before we begin
The Foundation Course uses phonetic Thai throughout, so be sure you're familiar with the system we use. There's a PDF you can download and print as reference.
days of the week, counting and simple math
Learning Thai numbers and the days of the week are something you can do by rote as you progress through other sections. You don't need to learn them right now, but you'll need them in later lessons.
Jump right in
If you want to get started right away, begin here. We'll start by building simple sentences, then learn how to ask questions and to answer yes or no.
- #3-01 pronouns, who’s who?
- #3-02 your first verbs
- #3-03 your first sentences
- #3-04 more verbs
- #3-05 building on our sentences
- #3-06 want to & would like to
- #3-07 here & there
- #3-08 travelling verbs
- #3-09 negatives
- #3-10 two conjunctions
- #3-11 future tense
- #3-12 asking questions
- #3-13 answering questions
- #3-14 section 3 quiz
In this section we'll cover can, cannot and can ...? questions
Greetings and small talk
A selection of useful phrases you need to get around in Thailand
Objects and describing them
So far we've only used people (pronouns and proper nouns) with actions (verbs). Now we'll add in objects (nouns) and learn how to describe them (adjectives).
We'll learn to use the first of three verbs-to-be along with possessives.
Places, the second verb-to-be, and asking and answering where?
The third and last verb-to-be, the differences between each one when in negative forms, and asking and answering with question tags.
Using classifiers to count objects
Have, not have, and do you have?
How many?, many, not many, only one, and measures
Using days of the week, modifiers, points in time, parts of the day, mealtimes
when, what, why and how
Bonus lesson and Thank you!
#3-08 travelling verbs
These next six verbs are all related to getting from A to B in one way or another.
drive (a car)
run (or jog)
ride (a motorcycle)
take a train
These are just regular verbs, the difference is in the way we use them if there’s a destination in the sentence. In this case we add maa (come) or bpai (go) after the travelling verb to show in which direction the action is going. Let’s look at some examples.
chăn dern maa thêe nêe
I walked here
khăo khàp ród bpai Phuket
he drives to Phuket
Jane châwp wîng
Jane likes to run
ther wîng bpai Karon
she ran to Karon
phûuak rao bin bpai Chiang Mai
we fly to Chiang Mai
phŏm nâng ród-fai bpai grung-thâep
I took a train to Bangkok
khăo khèe maw-dter-sai bpai Kamala
he rode to Kamala
1. ród-yon usually drops the yon as in the example
2. Thais never call their capital Bangkok. In Thai it is known as grung-thâep, City of Angels
3. ród-maw-ther-sai usually drops the ród, as in the example
Listen to the examples again then try the exercises.
|2||I like to walk|
|3||I want to walk|
|4||I walked here|
|5||Peter drove to Bangkok|
|6||Jane likes to run, she ran to karon|
|7||we took a train to Chiang Mai (we are in Phuket now)|
|8||we flew to Phuket (we are in Phuket now)|
|9||Peter likes to ride his motorcycle to Patong|
|10||Jane wants to drive to Karon|
Scroll down for the answers …
|2||phŏm/chăn châwp dern|
|3||phŏm/chăn dtâwng gaan dern|
|4||phŏm/chăn dern maa thêe nêe|
|5||Peter khàp ród-yon bpai grung-thâep|
|6||Jane châwp wîng, ther wîng bpai Karon|
|7||phûuak rao nâng ród-fai bpai Chiang Mai|
|8||phûuak rao bin maa Phuket|
|9||Peter châwp khèe ród-maw-dter-sai bpai Patong|
|10||Jane dtâwng gaan khàp ród-yon bpai Karon|
Well done if you got them all correct!