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!
#6-03 describing objects
Adjectives always follow the noun that they are describing, as in these examples.
sêuua yêuud gào
new mobile phone
And you can use more than one adjective with a noun, like this …
ród-maw-dter-sai sěe daaeng, sòk-gà-bpròk
dirty, red motorcycle
There’s an exercise below after the videos.
|1||a big chair||2||a full glass|
|3||light blue denim jeans||4||a new tablet|
|5||a tall door||6||a wide wardrobe|
|7||a dirty fork and spoon||8||a big hat|
|9||a small fan||10||a clean window|
|11||a long sofa||12||a black kettle|
|13||a yellow skirt||14||a fast computer¹|
|15||a long table||16||a hot plate|
|17||an old shirt||18||a small mobile phone|
|19||a dark blue fridge||20||cold food|
|21||a dirty T-shirt||22||a slow car¹|
|23||cold water||24||a heavy handbag|
|25||a small remote||26||an empty cup|
|27||a pointed umbrella||28||a clean, new motorcycle|
|29||a red microwave||30||a light notebook|
|31||a sharp knife||32||grey shorts|
1 ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ are from the Greetings & Small Talk lesson
Scroll down for the answers …
|1||gâo-êe yài||2||gâeo dtem|
|3||gaang gaeng yeen sěe fáa||4||théb-léd mài|
|5||bprà-dtuu sŭung||6||dtûu sêuua phâa gwâang|
|7||sâwm láe cháwn sòk-gà-bpròk||8||mùuak yài|
|9||phád-lom lék||10||nâa-dtàang sà-àad|
|11||soo-faa yaao||12||gaa-dtôm-nám-ráwn sěe dam|
|13||grà-bproong sěe lěuuang||14||khawm-piw-dtér rew|
|15||dtóe yaao||16||jaan ráwn|
|17||sêuua gào||18||meuu-thĕuu lék|
|19||dtûu-yen sěe nám-ngern||20||aa-hăan yen|
|21||sêuua yêuud sòk-gà-bpròk||22||ród-yon cháa|
|23||nám yen||24||grà-bpăo nàk|
|25||ree-mòed lék||26||thûuai bplào|
|27||rôm lăaem||28||ród-maw-dter-sai sà-àad mài|
|29||mai-khroo-waep sěe daaeng||30||nóed-búk bao|
|31||mêed khom||32||gaang gaeng khăa sân sěe thao|