Is anyone interested in Thai on Duolingo.
Yes, it's by far the main language I want to learn. Please make Thai ASAP!
Kyle, do you realize that you have spammed people with over 10,000 emails tonight? And that's not counting all the people following this thread, just the ones who made comments here. Don't you know that when you write one comment here we all get e-mails telling us what you wrote, each time you write it? All of us here want a Thai class. We don't need the same message sent to us over and over again, we got it the first time.
I plan to do a study abroad in Thailand this coming January so I would really like to learn Thai before then
same, I am currently an exchange student in Thailand and it would really help me improve my Thai and help me communicate more with my hosts
I am extremely interested, my dads side of the family only speaks Thai and I can hardly communicate with them, it would be a blessing to be able to learn more easily.
Aside from the massive amount of culture and literature in the language, there are plenty of Thai work immigrants here in Israel working in agriculture mostly. It could be pretty useful...
any update on when Thai might be added? anything I can do to help? apart from become fluent in Thai and write it ; )
A lot of people really want to see Eng-->Thai added. What's going on with the Thai-->Eng course anyway? For months, they have been at 99%. But, they just keep pushing the completion date back.
OMG YES. Let's get a Thai course going! I'm traveling there next year, so it'll be really awesome to learn it here. Duolingo is the best.
ก็สนใจ, My family is from Thailand, too and I always listen to Thai music but I cannot speak the langage well. I have bought a school book that helps me a lot but I'm sure a Duolingo course would be more effective.
Thai is one of the Asian languages on my short list. Plus, the English for Thai course is quite advanced at around 90%, so I hope they will start the reverse course soon after it reaches beta.
I hope there will be some good lessons on the basics, like tones and the writing system, which could be difficult for most learners.
Actually it's 99%, but we can probably expect that remaining 1% to take a few months.
well, i have tried three times to learn Thai but I gave up. The grammar and alphabet are not hard but memorizing the thai vocabularies is a nightmare for me! However I love Thai language. Support this form!
I really badly want to learn Thai.I've looked on other sites as well but it would be great if it was available on here as well(I love to use Duolingo in combination with other ways of learning as well).
I love the Thai, the characters are so visually appealing. I've gotten the characters memorized using very loose resources from all around the web, and now I'm stuck at grammar stage, and final consonant stage, and I just need one resource to lay it all out well, and easy to memorize. I hope it comes out as soon as possible. :D
I would love a Thai course, I lived there for 6 months and I'd like to improve my Thai and return, the people are lovely!
My grandpa is from Thailand, and a lot of my relatives still live there, so I would love to learn the language to better communicate with them as well as connect to my heritage. I feel like Duolingo has done such an amazing job designing other language courses, and that Thai would be a wonderful addition.
yes please, my girlfriend is thai and though she is trying to learn english, i am trying to learn thai..and duolingo is so good , as now i speak spanish and doing well in italian, i want to just consintrate on thai please.. thankyou
Hi, Can someone from duolingo respond with an update on this? I've been waiting for two years since this post was originally created and it seems no progress has been made on this? I would like to try and learn thai before my brain looses the ability todo so. thanks sam
I would absolutely love to learn Thai, especially here since the site is so well laid out and easy to learn from. I actually wanted to learn Thai here first since it applies to me because I have many Thai friends and I go there on holidays since I love the culture there. I only settled for German since I heard Thai was supposed to be released here relatively soon and I wanted to wait around until it was, but that was a while ago now...
Thai is the prettiest southeast Asia language! Please, please, please we would love to learn it through Duolingo <3
I think it would be a huge enrichment.
There are 20.2 million native speaker, atleast 40 million L2 and Thai also belong to the Tai-Kadai languages which comprises about 80 million additional speakers (includes around 62 languages).
But these are just the numbers. The TH-ENG course is almost finished which could make it easier to get this ENG-TH going.
Interestingly the Thai alphabet was introduced in 1283 and hasn't really changed since(eg some letters are obsolete but still there) meaning one can easily read texts from around 700 years ago.
Thailand ranked 32 of 140 economies in the World Economic Forum's GCI.
So many wonderful and beautiful people living there.
It would just open many doors
The obsolete Thai characters are obsolete because the foreigner designing the first Thai Typewriter could not fit them all on so decided Thai didn't need a couple of the ones that sounded the same. Interesting and beautiful language
They never needed that many characters anyway, and there are still same-sounding ones. It's because the king who introduced the alphabet wanted to preserve 1-1 relation with sanskrit, from which the religious texts were translated.
