My name is Airada. My nickname is Ai. I am Thai. I come from the northeast of Thailand. I also speak Khmer. My pronunciation is very clear (some Thai people can’t differentiate their Rs and Ls clearly).
Speak, read and write simple Thai within a few weeks! ''Sa-wad-dii-kha.'' Sa-wat-dii khrap" This is how we say hello in Thai. If you are a man you will say ''sa-wad-dii-khrap''
Learning Thai is not difficult. Lots of people are put off because it sounds so different from European languages. But these differences can make it a fun language to learn. Learning Thai should be fun. It shouldn't be scary! If you want to improve your Thai but find that either your schedule is too hectic to organise classes with others in a school, or you want to progress fast with one-to-one tuition, then look no further!
I'm an experienced private teacher who can help you learn Thai quickly in a way that is fun and not intimidating. I'm Thai, speak English fluently, and enjoy seeing my students progress quickly in conversational Thai.
I started teaching Thai to foreigners in 2008. Then, in 2009, I worked in Bangkok for a world-wide company, Cartus, whose base is in Singapore, before I moved to Singapore.
I began teaching independently via Skype in 2012 on moving to Singapore..
My teaching approach depends on each student's learning style and I adjust it to each student's needs and requirements. We usually start with a refresher exercise using 'old' words learned in earlier sessions. We then build up sentences or phrases by joining the learned words through different and interesting exercises.
I always make sure that I deliver what my students need. Experts have shown that there is not one single best method for everyone in all contexts, and that no one teaching method is inherently superior to others. Moreover, it is not always possible - or appropriate - to apply the same methods to all learners, who have different objectives, come from different cultures, and have different learning needs.
You may know that Thai is a tonal language. It has five tones. If you want to say something you might end up say something else if you get the tones wrong. But don't worry too much about the tones. We can fix them as we go along, each time we have a lesson, and you will soon get the tones right after you've heard them a few times and you repeat words again and again - then they will sound right to you. I encourage my students to speak and build up their confidence and discuss lots of topics based on subjects they're interested in. In addition, I give my students lots of materials that encourage practice in speaking. You'll be speaking with confidence in no time!
Listening is one of the most important and difficult skills to master. Each Thai person has their own accent. Some speak clearly but some don't. Therefore, we spend time listening to people speaking for different lengths of time, from short conversations to longer conversations, interviews and videos. We 'll undertake different activities, from simple listening and checking your answers, to more challenging ones such as listening to the news, listening to other media, and discussing what we heard.
Reading & Writing:
For reading and writing I use the 'Manii and Mana' books. We also read news, find written Thai jokes, and look at a variety of websites together. I will also give you specific words and ask you yo make up sentences, stories, letters, emails and more using these words. For all levels I create exercises to strengthen reading and comprehension skills based on your life. In the class, I will read out words or sentences and ask you to write them down and show them to me.
Airada was an easy person to like. My free trial lasted about an hour and I learned some words and how to put those words into sentences. She also sent me files to print to go along with the lesson. I have already booked my next lesson! :)
Airada has a friendly manner about her, she is s great listener and explains many things in detail. I look forward to our next meeting.