Accelerated techniques for Memorising Thai and Learning Thai Vocabulary
Many words in Thai have the same sound, but have a different tone. It’s essential to know the tone, in order to communicate effectively. By using an image to represent the word, and using a colour-coded system to learn the tones, you will almost instantly be able to memorize the Thai word and the Thai tone. For instance there can be several meanings for the word “kao” like rice, nine, enter, according to the tone in which the word is pronounced.
The majority of the books in Thai language are very tricky and are geared towards people trying to become Phd level oriental linguists. They are not designed for people who need a system to quickly and enjoyably learn the language.
First of all, you need to employ the 80/20 principle and zone in on the most important aspects of the language – so that you can quickly acquire a proficiency in the language.
If you zone in on some complex and arcane grammar, and spend days perfecting that, you may well score well in a school exam on that element of grammar – but when you are crossing a street in Thailand, and someone shouts at you and tells you to watch out for the car, and you don’t understand that word – the minutiae of grammar won’t be of much use. You need to first concentrate on learning useful grammar, and an acceptable level of sentence structure, and building a solid thai vocabulary – so that you can communicate.
So it’s important to focus on 500-1000 critical words, and to acquire a system for learning the words and tones very quickly and effortlessly.
By using, the special memory techniques, you can quickly learn 500 essential words: these techniques include mental pictures, memorable phrases and many other methods.
We will describe one classic memory technique for learning foreign vocabulary.
First, pick a foreign word to memorize. Let’s take the Thai word for rice: khao.
Secondly, we find a word in English that resembles the sound of the foreign (thai) word: Khao sounds like the English word “cow”.
Thirdly, we create a mental picture, that connects the word (rice), with the word that represents its sound: cow. In this example, we would visualise a bowl of rice being eaten by a cow. So when we try to think of the Thai word for rice, we will think of cow, and remember that the Thai word for rice is: khao!
The secret to learning a new language quickly, is to apply powerful memorization techniques.
By creating connections between the new materials, and concepts you are familiar with, you will quickly memorize Thai vocabulary. To recall tones, you can assign a different colour to each tone, and then colour-code your image, to ensure that you can recall the tone.