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You can learn to Read Thai in 16 Hours!

“Well, whoopee! But why would I even want to?”

The Rapid Method is primarily a clear, well-defined and simple path to learning Thai. Period.

But why start with reading, if your goals are speaking and understanding?

For starters, it’s quicker, easier and more efficient to learn to speak, once you can read.

Just as important, by knowing how to read you will know exactly how to pronounce each word accurately and with the correct tone.

The various phonetic transliteration schemes – that try to represent Thai with an English approximation – are inconsistent and mostly just plain wrong.

This means that you will learn to pronounce Thai in a mangled way. Therefore Thais will struggle to understand what you are trying to say.

Worse still, these bad speaking habits become so ingrained that they are difficult to eradicate later on.

Another curious effect of learning to pronounce accurately is that you are able to hear more clearly what people are saying. There seems to be a strong correlation between seeing a word, the muscular action of speaking the word, and being able to hear it.

So being able to read Thai leads to good diction and listening skills.

Another advantage to being able to read is that you can pick up Thai vocabulary directly from your environment. Think of Thailand, as a Living Dictionary.

Learning to read Thai the old-fashioned way takes about half a year.

Learning to read Thai using the Rapid Method takes about 16 hours.

It’s great fun, and satisfying, to learn Thai words by reading them directly from signs and menus.

Find out more about reading and speaking Thai here.


By “fluency”, I mean being able to speak effortlessly without having to think about it. You can “fluent” at various levels. The Rapid Method focuses on conversational fluency in a social context with your friends and family.

The Rapid way Bootcamp: LEARN TO READ THAI IN ONLY SIX DAYS

Next bootcamp: September 21-26 (Mon-Sat, 8am-5pm) in Chiang Mai

Come to this remarkable Accelerated Learning course:

    • jumpstart your ability to communicate in Thai;
    • start your journey to fluency;
    • probably the fastest and most effortless language learning system in the world….
    • and no need to memorize anything!
    • plus it’s guaranteed…

Learn Thai visually

Once I have mastered reading, then what?

Speak everyday conversational Thai in only 7 months of minimal and easy study

With the Rapid Method’s minimalist accelerated-learning principles, you can become fluent in basic everyday Thai with hardly any time or effort.

Find out how we can help you speak Thai.

Try the Rapid Learning System For Yourself!

Watch this video and learn 25 letters in 25 minutes!

Sign up for the free three-hour Rapid Read Thai introduction course, where you will learn the top 30 letters and be able to recognize and sound out hundreds of simple Thai words.