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:: Overview of Thai language

The official national language is Thai.  Unlike Western languages, Thai is tonal, meaning that the pitch given to a particular syllable determines its meaning.  With five tones, the same syllable can be spoken in five different ways, all of which have a different meaning.  Most polysyllabic words in the vocabulary have been borrowed, mainly from Khmer, Pali and Sanskrit.  Dialects are spoken in rural areas, with the most well-known being Isan , which is a form of Lao in the northeast region.  Other languages are Chinese and Malay, along with the various hill tribe languages.  English, a compulsory subject in public schools, is widely spoken and understood, particularly in Bangkok and other major cities. 

:: Thai language Schools

AAA Thai Language Centre
29 Vanissa Building, 6th floor, Chit-lom Rd., Patumwan, Bangkok 10330 Tel: 0-2655-5629 Fax: 0-2655-5629 E-mail: patcharee@aaathai.com

AUA Natural Thai
179 Rajdamri Road, Lumpini, Bangkok, 10330 Tel (02) 252 8170 ext 399 fax (02) 255 4632 E -mail: 75061.2151@compuserve.com

Berlitz Language Center
22nd Fl, Silom Complex, Silom Rd, Bangkok.Tel: 0-2231-3652 Fax: 0-2231-3656

BIS International School
591/9 Between Sukhumvit Soi 33 and 33/1, Behind Villa Supermarket, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 Tel: 0-2258 5099 Fax: 0-2259 7534
Email: bisinter@ksc.th.com

Boston Academy
Silom 395/5 Silom Soi 7 Bangrak, Silom, Bangkok, 10500 Tel: 0-2233-7723 Fax: 0-2233-7728

Sukhumvit Road. Tel: 0-2229-4519, 0-2653-1265
Anusaowaree. Tel: 0-2644-7072-3
Lardphrao. Tel: 0-2933-9423

Inlingua
20th Floor, Liberty Square Building287 Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Tel: (02) 631 1850-3 Fax: (02) 631 1854
E-mail: expressthai@inlinguathailand.com

Central Chidlom, Bangkok : 0-2254-7028
Central Pinklao, Bangkok : 0-2884-9255
Central Bangna, Bangkok : 0-2745-6246
Central Bangkapi, Bangkok : 0-2734-2496

Nisa Thai Language School
YMCA Collins House 27 Sathorn Tai (South) Road, Bangkok Tel (02) 671 3359-60, (02) 671 3343-44 E-mail: nisathai@cscoms.com

PRO Language
Sukhumvit Road Tel (02) 250 0072-3

Rangsit University,
Pathum Thani Tel (02) 997 2200

Siri Pattana Thai Language School
YWCA 13 Sathorn Tai (South) Road, Bangkok.
Tel: (02) 286-1936

Somchart Thai Language School
9 Sukhumvit Soi 19, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110
Tel: (02) 651-2735-6 Fax: (02) 651-2736
Email: chutima_tumthamarong@hotmail.com

Taiyo Langage School
2221/16 Ramkhamhaeng, Soi 51/2Bangkok 10240 Tel: (02) 319-1390
Email: tayobkk@yahoo.com

Thammasat University
Faculty of Liberal Arts (Tha Prachan Campus) Tel (02) 613 2608, (02) 613 2675;
E-mail: basicthai@yahoo.com

Thonglor Language Centre
806 Sukhumvit Soi 38, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 Tel: (02) 391-6358, 0-2390-0244 Fax: (02) 712-0886

Union Language School
CCT Building 109 Surawong Road, Bangkok Tel: 02 2334482 fax: 02 2334482
Email: union_lang@yahoo.com

Unity Thai Language School
Sukhumvit Tel (02) 653 1538

YMCA Language Centre
64/2 Pan Road, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500 Tel: 0-2235-0241-2 Fax: 0-2235-0240