learned Thai scripts. Again, you should start learning as soon as you can.

This course will designed to teach students in all levels. The materials come into two sets, one in Thai scripts and one in English transliteration. 

 

BananaThai customer service is what my students appreciate the most. No need to be worried to get started, you will receive a welcome email with a course instructor to help you get started with the course.

Please feel free to submit your homework or ask any questions in the discussion section below each lesson. You can also learn from other students’ questions as well.

Credit card and Debit card are accepted for online payment on our website. Besides, you can also purchase a course with PayPal or Thai bank transfer (please contact info@bananathaischool.com)

The prices are in Thai Baht (THB) however you can use your currency to make a payment with your card. The exchange rate is according to the current rate. 

Regional taxes may be applied depends on where you resides and where your card is issued.

Learn basic Thai reading to make best out of this course.

This course will be both in Thai scripts and English transliteration (karaoke) to make the content accessible for everyone. However, learning Thai pronunciation is best when learning with Thai scripts. There is no transliteration system that is so accurate that can replace Thai scripts.

If you don’t know how to read Thai yet, take the Ultimate Thai reading course with a 500 baht discount to be prepared for the Thai pronunciation launch. Apply the code “PREPPRO500”

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