Thai Classes NYC - ภาษาไทย - Learn Thai NYC

Thai Classes – ภาษาไทย
  • Thai Classes – ภาษาไทย
-1.5 hours per week for 8 weeks or 2 hours per week for 6 weeks –12 hours total
-Interested in more than one semester? Please look at our class bundles
-Get a discount on your next semester if you refer a friend / family member

Additional Lesson Options

  • Online
  • For Business
  • For Credit
  • Kids

Thai Online Lessons give you the opportunity to learn Thai with us even if you cannot commute to our center in New York City. Students can attend Thai classes through the comfort of their own home using a handheld device or a desktop / laptop computer. We have options for students to take Thai with us either in a private lesson format or a group lesson format. 

For private lessons for online students, we arrange a schedule like we would with regular Thai private lessons, matching the student availability with the teacher's. We usually skype or zoom for online Thai lessons but there are other programs that we are also open to using.

There is also an option for taking Thai group classes in NYC through online.  What will happen is, subject to availability, you might be able to take any one of our group classes listed under the group class section by joining remotely. We'll setup a computer with an HD camera that allows students to interact with their classmates and teacher, like they would in a regular face to face group class. We'll also administer assessments via online and send any relevant homework for the classes.  

Please CONTACT US  for more information on the online classes. 

Hills Learning is next to multiple businesses that are headquartered near Grand Central Station in New York. We've worked with multiple companies to offer language lessons for corporate employees. Since we are a fully accredited institution, it is usually easier for prospective students to get reimbursement for their classes through us.

For classes for business at Hills Learning you can choose to take classes here through our regular group class offerings, or sign up to private Thai lessons where we can tailor the curriculum to fit yours and your company's needs. We can teach Thai and formal business Thai, or just go through regular language acquisition for clients. 

There is a possibility for classes for business purposes to come and teach at your office. We also have classrooms available at our Grand Central location (usually business hours 9 to 5 are open, after hours you'd need to contact us). 

Please CONTACT US  for more information on our business programs. We look forward to hearing from you and discussing your business needs. 

Hills Learning offers courses for credit for Thai. Since we're a fully accredited institution we have the ability to partner with either a college, university or high school to put together a program for transferring credit.

How the program works is you'd contact Hills Learning and ask about our programs for credit, mention that you're interested in learning Thai. We'd then need to speak to a school administrator from your host school to see what their requirements would be for credit transfer and then discuss how either taking a group and / or private class here would help fulfill those requirements.

Taking classes for credit at Hills Learning is a great way to take your language of choice and have it count for credit. Too often we see schools not having Thai classes to offer students. 

Please CONTACT US  about the Thai classes for credit.

Hills Learning offers Thai classes for kids. Our regular programs on our website are for adult students so if you're interested in classes for your kids to learn Thai we usually teach kids in a private or a semi-private setting.

All classes for Hills Learning students are generally recommended to take place at our center, however we do also have the opportunity to send teachers to student homes for teaching. We understand especially with younger kids it's sometimes difficult to commute to our center.

Our lessons for Thai for kids teach with a specific curriculum that is fun and engaging. We usually teach with videos, songs and interactive activities for the students to learn Thai. 

Please CONTACT US  for further information on our Thai classes for kids. 

Levels and Class Progression

Classes – Beginner 1-3, Advanced Beginner 1-3

Total Hours – 72

Curriculum – Thai for Beginners

ACTFL Level – Novice Low to Novice High

Level Description –
Our course is designed for the beginner who’s eager to learn basic Thai phrases, develop and speak basic Thai grammar and vocabulary, and develop a familiarity with the Thai script.

Students will learn more advanced grammar topics and specific skills needed for Thai language that focuses on: Speaking, Writing, Intonation, Reading and Listening.



Student Testimonials - Thai

  • The teacher emodied the warmth and kindness that I remember of the people of Thailand. Her teaching was both informative and well explained in addition to being attentive and concerned with our progress. Emails were sent with links to videos on her culture and the music video with printed lyrics expanded our learning.


    Thai Group
  • The teacher embodied the warmth and kindness that I remember of the people of Thailand. Her teaching was both informative and well explained in addition to being attentive and concerned with our progress. Emails were sent with links to videos on her culture and the music video with printed lyrics expanded our learning.