More than interested in this course. Seeing Indonesian pop up on the list is exciting enough, but having Thai (and Mongolian) would put me over the moon!
I wating already a long time for thai language in duolingo. But still there is no this language.
I studied Thai speaking, reading and writing in Thailand for a while. I'd like to take it up again.
I really would love to have a Duolingo course for Thai. My stepmom and step-siblings all speak Thai. While they each speak English now, too, I would really like an organized way to learn about the Thai language. I would like to be able to share in that part of their culture. Hopefully this will be available soon.
Thai has been one of those languages that I've really wanted to learn, yet had difficulty finding a lot of resources on it. It would be amazing if Duolingo made this course.
I'd love to be able to talk to my aunts and uncles, or at least understand what my mum is saying behind my back
My fathers from Thailand but never taught us the language and I'd love to learn. Duolingo would help a lot if they could add the course.
Yes! It would be wonderful to learn my father's native language. My parents are from different countries and their only common language was English. I would be so thrilled to have a chance to learn Thai.
I've recently started learning to speak Thai but not to read or write yet. It's a beautiful sounding language and very different than anything else I can speak. It would be fantastic to have it on Duo.
The Thai script is quite beautiful too. It also makes it easier to learn the language than working with Romanised phonetics because they are only approximations and there is no consistency between the various Romanised phonetic systems. worth pursuing. I just bought some (very cheap) Thai children's books for practicing the letters.
Hopefully it will happen after the English for Thai speakers course reaches into beta.
I would light up inside at the chance to take Duolingo Thai. You know that you want to make my life complete
I'm definitely interested!! It's seems like a hard language to learn, but I'm willing to put in the effort!!
SUPER COOL, ON MY LIST OF LANGUAGES TO LEARN BEFORE I TURN 30 (yeah I know, that's a long time from now, but can't a guy dream) i think that would be amazing to learn such a language. Yes from me!
I can read, decipher tones, and write fluently. Now, all I need, is a course that will teach me words and grammar points.
I hope we see English to Thai soon! It would make my future travel easier. The writing system and tones have been challenging for me to learn, and the Duolingo format would be a great help.
Asides from writing my own name I can't read or write in Thai and this would be so great at helping me learn. This would also help me better improve my speaking abilities in Thai since I've got a thick accent. Yay!
Yes please! Thai is such a beautiful language, I'm sure many would be interested in learning it!
Thai was the first language I ever sought to learn myself (as opposed to being taught in school). I have 3+ half-siblings who were born in Thailand and whom I have never met (my father and I are not close and he moved to Thailand from the US 12 years ago). I hope to travel to Thailand one day to meet my siblings and I want to be able to communicate with them in their native language.
I really hope they decide to add a Thai course for English speakers one day. I've been watching a lot of Thai tv dramas lately, and the language seems like such an interesting one to learn.
Sorry everyone, but if you want to learn Thai right now, I recommended using Drops. It's avalible for free for IOS and Android users.
Download link for IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drops-learn-29-new-languages/id939540371?mt=8
Download link for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.languagedrops.drops.international
Drops' official website: https://languagedrops.com/
Btw, as a native Thai speaker, I really wanted to see Thai course for English speaker in Duolingo!
Like I said in this thread two years ago, PLEASE add Thai when you get a chance. I know that means the internal team will probably have to figure out how to teach the Thai abugida and the tones. I get that's no small undertaking. The script can be presented like any other non-Latin script. Just don't romanize it. The tone rules can be presented through notes and tips (people will mainly pick it up on the fly anyway down the road). The rest can just be reversed from the English for Thai course.
But, however you do it, please let us have Thai when you get a chance to develop it! It's over 50 million speakers and much bigger than many languages already on Duo. Also, there are many English speakers with Thai spouses or relatives in the west or in Thailand who do not have any decent resources to learn the language. I've used Memrise and drops....they're great. But, we need Duo Thai!
yesyesyesyesyes most of my family speaks thai- aside from my parents. I would love to be able to communicate with my family better and perhaps visit my relatives in thailand! but because my mom doesn't know it, she can't teach me. I've been trying to learn it on my own (unsuccessfully), and i hope that duolingo would be able to help me learn thai, as it helped me learn (partial) french and get me started on Vietnamese! I reallyreallyreally hope that a thai course is added <333
I would love to learn this language because i would like to go to Thailand and speak the local language.
I definitely would love to learn Thai! It has been on the top of my list of languages to learn.
