Certain subjects require a level of seriousness to learn, but when it comes to Teaching Yourself Thai it is the fun factor that matters most. The vast majority of adult language learners quit after a few weeks or months out of boredom or because they find the language too difficult. This is not the case though when Thai language learners supplement their study with LivingHour.org. Having fun is where our easy Thai language books outshine all others. Our Learning Thai e-books and books are filled with material that you will have fun learning from and enjoy using.
Fun isn’t the only reason why our Thai language books are so popular with expats, English teachers, and tourists. All of our books are edited by both professional Thai editors who are fluent in English and foreign educators who are conversant in Thai. This unique combination results in a level of accuracy that is rarely found in other Thai language learning resources.
As everyone knows, Thai people value fun above almost everything else. In the kingdom of Thailand, “sanuk” (fun) is a way of life. That is why you want to teach yourself Thai with words, sentences, and phrases you can use to have fun and joke with Thais.
Using LivingHour.org’s entertaining easy Thai language books, you will have fun learning and using such material as:
You like that song? I think it’s so lame.
เธอ ชอบ เพลง นั้นเหรอ ชั้น ว่ามัน ห่วยแตก จริงๆ นะ
Thuh châwp phlayng nán rĕu? Chán wâh man hùay-dtàek jing ná.
You like song that (p)? I think it lame truly (p).
I think your brain is lame.
ชั้น ว่า สมอง นาย ต่างหาก ที่ห่วย
Chán wâh sà-măwng nai dtàhng-hàhk thêe hùay.
I think brain you on-the-contrary that-is lame.
The Original Thai-English Cognate Dictionary & Learning Tool
dance v. – เต้น – dtên
I can dance, but I don’t like to show off.
เต้น ได้ แต่ ไม่ ชอบ อวด เก่ง
Dtên dâi dtàe mâi châwp ùat gèng.
lit. dance* can but not like show off excellently
Learn Thai Top 40: How to Flirt in Thai
No need to flatter me, I’ve already fallen for you.
ไม่ต้อง ยกยอ ฉัน ก็ หลง เธอ แล้ว
Mâi dtâwng yók-yaw, chăn gâw lŏng thuh láeo.
lit. not must tempt, I (joiner) into you already
dtâng-jai – ตั้งใจ – v. – to intend to (lit. heart established)
I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to do that. I was really drunk.
ขอโทษ ผม ไม่ ได้ ตั้งใจ ผม เมา มาก
Khăw-thôht. Phŏm mâi dâi dtâng-jai. Phŏm mao mâhk.
lit. sorry, I not did intend, I drunk a lot
LivingHour.org is pleased to announce the establishment of the Ysaan Institute, a cyber learning center for students, scholars, and teachers in Thailand and surrounding countries. Our mission is to enhance the curriculums of schools and universities with unique online educational materials which can be integrated easily with existing courses of studies.
We are currently accepting proposals from university instructors who would like Ysaan Institute to host their courses, tests, quizzes, readings, videos, audio books, or other educational materials. We are particularly interested in proposals from university teachers involved in the fields of sustainable development, eco-travel, green living, community-level entrepreneurship, and the Thai, Isaan, and English languages.
Affordable digitalization services will be offered by the Ysaan Institute to those instructors who need help placing their educational material in a digital format which can be offered online.
We are currently working on several projects, the first two of which are the Science Scholars English Reading Certificate (SSERC) program and the Life Scholars English Reading Certificate (LSERC) program. Both programs take ESL learners slowly and systematically from a 3rd grade English reading level to the college level over a period of 30 weeks (two academic terms), with quizzes and English passages of 100 words, 250 words, and 500 words. To learn more please click on the following link:
If you are a university or college instructor with a proposal (or if have any special request for learning materials), please contact us at: living(at)livinghour.org.
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LivingHour.org would like to make a special offer to expats, teachers, and retirees in Thailand who wish to take advantage of our Learning Easy Thai language books and ebooks. We know how difficult it is sometimes for expats to acquire credit cards in Thailand, or sometimes getting Thai credit cards honored when ordering online with foreign businesses.
Therefore, we will be happy to accept ATM payment transfers from residents in Thailand.
180 Baht Special Offer*
For a 180 baht ATM payment we will send you:
2) The Learn Thai Top 40: Colloquial Language Expressions
To arrange an ATM payment transfer please contact us via our Contact Page.
Hard Copy Offer: Purchase the workbook version of The Original Thai-English Cognate Dictionary & Learning Tool for only 200 baht. Again, contact us via the contact form to receive the transfer details
*All proceeds from book sales go to the development of lessons and course materials at the Ysaan Institute.
LivingHour.org is currently issuing a call for manuscripts. We will consider SBNR (Spiritual But Not Religious) books that involve , Buddhism, Taoism, or Islam. For a manuscript to be seriously considered it must be in keeping with the perspective of the material that you see posted on LivingHour.org—so do spend some time reading the website to make sure your submission is appropriate. We appreciate works that are both literary and accessible, books where the author exhibits a sense of humor about themselves and the world around them.
