Learn the top 13 Thai letters in only ten minutes.
Updated, longer, HD version available here: https://youtu.be/DotFXAg2wEc (25 letters in 25 minutes)! :)
It takes 16-18 hours altogether to learn to read Thai the Rapid way. It's not just about learning the alphabet (that you can do in a couple of hours). You can't read Thai just by knowing the letters; and the names of the letters are irrelevant.
At the end of the Rapid Read Thai course, you will be able to sound out words accurately with the correct tones. It'll be a bit slow at first and you won't necessarily understand what you are reading... but it's the most effective foundation for being able to continuously absorb Thai from the living dictionary that surrounds you and to learn how to speak clearly and fluently.
It may not seem so at first, but the Rapid Method focuses on CONVERSATION by reading (and listening to) *colloquial* texts... after you've learnt to read!
Try out the Rapid Method yourself. Based on quirky images, you will learn to recognize several of the top letters without any memorization, and learn to say them correctly. After learning these letters, do the follow-on exercise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3688F...
and see for yourself how quickly you can learn to read.
Note: you may prefer to watch the more up-to-date video course instead, starting with the first lesson: The Top 25 Letters in 25 Minutes https://youtu.be/gOvIRNmi0fY.
For more details and to get a free Rapid Read Thai Starter Course, please visit my website Learn Thai Online http://learnthaionline.com
See what The Bangkok Post has to say about the Rapid Method: http://goo.gl/LyDB9
PS Sorry about the sleepy voice. I had to get up at 2am to record this video as it was the quietest (well, least noisy) part of the day.
The intro music is a snippet from หวาน [waan?] - "sweet" - by Nursery Sound: https://youtu.be/edsiciZKf1Q
This is the first lesson in a series of video lessons to teach you how to read (and pronounce) Thai accurately - using the Rapid Method. Sign in at Learn Thai Online http://learnthaionline.com to access the Rapid Read Thai online course (there's a free trial available) and keep the course pages open in a separate window for reference.
Note: I forgot to mention in the video that the "P" letters turn into "F" letters when you extend the line on the right. Think of a balloon that is tied to the toe of the girl or ladyboy doing the "push-ups". When you blow air into a balloon, you go "fffffffffffffff"! (Or think of it as the "ph" in "photo" where the "p" becomes and "f" when you add in the airy "h" letter.)
This and the following lesson will be revised shortly. I've decided to explain how the tones work early on in the course, rather than at the end, so that by constantly practicing the tones for each word that we read during the course, it will become second nature in no time.
The minimalist Rapid Method is designed for busy people who don't have the time or inclination to "study". The courses are based on reading authentic (colloquial) Thai texts, and using this as a basis for learning to speak and understand everyday Thai with minimal effort. The underlying theory is that - at least for adults - you can speak and "hear" accurately and fluently if you can already "see" the words and phrases in your mind's eye. Gaining conversational fluency is then primarily a matter of developing a kind of "muscle" skill, like dancing or playing a sport or musical instrument.
In this lesson, we cover the most common 25 consonant letters (three of which also double up as vowels), which make up around 80% of the Thai words you will encounter in everyday situations.
The next lesson in the series will start you on the road to reading simple words, and the lessons after that consist of a journey of learning to recognize and remember more and more words that become progressively more complicated.
By the end of the course, you will be able to read virtually any Thai word and pronounce them accurately and clearly with the correct tones.
If you haven't done so already, watch this intro first: http://y2u.be/bRVOVx6Ujjw
The most effective way to speak Thai is to know how to read first... Try it out for yourself by signing up for a free trial course (learn 30 letters and be able to read over 100 words) at http://learnthaionline.com
The next workshops are:
December 12-17 (Mon-Sat, 8am-5pm) in Bangkok - ฿38,000
Jan 14/15, Feb 11/12, Mar 11/12 (three weekends) in Bangkok - ฿41,000
March 20-25 in Chiang Mai (Mon-Sat, 8am-5pm - ฿35,000