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Learning to type in Thai

Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:27 am
by PatrickK
This was asked before here, and there are some good recommendations there:

I learned to type Thai simply going through the free lessons here:

As for getting practice, I installed HelloTalk on my phone to practice typing, chat with my friends on Line or FB, and use InterPals to practice with natives speakers.

Any other recommendations? I remember Stuart Jay saying one of the first things he learns to do when learning a language is learning to type. I've found it super helpful in learning, and really isn't very difficult. Start slow and get better overtime, it really adds up.

Re: Learning to type in Thai

Posted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:19 am
by farang84
I wish I had thought of actually "learning" to type. It would have saved me the hassle of doing the "look for every letter" method, which I can assure you, is much slower.

Re: Learning to type in Thai

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:13 am
by Tod Daniels
Indeed, that Thai Notes site is a GREAT free resource to learn how to touch type thai! :) :)

There is another good resource called "type in thai"

Some parts of the site are okay, but I can't get the "challenge" tab to work. It used to be really great too with different levels which had to be "unlocked" by proficiently typing the previous level in a given time with xx number of mistakes.

Right now the best one is that thai notes one. I showed it to some thai natives and they loved it..

In fact I know one office which now makes their thai staff learn touch typing from it! :D

Re: Learning to type in Thai

Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:35 am
by ReubenA
I feel the most important thing is having a good motivation to do it. I learnt entirely through Facebook / Line chats with friends. Those typing trainers bore me after 5 minutes... but I can easily spend hours talking to people online.

Re: Learning to type in Thai

Posted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 9:34 am
by Tod Daniels
I agree with ReubenA that motivation is critical in learning..

With that being said; I disagree that they're going to pick up "touch typing" or even "hunt-n-peck typing" Thai by reading answering face book or line chat. Especially given the "thai penchant" of misspelling words on porpoise, err on purpose! :lol:

To type thai, first you're gonna hafta know where the keys are :) , then you're gonna hafta know how to spell common words ;) and finally you're gonna hafta know how to put those into an order where thaiz don't think you're just typing nonsense to them... :oops:

I think those typing tutors (seeing as they're FREE) provide a great resource for foreigners wanting to increase their ability to type in thai. :D

Re: Learning to type in Thai

Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 3:10 pm
by PatrickK
I think you can learn without a typing trainer just by hit and miss and continually texting. There aren't that many letters to remove the location of, especially for the ones that are used most.

It took me maybe 3 hours on this:
To learn the locations, and from there it was just practice. It really isn't something that is too difficult.

Similar to English, if you want to learn a new keyboard layout like Dvorak, you can quite easily switch.