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Thai language classes and lessons in PJ and KL

by Yin on January 7, 2012

The next Thai language is on Sunday 4 March 2014. Please refer to THIS POST dated in January 2014 for more info.

Update in 2014: The Classes by the Thai natie speaker has been discontinued. On Saturdays, a Thai monk is teaching the intermediate class while Peter’s beginners class is on Sunday, 2.30pm.

If you would like to learn the Thai language, there are classes available at Wat Chetawanวัดเชตวัน in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. The temple is located in Jalan Gasing. Beginners class will start on the first week of March 2012 and continue till end of the year.

Please note classes on Sunday, 5 May 2013 is cancelled due to many students not able to make it

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Please note that the latest changes is as follows:

 
1. Thai classes by teachers from Thailand on  (this is from a collaboration between the Malaysian and Thai government whereby Thai teachers are sent to selected locations in Malaysia. So far in Klang Valley, there are classes held at 2 venues:
a. Petaling Jaya - Multipurpose Hall, Wat Chetawan, Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya
 
b. Kuala Lumpur- Kampung Baru Kuala Lumpur (location at the floor above or near Restoran Garuda, an Indonesian restaurant located at Kg Baru opposite the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital) 
 
Class Schedule for March 2013- timing are the same for both venues as classes taught but 2 different set of teachers:
  • Saturday 16, 23 March, 6 April 2013 at 9am- 11am and 1pm- 3pm
  • Sunday 17, 24 March & 7 April 2013 at 9am- 11am
  • Note: Classes on 30 & 31 March are canceled and next class would resume on 6 & 7 April 2013
  • Note: No classes from 13 & 14 April 2013 due to Songkran (the Thai teachers are back in Thailand celebrating the festival and the temple also would be abuzz with ‘water throwing’ as Songkran is celebrated in a small scale in the temple as well)
  • Note: No classes on 5 May 2013 due to many students not able to make it. Saturday 4 May have class.

During each of the listed sessions above, there are 2 classes running at the concurrently at each venue :

  • Thai for  beginners (held downstairs at the Multipurpose Hall at Wat Chetawan) - But do note that the class is conducted in a mixture of Malay language with Thai  as the Thai teacher is from Southern Thailand and can speak Malay with the Kelantanese dialect.
  • Thai for intermediate (held upstairs at the multipurpose hall at Wat Chetawan) - the entire class is conducted in Thai language and the Thai teacher cannot speak English or Malay- if you are attending this class you need to be proficient in Thai language for written and spoken

Note: For Kampung Baru classes, it is taught by Muslim teachers and same timing as in Wat Chetawan. I only know it is either located upstairs of Restoran Garuda or an upstairs building near there.  For those who are attending the class there- do share the details of the venue for the benefit of others who would like to attend.

 2. Sunday  class by Peter (local retired teacher)- only at Wat Chetawan.

Venue: Multipurpose Hall, Wat Chetawan, Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya

  • Intermediate at 1 pm – 2.30 pm- you should have knowledge in written and spoken Thai
  • Beginners class-  2.30 pm – 4 pm - if you are new to the language, you can still attend this class as we have beginners still joining this month

 All the Thai classes in PJ  are held at Multipurpose Hall of Wat Chetawan.

Direction of the hall: from the temple’s office, you would see a store selling flowers and amulets next to the office. Behind is a space where you see a Buddha statue. The multipurpose hall is the building behind the store that sells flowers. Photo as shown below- the location is the building right behind:

Additional information on Peter’s class:
1. No profit and it is a charitable class
2. Taught by local qualified teacher for beginners
3. RM30 per month- it is per month and even if participants attend all the 3 classes, the amount is still only RM30. Collection of funds goes to printing of training materials and occasional donation support to the temple (since we are using the temple’s facilities to conduct the class).

My personal experience

I agree with some non Thai native speakers who mentioned that the most effective way to learn the Thai language is by being able to read their writing and develop one’s own convention to spell out the words. This is because, in Thai language, there are various tone marks and rules- and if one is unable to read, one can only speak based on what one hear- often, one’s hearing may not be accurate and causes the tone to be off….which can totally give a different meaning.

Therefore, if you are serious about learning the Thai language, my advise is to invest some time to learn up the alphabets, tone marks, tone rules and you would be able to speak accurately.

Another thing is if you rely on learning Thai by referring to the romanized phrase books, you may end up being much more confused than ever. This is because a number of Thai words just cannot be romanized due to the complexity of the prounciation. Even when we learn the tone rules, we need to develop our own convention in pronouncing the words. Therefore, if you learn from various books, different authors may use a different set of convention and spelling. For example, chicken is called “kai” in Thai but some books romanized as “gai” as well. If you can read know how to pronounce ไก่ because you have learned the Thai vocab and the tone marks, you would be able to pronounce it correctly yourself.

I strongly recommend the Thai language class taught in Wat Chetawan- for the past year, I’ve had the privilege and good fortune of attending the beginner’s class taught by Mr Peter, a retired schoolteacher. And I must say the dedication and passion to teach are evident. Learning beginners from a teacher who is also a Malaysian is easier because he understands the limitation and constraints of Malaysians who wishes to learn the Thai language. He is able to teach in a way that makes it easy for Malaysians to pick up the language. Each class he would introduce slowly and systematically the grammar rules or the alphabets.

