Centre for Continuing Education

Thai Course 101 (Level 1): Beginners

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If you want to learn to speak Thai, our Thai classes are ideal for adult learners to enjoy a practical and social experience while you learn Thai language and culture. Learn Thai the smart way with Thai courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This beginner’s course focuses on basic communication used in everyday life, and introduces Thailand and its culture. You will learn how to greet people, order food at a restaurant and ask for directions. You will also be introduced to various grammatical structures. Standard spoken Thai is used throughout this course and you will learn to socialise at a basic level, as a foreigner in Thailand. No prior knowledge of the language is required.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Communicate through listening, speaking and maintaining very simple exchanges in the basic theme of everyday life situations – including greeting, meeting with people, buying items and ordering food.
  2. Ask simple questions with question words in Thai, e.g. What? Where? Who? How much? How many?
  3. Seek feedback with simple question particles, such as mai, chai mai, dai mai and mii mai.
  4. Place an order at a cafe or restaurant using basic food and drinks terms.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Background to Thailand, the Thai culture and language.
  • Basic greetings and apologies, showing respect through body language and choice of pronouns.
  • Talking about who you are and where you come from, basic question and answer forms.
  • Talking about possessions, working with numbers and currency, asking for telephone numbers and addresses.
  • Shopping and bargaining, asking how much and how many, fruit terms, identifying things, sizes and colour.
  • Eating out and ordering food and drinks, asking for the bill.

Intended Audience

Suitable for beginner A1 level students. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Delivery Style

This course is delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged.

Prescribed Text

Students are not required to purchase a prescribed text for this course. All course materials will be provided in class.

Please Note

Selected Language and Culture courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

What others say.

  • Excellent juxtaposition of teaching Thai language and culture.

  • I was able to put into practice the course content I learnt, which was terrific.

  • I found the course most enjoyable. It was a fun learning experience and I will take the next level course in Thai.

  • Thai 101 is one of the most innovative and learner-centred language programs that I have attended. The tutor is extremely well-prepared and thorough with the pedagogy and its application. The class was most interactive and supportive. I have enrolled for Thai 102 and have no hesitation in recommending this course. Thank you for the opportunity.

  • A well structured course which had me speaking basic Thai from the first lesson.

Thai Course 101 (Level 1): Beginners

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What others say.

  • Really enjoyable course - the teacher is excellent and provides very useful materials in class.
  • I was able to put into practice the course content I learnt, which was terrific.