Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic Google translation from a post originally written in French. My apologies for the weird sentences and the funny mistakes that could have been generated during the process. If you can read French, the original and correct version can be found here:
To put the basic phrases in Thai, I tested Learn Thai Podcast. A great site, with audio course in mp3.
Thai lessons with Jo and Jay
In this period of re-entry, I already dream of new starts! And Thailand is coming back to haunt me ...
While browsing the web, in search of a site to put back in my ears basic sentences in Thai, I came across this: Learn Thai Podcast. An online lesson site, super well done, with audio files to download in mp3.
Update → The Lear Thai Podcast site has evolved a lot and has become fully professional since I published this article in September 2008.
The first podcasts are free and open access. The lessons are focused on everyday conversations, everyday words. Perfect for learning or relearning numbers, polite phrases, useful little phrases while traveling.
Authors are Jo (the female Thai voice) and Jay (the male English voice). Their pedagogy is simple and effective:
Learning Thai is not rocket science. Focusing on expressions with a high practical use, the podcasts at LTP are made for anyone with a desire to learn Thai language. They are suitable if you are visiting Thailand, or here for work. With the aim of teaching you specific phrases and words, every episode in Thai. Each word or phrase is said once in English, then repeated several times in Thai. To help you get the pronunciation right, longer sentences and sentences are repeated word for word.
I'm getting addicted. There is even transcription in Thai writing for the most bitten. I love to leave the morning at work, with in the hollow of the ear, stored on my iPod, the sweet voice of Jo that makes me repeat after her: