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LTP Study Guide

The fast and efficient way to learn Thai


learn Thai quickly & easily with video and audio lessons


Imagine for just a minute what it will be like when you have mastered the

Thai language.

Imagine what possibilities open up for you as soon as you can communicate

and understand Thai people around you. Fewer misunderstandings and more

friendly people with smiling faces who pay you respect for the effort that you

have put in learning their language.

Speaking Thai opens doors and hearts, impresses people, and is easier than

you might think. This study guide sums up some well established methods of

learning languages and shows you how the Learn-Thai-Podcast.com can help

you to achieve this goal.

First of all, do not worry. Everyone can learn Thai. Often people have a hard

time starting to learn Thai because they do not know where to begin.

Mastering the Thai language is like building a house. There are some

elements that you need to make it work.


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What you need to learn Thai successfully

To master Thai...

you have to be motivated... (your foundation)

to learn on a regular basis... (your schedule)

understand the grammar and structure of Thai... (your plan)

learn vocabulary & train your listening skills... (your raw materials)

and finally just speak and practice.. practice.. (your actions!)

Building the foundation

There are two crucial things that will help you to stay focused and

achieve success in learning Thai. One of them is your level of

motivation and the other is persistence.

Your motivation to learn Thai

Everybody has different motivations for learning Thai. You might want to

learn Thai to communicate better with your partner, to talk to local Thai

people while visiting Thailand or because you live here. One thing that will

help you to stay focused is to visualize the outcome. How will your life have

changed for the better after you can speak and understand Thai?

Take two minutes and visualize some situations in which you will benefit

greatly from speaking Thai. Try to imagine these situations as vividly as

possible and enjoy the positive emotions that will come along.

Start now!


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Whenever you feel that your motivation is fading, repeat this little exercise

and it will help you to get motivated again.

Also keep in mind that after you have learned Thai it will be with you for a

lifetime. Learning a new language is a continuous self-improvement project,

and once you have mastered it you will reap the benefits of your effort


Staying focused: Your Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde

Another tip that will help you to stay motivated is to become more aware of

the messages you send yourself about you as a learner.

Every one of us is a bit like Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jeckyll is the good

guy, and Mr. Hyde is the lazy guy who tries to sabotage our efforts.

Unfortunately every human has both of these sides and to be successful it is

important that you deal with them correctly.

Listen to your internal chatter and you might catch some messages that will

tell you “I’m too stupid to learn Thai”, “I’m just not talented enough to learn


Whenever you hear this negative self talk you know it’s Mr. Hyde talking to

you. He is the guy who tells you to just sit down and watch TV this evening

instead of doing the things you have planned. He might be the guy who tells

you to stop reading this study guide because you “already know all this” or

“it won’t help you anyway”...

Don’t worry, even though you will not get rid of Mr. Hyde there are several

ways that will make him easier to control and better to deal with.


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Dealing with Mr. Hyde

Here are some of the major things Mr. Hyde will use to sabotage your efforts

to learn Thai:

• Negativeism: Pointing out why you can’t do it, looking for problems

and hurdles, telling yourself its not for you.

• Escapeism: Finding other things to do that will stop you from learning.

• Procrastination: Looking for prerequisites, trying to justify why you

don’t have time right now.

Don’t get seduced by Mr. Hyde. You are just now taking the first steps to

achieve your goal. So what can you do when you catch one of these negative

messages from Mr. Hyde?

Replace it with positive self talk. By replacing self-defeating messages with

positive, specific, present tense messages, you will find that you can stay

motivated and achieve what you plan much more easily.

You have to tell yourself exactly what you want to do, as if you were already

doing it. Along with positive self talk, visualize how you feel after you have

finished your daily Thai practice. You’ll be one step closer to mastering the

Thai language!

Here is a great quote from Calvin Coolidge (30th president of the United


“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will

not: Nothing is more common than unrewarded talent. Education

alone will not: The world is full of educated failures. Persistence alone

is omnipotent.”


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Making learning Thai a habit

Some things take a lot of self discipline while other things seem to be

effortless - almost automatic. It takes energy to remember and then to

motivate yourself to do something.

Actions that have become habits consume far less energy. Learning a

language is similar to learning a new sport. Training on a regular basis will

help you to make the fastest progress.

If you develop a habit of learning Thai, you will ensure that you learn on a

regular basis and therefore achieve your goal much more quickly than if you

just learn every few weeks for a couple of hours.

