There is a lack of material for intermediate learners of Thai. While many websites cover the basics, there are only limited resources available for more advanced learners. This website tries to contribute to closing this gap.
The recordings published here are about 5 minutes each and cover particular, relatively narrowly defined topics. Defining the topic helps the listener to set expectations about the content, it provides context. Usually, there are several audio clips per topic. Listening to several different recordings on the same topic helps to reinforce vocabulary and provides more variety. All recordings are unscripted, natural speech, 100% Thai.
The recordings are not designed to teach anything in particular, and they don’t systematically cover vocabulary related to the respective topic. The intention is rather to provide examples of story telling and talking about experiences.
For most of the audio clips, there is a corresponding transcript available. We try to be very careful with these transcripts, but it is possible that there are some errors. If you find errors, please contact me.
How can you use these recordings?
In various ways. You can just listen to the recordings, maybe repeatedly, trying to understand what’s going on. Listening for meaning, not for words, will help you improve your listening comprehension. You can practice guessing at unknown words, which is an important skill for real life interaction in a foreign language. You can listen with the goal to pick up specific vocabulary or ways to say things, or you can use the recordings to supplement other Thai learning activities on those same topics. If it helps, you can read the transcripts before, during or after listening to the recordings, either assisting or verifying your comprehension. You can also use the audio and the transcripts for shadowing, or for dictation practice.
Who is behind this website?
I’m learning Thai, and I’m still in the intermediate stages myself. My name is Andrej, and I live in Switzerland.
The Thai speakers:
Gun (male) is a student from Chiang Mai and my first voice for the project. He’s quite productive and I really enjoy working with him.
Mia (female) is a Thai online teacher from Chiang Mai and kindly donated some recordings to this website.
Joy (female) is a Thai online teacher from Bangkok. She used to record audio clips for me in the past and kindly allowed me to publish some here.