Greetings and welcome to selfstudythai.com!
This website offers Thai audio, corresponding transcripts, line by line English translations and flashcards for news articles from "Voice of America", commonly referred to as VOA. What started out as study tools for myself, I decided that with some extra work could be made useful to others. Also shared are a few other Thai language resources I've found helpful. It's all self study and it's all FREE, though you do need to be able to read Thai to be able to take advantage of this website's content. This site also makes use of html5 for audio playback. If you're unable to use html5, update your browser, or use the archived Adobe Flash version of this website.
Review of the 84 articles is now complete (26/6/2015)! I will no longer be adding news articles, but may contine to do these reviews on a yearly basis. I think things are in pretty good shape now though.
Update - Dec 2nd, 2015: The website update is now complete. This was an internal update though it turns out I was able to fix a few content errors in the process. Hopefully I didn't break anything, but if I did please let me know! :-)
Final News Articles Added
For Sale: Dracula's Castle
US Ambassador Kristie Kenney Interview on the Thai Coup
Foreign Media Comments on Martial Law in Thailand
Vietnamese Protest Chinese Oil Drilling, Invade Local Factories
Political Chess Match Between Russia and the Ukraine Continues
Many Americans Believe in Medical Conspiracy Theories
Malaysian PM Announces Flight MH370 Crashed Into the Indian Ocean
Using Ocean Waves to Produce Cheap Electricity, Clean Water
Malaysia Expands Search for Missing Plane
Western Countries Condemn Ukraine Violence, Consider Sanctions
News articles and audio are taken from the VOA Thai website. In places where the audio does not match the published article, the text has been changed to match the audio, exceptions being the few places I couldn't figure out what is being said, and I've left out particles such as ครับ and นะคะ. Word definitions are taken from the thai-language.com and thai2english.com websites.
All initial translations were done by me, and I am by no means fluent in Thai. However, I have learned a great deal since starting this site, thanks in part to Mia from learn2speakthai.net who recommended an associate to help proofread translations for the first 31 articles, and Brett from Learn Thai from a White Guy whose blog gave me the idea to go through the Thai "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books. I bought the English versions as well to see how they did their translations, which was a HUGE help. I also finished a block of private lessons from Pro Language School, Pattaya in February 2014, followed by another proofreading of all articles, so my skills keep improving along with this website. Despite all of this, there are still things I don't know, and even if I do know something it's easy to make careless mistakes. So if you do happen to come across any errors, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so they can be corrected. That way the site will be made better for everyone!
Also for those wondering, audio and text from VOA News are public domain.
selfstudythai support for Anki flashcards is finally back! I've made a
sample Anki deck for the first 10 articles for people to check out, and have also created a mega-deck of over 5000 flashcards with most of the vocabulary from all 85* articles. If you happen to have the old decks, please get rid of them as the sample deck and this new one will be a couple of revisions better.
* Note that I got rid of the Superhero article "voa09" so there are now only 84 articles and the article tags are off from that point on. Also at the moment, I have not updated the flashcards to reflect the latest translation and transcription changes for 2015. Editing this deck with Anki is a super slow process, so I'm not sure if or when the deck will be updated. It should already be quite useful in its current state, though I will post here if I start making significant progress on a new deck.
Other Free Websites Offering Thai Audio with Transcripts
aakanee.com, (formerly thairecordings.com) has over 10 hours of Thai audio and transcripts on a whole range of subjects. No translations, but there are short English synopses provided on the content of each audio clip.
Learn Thai from bangkokpost.com news articles. mp3 Thai audio, transcription, translation... It looks like most of these articles are for teaching English to Thais, but I've found over 30 that teach the Thai language to English speakers. Look for titles starting with "Learn Thai:". UPDATE: They've posted an archive of all Thai lessons to date. (April 2013)
Everyday-thai.com has free online Thai lessons covering all levels. The 10 part series on the 2011 flood crisis, the roo soo flood series, is totally transcripted and translated, though translations are not line by line as is done here.
Thai music videos with transcriptions and translations. Over 1000 songs! Plus "karaoke Thai" for those who can't read Thai.
The Maanii Book Project (ongoing). These are the books Thai children used in the past when learning to read throughout elementary school. Contains Thai audio and line by line transcriptions and translations. Also has "karaoke Thai" for those who can't read Thai.
VOA audio, transcript and translation of an article on Thaksin and the Red Shirts from Gaccha.
Websites that link to selfstudythai.com - Thank You!!!
Learn2SpeakThai, "Free Resources" section
Stickman Bangkok, Stickman Weekly Column for 23 December 2012.
Women Learning Thai... and some men too ;-) website under "FREE Resources"
Thai Text Reader (TTR) under "Downloads" and "Resources"
English Thai Skype Teachers.com under "Free Resources"
aakanee.com under "Links & Papers"
SolveThai under "Thai Resources"
And a Very Special Thank You to the Following Who Have Helped Correct Translation and Transcription Errors
Please send email to email@example.com for comments, suggestions, error reporting, etc.