On my previous holiday, I had my vacation in Thailand. The fact that I had learnt Thai language before my visit ensured that my stay in Thailand was nothing but maximum fun. The fact that I could converse in Thai fluently boosted my courage to a point that I would walk around, interact with the locals and even shop anywhere without the help of a translator.
To many, learning Thai language can be a task hard to accomplish. But if you are passionate, it can take less time than you can imagine. Personally, it took me less than three months to learn all by myself. Without saying much, I will provide you with five things you must do to successfully learn Thai language and in the shortest time possible.
1. Learn the alphabet
In Thai alphabets, there are 44 consonants and 30 vowels. First and foremost, ensure that you familiarize with all the consonants and vowels and get to learn how each is pronounced. I understand that their letters look strange, but within no time, I am sure you will manage to get familiar with each of them. For easy learning, make a poster of both vowels and consonants that you can refer to when free.
2. Have a positive attitude towards the language
A report from a previous study showed that students’ learning potential increases when their attitude towards the subject is positive. Whether learning the foreign language from a school or by yourself, your attitude towards it is so crucial. I understand how Thai language looks strange and difficult to comprehend but assuring your mind that the language is easy for you is a good start point. If it were not for my positive attitude, I am sure it would have cost me a year or two to speak Thai.
3. Find songs, blogs, and videos in the language
When it comes to learning a new language, using what you love doing as a study tool can help you boost and improve your progress. Personally, I love listening to music and watching movies. When I was learning Thai, I would listen to songs in Thai or watch a Thai film. The songs or video would have subtitles for reference. By doing so, I managed to improve my fluency and pronunciations. I would suggest you also try this trick. If you aren’t a movie or music fan, other options such as magazines, blogs, and even T.V programs can be of help as long as you are enjoying.
4. Practice writing and translating
The fourth step of this learning is to practice writing and translating any Thai word. Since before getting to this step you understood how to write words and how to pronounce them, coming up with sentences now become easy. At this juncture, practice frequently by writing as many sentences as you can and reading them aloud. Personally, I used to acquire pages, magazine or documents written in Thai language and translate the information into my native language, English.
5. Practice speaking with a local or someone familiar with the tongue.
For a successful learning, it’s necessary to involve someone who speaks The Thai language. Having a conversation with the person ensures that as a result, you pronounce words as they should be. Also, the dialogue enhances your fluency in The Thai language. Personally, I got into conversations with my colleague who had studied The Thai language at school, and he politely corrected me anytime I made a wrong pronunciation. In less than a month I was in a position to converse without any trouble. In case, no one around understands the language, there are thousands of apps on android store that can assist you perfect your speech.