For this week's Mango Monday we will present Thai.

There are 62 million Thai speakers primarily in Thailand, Northern Malaysia, Cambodia, Southern Myanmar, and Laos. Thai is a tonal language that has five tones, but don't let that worry you. Mango has the tricks to help you see and hear the tones easily.

Our friends at Mango describe Thai thusly:

Slip into the Thai state of mind and travel to the land of smiles. Gather round Thailand’s bountiful table and revel in this golden country’s local flavors and friendly faces. Steeped in Buddhist tradition, embrace your spiritual side in Thailand’s many sacred spaces, from the Golden Buddha to the Bangkok’s Wat Pho temple. By day, become one with nature in the breathtaking Krabi province, then dance the night away among Bangkok’s sweeping cityscape. Mingle with naturalists, spiritualists, and urbanites alike in one of the world’s most compelling and varied destinations: Thailand.

All conversational languages give you different language skills and situations to practice (Making Friends, Shopping, etc). Here is the first lesson about greetings you can learn from Greetings, Gratitude and Goodbyes. Please note that the writing below is not in the proper script, but in the transliteration that Mango uses.

  • M: Hello. How are you? sawat1dii krap3. sabaai dii mai4
  • F: I'm fine, thank you. And you? chan4 sabaai dii ka2, kawp1kun ka2. laew3 kun la2
  • M: I'm fine, thank you. pom4 sabaai dii krap3, kawp1kun krap3
  • M: It's hot today. wan nii3 aagaat1 rawn3 maak2
  • F: Yes, it's very hot. ka2 rawn3 maak2

Thai is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.