Free Thai Lessons
When Ying (Head Teacher) and Paula (CEO) are not busy teaching or planning, they make videos to help our students learn Thai. On this page you can watch some of these videos and get a head start on learning Thai!
Thai Lesson 1 - Hello
In this video you will learn how to say Hello in Thai and how to make the typical Thai greeting by putting your palms together in a "wai". You will also learn about "kâ" and "kráp". This will make your speech sound more polite.
Thai Lesson 2 - Thank you and sorry.
"Thank You" and "Sorry" are useful words in any language. In this video you will learn how to say it in Thai. And remember to use the polite particles "kâ" and "kráp" to sound even more polite.
Thank You = kɔɔp-kun kâ / kɔ̀ɔp-kun kráp
Sorry / Excuse me = Kɔ̌ɔ-tôot kâ / Kɔ̌ɔ-tôot kráp
It's impossible to write the correct pronunciation of Thai words using the Roman alphabet. This is as close as we can get. Check your pronunciation with the video, not with the text.
Thai Lesson 3 - All good things go by three.
In this video you will get a short introduction to the Thai language. Learning three important things that are good to know.
Thai Lesson 4 - count 1 to 10
How to count one to ten in Thai. This is an upgraded version of one of our very first videos that our beginner students receive as homework in the first week of their course.
1 = neung
2 = soong
3 = saam
4 = sii
5 = haa
6 = hok
7 = jet
8 = bpaet
9 = gaao
10 = sip
Thai Lesson 5 - More numbers
Repeat 1-10 and continue to 20.
11 = sip et
12 = sip soong
13 = sip saam
14 = sip sii
15 = sip haa
16 = sip hok
17 = sip jet
18 = sip bpaet
19 = sip gaao
20 = yii sip
Thai Lesson 6 - I and you.
In this video we talk about the many ways to say "I" and "You" in Thai.
I = "pǒm" (for male speaker) and "dì-chǎn" (for female speaker)
You = "kun" (for male and female speakers)
These pronouns are polite and can be used in most situations.
In conversational Thai the personal pronouns are often omitted if it's understood from the context whom is being refered to. It's also common to use the name of a person in place of "I" or "You".
Thai Lesson 7 - What's your name?
In this video you will learn how to tell people your name in Thai and how to ask other people for their names.
chʉ̂ʉ = name / to be named
à-rai = what
kǎo = he
təə = she
Thai Lesson 8 - Are you hot?
In this video we are talking about how to use the question word "mái" to form simple yes/no questions in Thai, and of course also how to answer such questions.
rɔ́ɔn = hot, warm
mái = question word
kâo-jai = understand
hǐu = hungry
mâi = not
Thai Lesson 9 - A little and a lot.
Time to learn how to say "a little" and "a lot" in Thai, which can be very useful if for example you want your Thai food just a little bit spicy, or maybe you like yours very spicy. Enjoy!
nít-nɔ̀ɔi = a little
mâak = a lot / very
rʉ̌ʉ = or
pèt = spicy
Thai Lesson 10 - How are you?
In this lesson you will learn how to say "How are you?" in Thai. But do Thai people really say that?
sà-baai = (to be) fine; well
dii = good
lɛ́ɛo = and; and then
lâ = particle used at the end of a statement or question to add an imperative quality
Thai Lesson 11 - Where are you going?
In this lesson we talk about how to say "Where are you going?" in Thai, and as you'll find out, we say this a lot.
bpai (tîi) nǎi = Where are you going?
bpai gin kâao = (I'm) going to eat
dtà-làat = market
bâan = home / house
grung-têep = Bangkok
ráan aa-hǎan = restaurant
kɔ̌ɔng = of / belonging to
Thai Lesson 12 - Have you eaten yet?
In this lesson you will learn another great way to strike up a conversation in Thai. It is one of the most common greeting phrases in Thai and once you've learned it, you will here it all the time for sure. We will also talk about different ways to say that something is finished. Enjoy!
gin kâao lɛ́ɛo rʉ́-yang = Have you eaten yet?
yang mâi gin kâao = (I) have not eaten yet?
sèt = finished (doing something)
mòt = finished (out of)
Thai Lesson 13 - Counting your millions!
sǔun = 0 (zero)
èt = 1 (one) when counting tens like for example: sìp-èt = 11
yîi-sìp = 20 (twenty)
rɔ́ɔi = 100 (hundred)
pan = 1000 (thousand)
mʉ̀ʉn = 10 000 (ten thousand)
sɛ̌ɛn = 100 000 (hundred thousand)
láan = 1 000 000 (million)
Thai Lesson 14 - How old are you?
aa-yú = age
bpii = year / years old
kùap = years old (for children, 12 years old or younger)
gɛ̀ɛ = old
tâo-rài = how much
kun aa-yú tâo-rài = how old are you?
dì-chǎn / pǒm aa-yú yîi-sìp bpii kâ / kráp = I am twenty years old.