We are also accepting submissions of learn Thai language books that are original and can offer students of the Thai language something which they cannot get from other books.
Do to the amount of submissions we expect to receive, please do not expect a detailed critique of your manuscript. But we will let you know our decision usually within 2-3 weeks after receiving your submission.
Please note that our publishing program for authors is for e-books and POD books. Accepting publication with LivingHour.org means that we will edit your manuscript, prepare it for e-book and print publication, and distribute it online via Smashwords, CreateSpace, Amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble. We also will promote the book via our website, which receives thousands of visitors every month, and other online venues. In return, we keep 40% of the revenue that we receive from our distributors. The author receives 60% of this revenue as their royalty payment. There are no upfront costs for the author required.
For Thai language books wished to be purchased by expats in Thailand, we will print these locally and ship them from our Isaan office.
Please send us a sample chapter, along with a well written cover letter that details who you are, who you see as the audience of your book, what aspects of your book make it original and compelling, and what you will do personally to help promote the book. Submissions should be made to: living [at] livinghour (dot) org.
Lastly, please do not get discouraged if we reject your manuscript. We are a small publisher and can only accept a few manuscripts each year that most closely match the mission of LivingHour.org.
When it comes to finding free resources for learning Thai, the blog “Women Learning Thai” is a great place to start your search. The blog is loaded with links to free Thai language resources. The site is also filled with interviews with farangs who have conquered the Thai language, conducted by the blog’s creator Catherine Wentworth.
A quick browse of the top posts on the “Women Learning Thai” website shows the following as the most popular blog posts:
* Learn Thai Online for FREE
* Review: Thai Language Schools in Bangkok
* FREE: Quick & Dirty Thai Vocabulary Download
* Thai Language Cheat Sheets
* Thai Language Phrase Books: A Mega Review
* Google Books: Thai Learning Resources
* Top Thai Language Learning Resources
* The Easy Way for Beginners to Read and Write
* The Thai Alphabet Poem
* Thai-English Readers with Mp3s
* Thai Typing Tutors: aTypeTrainer4Mac
* Recording the Thai National Anthem
* Google Translation & Thai Dictionaries
The site also covers recent events, and includes a new post on learning Thai with the red shirt crowd. In that post she takes a Thai language article on Thaksin and the red shirts from Voice of America, and translates every single word, as well as transliterates all of it for the Thai language learner. There is then a Thai audio that is almost identical to the script, as well as an identical article in English. In total, the material runs about 24 pages long.
So, as you can see, there is a lot at this blog to get you started on learning the Thai language and “acquiring a new soul” as they say of those who master a new language. And don’t forget that over at Amazon.com you can purchase The Original Thai-English Language Cognate Dictionary & Learning Tool for your Kindle.
Or you can purchase the Smashwords Thai Learning edition for your Palm Pilot, Sony Reader, Nook, iPhone, or other portable device. More info soon on buying the print edition.
LivingHour.org would like to thank all the Thai language students and tourists of Thailand who have been purchasing the paperback and ebook versions of The Original Thai-English Cognate Dictionary and Learning Tool since its recent release.
If you have purchased a copy, please email your receipt of payment to us at: living (at) livinghour.org. And we will send you a free copy of the first Thai language lesson in our Easy Thai Top 40 series: Colloquial Language Expressions.
New customers can take advantage of our free offer too. If you have yet to purchase your copy of our Thai-English cognate dictionary (which is loaded with colloquial Thai sample sentences and Thai language tips), simply purchase today the PDF version of the Thai-English Cognate Dictionary for only $3.99.
Click on the following “Buy Now” button, which will take you to our secure PayPal shopping cart provided by e-junkie. After purchasing your copy, we will send you a free copy of the colloquial Thai language expressions mini-ebook too.
If you purchase our cognate dictionary and learning tool (ebook or paperback) through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or any of our other retail partners please email us the receipt of your payment to receive your free learn Thai ebook.
Here are a couple samples from the easy Thai language books that you will be getting:
The Original Thai-English Cognate Dictionary & Learning Tool
bill n. – บิล – bin
Excuse me! We’ll take the bill now.
น้อง เช็คบิล ด้วย นะ
Náwng*, chék-bin dûay ná.
lit. young person, check-bill (polite) (soften)
*In restaurants you can call the attention of your waiter/waitress with the word náwng (น้อง), which is how an older person commonly addresses a young person. It is not to be used though if the server is clearly older than you.
Easy Thai Top 40: Colloquial Language Expressions
I’m just looking.
Doo cheuy cheuy.* (ดู เฉยๆ)
lit. look indifferent indifferent
*This is the expression to use with a salesperson when you don’t want to be bothered.
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