It will help you to make speaking and understanding Thai become more

natural because you get used to listening and speaking Thai, and you can

review lessons if needed on a daily basis.


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Try this:

If you can not spend 20 minutes a day on learning Thai, try to take advantage

of our multiple lesson formats and learn with our audio lessons while

driving to work or watch a video lesson while waiting for the subway.

How do you create new habits?

• Be as specific as possible. “I want to learn Thai every day” is good but

“I want to learn Thai every day for 15 minutes after I have my dinner”

is much better.

• Be realistic about how much you want to learn. A session of 20 – 30

minutes learning Thai every day will give you good results quickly and

is more efficient than learning an hour 2-3 times a week. Shorter

sessions are also easier to establish as a habit than longer ones.

• The hardest part of doing something is getting started. If you realize

you have problems learning for 20 minutes every day start with shorter

sessions of just 5 or 10 minutes and increase it whenever you feel

comfortable with it.

• Connect your new habit of learning Thai with a trigger. Something

that reminds you to do it. This can be any other habit you already

have. “I will learn Thai every day after I walk the dog” or “I will learn

Thai every day after I watch the 9 o’clock news”.

• Use external reminders like notes, alarms, or anything else that helps

you to remember to do it in the first few weeks until learning Thai

becomes part of you daily routine.

You will see that after you have started and get used to your new habit of

learning daily it will get easier, and as soon as you see the success in learning

Thai you will even look forward to learning more.


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General tips to stay focused and achieve your goals

• Create a pleasant learning environment if possible. If you learn at

home make yourself your favorite coffee or tea and enjoy it while


• Use our variety of formats to learn while commuting to work or while

going for a walk in the park. For example, watch the video at home,

listen to the audio version of the lesson while driving.

• Remember why you want to learn Thai. Visualize the day you speak

Thai fluently.

• Do whatever it takes to establish your habit in the first few weeks. It

will get easier as soon as you become used to this part of your daily


• Reward yourself after your learning sessions. Pat yourself on your back

and celebrate every success, no matter how small.

• Another great way to learn faster is to do a quick review of what you

have learned before going to bed. Just go through one lesson and let it

sink into your long term memory while you sleep.

• Just get started with your learning sessions and you will see how easy

and fun it can be to learn Thai.


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Learning Techniques: What’s the best way to master

the Thai language?

There are many ways to master the Thai language. It is up to you what kind

of tools you choose. To relate this to the house building metaphor,

technology has changed drastically over the last 20 years and while many

things remain the same, (a house is a house) we are lucky to have new tools

and methods to let us achieve our goals more quickly and easily (build the


Become familiar with new technology and formats

that can make your life easier

Your time is precious and studying with books is not the only way or the best

way to learn a language today. Many people are still scared of new technology

and miss out on a lot of innovations that could make their lives easier.

Ten years ago, using the Internet, a computer, or any kind of software was

much more complicated than it is today. That you read this study guide

already shows that you have all skills to fully capitalize on the benefits new

technology can provide you to learn Thai quickly and easily.

Try using our audio and video lessons to learn Thai with all your senses and

experience for yourself how well you can learn with this approach.

If you do not want to enjoy our lessons online or on your computer you

might want to get a new cell phone or portable media player so you can

enjoy our lessons everywhere. We have video tutorials on our site that show

you exactly how to set everything up and easily use our lessons on the go.


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Re-wiring your brain: The power of chunking

Creating chunks of information saves you a lot of time while learning.

Why? Because it is much easier for your brain to understand and remember

chunks than just simple bits of information.

Have a look at the following numbers and try to remember them:

0 0 6 6 9 5 9 7 4 5 4 7

Wouldn’t it be much easier to remember them if they were grouped?

0066 9597-4547

You learn by storing information in your long term memory and everything

you learn has to pass through your short term memory before it gets there.

That is the problem. The average human can just keep 7 (+-2) things in his or

her short term memory at any given time. That is not much, but

chunking can help you greatly to learn faster and more efficiently.

Here is an example from our course of how you can learn three words by

learning one. The word is “napkin” but the word by word translation is:

fabric “to wipe” face




fabric “to wipe” face


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Chunking & word by word translations

All phrases and sentences in our lessons come with word by word

translations. Here is an example:

Thai food is cheaper than Japanese food.

