If you are serious about learning Thai, I always advise people that they should make the effort to read. It is not as difficult as you might at first think. With a little effort you can start reading basic kindergarten books in only 2-3 months.
One of the advantages of living in Thailand, when you are in the process of learning to read, is that your local community is like your own private dictionary! Wherever you go there are new words to be read and to be understood. In many cases, even if you don’t know what the word means, you can figure it out by the surroundings. Otherwise, make a mental note of the spelling and look it up in the dictionary when you get home. I find this a really great way to learn some new words.
This afternoon I went for a walk down Srinakarin Road taking pictures for a new photo album that Gor is working on. What we are doing is helping people who are learning Thai in their homecountry. If you cannot walk around looking at signs then a photo album is the next best thing!
This afternoon, I found that walking down the road rather than driving I was getting a new perspective. You also get enough time to read more signs. It is not always easy to do that if you are driving a car! During my walk I took the following picture of the famous Michelin Man. Though this one is Thai style!
The new photo album is not finished yet but you can see a sneak preview of the 366 pictures already in the album by clicking here.