boats on a beach in Thailand

Welcome to Thai at the CLC!

Thai, also known as Siamese or Central Thai, is the national and official language of Thailand and the native language of the Thai people and the vast majority of Thai Chinese. It is a tonal and analytic language, with a complex orthography and relational markers. Learn more about the fascinating Thai language and culture!

About Thai
bridge to the jungle in Khao Yai national park, Thailand

เพื่อนกินหาง่าย เพื่อนตายหายาก

Friends for a meal are easy to find, friends until end of life are difficult to find.

Thai Lessons and Videos

icon depicting a person


Learn how to greet others in Thai

a conversation bubble


Learn from our staff how to introduce yourself in Thai

icon depicting a video

More Videos

Check out more of our Thai language videos

Thai food arranged on a board


There is no accounting for taste.

aerial view of the famous floating market in Thailand

Get to Know Thai Culture

Thaiways prepares you culturally ready before you go to Thailand.

Thaiways Magazine

IMPORTANT NOTE for Native/Near-Native Speakers

Critical Language courses are for enthusiastic students seeking practical language skills. Native /near native speakers are NOT allowed to take any CLC courses in their native languages. 101 classes are strictly for total beginners. Any students with background knowledge (including heritage students) of the selected language must contact the CLC director for appropriate class level BEFORE registration. CLC classes are self-instructional and are best suited for highly motivated and disciplined students. Please feel free to explore the languages offered by the CLC.