Learn Thai with Pictures

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.

7 responses to “Learn Thai with Pictures

  1. David Patton

    Excellent pictures and idea for learning to read Thai. I have a suggestion though, why not print these as an actual book? A photo album style book called ‘Learning to Read Thai with Pictures’I think would be a great idea and maybe even an interesting souvenir book. You can select different areas or places too in Thailand to photograph and highlighting the signs in that particular area with text in English and Thai explaining what the sign says and even translating it into english as it would be read or understood in thai (example: tam arai na? What are you doing?) This way maybe you can show Thai sentence structure to help people understand Thai language. I think this could be a great idea, what do you think?


  2. Thanks David. Good idea. I’ll add it to the long list of things to do 🙂 Seriously, I am working hard on the Thai Alphabet Flashcards at the moment which will be our first venture into publishing. Maybe your idea next.

    BTW, thanks for being such a good customer to our book store. We all appreciate your custom. Gor says hello.

  3. Le Quynh Trang

    I would like to join in this way of study. thanks very much

  4. This is a great idea. I already know many phrases in Thai because I am 75% Thai. I don’t know all the phrases yet though so it might make it more interesting to learn it this way.

  5. David Patton

    Thanks for the thanks Richard 🙂

    I’m glad you like the idea for an actual book but if that to do list is too long I may actually pick up the torch and take on this project myself when I am Thailand, maybe we can collaborate since I am also into professional photography.

    I’m surprised you recognize me as one of the book shops customers. I still have a big list of books to buy so I will be shopping again soon.

    The Thai Alphabet Flash Cards sound cool and I would be interested when they are available. Tell Gor, err Phanrit now, I also said hello and to keep his chin up. I left a comment this morning when I read your ‘Death of Gor’ blog. My support is with him.

    David ‘Wit’ Patton

  6. Thanks David. We would be interested in working with you.

    How did I know you? Well, we have a framed list of all our “gold member” customers on the wall! Actually, I recognized your name and asked Gor. BTW, you can still call him that.

  7. Tell Gor after my next order I plan to purchase (abt $400 total) that I want my name on the ‘Platinum List’ lol

    David ‘Wit’ Patton