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Published on May 25, 2010
OK, so you've learnt to recognize the top 13 letters... Do you want to see how much you can already read? Work through this exercise made up of words using the letters you learnt in the demonstration lesson.
If it worked for you then please visit Learn Thai Online http://learnthaionline.com to try the method out for yourself. You'll learn another 20 letters and learn to recognize hundreds of basic Thai words - for free - in about an hour.
To become fully literate in Thai, sign up for the full course. It will take a few days to complete the course, or do it just one lesson (letter) 10 minutes a day over 2-3 months.
Along the way, you will learn to speak Thai correctly, and pick up a vocabulary of arond 400 Thai words through the same visual story association methods, without any memorization required.
Once you can read (albeit slowly at first), you will immediately absorb Thai from your surroundings without any deliberate effort. The more you read, the easier it gets, and the more you will be able to speak and understand Thai.
Being able to communicate in Thai is a great way of making good friends and deep relationships with Thai people. It also makes living and working in Thailand so much more fun (especially if you are a regular visitor to Thailand). Not to mention, it's a lot cheaper to live where the 'real' Thai people are, away from the 'expat' biospheres...