As we are all different the tools and material that you choose might not appeal to your fellow student, but that's ok. You should set up your own study kit so that it suits you best. You don't need to worry about other student's preferences.
The results of the learning style questionnaire that you fill in on your first day of the Thai Intensive Course at Lanta International Language School will show you your learning profile. If you are an analytical learner you will benefit from tools and material that present the Thai language in a structured and sequential way. If you are a relational learner you will benefit more from studying together with other people and learning from the Thai community around you, and so on. Every learning style has its most effective tools and materials.
The first tool that most students benefit from when learning Thai is a dictionary. The tricky thing with dictionaries for Thai language learning is that as a beginner you can't read the Thai words. On top of that the order of the Thai sounds is different from the order of the sounds of the Roman alphabet so you need to learn a new sound order before you can look up words at a convenient speed.
Luckily there are dictionaries for Thai learners that present Thai vocabulary in a way that makes it easy for a beginner to learn. The Thai learner dictionaries include a section where Thai words are written and ordered by the Roman alphabet system. In this way you can look up words that you hear right from the start. Just don't let this be an excuse for not learning how to read Thai the real way. Thai written in the Roman alphabet will never show you the correct pronunciation.
You can find English-Thai, Swedish-Thai and German-Thai learner dictionaries for sale at our reception area. If you want a dictionary to use on your computer we recommend Thai2English (http://www.thai2english.com) They have an on-line version but the dictionary you download is even better. You can try it for free for two weeks and then decide if you think it's worth the money.