Teachers like Peter is hard to find nowadays- and what’s even more great is that Peter does not even take a cent from any of the proceeds- as the regular RM30 paid is meant for materials and also sometimes the class fund is used to donate to the Thai flood last year, for kathina, for Wesak. Today, even if you are willing to pay you also cannot get a teacher that is so dedicated to teach.

Before that, I tried to learn on my own but lack of like minded company as well as difficulty in comprehending the language resulted in not much improvement. When learning under Mr Peter, because he does give us a little homework to do and because every week we do attend the class, it gave me the discipline to really pick up and do my homework. Initially I was a slow learner (I always am when initially learning up a language). But within 3 months of the class, when I visited Thailand, I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to read the Thai texts, even though slowly from my favourite Thai books. This had motivated me to continue learning the language through focusing on texts that I enjoy reading.

After learning the alphabets, the grammar rules, you can then attend the intermediate class where you would be taught on more vocabulary. Because the teachers would read from the Thai words, if you cannot read the basic words, it may be a little difficult. But once you can read, learning the vocabulary becomes a breeze.

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{ 82 comments… read them below or add one }

Paul September 22, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Hi Yin,

I attended the class already today. It’s fun.

Sherly September 28, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Hi Yin,

Good day

I’m interesting on learning thai language, is it too late to join the class now? or i should better wait for next intake?

Adrian Leo January 6, 2014 at 4:45 am

I would like to joint the Thai language class asap. When can i start. Kindly advise. Thank you.

Yin January 20, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Hi Adrian,

The next class would start on Sunday 2 March 2014 at 2.30pm at Wat Chetawan near the multipurpose hall

kiki January 30, 2014 at 11:16 pm

hello, may i know is there any free thai language classses around KL in year 2014? =D

Yin February 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Hi Kiki…
As far as I know there is no free Thai class. The one I recommend above is the most reasonably price but the teacher is dedicated about the topic…something that cannot be bought by money.

kiki February 9, 2014 at 10:43 pm

oh.. im interested but so far only got classes at Wat Chetawan rite? =D

Ng February 14, 2014 at 10:55 am

Morning Yin,

I would like to attend the class on march, just want to confirm need to register?

lee peng February 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm

How am i going to register for thai language class for beginner?

Yin February 15, 2014 at 9:11 am

Hi Ng…no need to register. If you wish to attend, just show up on that day and time. Happy learning :)

Yin February 15, 2014 at 9:13 am

Hi Lee Peng…no need to register. Just show up on that day and time. Thanks

Pooi Wan March 1, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Thanks for this posting!!

Sorry I just wanted to help someone who is keen to look for job in Customer Service with Thai Speaker. 5 days jobs in Bandar Sri Damansara. Salary is around RM2500 – RM3500..Non shift yeah..
Please kindly email your resume to pwkum@crestforce.net..Much appreciated ..Khob kuhn

Jasmine Ng March 1, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Hello, I’m Jasmine frm kelana jaya. Can I know if I cannot attend this wk 1st Thai beginning class in Wat Chetawan, PJ, Can I still attend in next wk? Apprecited the advice, pls.

Yin March 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Dear all…I have just confirm with Mejar Goh..the class monitor. The beginners class is on tomorrow Sunday at Wat Chetawan. Please bring along RM30 being monthly contribution of printing materials and for using temple facilities. If u cannot attend this week u can also attend next week. Thank you

Jasmine Ng March 1, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Hi Yin, thank you very much advice. I will try attend this wk , if not next wk. Just last understand what’s the time pls? Tq again. Jasmine ng.

Lucas Loo March 5, 2014 at 12:16 pm

hi i am intereted to start my class! when is the next available session??

Yin March 5, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Hi Lucas….you can go to this Sunday’s class at 2.30pm in the multipurpose hall at Wat Chetawan

Dexter March 11, 2014 at 11:08 am

* So may I still go for the beginner class on next month?

Ed March 12, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Hi Yin,

It’s too late to join this week for beginner’s class?

Sher Li March 12, 2014 at 5:55 pm

I Would like to learn the Thai Language. I can go in to the class any week? Can you advise the schedule.

Yin March 12, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Hi Dexter…you may but worry u may have to catch up the missed lessons

Yin March 12, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Dear Sher Li…
The beginners class start fixed time in march till december each year. The later you join, the harder is for u to catch up.
It is not a profit based class and hence only one gradual syllabus whereby u need to know what had been taught earlier. So please joim as early as u can

Yin March 12, 2014 at 6:14 pm

No..u can still join but don’t delay too long yeah or else you may not be able to catch up

genie March 27, 2014 at 1:58 pm

hi, i interested on thai language class, please send me more detail….fee and timetable .thanks

azhar April 3, 2014 at 10:47 am

Hi
What about classes at Kg Baru…is the schedule the same

Sanna chin April 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I would like to join the Thai language class, this is my 1st time learning Thai . Can u provide me more detail of the class schedule ? Thanks .

Yin April 12, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Hi Azhar…sorry Kg baru class no more as the thai teachers had completed their classes

Harry Wong April 13, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Please let me know when can I start the Thai class and any phone number to be contacted.. Thanks

Dexter April 14, 2014 at 11:19 am

* What time for the beginner class?

Yin April 17, 2014 at 4:25 pm
Yin April 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Please refer to http://visit-malaysia.yinteing.com/2014/01/04/thai-class-in-petaling-jaya-and-kuala-lumpur/ for updated info. You can still join the beginners class now

heirey April 30, 2014 at 12:47 am

Hi… I can speak very little thai. Can I join??

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