When you know how to type in Thai you can send emails and chat in Thai. This is a really fun way to practice your language skills, both reading and writing. Add some Thai friends to your favourite social media platform (Facebook, Hi5, Google+ etc) and start to interact with status updates and comments. You will be surprised how fast your typing skills will improve when someone is waiting for your comment.
If you want to type in Thai on your computer you will first have to install the Thai keyboard so that your computer understands that you want to type in another language. This is pretty simple and straightforward if you already have South East Asian languages installed with your operating system. In Windows you open the Control Panel and choose Languages and Regions. Click on Add Languages or Change Keyboard and add Thai language and the Thai Kedmanee Keyboard.
If you succeed you will see and abbreviation for the language you are currently typing in, in the bottom right hand corner of your screen. It will show EN for English and if you click on it you can choose TH for Thai.
The next step is to find out where the Thai letters are located on your plastic keyboard. The easiest way to do that is to get a Thai keyboard sticker set and place each sticker on the corresponding key on your keyboard. And don't worry, you will still be able to see the Roman letters as they are included on the stickers. You can buy Thai keyboard stickers in our reception.
If you don't want to cover your keys with stickers you can buy a separate Thai keyboard and plug it into one of your usb ports on your computer. The next step is to learn how to type - we will get back to that in our next post.