Learn Thai Podcast: Learn the Thai language with our audio lessons is a tutorial website that gives everyone the possibility to learn the basics of the Thai language. The information on the site is highly practical for visitors to Thailand. There are eleven lessons with different episodes (i.e. introduction and basic words and phrases, dating and sweet things, food and drinks in Thailand, counting and numbers in Thai, shopping in Thailand, directions and getting around in a city, free time activities in Thailand, how to express feelings in Thai, getting a Thai massage/visiting a spa, and words for places and locations in Thailand. There are other themes that are posted on the homepage as well. Moreover, the site offers English-Thai and Thai-English translation services. Viewers can see more details on the Thai Translation Service page.
Type of Material:
Materials available on the site are PDF files, MP3 files, MP4 files, flash files, and pictures related to each episode.
Learners who know the English language and are willing to speak Thai.
A program to open PDF files, Video MP3 files, Video MP4 files, and Flash files
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The site provides useful information for users who want to learn basic Thai language. Learners can improve their tones of Thai language through the study in this site.
Target Student Population:
The site is directed towards learners of Thai language.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The biggest problem for learners is Thai phonetics. In order to speak Thai well, learners need to get used to the phonetic system.
The site provides useful information for foreigners to stay or travel in Thailand because the site provides many interesting episodes of daily life. Learners can learn vocabulary from flashcards, pronunciation of each word from their phonetics, and sentence structures.
The authors can provide more information and details to cover some topics. There are misspellings of Thai words on the site.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site is a good resource for independent study. It is also a good resource for teachers and learners who are looking for Thai texts for teaching and learning. Teachers can integrate these materials into their teaching directly. Teachers and learners can easily choose the theme that is needed from its main page.
If possible, the authors should provide the phonetics for every lesson as in the Learn Thai Lesson: Emergencies PDF file. The reason the authors mentioned that Thai tones often make learners and listeners confused.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The presentation and navigation are clear. The quality of audios, videos, and pictures is excellent. The background colors are appealing.
The authors should decrease the size of the right column in order to have more space in the left column or the authors should add the table of contents in the right column because there is a very little content in that column.
Other Issues and Comments:
Users have an opportunity to give opinions and suggestions to the site via a Survey link.
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