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Thai Pronunciation
Series

Unlearn your native accent and embrace Thai sounds. Learn and practice pronouncing and speaking like a Thai local.

Thai pronunciation

6

Chapters

30

Lessons

1 month

duration

All

Level

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. Swallow 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 shaawp.

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.

It's not only about how to speak but also how to listen.

Learn to focus on the essential things when listening for a better pronunciation

Course curriculum

6 chapters with 30 pockets lessons will help you regain your confidence in speaking Thai.

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.

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!

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Waiting List

Great news! This course will be finally launched on August 28th, 2022. Please sign up here to get updated and be one of the first students to join this course with a promotion.

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A great option for students who already know basic Thai or learn fast. You can take a month or two months to review and boost your understanding.

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FAQ

After hours of studying 6 essential chapters, you will attain all important concepts of Thai scripts in order to:

✓ Be able to read and write basic Thai sentence with great understanding.
✓ Be able to spell and pronounce Thai words  correctly.
✓ Be able to read anything around you such as street signs, food menu, drink menu, town/city names, etc.
✓ Continue learning Thai on your own (nothing can limit your potential to learn Thai)
✓ Continue improving your Thai reading fluency with Thai Reading Exercise Books (A2 level).

If you have a long term goal to become fluent in Thai, you might want to consider learning Thai reading at the beginning of your Thai journey. Maybe after you master the Intensive Thai or even before that.

Please note that students tend to read Thai faster with. less effort when they already know the words they are reading. So having good foundation of vocabulary and sentence structure surely helps. 

It normally takes 2-3 months to cover all 30 lessons. Each lesson takes around an hour to complete. Even though this class is a self-paced program, I would recommend you to have 2-3 lessons per week in order to advance your progress effectively.

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.

As mentioned, you will already be able to read Thai sentence slowly but surely after this course. If you would like to work on your fluency in reading, I highly recommend joinng the Thai Reading Exercises (A2 level) to practice reading 20 short stories of Michael the Bangkok expat. 

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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