Thai is so beautiful and inspiring. I am trying to learn using other sources but it's tough. Please create a course for English speakers!
I would love a Thai course on duolingo! Duolingo is my favorite app for learning language and I'm applying for a university in Chiang Mai so I want to start learning as soon as I can. Duolingo makes language fun and easy! Thank you to everyone helping make this happen!
No. This is a course for people who speak Thai to learn English. This is usually a step toward getting a course for English learners to learn Thai though. Here's a lingot for getting your hopes up. Sorry!
I sure am! I have been trying, but while learning Norwegian I discovered Duolingo. It would be the perfect tool for me to learn Thai.
Very very interested. Thailand is the country I most want to visit and I have realised from past experience to be able to fully experience the country you need to know at least some of the language. It's my dream to live there for a while, ugh I just really want Thai on Duolingo.
When ? And is someone going to confirm this or are we being ignored??
So any news on the status of Thai for English speakers? I'm trying to learn and having it on duolingo would be a great help.
I really must add my "me too" here. There is nothing to compare with Duolingo. I have always been hopeless at languages, and hated studying them, yet I managed to hit 55% fluency in Italian after 50 days of study, and even had fun doing it! Oh, if only I could learn Thai here, I might at last begin to speak it!
Yes please; family will be there in 2018 and i’d Love to have some understanding and the basics please. I’ve loved the French course and tiny cards. Thank you so much.
Anyone have any idea when (if?) the Thai for English speakers course will be available?
I already finished the tree English for Thai people. But I really need the pronunciation (especially for Sanskrit words....)
Thai would be great but challenging. If I am not mistaken there are six tones or something like that. If it were released tomorrow it would be my next language
I really wish they would get Thai on Duolingo... it’s been 2 years and still nothing?
Yes! I am very eager to learn the language so that I can communicate, at least a little, with the people when I go there!
I'm a Thai native. I've been using Duolingo for other languages and find it quite beneficial. I would instantly recommend it to expat friends living in Thailand who are trying to learn Thai if only they have a Thai version. I'd love to contribute to the effort if there's opportunity.
I would like a Thai course, too. Currently, I'm learning it with Benjawan Becker's Thai for Beginners and flashcards in AnkiApp and on Quizlet, but it's really hard going.
I think Duolingo's grammar-based approach featuring multiple repetitions of similar sentences could really help people get over the first hurdle: the language just sounds so strange at first that it's difficult to memorize even simple phrases, names and the like.
Thai is such a beautiful language. I hope one day we have the pleasure to see it added to Duolingo.
Hell yes! Thailand is the most amazing country I've visited in my life. I wish to learn the language far more than the few phrases I know.
I'm Thai. I can help if anyone wants. I would love to make Thai course for English speakers to share my own language. XX
Hey Terry, please let me know when you have found an easy way to learn some Thai. I need to learn that language, too. Thanks :-)
Thank you very much. I would love Duolingo have Thai, too. Even if the course will be developed, I think it will take a lot of time until it would be ready to be used. That is why I am looking for alternatives until I can jump on the Duolingo course ;-)
Thai is a very under-rated language. It's quite interesting, but the spelling is hard to remember! I wish Duolingo had it too.
I'm definitely interested. Are there any plans to develop a Thai course on Duolingo?
I re-downloaded the app recently and I was disappointed that they still don't have Thai course yet. I have only learned some basics via a Thai professor a few years back and I really want to learn more. Heck, I'm even interested in Lao, since they are somewhat similar.
I'm also interested in Lao. They're more than somewhat similar. Lao is easier to read and write. It's harder to hear what tones people are using. Grammar is almost identical except Lao has one extra word for "to be". Pronouns, politeness, and a percentage of vocabulary are different.
Sooo I was promped here because I have read step by step (actually just the first since the language I wanted to request was listed) the guide called "I WOULD LIKE A NEW COURSE: WHAT SHOULD I DO?" and I was wondering how long does it take for a vote like this to be taken into consideration...
I don't want to be fussy but seriously guys it has been three years since this topic (about the vote for the Thai language) was created and there's nothing at the horizon yet?
I just want to quote of the criteria one of the three criteria that Duolingo staff asks himself for the consideration of a new language (by the way this is the link): https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/18949556
1) How many people will benefit from this course?
Now, still being humble and not polemic, how many people in real life can benefit from Klingon, High Valyrian and other fictional languages available for learning here in the website? Wouldn't be better to add some interesting real languages?