อาหาร ไทย ถูก กว่า อาหาร ญี่ปุ่น

aa-hăan thai thùk kwàa aa-hăan yîi-pùn

food Thai cheap more than food Japanese

By learning a sentence and its word by word translation you will not only

remember the words more easily but also get a natural feel for the Thai

sentence structure. You basically learn two essential things at the same time.

Let’s take this concept a bit further.

Creating constructs

You can also combine bigger chunks of information or more complex

concepts by learning several aspects of a language, such as grammar and

vocabulary, or reading and writing at the same time.

This means, for example, you learn some words and then use them with the

new grammar rules you just learned. This connects different concepts in your

brain to constructs that are easier to remember. As a result you learn faster

and enable your brain to access stored information more easily in the future.

On a very basic level, this can mean you learn the rules concerning how to

use adjectives in Thai sentences as well as several example sentences and

words. That is what you do at the beginner level of our course for example.

From there on we expand the constructs step by step. You will come across

other rules and more words and before you know what happened you can

speak and understand basic Thai!


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The sensory side of learning

Studies have found three basic learning styles. You will probably favor one

or a combination of two or even three of them. If you know your prefered

learning style and use material that caters to this style you can make faster

progress and learn more easily.

Visual Learners:

If you are a visual learner you like to see what you learn. You often think in

pictures and you learn better by viewing videos or transcripts instead of listening

to audio files. While you were in school you might have preferred to

take notes to help you to absorb the information.

Auditory Learners:

If you are an auditory learner you learn best by listening to audio files, paying

attention to verbal lectures and repeating things aloud.

Kinesthetic Learners:

If you are a kinesthetic learner you learn best with a hands on approach.

Instead of reading a manual you might just try things out for example. It

sounds as if people who favor the kinesthetic learning styles are at an disadvantage

when it comes to learning languages, but this is not the case (read

on to learn why).


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How to make the most out of your preferred learning

style(s) while learning Thai

To learn in the most efficient way possible you should try all our different

formats (audio, video, transcripts) for yourself and then decide what makes

sense for you. As mentioned before, most people prefer a mix of several


While learning a language some things are very important to do regardless

• Whenever you can, speak out loud. This helps you in multiple ways.

First of all you spot mistakes in your pronunciation and you train yourself

to make the right sounds. Knowing how something should sound

doesn’t mean you can actually make this kind of sound. Another

benefit is that you get used to hear yourself speaking. This will help

you to be confident enough to speak to native Thai speakers, will let

you speak more naturally and will improve your listening skills!

• Turn learning into play. This is a great way for anyone to learn Thai,

but it is especially helpful for kinesthetic learners. Take speaking out

loud a step further and act out what you say. Take one of our conversation

lessons or just one of the example sentences and try to say it

with emotion. Yes, it might sound funny, weird, or maybe even

aggressive, but it will make remembering information much easier.

• Try to come up with your own word associations. “ù-bàt-hèt”

( อุบัติเหตุ ) means “accident” in Thai. Think about what you might

do whenever you are involved in a car accident that was caused by

someone else who was driving irresponsibly. You might scream at him,

“You butthead!” This might not be polite, but any association no

matter how weird it is, will help you to remember information much

more easily. (Actually weird associations will be easier to remember

than “normal” ones.)


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Expose yourself to different difficulty levels of Thai

In some respects, learning Thai is similar to training your muscles, in this case

not your Som-tum muscles (yummy!) but your Thai language muscles.

In order to get better it is important to challenge yourself while learning a


In language learning theory experts speak about two forms of language

input (or exposure) that are essential for a successful learning experience:

• Finely tuned input describes language that is matched to your

current level of comprehension. Finely tuned input is important to help

you understand concepts and specific points of a language. We use

this, for example, in grammar and word usage lessons to explain how

you use certain words or apply grammar rules.

• Roughly tuned input describes language that stretches your

boundaries of knowledge to include authentic language the way it is

spoken by regular people. This is the real workout part in our conversation

and review lessons in which you train your Thai using the tools

you have aquired in the vocabulary lessons and the know how you

have developed in the grammar and word usage lessons.

So if you learn Thai, make sure to always include both finely tuned input and

roughly tuned input in your practice.

The LTP Premium Course HD increases the level of difficulty from lesson to

lesson with both finely and roughly tuned input. The best thing about this is

you can set the pace yourself.


