Thai (Thailand)

Thai at Northern Illinois University

Learning Thai — or any foreign language — should be both enjoyable and life-enriching. Because the Thai language and culture are so different from what we find in the Western world, classes use the Thai SEASite ( to make the exotic sounds and rich images from authentic Thai sources easily available both inside and outside the classroom. By the end of the first year of intensive Thai, you will be able to comprehend basic spoken and written Thai and speak and write enough to function in practical situations. You even learn how to cook and enjoy spicy, succulent Thai food. At the intermediate and upper levels, you begin to move into areas of your own interest and research needs by learning from authentic materials that include internet news, folk tales, short stories, pop music, movies, and, for the graduate student, selections from scholarly publications or literature.

Faculty: Dr. Kanjana Thepboriruk