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!
We use the word dâi to express ability, to say that we are able to do something, that we can do something.
dâi · can
|can go||bpai dâi|
|can come||maa dâi|
dâi is simply added at the very end of the sentence. Make your positive sentence as usual, then tag it on the end. It’s as easy as that!
One of the most common questions you’ll hear in Thailand is ‘can you speak Thai?’, so a couple of new words will be useful here.
Examples using dâi:
phŏm bpai dâi
I can go
ther maa dâi
she can come
chăn phûud phaa-săa ang-grìd dâi
I can speak English
Peter phûud phaa-săa thai dâi
Peter can speak Thai
khun gin gàp phûuak rao dâi
you can eat with us
phŏm tham dâi
I can do it
khăo nâng gàp phûuak rao dâi
he can sit with us
A quick review with the videos before the short exercise.
|1||I can sit here|
|2||you can go there|
|3||he can wait|
|4||Peter can speak Thai|
|5||she can write English|
|6||we can swim here|
|7||Jane can speak English with you|
|8||we can go to Phuket|
|9||he can read Thai|
Scroll down for the answers …
|1||phŏm/chăn nâng thêe nêe dâi|
|2||khun bpai thêe nân dâi|
|3||khăo raw dâi|
|4||Peter phûud phaa-săa thai dâi|
|5||ther khǐian phaa-săa ang-grìd dâi|
|6||phûuak rao wâai nám thêe nêe dâi|
|7||Jane phûud phaa-săa ang-grìd gàp khun dâi|
|8||phûuak rao bpai Phuket dâi|
|9||khăo àan phaa-săa thai dâi|