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  1. Languages should be started before going to a country, especially if you only want to know the basics. A teacher isn't magic -- you can learn the basics by yourself. Tutors make sense once you are at an intermediate level. If your friend is in an English speaking country, tell him to check his library for Mango Languages. Mango teaches pronunciation, vocabulary, and basic sentence structure. If not free at the library, Mango Languages offers a free two-week trial on their website. I highly recommend the program. It is excellent and well worth purchasing one month for USD$20. https://mangolanguages.com/ 50 Languages has a course built around basic phrases. http://www.goethe-verlag.com/book2/EM/ He can practice at a Meetup group in Pattaya for Thai beginners. https://www.meetup.com/cities/th/pattaya/ Pimsleur puts me to sleep, but it is an excellent program. Check the library for Pimsleur Thai.
  2. Thai TV dramas with transcript Thai subs

    The Jehovah's Witnesses have videos dubbed into Thai. The two videos linked have Thai subtitles. https://www.jw.org/en/publications/videos/#en/mediaitems/FamilyMovies/pub-ivtru_2_VIDEO https://www.jw.org/en/publications/videos/#en/mediaitems/FamilyMovies/pub-ivpro_1_VIDEO
  3. The Jehovah's Witnesses have printed materials and downloadable videos in Thai. Both of the two movies linked have Thai subtitles. https://www.jw.org/en/publications/videos/#en/mediaitems/FamilyMovies/pub-ivtru_2_VIDEO https://www.jw.org/en/publications/videos/#en/mediaitems/FamilyMovies/pub-ivpro_1_VIDEO
  4. If you have an Australian, Canadian, or US library card, check to see if your library offers Mango Language. It is great for learning pronunciation, better than Pimsleur in my opinion. You can also purchase acess on their website. Your library may have Pronunciator instead which is ok. 50Languages Thai http://www.goethe-verlag.com/book2/EM/ Maanii Thai http://seasite.niu.edu/Thai/maanii/menu/default.htm http://ressources.learn2speakthai.net/ Colloquial Thai (audio only) http://www.routledgetextbooks.com/textbooks/colloquial/language/thai.php Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center http://www.dliflc.edu/cultural-orientation-thai/ Free samples to download from Arthit and Duke Language School http://womenlearnthai.com/index.php/wlts-2017-thai-language-giveaway-arthit-and-duke-language-school/ GLOSS - Transcripts with Audio (Click on blue floppy disk.) https://gloss.dliflc.edu/
  5. What Level Of Speaking And Writing Thai Are You At? I am a absolute beginner. I will report back as I make progress. My focus will be on listening and speaking rather than reading and writing.
  6. List Of 3000 Most Common Thai Words

    List of 1176 common Thai words: http://thai-language.com/ref/starred No audio, but you can make your own mp3 sound files. Copy the word spelled in Thai and paste into Sound of Text. http://soundoftext.com/ You can toss the files into a folder on your desktop or make Anki cards. I would make Anki cards without English/native language. I would show a picture on one side and put the mp3 and Thai spelling on the other or perhaps the Thai spelling on one side and the picture and mp3 file on the other. Gabriel Wyner of Fluent Forever shows how to make Anki cards. (Skip to the 5:37 mark of Anki Tutorial 1 for a quick example of how to make a card.) https://fluent-forever.com/chapter2/
  7. Thai TV dramas with transcript Thai subs

    Sorry, I have not seen Thai movies on YouTube with Thai subtitles. American Antonio Graceffo speaks Thai, Chinese, Khmer, Vietnamese, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and English. He says to watch American movies that have been dubbed in the target language with target language subtitles, Thai in this case. "Reading real German books or watching real German TV would require knowledge of the culture, history, and geography. By using American movies and books, I knew who the bad guy was without anyone telling me. In German I wouldn’t have a clue." https://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2008/10/15/an-israeli-shift-towards-withdrawal-2/3/ GLOSS offers Thai audio with transcripts. (Click the blue floppy disk.) I'm starting to learn Thai and I will watch YouTube channels, like NJ Digital, designed for Thais trying to learn English. It is easy to understand the topic, most of the dialogue is in Thai, and there are occasionally Thai subtitles. If interested in ALG (Automatic Language Growth), the Aleph-Tav channel has a few lengthy videos, over three hours, no subtitles of course. Search: "ALG Learn Thai".
  8. Gambling is illegal in Thailand and Thais associate playing cards with gambling. A group of foreigners playing bridge were arrested in Pattaya. I believe the oldest player was in their 80s.
  9. In the United States we are used to large cigarette tax increases in some of our states, although not all. California just increased it's cigarette tax this year from US$0.87 to US$2.87 a pack. This year instead of a tax, Oklahoma is adding a US$1.50 "fee" to its US$1.01 tax per pack. New York state is the highest with a tax of US$4.85 per pack, plus New York City charges an additional tax for cigarettes sold in the city. The mayor of New York wants to raise the city cigarette tax to US$2.50 making a pack of cigarettes sold in the city cost US$13. There is also a federal/national tax of US$1.01 per pack that is not included in the state taxes that I mentioned. A few years ago a man, Eric Garner, selling untaxed cigarettes in New York City was killed by police.
  10. I'm looking for media recommendations

    I will soon start learning Thai on my own. There are some AUA videos on their own YouTube channel, ALG World, but the channel Aleph-Tav has much longer AUA videos. I will also be watching NJ Digital's Hello English.