    Franco F

    Thai Group
  • I must say that the approach this school takes is very effective. It's just a very clean, straight up approach. No "gimmicks." From the very beginning, they stress importance on learning to read and comprehend and don't just teach conversational. The class sizes are very small and our teacher was a native Thai, very patient and clearly loves to teach. I've only ever visited Thailand and know a few locals there but never bothered to learn any of the language. Not even a peep. After only 9 weeks (once a week) of Beginner Thai and 4 weeks (also once a week) of Advanced Beginner Thai, I am much further along in learning this language than I ever thought possible, i.e., I am able to speak, read and comprehend at a very basic survival level. This is impressive given the nature of the Thai alphabet and of Asian tonal languages and it's also impressive in that I live in New York and cannot immerse myself in Thai culture in Thailand, although I plan to one day. Our teacher very much encouraged out-loud conversation and her patience and accessibility made it very inviting and fun to just dive in and study.

    L W

    Thai Group
  • The teacher is bright and gifted. I hope to study with her again in the future. Thank you for your services.

    Karen B

    Thai Group
  • My teacher was very patient with me, professional, and effective in having me develop some Thai language skills that I would like to build upon in the upcoming group class.

    Vincent O

    Thai Group
  • I feel I made a qualitative improvement in my understanding of the language, particularly pronunciation. My teacher was great too!

    Tom H

    Thai Group
  • I think the book is good and the teacher did a fantastic job teaching the material. She is a wonderful and fun teacher. I really enjoyed the class.

    Rachel A

    Thai Group
  • It was great and the teacher was amazing.

    Brie M

    Thai Group
  • I am thrilled that I've been able to pick up as much of Thai as I have.

    Alexis W

    Thai Group
  • This was such a excellent class. I am sad that it ended! The teacher is fun and engaging, which makes learning so much easier.

    Jody C

    Thai Group
  • Covers all four skills (speaking, hearing, reading, writing). Definitely getting our money's worth.

    Wayne O

    Thai Group
  • The instructor is very good and conscientious. She is enthusiastic and moves us along at a good pace.

    Karen B

    Thai Group
  • I have started putting the Thai language together in my mind, memorizing consonants and vowels, and familiarizing myself with vocabulary, some expressions and statements and questions.

    Stephen S

    Thai Group
  • The teacher has been great. I've moved farther ahead with learning Thai in the past five weeks than I've been able to get in several years of trying to teach myself.

    Allan O

    Thai Group
  • The teacher is wonderful! Overall, it's been a great experience!

    Rachel A

    Thai Group
  • Thai is very challenging, but with the teacher I am making some progress.

    William H

    Thai Group
  • So far it is going pretty well and seems to be getting a little more challenging each time which I like.

    Alexis W

    Thai Group
  • Overall, everything is great!

    Threnur H

    Thai Group

Student Enrollment – Maximum 7, Minimum 3
Textbook – Please click on course for more info

Private Classes for Adults

Would you like to get the best out of your experience traveling to Thailand? How about you’ve lived in Thailand previously, and would like to keep up the language? Have you always wanted to learn Thai, and reading textbooks and using computer software hasn’t developed your conversational skills in Thai?

Hills Learning’s curriculum for Thai comprises both language and cultural instruction. For each class, we follow our SWIRL methodology, developing at least three of the five language skills per class. Our main goal for Thai private lessons is to develop conversational skills, but we also specialize in test prep, cultural etiquette, or just general language acquisition. And of course, we can meet student’s individual goals and requirements.

With this basic framework, each teacher creates and develops her own teaching materials based on student needs and goals. All teachers undergo a thorough review and testing process, and also must follow guidelines and best practices from Hills Learning when creating teaching materials for Thai class.

Private Classes for Kids

Are you (or your young teen) interested in learning about the Thai language and culture? How about you have children that would like to learn Thai, either to develop skills to communicate with family or learn Thai to get credit at school?

Hills Learning offers a unique opportunity for teens and kids learning Thai in private lessons. We can not only teach them the basics of the thai script, reading, writing, and conversation, but it’s also possible that the classes your teen is taking with us can be transferred to their respective high school or college for credit. Please see for credit for further information.

For more general information on our Thai classes for kids, please CONTACT US