Thai Lesson 15 - I'm older than you
gwàa = more/less than (comparative)
mâak gwàa = more than
nɔ́ɔi gwàa = less than
ngən = money
tîi sùt = most
aa-yú mâak tîi sùt = oldest
aa-yú nɔ́ɔi tîi sùt = youngest.
dèk = child
Thai Lesson 16 - Lanta's got Talent!
jà = will
tam = do
yím = smile
muai = boxing
rɔ́ɔng = cry out / sing
pleeng = song
lên = play
jà tam à-rai = what will (you) do? / what are (you) going to do?
Jà rɔ́ɔng pleeng = (I) will sing a song
Thai Lesson 17 - When you don't know what to say
à-rai ná ká / à-rai ná kráp = pardon? ; sorry? ; what?
ǒo = Oh!
jing rʉ̌ʉ = Really?
jing jing = Yes, really!
mâi rúu = (I) don't know.
dì-chǎn kít wâa / pǒm kít wâa = I think...
Thai Lesson 18 - Countries and cuisine
bprà-têet = Country
bprà-têet ang-grìt = England
bprà-têet jiin = China
bprà-têet tai = Thailand
bprà-têet yîi-bpùn = Japan
yùu tîi ..... = [to] be at ; stay at ; live at
.... yùu tîi nǎi = where is.... / where are....
hɔ̂ɔng náam = bathroom
Thai Lesson 19 - Where do you come from?
What does the word "Farang" mean, and is it offensive to call someone that?
And, how to you ask someone where they're from?
fà-ràng = western / westerner
kun maa jàak nǎi = Where do you come from?
kun bpen kon à-rai = What (nationality) are you?
kun bpen kon tîi nǎi = Where are you from? (What city)
Thai Lesson 20 - Do you speak English?
Today we talk about languages, and how to ask someone if they can speak English, Thai or other languages. When you meet new people in Thailand as a beginner Thai language student, the first thing you want to ask is probably if they
can speak English, and the first thing they ask you might also be if you can speak Thai.
pûut = speak
paa-sǎa = language
dâai mái = can You / can I?
mâi dâai = cannot
Thai Lesson 21 - Am I right?
In this video we will teach you another very useful question sentence structure that you can use in a variety of situations, and that is to make a statement and ask for confirmation, like this "You are a teacher, right?"
châi = that's right ; that's correct.
châi mái = ...right? ; is that correct?
mâi châi = No, that's not correct.
Thai Lesson 22 - How to order a beer in Thai
Now it's time for you to learn how to sound like a real Thai when you order a beer, two cups of coffee, a papaya salad with 5 chilis and so on.
an : "piece", used for many different (usually small) objects.
kon : "person", used for any nouns refering to people.
dtua : "body", used for animals, clothes, furniture, letters of the alphabet and much more.
Thai Lesson 23 - What's that?
What's this? What's that? And, what's that thing over there? And how do you say ice coffee in Thai?
nán = that
níi = this
nóon = that (over there)
bplɛɛ wâa = means, translates to
grà-bpǎo = bag
rʉa = boat
Thai Lesson 24 - How many chilies?
We continue to talk about classifiers in Thai and how to apply them when we ask for a number of any kind of objects, like "how many bottles of water?", "how many bowls of ice cream?" etc.
náam sôm = orange juice
bplaa = fish
prík = chili pepper
bàat = Baht (Thai currency)
jaan = plate
tûai = bowl
mét = pill, grain, seed, classifer for pills, seeds, chilies etc.
gɛ̂ɛo = glass
Thai Lesson 25 - are small chilies spicier than big chilies?
yài = big
lék = small
pèt = spicy
wǎan = sweet
nám-dtaan = sugar
ao = take, want
dii = good
kɔ̌ɔ = request, ask for (similar to "please" in English, but put before the requested item in the sentence)
Thai Lesson 26 - I'm a vegetarian
yàak = want (to do something)
yàak dâi = want (to get something)
sài = add, apply, put in
pɛ́ɛ = lose, be allergic to
jee = vegetarian food
dì chǎn / pǒm yàak gin kâao pàt = I want to eat fried rice.
dì chǎn / pǒm yàak dâi kâao pàt = I want fried rice.
dì chǎn / pǒm gin jee = I am a vegetarian (lit. I eat vegetarian food)
Thai Lesson 27 - Romantic Dinner
In this video lesson you will get a chance to test your Thai listening skill as we follow Prae and Kookie to a romantic dinner by the beach. Enjoy!
