Dear Aspiring Thai Language Learners,

Have you tried learning Thai

  • Via structured classroom lessons, only to go to Thailand and realise you can’t speak a word? 😭
  • By yourself from online podcasts and YouTube videos without much success? 🥺

Or have you

  • Given up learning Thai completely because it’s too difficult, and you don’t know where to start? 😨

Fret not, you have come to the right place. 🥰

Wonderful experience with P’Joanne’s lessons. I believe that she is the best Thai teacher anyone needs to learn fluent Thai in a practical, engaging, and relatable way. What she can provide is:

1. Relating Thai to English and Mandarin

This allows English/ Mandarin speakers to pick up Thai easily because they are able to relate similarities and differences in sentence structure and vocabulary.

2. First-hand experience of learning Thai from scratch

Being someone who started as an adult learner to being extremely fluent in the language, she is able to provide useful tips from personal experience. Her friendly demeanour also makes the learning experience much less daunting.

3. Knowledge of the language itself

Having an extensive background in Thai including both the authentic Thai experience and aptitude in standardised tests, she also has the expertise required to provide the full learning experience equivalent to (or better than) what a native Thai teacher can.

4. Dedication to Teach the Thai Language

She is dedicated to helping everyone learn Thai, and she offers students the chance to ask questions outside of lesson time should they encounter any doubts.

Hallo, Sawatdii ka สวัสดีค่ะ🙏🏼

My name is Joanne (Thai nickname= Jann). I’m 100% Singaporean but I enjoy being a “fake Thai”. Till today, some people still believe I am half Thai 😂

I decided to build this website because I noticed that most Thai language learning resources in Singapore are shared by Thais. Which is awesome in its way because no one can speak better Thai than a “true blue” Thai. But this also means no one can understand the struggles of learning Thai better than a foreigner, who is starting from zero Thai exposure.

Today, I have 8 years of experience in speaking the Thai language. I am not perfect in my Thai language but I can easily and confidently navigate myself around Thailand. I can haggle for better prices in Thai, order Thai Street food and hop onto public buses and boats in Thailand. I can give directions to Thai taxi drivers, read road signs and understand some Thai shows without subtitles. If your goal is SURVIVAL THAI, or just to get a basic foundation of the Thai language before learning Thai for business reasons, I will be your perfect Thai language teacher to help you reach your goals! 🤩

Joanne Learn Thai in Singapore
Joanne – LearnThaiInSingapore Thai Language Teacher
Chulalongkorn University Proficiency Test of Thai as a Foreign Language (CU-TFL)

There are just so many reasons to learn the Thai language. Whatever your motivations, you’ve hit the jackpot by landing on my website! I’ll be sharing my personal experiences on why I learnt Thai, how I became fluent in the Thai Language within 2.5 years and how learning Thai has helped me in my career.

You did not read that wrongly. I became fluent in the Thai language within 2.5 years – and I would still be certified to teach Thai had I bothered to renew my certificate with The Sirindhorn Thai Language Institute, Chulalongkorn University.

Sirindhorn Thai Language Institute, Chulalongkorn University 
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Sirindhorn Thai Language Institute, Chulalongkorn University

Questions might start exploding in your head. Is it easy to learn Thai? Where did I learn Thai – in Singapore obviously (given the domain name) – but exactly where? What Thai books or language learning apps did I use? How did I manage to learn Thai so quickly? All these questions and more will be answered in my About page. But first, a bit about myself.

Why I Learnt the Thai Language

I had never planned to learn Thai. It was a complete fluke. 

I had always been more interested in learning Japanese (anime, anyone?) and had plans to go to Japan for my Student Exchange Programme (“SEP”). However, NUS introduced a gradeless first year after my cohort and reserved half the schools for SEP for the junior batch. Given the list of modules I wanted to map over for my SEP, I was left with no choice. From the whole world, it was narrowed down to the one and only school – Thammasat University in Thailand.

Thammasat University Tha Prachan Bangkok | มหาวิทยาลัยธรรมศาสตร์
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Thammasat University Tha Prachan Bangkok | มหาวิทยาลัยธรรมศาสตร์

In hindsight, I call this providential 🥰

FAQs on Learning the Thai Language in Singapore

FAQs for Beginner Thai Learners in Singapore

FAQs for Intermediate/Advanced Thai Language Learners in Singapore

Advanced Thai listening – see how much you can understand without subtitles!

Win Methwin Opas-iamkajorn Interview – Try watching without English subtitles!