By the way, one more huge vote for THAI language!
yes it would be great to learn this language as this is a beautiful country and holidaying or retirement would become more feasible
I want to go to thailand & it would be great to have a way to practice there are a lot of thai restaurants near me and I might be able to practice with the people there beforehand
Yes Yes Yes!!! Would be super diligent if Thai for English speakers is released. Please do soon?
I am also interested in learning Thai. Is there an update when the course will be available?
I think it would be helpful because there are expats like me who teach english and then move to another country to teach and when duolingo doesn’t have the language I need of that new country, things are a bit complicated. I actually want to teach in thailand but since there are no good resources for it, I can’t move there. Hopefully they do decide to add it
There are lots of other resources for learning Thai. Why not use some of those, and then switch to Duolingo if and when they release a Thai course?
Because the other resources are crap and duolingo is working for years on thai-language with no result -.-
I would be very interested to learn Thai. It is my native but I live in England so I don't use it often. I need to revise my Thai.
I am really excited about a English to Thai course. I lived a year in Thailand and would really like to learn more of the language. Unfortunately, Thai is not a common language that English speakers want to learn. I just hope that we can get it off the ground soon!
If you are interested, I'm currently making a course about Thai tones on Memrise: https://www.memrise.com/course/2000268/thai-tones-4/
Yes, Duolingo definitely needs Thai!! I'm sure it would have far more learners than Vietnamese...
I'm an exchange student in Thailand and having a Thai lenguage course here on duolingo would make learning it much easier
I really want to be able to talk to my friend in Thai, so it would be great if this could be one of Duolingo's new courses!
Yes I am very interested. I speak Thai and my children are interested in learning so they can communicate with relatives in Thailand.
Absolutely. It's one I've been wanting to learn for years but haven't found the resources
Yes! I am thai and am scared that I am going to forget thai once I leave Thailand (this has happened in the past)
It’s honestly my favorite language to hear spoken. I watch dramas and even tech reviews in Thai. I already speak some Spanish and a little French but I would love to be able to speak Thai too!
Definitely! I’ve always wanted to learn Thai. Someone needs to add it...
I've been waiting for this course since I first started learning with Duo five years ago, yet to no avail. Please, Duo, I need to improve my Thai! How can there be Esperanto, Klingon, and High Valeyrian but no Thai?!
If they can add Klingon then why can't they add Thai? I know many people who speak Thai, and no one who speak Klingon!
There are more people in Thailand than in Italy. How long has Duolingo had Italian?
I made a poll and this is the most asked for language! Please, please, please!
Duo needs more Southeast Asian languages, there's only Vietnamese and Indonesian on here. The English for Thai speakers course was completed years ago but the reverse tree hasn't been in the works as of February 2019. I was told the contributors are on a "break" but there is no word on when their break will end and when the next project will start.
I'd love to see Khmer here too, but I recognize that it would be less in demand than Thai, Vietnamese or Indonesian.
I sent a request to start thai for english in incubator, but there is no answer from developers of duolingo.
Besides just adding to the chorus of "..yes we want Thai.." Is there ANYTHING we can do to actually make this happen?
Still interested, almost two years waiting for this course. Even if it takes time, I'll wait for this course!
I'd like to see Thai for English. Please stop working on passing curiosities like Valerian or Klingon and work on this instead.
Hey, I would love to learn Thai here on Duolingo, but Valerian and Klingon have the same right to be here and it is good that it is possible to learn them here ;-P
As hippietrail mentioned above, it's unlikely that fulltime Duolingo staff are actually creating the High Valerian and Klingon courses, probably volunteers who want to create them and may have no knowledge of or interest in Thai. So the lack of Thai is probably unrelated to the presence of other languages.
+1 Another up-vote for Thai. I've been in Thailand for 10 years and while my skills are OK, I definitely need some help getting to the 'next level', and regularising what I already know. PLEASE - Use Thai script. No transliterations - they never work - even if keyboard work is harder. ขอบคุณครับ
I'd love to learn Thai on here! I spent several years in Thailand in my childhood and really regret not learning more than a few phrases back then (and forgetting most of them since then). So I'm really hoping for a Thai from English course (I'd also take a Thai from German course, but hey, we all know that isn't going to happen any time soon... ;) )
I’ve always wanted to learn Thai. Please make it happen. :(
PLEASE DO! I really want to learn this language. Thailand is an amazing country and I want to learn it's language. Please add this.
I started learning Thai in 2002 and still am not that good. This proposed course would be a good refresher for me.
