When I took French in high school a million years ago, the French teacher , Madame Frizt, would make the students put on headsets and listen to people speak the language. This is still a very effective means of learning languages. The audio enhancements have improved with time. So, you may find that audio options might be the best way for you to learn Thai. This will be especially true if you are an auditory learner. This would be the best route for you to take in learning Thai.
Different Audio Options
- Educational Sets
Many publishers of educational materials sell the cassette sets. You can simply do an online search to get prices and ideas for what you are looking to use. The prices will vary.
Additionally, If there are colleges or big schools in your area, you may have a local educational bookstore. I have one nearby, and educators and students get discounts there when they show their ID.
I have also shopped at the bookstore on the campus of a nearby university. I had to order the Thai set at my educational store, but found that Thai materials were available at the college bookstore. I do, however, live in a very diverse demographic area. You can save yourself a trip by calling ahead to see what the store offers. They can order what you need.
The set I purchased had CDs, a workbook, and evaluation tests and quizzes. I was able to listen to the person speak, mimic the language, and complete the worksheets.
Later on, I discovered that when I purchased an online set, it was more interactive and I was able to use my laptop microphone and do an audio check of my words and phrases. There are many different types of educational audio tools in existence.
- Music Sets
This is not a traditional educational method in the least. However, I love music, and I enjoyed the simple process of listening to songs in Thai. I searched online and found the lyrics translated into my native language and followed along when it was possible. I find it very easy to memorize lyrics. The singing and musical instruments just make the job easier for me. I sang my way to learning Thai.
- Complete Programs
Some of the more expensive learning programs have an audio as well as video component. They do cost more, but you can learn more when you are watching and hearing the language you wish to acquire. learning Thai can be done quicker with an audio and video program.
- Audio Ideas when You Arrive in Thailand
My Thai visit experience was very good. I had a taxi driver who let me record things he said. He spoke my language, English, as well, so he would give me the English word, the Thai pronunciation, and then the definition. I learned a lot this way. I can’t guarantee that this will happen on your trip, but if you ask you may be pleasantly surprised at the answer.