It really doesn't take long to learn to read Thai, so there's no excuse for being illiterate. You can do it now if you  like, just watch the video below to learn the top 25 letters in 25 minutes.

And then have a go at reading these words. Remember that if there is no vowel (i.e. just two consonant letters together) then the 'implied' or 'default' vowel is the short, sharp "o" sound.

For example, คบ is "c"+"b" and pronounced: "cob".

Ignore the tone marks for now  surfer and dagger tones marks


Sample Thai words you can read after just two hours