Words & phrases:
mâi-bpen-rai = No problem; don't worry
wiu = view
rák = (to) love
mʉ̌ʉan-gan = the same; aswell
Thai Lesson 28 - How to say: This is my girlfriend/boyfriend
fɛɛn = romantic partner (girlfriend / boyfriend)
gan = together / with eachother
pʉ̂an = friend
rák = (to) love
gròot = angry
(person1) lɛ́ (person2) rák gan = (person1) and (person2) love eachother.
(person1) lɛ́ (person2) bpen pʉ̂an gan = (person1) and (person2) are friends..
Thai Lesson 29 - Pick up your telephone!
This lesson will be a little bit different. We won't give you any keywords this time. Instead we want you to focus on listening to what we say and do and try to understand what's happening. This is a way for you to get into thinking in the Thai language rather than just translating in your head. It takes some getting used to, but it will help you improve a lot. You will sharpen your ears to the Thai language and start to pick up new vocabulary without even knowing it. This is a fun method that we use a lot at school and that many students enjoy.
Thai Lesson 30 - Let's go to the café
Practice how to say also or too in Thai. You use two words:
... gɔ̂ɔ ... dûay
Paula gɔ̂ɔ yàak gin chaa yen dûay
nâa gin = tasty looking; appetizing
Thai Lesson 31 - Wait a minute!
duu = look
dtɔ̂ng = must
gɔ̀ɔn = before
ìik = more, again, another
lên = play
naa-tii = minute
rɔɔ = wait
Thai Lesson 32 - Let's play!
lên = play
duu = look
nǎng = movie, film (skin)
lá-kɔɔn = TV soap opera / Play (theatre)
lɔ̀ɔ = handsome
sǔai = beautiful
Thai Lesson 33 - Can I borrow some money?
gəən bpai = too much
pɔɔ = enough
Thai Lesson 34 - Everybody loves sushi!
pɔ̂ɔ = father
mɛ̂ɛ = mother
pɔ̂ɔ-mɛ̂ɛ = parents
lûuk-chaai = son
lûuk-sǎao = daughter
bplaa = fish
à-rɔ̀i = delicious / tasty
Thai Lesson 35 - Thai time!
chûa-mɔɔng = hour
moong = o'çlock (classifier for daytime)
aa-tít = week
dʉʉan = month
prûng-níi = tomorrow
mʉ̂ʉa-waan-níi = yesterday
Thai Lesson 36 - What time is it?
naa-lí-gaa = clock; wristwatch; o'clock (when telling the time in formal situations)
gìi moong lɛ́ɛo ? = What's the time?
sìp-sǎam naa-lí-gaa . = 1pm. (13:00)
Thai Lesson 37 - How to drive a motorbike in Thailand
mɔɔ-dtəə-sai = motorbike
gun-jɛɛ = key
mùuak-gan-nɔ́k = helmet
mùuak = hat
gan = prevent /protect against
nɔ́k = knock
jɛ́k-gèt = jacket
rôm = umbrella
This is a parody. Please don't do like we do when you drive in Thailand.
Thai Lesson 38 - How to ask for directions in Thai
roong pá-yaa-baan = hospital
sà-tǎa-nii = station
dtam-rùuat = police
líiao = turn
sáai = left
kwǎa = right
dtrong bpai = go straight
Thai Lesson 39 - Are things cheaper in Thailand?
kɔ̌ɔng = thing(s)
tùuk = cheap
pɛɛng = expensive
dɔn-lâa = dollar
bpɔɔn = pounds
yuu-roo = euro
Thai Lesson 40 - How to make smalltalk in Thai
glai = far
glâi = close
jam = remember
kəəi = ever
lʉʉm = forget
Thai Lesson 41 - Let's go travelling!
dtǔua = ticket
dtʉ̀ʉn = wake up
maa = come
nɔɔn = sleep
tîao = travel
lá = per
ráp = get / receive
Thai Lesson 42 - How to book a hotel room in Thai
hɔ̂ɔng = room
wâang = free
roong-rɛɛm = hotel
kʉʉn = night
lót = discount/lower
pák = stay /rest
Thai Lesson 43 - Laundry
chét = to wipe
pâa-hòm = blanket
sák-pâa = launder / wash
sòk-gà-bpròk = dirty
pâa-chét-dtuua = towel
túk = every
rîit = to iron
Thai Lesson 44 - Dangerous animals
an-dtà-raai = dangerous
chûai = help
chûai dûuai = help! (call for help)
dtiiang = bed
sàt = animal
Thai Lesson 45 - Call the police!
kà-mooi = thief / to steal
hăai = (to be) lost / disappear
sĭa = broken / wasted / spoiled
jèp = hurt / injured / in pain
dtam-rùuat = police