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Say the right thing at the right time. Prescriptive

versus descriptive rules for grammar & word usage.

You probably want to speak Thai more like a native Thai speaker instead of

sounding like a tourist who just picked up a phrase book. Speaking like a

native Thai speaker might surprise (or even shock!) some Thais but that is all

part of the fun.

Because languages are alive, not every grammar rule that was made in the

last few decades or centuries is still used. Prescriptive rules are grammar

rules that are “correct”, and you will find in Thai language textbooks.

Descriptive rules, however, are the real deal the way grammar and words

are actually used by native Thai speakers. It is important to know and learn


Especially in Thai there is a huge difference between word usage in formal

situations and informal situations. Knowing both, prescriptive and descriptive

grammar rules will not only make your Thai sound more natural but also help

you to understand the context of a conversation (and respond accordingly).

• Most Thais, regardless their social status, speak often in an informal


• Formal Thai is usually spoken by TV show hosts, news reporters,

politicians (and other public figures), people giving a speech or

presentation or if people speak to their superiors.

If you learn to read and write Thai with us you will also see that most written

Thai (similar to other languages) is written in formal Thai and according to

prescriptive “correct” Thai grammar.

You will learn the differences in word usage and grammar rules in all our

lessons to be prepared to speak real Thai in whatever situation. Knowing

formal and informal Thai is an important and often overlooked factor in

learning Thai.


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Speak & understand Thai. Learn to listen.

You might have listened to one of our pronunciation lessons about the five

tones in Thai. Jo, the female Thai speaker in our lessons, speaks all five tones,

one after another and sometimes they sound like they are almost the same.

This condition might be called having a “farang ear”. Unfortunately most

western people were not trained to hear the small differences in pronunciation

that can make a huge difference in the meaning of Thai words. So

what can we do to improve our listening skills?

As with any good training method, variety is the key. Here are two strategies

that we use throughout the course to help you improve your listening skills:

• Top down or listen first strategies rely on what you know about

what you hear. That means, for example, you listen to an example

word, translate it, remember that it is pronounced with a high tone,

remember what you have heard and then try to say it with the right

pronunciation and tones. (Listen -> Speak)

• Bottom up or speak first strategies rely on reading a word or text

first (or translating it from one language to another). You read the

transliteration or Thai version of a word, for example, and come up

with the right tone for it. You speak it out loud and later check if you

said it right. (Speak -> Listen)

Speaking out loud is always a good idea when you are learning a language.

It will also train your listening skills.

In our conversation lessons you will hear different native Thai speakers from

all walks of life. This helps you to train and test your listening skills in an

authentic context. The slow motion part helps you to hear words that were

said so quickly that you might have missed them. Try also to listen to Jo’s

versions of the conversations and compare them with the original speaker’s

version to get a feeling for the five tones in Thai.


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Learning to read & write Thai.

The biggest obstacle to reading and writing Thai is usually the first thing you

have to learn... the Thai alphabet. Here is what you should remember about

a Thai letter:

• The shape to identify it or write it.

• The initial sound of a consonant, that means what kind of sound is

associated with a consonant if it stands at the beginning of the a syllable.

• The final sound of a consonant, that means what kind of sound is

associated with a consonant if it stands at the end of a syllable.

• The class that is associated with a consonant to help you determine the

pronunciation of a syllable.

• The positioning of a vowel relative to a consonant.

• The sound of a vowel.

It can be hard and cost you days to learn it, or you can learn it the smart way

in just a few hours with mnemonics (visual memory aids).

This is how mnemonics work

Mnemonics combine a picture that you associate with a story. The story

contains all the information you have to know about a letter. To make this

system work for you, you have to set up some basic rules.

For example a beach as a background indicates a low class consonant, a park

represents a middle class consonant and mountains represent high class

consonants. You also have to remember the initial and final sound of the

letter. You can do by describing the shape of the letter with two words.

Let’s try it with Law Jù-laa

So what did we came up with?


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The letter looks like a castle at the beach. The initial sound sounds like an

“L” and the final sound like a “N”. So now try to remember the picture and

visualize the following story.

“You daydream at the beach and imagine how it would be if the lost nation

of Atlantis suddenly appears in front of you.”

If you learn the Thai alphabet this way, you will learn it rapidly and it will be

easy for you to remember all the information that you need to know about a

letter of the Thai alphabet.

