Frequently Asked Questions about Thai language classes at UH (F.A.Q.)

Q: Do Thai classes at UH teach conversational skills only or teach reading and writing in Thai script as well?

A: All Thai language classes at UH are “integrated skills” classes, i.e., all skills are taught (Listening-Speaking-Reading-Writing).

Q: Are Thai classes at UH offered during summer session?

A: Thai classes are not offered in summer at UH, since UH Thai language program is a member of the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) Consortium, a consortium of institutions that pool their resources to offer 8 week intensive Southeast Asian language classes in summer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more information about summer Intensive Thai classes, visit:

Q: I am not a student at the University of Hawaii. I already have an advanced degree and am only interested in learning Thai for personal reasons. How can I enroll in Thai classes at UH?

A: Thai classes offered at UH are dual-listed with UH "Outreach" program, so that the general public (i.e. non-UH students) can enroll through the Outreach office. See their website at for registration & fee info.

Q: I had been living in Thailand for a few years so I have basic conversation ability in Thai but cannot read and write Thai. I am interested in developing my reading/writing skills. Which class should I enroll in?

A: Starting in Fall 2006, Thai 107 Reading and Writing Thai Script is offered every Fall semester. Thai 107 is a 3 credit course designed for students who already have some aural and oral skills in Standard Thai and can handle some basic daily conversation in Standard Thai equivalent to those completing Thai 102 or higher but cannot read or write in the language. This course is also for Thai or Lao heritage or bi-lingual or semi-bilingual students who already have aural and oral skills in spoken Standard Thai but lack Thai literacy skills. This course will be offered through UH Outreach program as well.

Q: Although I live on Oahu I am unable to attend Thai courses at UH due to the fact that I am at work during the class meeting times. Do you know of available beginning Thai language course offer evening or weekends?

Department of Education's Community School for adults no longer offers Thai classes (evening classes).

Acadamia Language School, a private language school on Oahu, offers Thai classes on demand. For more information, visit the school's website at:

** Please note that the above is provided as information only. This does not imply that the Thai Language Program at UH endorse or recommend any school/classes listed above.