Learning a foreign language can be a huge asset. In particular, if you have plans to live in a country different than yours, either for a short period or longer, knowledge of the local language offers great benefits. Irrespective of whether you stay is for education purposes or with a view to doing business there, you will overcome many handicaps if you learn the language locally spoken. If it is Thailand that you are planning to make your home for some time, learn Thai language in a good institute that specializes in teaching languages.
Who All Should Sign up and Why
If this question is hovering in your mind, whether you should be one of the right candidates for enrolling in an institute which is providing Thai lessons, consider the following. If you are planning to take up higher education in Bangkok or any other city in Thailand, you will be better off learning the language, because in your day to day interactions with your fellow students at the university, you may have to speak in the local language only. When you are going to spend 1 or 2 years living in the country, you may have to go shopping and even deal with small shopkeepers away from the cities. All these people may be able to speak only in Thai and not know any other language.
If you plan to start a business in Thailand, or if you have been posted in the country by your company to work for an extended period also it is quite useful to learn Thai language.
Where to Learn from
The next obvious step would be to pick the right institution to join and learn the language. If you are in Bangkok, you can look for such places where the Thai language classes are being run regularly. You need to first check if the location of the Institute will suit you from the view point of commuting to and fro for the classes from wherever you are located. If the place is close to a BTS station and is in the centre of Bangkok, you would prefer that. You will also have to be sure that they offer flexible timings so that if you are working and also learning the language, it allows you the freedom to choose convenient timings for the classes.
Then of course, you will want to know how good the course being offered is. Thai is not an easy language to learn. So the institute has to have good native teachers with proficiency and experience in teaching Thai to non Thai speaking people. The course has to be well structured and should aim at making you learn to speak Thai fluently by the time the course is complete. It is true that any language skill is developed only with constant usage, but the foundation has to be strong. If the institute where you learn Thai language is able to guide you properly in the initial stages itself on how to understand the words and how to pronounce the words correctly, you will be able to catch the skills faster. If the institute holds regular tests to assess your level of learning, it makes it easier to be successful in the mission to learn the language.