The LTP Premium Course HD has mnemonics for all Thai alphabet consonants

and vowels you need to know. Plus you can see examples of different ways

of writing, hear sample audio files of the name, initial and final sounds and

print out writing exercises. Everything you need to know in one place!


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The basic language learning model

(Acquire - Understand - Explore - Test)

The following is an example of how you will find the basic language learning

model in our courses:


You learn a new word or expression in our vocabulary lessons, for example:





The grammar lesson about the use of adjectives helps you to understand

how to use adjectives in Thai. You learn that adjectives follow nouns they


Noun + Adjective


After listening to several example sentences in our lessons, you can create

and explore new sentences on your own:

Finally, the weather is nice.

ในที่สุดก็ อากาศ ดี

nai-thîi-sùt-kâw aa-kàat dii

finally weather nice


You can test what you have learned with our review lessons, or you can try to

understand more of what native Thai speakers say with our conversation

lessons. Besides single words you can also import complete phrases into the

vocabulary trainer and test yourself.


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Get the right training for your skill level

LTP Premium Course HD - Beginner Level

Even though you can learn with intermediate level lessons anytime, it makes

sense that you start at the beginner level if you are new to the Thai


You can go through all lessons in the beginner level according to their

numbers or lesson sets (like “Beginner Grammar 1”).

At the beginning of the course we have more grammar lessons because you

have to first understand the framework the Thai language is built upon. Later

in the course we shift more and more towards real life conversation lessons

and review lessons that will help you to apply what you have learned.

It is also important that you build up a basic foundation of vocabulary early

on. Try to do at least 4 vocabulary lessons and 2-3 review, grammar & word

usage or conversation lessons every week. You should also set a day for

reviewing what you have learned.

Example Learning Schedule:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

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10 min



15 min



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20 min



20 min



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At the beginner level you will learn over 3000 of the most common Thai

words in more than 300 vocabulary lessons. Besides that, you will learn all

aspects of the Thai grammar that you need to speak and understand basic

Thai (over 30 lessons).


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LTP Premium Course HD - Intermediate Level

This is the perfect level to help you become fluent in Thai with more

advanced grammar and word usage lessons, more listening practice and

lessons that are available as English + Thai lessons or pure Thai lessons.

The course consists of independent modules, called “cycles”. Each cycle is

based around a conversation with one or more native Thai speakers.

Intermediate Lesson Cycle



Extended Vocabulary


The Conversation






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Example Learning Schedule for 1 Cycle:


Vocabulary Lesson - This lesson prepares you for the upcoming conversation

lesson. You will learn key vocabulary and example sentences in which the

words are used.


Conversation Lesson - In this lesson you will see and hear a conversation

between two native Thai speakers. You can see the vocabulary you learned

on Monday in action and we translate the whole conversation, sentence by

sentence and word by word.


Grammar & Word Usage Lesson - In this lesson we will cover interesting

speaking habits, new grammar and word usage that you came across in the

conversation lesson.


Review Lesson - You can test what you have learned in the previous three

lessons and do Thai - English and English - Thai translation excercises.

Each cycle has a number and we slowly raise the difficulty of cycles throughout

the course, but if you don’t want to you do not have to stick to a certain


Premium Course - Reading & Writing

In this course you start by learning the alphabet with the help of

mnemonics (visual learning aids) and then learn step by step how to read &

write Thai with video lessons and exercises.

Theory Lessons: Learn the principles and concepts the Thai reading and

writing system is built upon.

Practice Lessons: Apply what you have learned and test yourself! Print some

excercises and train your Thai writing skills.


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Reading Lessons: Start to read sentences with Jo’s step by step guidance.

These lessons are for more advanced readers who have already completed all

the theory and practice lessons.

and there is more...

We constantly update the course with new tools and features to make learning

Thai even easier. That means for example new features for the vocabulary

trainer or the advanced level lesson cycles that we just added.

Over 10.000 people have mastered Thai with us in the last 6 years and you

can be one of them.

So if you are serious about learning Thai... join the new LTP Premium Course

and learn Thai quickly and easily now!

It takes just 5 minutes to sign up and is absolutely risk free with our 30 day

money back guarantee.

All the best from the LTP team.

Jo, Nong O, Rhonda and Jay

If you have any questions just send us an email to:


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