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At this moment I am thinking about 2 schools because i read about 2 foreigners on this webboard that managed to pass the pratom 6 tests. These schools are:

AAA Thai language center

PiamMitr

I can already read an write and I would hate to go back to the "transliteration only" way of teaching. Do the teachers in these schools always use Thai script or are the courses based on phonetic script? Can you ask the teacher to (also) write everything in Thai script?

Some info on AAA for you.. Before I took speaking 1 (Their most basic course) I did some self learning as I was staying at a Muay Thai gym for 3months and none of them could speak English very well at all, at the time I learned the letters of the alphabet myself and the vowel sounds, so in a sense i could read, but didn’t have a clue about the tones or the meanings. I found a Thai language school at Asoke called Pro Language and took their R&W course as a private lesson, which I found pretty awful. After visiting nearly all the Language schools in the Bkk area I decided to study at AAA (5mins walk from BTS Chidlom). After a quick conversation test, the head teacher placed me in Speaking 1 although she said it will be very easy for the first week for me but will increase in intensity half way through the course, which it did! The good thing here was I could read and write slightly so they gave me the course work all in Thai script while the other students used phonetics.

The classes are split into morning session 9-12 or afternoon 1-4, so for the first two months I took both a speaking course in the morning and a R&W course in the afternoon (They don’t recommend this, but made a special case for me). R&W 1 and 2 cover all there is to reading and writing, after completion I knew ALL the rules inside out. R&W 3 focused on the written language and R&W 3/2 focused more on the spoken language. Starting from R&W 2 you are given homework, ranging from making sentences from new vocab, using new patterns and story writing. Also every class you are given dictation in the form of a story covering the new vocab and patterns learned the previous day.

I only had time to take one advanced course, Thai culture before the 3 month intensive ป.๖ course started (Every Sept). In my class there were a few students from other language schools and two self taught students, more than most their tone recognition was very bad, their spelling was below the level of the other students that studied at AAA. Mostly I observed they tried to read too fast ignoring the tones. so in the end one of the self taught students dropped out stating it was impossible, she then got placed into the speaking 3 class. The other got intensive one on one classes and worked very hard for the 3 months and scrapped a pass.

After passing the ป.๖ I got the course work for more of the advanced courses and went through them myself, now I’m taking ภาษาไทยเพื่อการสื่อสาร at Assumption university. I’m the only foreigner in the class of about 30 Thais, It’s really tough especially the รัชศัพท์ but it's what I need to push me up to the next level.

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Some info on AAA for you.. It’s really tough especially the รัชศัพท์ but it's what I need to push me up to the next level.

Thanks TonyBKK. This is really useful information. I'll also pass by AAA to compare them with PiamMitr (if that's possible).

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I have some experience with this periodically over the last five years on extended stays having attended for a while at the Somchat, Jentana's and Smile languages school - in terms of materials and teaching standards there is little difference. In fact the two ladies behind Jentana and Smile schools both taught at Nisa school ( I think if that is the one at Sathorn) before setting up on their own.

The teachers are lowly paid and have to work long hours so staff turnover is high and their hearts are not always in it. As a beginner as well it is frustrating to get a new teacher with poor English who will just smile when you ask valid questions - If I was to recommend one of these schools it would be Jentana's purely for Jentana herself - she is a well-organised lady and a very good laugh as well.

I had previously attended group classes at London university and did go and look at Unity and AUA - I am sorry but I didn't feel I could possibly learn in a group situation again with the continuous mis-pronunciations ( when it got round to me I was probably the worse culprit) so attended the schools offering one-one tuition. What I have found is needed is a real teacher who will correct you everytime you make a mistake not a shy young lady who sits smiling as you utter gobbledygook.

Now that I live in Thailand I have decided it is an absolute must to finally learn the language. I considered going back to one of the schools but recall how hit and miss it was with teachers. I was pleased to find that one of the teachers I had previously encountered was still teaching but on a freelance basis - i learn about 4 times a week at home and in a short time have made considerable progress. I would have no hesitation to recommend this lady as she has been teaching for over 10 years and has helped many nationalities to fluency - for the first time i feel i will be able to achieve that. Anyway I know one is not supposed to advertise but I would happily pass on contact details to anyone seriously wishing to learn.

Cheers BB

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Does anyone know of a Thai language course which is not 5 days a week?

I'm in the ludicrous situation of living in LoS for 5 years now, but now unable to obtain a suitable visa for my next year! I'm under 50 and don't work, so that limits my options. Even a visa extension based on marriage is not possible because I don't have tax returns AND my overseas income comes from an offshore source which my UK embassy refuses to provide a verification of income letter!!

I therefore opted to go back to school and extend my visa based on my educational study. (I'm actually very interested in following some form of study). Chula Univ has an interesting Thai Studies MA. But I need to provide copies of my past degrees which my (vicious) ex-wife in the UK has permission of and refuses to hand them over :o I've ordered copies from the university, but if these do not arrive in time then Chula will not admit me and I am in deep doo-doo!!

The good thing about the Chula course is that it was 3 half-days per week. I live in Nong Khai, so cannot commit to 5 full days in BKK. So a back-up in case Chula is not an option is an accredited language school which offers a course on 3 days per week.