Can't find any new info about Thai Duolingo for English speakers, I want to upgrade to Plus if it was added in, Duolingo please respond!
I would really love Thai for English speakers so I can communicate with my Thai family better. My mother didn't have an interest in teaching me growing up. I think it would be a great addition. Kind of annoyed it was dropped out of lack of interest when some of us have been anxiously waiting for years for the course. I'm going to try to find in person lessons sometime in the next year or so but the search results in my area were pitiful the last time I looked into it.
Thai is really necessary here, it is strange Duolingo doesn't have it yet
I can't wait for this course to come out! I am anxiously ready to take it once it goes through the incubator. I tried learning Thai with every resource available before spending a month in Bangkok and wished so much Duo had it! :-/ Fortunately, English for Thai speakers is nearing Beta so hopefully a reverse course will not be long in coming to the incubator. It will be a while, but it will be worth it!! ^_^
definitely, it's gotta be popular, there are so many tourists heading to Thailand every year, and the script is so pretty!
If they can go through the effort of creating courses to learn Klingon and High Valerian, surely they create a Thai language course for English speakers! I have no figures but there are so many expats in Thailand, not to mention the millions of tourists that visit each year, and personally as someone who is of Thai and English heritage it would help me greatly in learning the language of my mother and family so I can better communicate with them when I visit.
They probably have some nerds voluntarily contributing the Klingon and High Valerian stuff so that it doesn't actually cost them anything.
As a Thai, I'll be more than happy to see my natie tongue included. Fingers crossed.
SLA demand is high for a Thai for English course which I'm sure Duolingo is aware of. However, I'm not sure if they're aware of the nearly complete lack of supply. Rosetta dropped Thai several versions ago, Pimsleur is too inadequate, there are very few products in the retail market, and, to the best of my research, none of the OpenCourse contributing universities have any offerings. It's just mindboggling that Esperanto and Klingon are available but Thai isn't.
@DustinMajo - One possible source for someone acquainted with how the system here works, would be to start by adapting the easily available base materials. I refer in particular to the way too inadequately publicised, otherwise excellent Lyndon Hill material, which can be found at http://www.lyndonhill.com/FunThai/CONTENTS.html Using that, plus material from Poomsan Becker 1&2 and Higbie 'Essential' would be a very solid foundation for at least up to intermediate. I wouldn't presume to be at the standard to do that conversion myself - but it is a place to start.
Yes, please! I want to visit Thailand next year and would love to be able to converse a bit! Plus - I watch so much Thai tv that it is about time I learn some :)
I would also love to learn Thai here in Duolingo.
Hope they have it by the I'm finished with Japanese
I have just discovered how beautiful Thai is as a language and I feel exactly the same way!
Hey I think we need to @ them on twitter, some @ them and link it so we can all retweet it. Maybe that will jump start it.
สวัสดีครับ (Sawatdi Khrap = Hello in Thai (polite form for male speaker))
I had already applied to be an incubator and volunteer for Thai language course for English speakers on July 29th (National Thai Language Day in Thailand)
...but maybe due to my application was sent just few days ago, so I don't got any feedback from Duolingo yet.
In addition, although I'm the Thai native speaker...but the contribution for the course by only 1 person is TOO MUCH for me. So I would like the number of volunteers will be enough soon.
ขอบคุณครับ (Khopkhun Khrap = Thank you in Thai (polite form for male speaker))
มาจากภาคเหนือของไทยครับ Ma Chak Phak Nuea Khong Thai khrap ((I'm) from Northern Thailand)
i've been an exchange student to thailand for one year with afs and i learned some thai but it's definitely not good enough to contribute to the course even if i'd love to. koh tot khrap
Thank you for your comment. I wish that was your nice time & experience in Thailand.
If you still interest Thai language, my suggested channel is "Learn Thai with ThaiPod101" https://www.youtube.com/user/ThaiPod101/
Although you thought you don't good enough to contribute...but I require the opinion from foreign learner about What skill they want?
For example, skill "Winter Olympic" in Duolingo Korean course, skill "Subculture & Olympics" in Duolingo Japanese course...So what kind of preferred skill in Thai course? (Tourism? Food? Religion? Slang? Regional language? etc?)
...or even checking English grammar in the course (I'm not good on it)
High Valyrian ... Check Klingon ... Check Navajo ... Check
But the very popular tourist destination and country where many English speaking people reside ... nah, Duolingo won't make that one. How did High Valyrian get precedence over something like Thai language?