This website started as a personal collection of tools and
resources I made whilst learning to read, write and type Thai. I've
decided to make them available on the web in the hope that they
might help someone else to become fluent in this challenging
This is intended as a comprehensive course that takes you from the basics of reading Thai, through (almost) all the irregularities and idiosyncrasies of the written language. Simple, interactive games give lots of opportunity for practice. The course starts here. [Note this course is still being developed, and only the first 33 lessons are currently available.]
This is a collection of programs to help learning to type in Thai. They are
There are four dictionaries. The main one is a Thai-English/English-Thai Dictionary which allows you to look up individual words or whole paragraphs (bulk lookup). Hover over any word and see a brief definition; click on any word and see its full definition. Words can also be saved in your own private word list. You can also browse the dictionary in alphabetic order.
There are two front ends to the Royal Institute Dictionary, for both the 1999 and the 2011 versions. They both allow for single word lookup, reverse lookup (i.e. searching for a word in the definitions), and browsing alphabetically. They are at RID 1999 and RID 2011 respectively.
Finally there's a Thai Classifier Dictionary (Thai script only) which allows you to look up the classifier(s) for a given noun, or the nouns associated with a given classifier. You can also browse the dictionary alphabetically by both noun and classifier.
[NEW] This site is the new home of the American Foreign Service Institute Thai Language Course, previously found at thailanguagewiki.com. Same content; different format. The course has a number of great points:
The course starts here.
"Free Thai", a game (loosely based upon "Free Rice") to take you through the 3,000 most common word.
A Flashcard Game with Thai and English words in various categories and at various levels of difficulty. Includes an IPA text option for the Thai words. Currently the number of decks of cards is fairly limited, but I hope to add more as time permits. You can also create your own packs of cards with the Flashcard Editor
A collection of miscellaneous tools I have developed and use:
Finally, if you find any problems with the website, or would like to make any suggestions, please contact me via the Feedback link. Feedback, good or bad, is always much appreciated.
Now, please jump on in ...