How much of the local language do you need for daily living? Are local language classes/tutors available and affordable?

I get by with very little out here in Nichada. Basic phrases and numbers will get you by. Directional phrases are great for taxi rides. Local language classes are provided by the PTA of ISB inside the gate as well as the Embassy. - Aug 2019


Living downtown you need to know some Thai to navigate directions when riding in taxis and it's also good for eating out. The embassy offers classes and the instructor, Khun Nok, is really good. - Jun 2018


Within Bangkok and in more touristy areas English is common, once outside of the city you need a bit of Thai to get by. - Apr 2017


Most Thais in the consumer service industry speak enough English to get by. You should be fine if you don't speak Thai but obviously small polite phrases are always appreciated. - Nov 2016


It's nice to have a small vocabulary, but you can survive in Bangkok easily without it. Most people do. - Aug 2015


You can survive with very little, however, I strongly suggest (if you want to make the most of your time) that you learn as much Thai as possible. I wish I had learned more, and my Thai was so-so. It will also help when you have problem with a taxi driver, or when trying to shop or eat at a local establishment. - Aug 2014


A good set of "Taxi thai" phrases will get you far - enough to get you home at least. Beyond that, the language is very difficult and many, many expats know very little. Those who know more can perhaps explore off the beaten path more easily and more often. - May 2014


None-most people speak a bit of English or you can communicate by pointing and smiling. - Jul 2013


It helps and would make the experience of living here more enjoyable. Unfortunately, I don't speak the language, but I get by fine on my "taxi Thai". - Jun 2013


They speak a lot of English here, but a little Thai goes a long way. - Jul 2012


For daily living you can get by without it, but as in most places it would be really nice to know some for true ease of living. - Oct 2011


Very little. Thais appreciate you learning, but I know people out here who can survive using no Thai whatsoever. - Aug 2011


A little "taxi thai" will go along way in not getting ripped off (as much), and it makes life much, much easier. And the Thais love it when you can say a few words in their language. - Jul 2011


You can get by with English, but knowing at least some Thai will certainly facilitate daily living and enhance the experience. - Feb 2011


You can get by on English, but people love it if you speak even "taxi Thai". Learning to give directions and ask for certain kinds of food, say thank you and hello, are very useful. Not everyone speaks English and many people who do, speak it with a heavy accent and tones having learned English from other Thai speakers. - May 2010


Not very much. Most Thais understand some English. - Apr 2010


not much, some english is in use--but i am in the big urban city.english is much more rare in the country - Jan 2010


Of course having Thai under your belt would be a big help. English is not that widely spoken here, except for places where the farang (foreigners) frequent, mostly western establishments such as hotels, restaurants, or department stores. - Jul 2009


None but it helps to learn a little Thai. It really makes a difference with the locals. - Apr 2009


None, but a little helps. - Feb 2009


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