LESSON A DAY : Thai for self-study by TSL CHIANG MAI.

We have also developed an additional series of short Thai lessons on various subjects like “LESSON A DAY” for the benefit of all beginners-advanced Thai language learners.

self study

Thai as a Second Language School has produced a series of free online learning aids with the main objective is to improve vocabulary acquisition and increase student’s exposure and interaction with the Thai language. Our Thai language teachers have created hundreds of Thai lessons and Thai language exercises. These learning aids cover most of the vocabulary introduced in our Thai language lessons.

Additionally, TSL school adapted part of the FSI (Foreign Service Institute) Thai language course to be used as a basic Thai for self-study. We have also developed an additional series of short Thai lessons on various subjects like “LESSON A DAY” for the benefit of all beginners-advanced Thai language learners.

A Future Project: Finally, we decided to propose you to learn Thai with music. For each song, we have included a music video, Thai lyrics, English translation as well as Thai transliteration. We think that learning Thai language with music can be a fun and rewarding experience.

Lesson No. 19: ค่อนข้าง /khɔ̂n khâaŋ/

November 1st, 2017|0 Comments

ค่อนข้าง /khɔ̂n khâaŋ/: somewhat, rather, relatively, fairly, pretty, quite khɔ̂n khâaŋ (ค่อนข้าง) is an adverb of degree or level used to give emphasis to an adjective or adverb. It has a meaning similar to “quite” [...]

Lesson No. 18: 555 (hâa hâa hâa)

August 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Have you ever wondered what “555” means? And why Thai people use “555” in comments or in any online conversations like text, LINE, Facebook, or other places informal Thai is written? Is it an abbreviation [...]

Lesson No. 17: Thai Jokes

July 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Do you know any good Thai jokes? Thais often have a playful sense of humor, but Thai jokes can also be difficult to translate to English effectively. Many times they rooted in wordplay or puns, [...]

Lesson No. 16: Thai Particle Words

June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

In the Thai language, particle words have no specific meaning but are used to express the speaker’s opinion, attitude or feeling towards the thing she or he is talking about. “ค่ะ (kh̀a)” and “ครับ (khŕap)” [...]

Lesson No.15: Polite Requests

May 18th, 2017|0 Comments

In Thai we classify requests into four categories according to the speaker’s purpose as follows:   When you want to ask a person to do you a favor: ช่วย chûay Verb หน่อย nòi ช่วย chûay พูดภาษาไทย [...]


May 4th, 2017|0 Comments

อยากได้ (yɑɑ̀k-dɑɑ̂y) The verb ได้ (dɑɑ̂y) after another verb or at the end of a sentence means “able” or “possible”. However, when it occurs as the main verb itself, ได้ (dɑɑ̂y) means “to get” or [...]

Lesson No.13: Prefixes nák (นัก) khon (คน) & châaŋ (ช่าง)

April 17th, 2017|0 Comments

In the Thai language, the prefixes nák (นัก) , khon (คน)  and châaŋ (ช่าง) can be added to verbs to create nouns indicating profession; i.e., businessmen, writers, accountants, students etc. khon (คน) is mostly used [...]

Lesson No. 12 : Taste of Thai Food (rót chɑ̂ɑt ɑɑ hɑ̌ɑn Thai)

April 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Thai food has a reputation for being spicy because much of it relies on the use of fresh herbs and spices, however, Thai food is actually based on a balance between different flavors. Thai people love to [...]

Lesson No. 11: The Difference Between เจ็บ (jèp), ปวด (bpuɑ̀t) & เมื่อย (mwɑ̂y)

March 16th, 2017|1 Comment

When talking about pain in Thai, there are several words that have the same or at least similar meanings and they sometimes are confusing. In this lesson we would like to go over them and [...]

Lesson No. 10: Classifiers in Thai

January 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Classifiers are the words used to count objects. In Thai, you can’t count a noun, e.g. “I have five dogs.” Instead you have to use a classifier. The easiest way to describe this is it [...]

Lesson No. 9: Thai Idioms with the Word mɛɛw (แมว)

December 19th, 2016|1 Comment

Thai has many proverbs and idioms. Let’s look at some involving cats! [mɛɛw (แมว)] Examples:   mɛɛw khà-mooy (แมวขโมย) A cat burglar; someone who is always stealing little things from other people.     yàa fàak bplaa-yâaŋ [...]

Lesson No. 8: The Word khîi (ขี้)

December 12th, 2016|1 Comment

Let’s learn more about the Thai word khîi (ขี้): The word khîi (ขี้) literally means excrement or dung, however, in the Thai language we use it as a prefix to describe some negative personality traits. [...]

Lesson No. 7: Thai Comparatives

November 28th, 2016|0 Comments

When comparing things in Thai, there are 3 words you will definitely need to know: gwàa (กว่า), khɯ̂n (ขึ้น) and loŋ (ลง). gwàa (กว่า) gwàa (กว่า) = more; more than. Used when comparing differences between [...]

Lesson No. 6: Question Words dâay-mǎi, bpen-mǎi & wǎi-mǎi

November 21st, 2016|0 Comments

The word dâay (ได้) : can, able to, possible to (used at the end of a statement when you want to indicate the ability or possibility of whatever you just said) So dâay-mǎi (ได้–ไหม) [...]

Lesson No. 5: Types of the Verb “To Know”

November 14th, 2016|0 Comments

One area of confusion when learning Thai is knowing which type of the verb “to know” to use. There are two distinct “know” words in Thai that have a similar meaning but are used differently. [...]

Lesson No. 4: Prefix word “nɑ̂ɑ”

November 7th, 2016|Comments Off on Lesson No. 4: Prefix word “nɑ̂ɑ”

Today we will learn about Thai adjective words with the prefix nɑ̂ɑ- (น่า-). Combining nɑ̂ɑ (น่า) with a verb results in an adjective expressing that this particular verb is worth enacting, similar to the “-able” [...]

Lesson No. 3: Heart Words

October 31st, 2016|2 Comments

You certainly know the word jai (ใจ-) which is a noun in the Thai language and means “heart” or “mind”. That is the physical organ in your chest. Just like in English, the word heart [...]

Lesson No. 2: The Thai Clock

October 24th, 2016|0 Comments

The Thai way of telling the time was created when it was the duty of the temples to keep track of the time so the common people could focus on their work. In newspapers, on [...]

Lesson No. 1: How many seasons are there in Thailand?

October 18th, 2016|4 Comments

There are three seasons in Thailand: Hot Season or rɯ́-duu rɔ́ɔn (ฤดูร้อน), Cold Season or rɯ́-duu nǎaw (ฤดูหนาว), Rainy Season or rɯ́-duu fǒn (ฤดูฝน). The word rɯ́-duu (ฤดู) means “season”; you also can use nâa [...]