A complex situation, and I'd appreciate any comments/advice re any suitable courses.

Simon

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But I need to provide copies of my past degrees which my (vicious) ex-wife in the UK has permission of and refuses to hand them over :D I've ordered copies from the university, but if these do not arrive in time then Chula will not admit me and I am in deep doo-doo!!

I recently enquired at my old University about a replacement for my MA certificate (god knows where the original is :o)

The cost was only about £30 and I could get one in a couple of weeks...

Might be quicker and easier to pursue that option.

All the best and I'll be very interested to hear about the Chula Course. Is the tuition in Thai? Tried to contact them a number of times about their language courses , but never heard back. :D

RAZZ

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Does anyone know of a Thai language course which is not 5 days a week?

I'm in the ludicrous situation of living in LoS for 5 years now, but now unable to obtain a suitable visa for my next year! I'm under 50 and don't work, so that limits my options. Even a visa extension based on marriage is not possible because I don't have tax returns AND my overseas income comes from an offshore source which my UK embassy refuses to provide a verification of income letter!!

I don't think this is too tough a situation (other than a VERY LONG commute to Krung Thep). AUA (Rachadamri Road) will readily provide a letter indicating that you are student, which will get you on a multiple entry non-immigrant ED visa. They have flexible hours roughly from 7AM to 8PM six days a week. It would be fairly easy to get in about 15-20 hours a week over a three day period. And very reasonable cost, about 100 baht per hour. Other schools offer more expensive private sessions. I can provide more information if you like (just google AUA Bangkok for starters).

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AUA's website says that you must take classes 30 hours + a week to qualify for the Visa :D

http://www.auathai.com/visa_information.html

Well I guess he has to pull three 10 hour days each week. :o But TIT, I seriously doubt that there is any significant amount of oversight. Let me give my situation as an example. I used a letter from AUA to get a multiple entry non-imm ED visa issued in US valid until October 2007. I studied at AUA from January through April (>30 hours per week), doing one 90 day run to Laos and a later trip to Burma. Also during much of that time I was doing 2 hours a day private at another school, and in May started a three hour per day class at a third school. I keep records of my reciepts at all schools. But I don't know of any system in place to verify my attendance. I currently attend AUA only 5-10 hours per week.

However, there does seem to be a system whereby a school representative from AUA will take passports (or issue letters) to BKK immigration verifying the student's attendance and obviating the need for the 90 day run. But if the 30 hour rule was real I don't see how other schools (Union, etc.) could help with ED as they typically run 15-20 hours per week. BTW, I have heard of a "15 hour" guidance as well.

Again, I think the OP should have a chat with AUA or another school about his options. But I know an ED is very readily obtained.

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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.

I don't know much about Nisa, but you can try walen school if Thai, www.thaiwalen.com, we offer a free demonstration and also very different method, for those interested in studying for one year we can assist with obtaining ED visa that is extendable for a year without any visa runs. Reasonable price 29,500 for 180 lessons, one year course

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:o i learned Thai Language in TLA school (http://www.tlaschool.com) for 4 months..

i now can speak, read and write Thai becuase of TLA..

it's located just near "Payathai" BTS station, PayaThai plaza building,,

The classrooms are so clean and good conditions..

The tuition is not expensive,,, Teachers are so generous..

i've never heard that teachers speak English.. They try to speak just Thai..

it's so helpful and fun!!

i'm now looking for a Thai Language school again..

Unfortunetly, i can't get to TLA from my apt by MRT..

it's quite unconvinience to get there..

i surely want to recommend TLA even i couldn't join,, :D

i maybe choose a school which is near MRT station..

i wanna start from July or August...

Good Luck for Thai Langauge learnners!!

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:o i learned Thai Language in TLA school (http://www.tlaschool.com) for 4 months..

i now can speak, read and write Thai becuase of TLA..

it's located just near "Payathai" BTS station, PayaThai plaza building,,

The classrooms are so clean and good conditions..

The tuition is not expensive,,, Teachers are so generous..

i've never heard that teachers speak English.. They try to speak just Thai..

it's so helpful and fun!!

i'm now looking for a Thai Language school again..

Unfortunetly, i can't get to TLA from my apt by MRT..

it's quite unconvinience to get there..

i surely want to recommend TLA even i couldn't join,, :D

i maybe choose a school which is near MRT station..

i wanna start from July or August...

Good Luck for Thai Langauge learnners!!

TLA is one of the schools that uses the Union based curriculum, there are others.

If you'd like to attend a school with the same courses, methodology and similiar price then try Piammitr or Unity. They are both located near to the Asok MRT station. Unity is in the Times Square Building between Sukhumvit Soi 12 and 14, Piammitr is in the Jasmine City building at the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 23. Piammitr is closer and easier to get to from the MRT station.

I'll be returning to Piammitr in August or September after my holidays, hope to see you there. :D

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I travelled to UTL everyday for 6 months by MRT you walk up the escalator at Sukhumvit station up onto the BTS platform (BTS Asoke) and it connects to the Time Square Building on the 3rd floor. Very convenient.

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