Jo and Jay, the authors of Learn Thai Podcast.

Getting into the Thai language

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Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic translation of an article originally written in French. I apologise for any strange sentences and funny mistakes that may have resulted. If you read French, click on the French flag below to access the original, correct text: 

To get the basic Thai phrases back into my ear, I tried Learn Thai Podcast. A great site, with audio lessons in mp3.

Thai lessons with Jo and Jay

In this period of re-entry, I am already dreaming of new beginnings! And Thailand is coming back to haunt me...

While searching on the web for a site that would help me remember the basic Thai phrases, 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 come a long way and has become totally professionalized, 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.

Great to listen, re-listen, repeat the five different accents of the Thai languageThese subtle accents that completely change the meaning of a word and that our Western ears have so much difficulty to catch.

A little click on the audio player below will allow you to better understand the difficulty of these intonations ... Mâi pen rai! 

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Learn Thai Podcast

Authors are Jo (the Thai female voice) and Jay (the English male 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 hooked. There's even a Thai transcription for the more dedicated. I love leaving for work in the morning, with Jo's sweet voice in my ear, stored on my iPod, making me repeat after her:

- to-run-sà-wàt ...
- yin-dii thii dai khui dueay ...
- man-pen-rai ...


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