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I certainly agree with Nisa. So much so that I will be going back there in late Feb when I return to Bangkok. Not only did I have good learning experiences a few years ago when they were in the YWCA building, I now live only a couple of blocks away from their school.

I also recommend Thong Lor Language School. Located on Sukhumvit, you can literally descend the skytrain stairs and step into the school. One of my teachers there had a couple of MA(s), one of them in language acquisition. All three of my teachers there were good, all adapted texts a bit to what I wanted to do, and all demanded homework.

Thong Lor pricing is the same as Nisa.

I'll have to have a look at that one. Somebody told me Baan Phasaa Thai was good but I've never been.

I agree with "Somebody." I have attended Baan Phasaa Thai and I consider the school "strong"

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I wasn't so impressed with Baan Phasaa Thai but maybe it was my teacher. I think they covered a lot of material but didn't really make me work at it. Also spoke English to me too much.

I have had 1:1 at Berlitz for about 7 months and like that. So far all conversation, no reading & writing. I'd say the teacher speaks Thai to me 99% of the time. She just forces me to talk, talk and talk in Thai adding words and grammar as we go along. I consider myself a slow learner for languages but do get a few complements on my Thai, including accent, and I'll have to give all that credit to my teacher and the Berlitz method. Downside: expensive. (they have a web site)

Do think I need to bear down on the reading & writing and now sure how I will approach that. I another 1:1 teacher my company provides and she introduces some (forget the name of that school as she comes to me). Some of the software is good from drilling on some of this.

I thought about a private tutor for just conversation. Ended up searching on the Thailovelinks web site and have made some friends that like to speak Thai with me. The best seem to be 20’s college educated so they have the book English fresh in their minds but haven’t had work experience in an multi-national or situation where they are confident English speakers. I’ve found a few who are fairly natural teachers – know when to correct and when to just let me rattle on, have an ear to understand, etc. That has been a win-win for both of us. We have some fun, go do things, have simple conversations, I of course pick up the tab but it’s cheaper than a teacher most times while being fun and natural. My experience is that if someone has strong English skills the conversation just ends up in English too much and likewise if they don’ speak any English it’s hard for them to coach me.

Good luck,

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ummm ... well BEST is probably Chula... but DAYUM they are expensive and expect a MAJOR out of classroom commitment. 25 day class is 25k baht 10am-3pm with a one hour break for lunch.

I am rather fond of Unity Thai Language school at Asoke in the Times Square building. Morning or afternoon classes. 20 days 5k baht in the afternoon and 6k baht in the morning (morning classes are 1 hour longer.

Both have websites ...

Thanks Idinasia

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Thought I'd let you all benefit from my personal experience.....

I've attended 2 schools in the past 3 years, now going to Piammitr Language School, located only a few minutes walk from Asok, accessibile from both the sky train and subway. They follow the same instruction methods and curriculum used at Unity and Union. They also offer 1:1 courses, but I have never asked the prices, contact them yourself. I passed the Pratom 6 (Grade 6) government test after completing only 8 months of study, extremely satisfied with my results and progress.

Piammitr Language School

Three current advantages of this school to their competitors are:

1 - The price is cheaper - currently 5000 Baht for a 60 hour course

2 - Smaller class sizes

3 - They also offer classes in the evenings

Pesonally, I find the time I spent learning the reading and writing of the Thai language invaluable. There is no substitute for learning the written form of the language, as it enables you to determine how a word should be pronounced. Highly recommended. The teaching methods used in these courses only require an investment of 120 hours to learn to read and write. Not a bad investment in time if you really want to learn the language. There is also no substitute for practice, a Thai friend, or social occasions to use the language will help alot.

Happy Studies :o

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Thought I'd let you all benefit from my personal experience.....

I've attended 2 schools in the past 3 years, now going to Piammitr Language School. They follow the same instruction methods and curriculum used at Unity and Union.

Piammitr Language School

Three current advantages of this school to their competitors are:

1 - The price is cheaper - currently 5000 Baht for a 60 hour course

2 - Smaller class sizes

3 - They also offer classes in the evenings

Pesonally, I find the time I spent learning the reading and writing of the Thai language invaluable. Their is no substitute for learning the written form of the language, as it enables you to determine the way a word should be pronounced. Highly recommended. The teaching methods used in these courses only require an investment of 120 hours to learn to read and write. Not a bad investment in time if you really want to learn the language.

Happy Studies :o

Sounds like a good school!

<The price is the same as Unity in the afternoons ... for the same # of hours--- and for 2 advanced sessions I was one of 3 students in the classes ... almost too small for me as I like time to think in Thai>

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Sounds like a good school!

<The price is the same as Unity in the afternoons ... for the same # of hours--- and for 2 advanced sessions I was one of 3 students in the classes ... almost too small for me as I like time to think in Thai>

JD

If you check, Unity has now raised their prices, 7000 in the morning (80 Hours - 4 hour sessions) and 6000 in the afternoons (60 Hours - 3 Hour sessions). Personally when I attended Unity in the past I thought the 4 hours was too long.

Piammitr has 3 hour sessions only and is currently cheaper.

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I only did the afternoon classes at Unity .... am unaware of price increases.

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I only did the afternoon classes at Unity .... am unaware of price increases.

To the extent that I am off topic I apologize. For me, school commitments were not flexible enough. So I ordered and used the tapes from Audioforum (just do a Google search). The tapes (12 tapes in the basic course) and the written manual (with a professional quality phonetic system) were put together by the U.S. Foreign Service Institute, and are excellent. In addition to these you do need a Thai speaker, about once a week, to correct your pronunciation and clear up your misunderstandings. I found it easy to find someone who was able to meet me at my apartment.

The approach in the Audioforum is really good. There are repetition drills, response drills, substitution drills, etc. If you give it a good effort (say, a good hour per day, but two 30 minutes sessions are better) you should be able to master each lesson (20 lessons in the basic course) in about a week.

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Best Thai Teaching School I would have to reccommend in Sattorn Area is - Jentana & Associates, she has about 20 Thai teachers available to teach one on one or group lessons from beginners to advanced and reading and writing thai aswell, check out her website

http://www.thai-lessons.com

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Have to add a recommendation for Piammitr Language School. I took 3 months of classes with them and loved it. Would have loved to have continued on to Book 4 to start reading and writing but couldn't because of work commitments.

I've attempted to learn several foreign languages in the past, but this was by far the best experience. I can now hold pretty decent conversations in Thai, all because of the teaching at Piammitr. They're a very professional school, great staff, good materials and very inexpensive (currently 5,500 for 60 hours of instruction in 1 month PLUS 200 baht for the book).

Highly recommended - morning or afternoon classes, 3 hours each day Monday thru Friday. Also, small classes (only usually 3 or 4 students) so you get a lot of personal attention.

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After several years of coming for a month at a time, I will be here for 4 months this fall.  As I am taking over a bigger role in the factory, I can no longer afford to just speak English. Also, i just want to learn the language for my own sake.

My factory is in Omyai. I work out in Pin Klao. My condo is on New Sathorn in THonburi.  Are there any good schools on that side of the river?  Since I have to work, I don't want to drive into BKK each day if I don't have to.

THanks!

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What's the best school for learning Thai, in terms of the teachers ability, materials and price? Candidates please.

Nisa in Sathorn so far has been the best all round for me out of the five I've been too.

can anyone recommend the best school in pattaya ?

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