With that said, your own determination and willingness to engage in a new endeavor will help you achieve your goal to learn Thai. Approach it with an open mind and conquering those minor challenges will be very rewarding. Here are some ways to get started learning Thai.
Thai Language and Culture
This site has extensive lessons, it's more comprehensive than sites for most languages. Audio, help with the Thai alphabet, short stories and other reading materials, cartoons and comics and links to lots of resources. This site has plenty for the beginning and intermediate student to learn Thai.
This is a great new resource for learning a variety of Asian languages, including Thai. The initial few dozen lessons are available free in your internet browser. The lessons are introduced somewhat like Rosetta Stone, along with some great extras like downloadable transcriptions and grammar, mp3 audio and a flashcard feature. There is a monthly subscription fee which is very affordable, and a downloadable desktop version if you want it. A very interesting course with great value.
Transparent Language offers a free vocabulary trainer to get started learning Thai. Get your Free BYKI™ Lite download by Transparent Language
This site has a Thai course from the US Foreign Service available for free download. It's a little out-of-date (like most of the available FSI programs) but for free it's a great resource. The method is excellent and quite comprehensive and comes with extensive lessons with text and audio.
Teach Yourself Thai
The longstanding Teach Yourself series seems to have a course for just about every language. It is not heavy on grammar, with lots of dialogs and everyday conversation and vocabulary. The coursebook comes with two audio cd's. It is inexpensive, practical, easy to use, and easy to find. Makes a great conplementary course along with almost any other.
Pimsleur Comprehensive Thai
As far as ease of use and quality of the material and method, Pimsleur is the best. You learn to speak Thai in a natural and
This inexpensive and downloadable software program for learning Thai is a great tool to have in your arsenal. Lots of vocabulary and phrases, dialogues, audio from native speakers, games and activities and much more to get you started on your path to learn Thai.
Additional Resources to Learn Thai
This site has lots of free lessons, alphabet help, chat rooms, forums and links to other resources to help you learn Thai.
Learn Thai Podcast
You can never get enough audio when you are learning a language. Use this podcast to supplement your other learning methods, books, programs etc.
This site has a nice collection of videos showing Thai vocabulary with an English translation and native audio. There are lots of categories, sections for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners, and sections for travelers and business.