Everyone seems to have their go-to language learning app. It is the one they have tried and found to work best for their learning style. That is all well and good, but what happens when that trusted app doesn’t support the language you are looking to learn? That really throws a spanner in the works.
The fact that Babbel, a trusted language learning app by many, does not have a Thai option is a real disappointment for the many people looking to learn some Thai before a visit to the kingdom. This begs the question - why is there no Babbel Thai version?
I don’t believe there is any definitive answer out there as to why there is no Babbel Thai course. With Thailand’s capital Bangkok being amongst the most visited cities by tourists in the world, it definitely seems like something they would prioritize offering.
With that said, we can speculate as to why this is the case.
This one seems both obvious and not obvious at the same time. As we mentioned, Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations, so surely there is a decent amount of people looking to learn. However, based on the languages spoken in Thailand, many people may feel it is not necessary to learn.
In many of the popular tourist areas where people often visit, English is spoken fairly frequently. As such, visitors may not feel they need to spend time learning Thai. This is a big shame, as taking the time to learn the language will greatly improve not only your experience but also that of the Thai people you meet.
So this is one possible reason for the fact that there is no Babbel Thai option available. There are a few more reasons to look into, however.
Many visitors to Thailand are backpackers - the kind of people who like to travel on a low budget for a more authentic experience. Apps like Babbel can be quite expensive, so they may either choose to buy language learning phrasebooks to learn Thai or instead opt for classes in the country to help them learn.
We always encourage people to choose the best tools that work for them. Sometimes, apps don’t fit into that. That is ok - as long as you make progress in learning a new language. Either way, this may be a possible reason for the absence. Anyway, that’s enough speculation from us.
Whatever the reason for the omission of Thai on Babbel, there are plenty of alternatives available to help you learn Thai. Let’s now look at what some of those alternatives are.
The Ling App started out by offering Thai language learning. The name itself is Thai for monkey, hence the monkey on the logo. These days, we offer over one hundred languages, but that is beside the point. There are many reasons why the Ling Thai app has proven to be a popular choice for language learners.
The Ling app offers different ways to learn, such as through gamification, tests, and challenges. It covers a whole range of topics, teaching you the relevant vocabulary and skills such as speaking and writing in Thai.
Additional features are being added over time, like the chatbot. You can use the chatbot to practice your Thai speaking skills in a more natural way, which really helps to build your confidence.
There is no reason to be sad about the lack of Thai on Babbel. Ling is free to try out, so you can go wrong with giving the app a download now, or visiting the web version. You may just fall in love with Ling.
How about we look at the language from a different perspective? The Simply Learn Thai app is the perfect companion for doing just that.
Simply Learn focuses specifically on learning Thai words and phrases that you can use in day to day conversations. It functions similarly to a digital phrasebook but has additional features that make your life much easier.
The first major benefit is the ability to listen to native Thai speakers reading out the phrase you are looking to use. This helps greatly with getting the pronunciation at least a bit better. Then there are the flashcards, which are very useful for memorizing the keywords and phrases you want to use.
There are many more to discover with the Simply Learn Thai app, which is easy to use thanks to great design and thorough search function. Simply Learn is an invaluable tool when visiting Thailand, and travelers will get great use out of it. Try it out today!
Any search you make for ‘Learn Thai’ online or in the app stores will bring up many different results. It is really up to each individual to find what they prefer using. Maybe the design of one is better than the others, or it covers a different set of vocabulary that you want to learn specifically.
We encourage each and every reader to learn Thai, however they go about it. So, while there is no Babbel Thai course available, there are options like Ling, Simply Learn, and others to fill in its place.
Unfortunately, I am not a mind reader and I cannot see into the future. How cool would that be, though? My point is, we will never know for sure what they are planning over at Babbel HQ. However, Thai does seem like an obvious choice should Babbel be looking to increase their language line up.
If you are really dead set on using Babbel to learn Thai rather than the alternatives mentioned here or elsewhere, then you may be in for a long wait. That is well worth learning though, as anyone who has visited can tell you. It is quite fun to discover for yourself. Whatever the case, Ling will be waiting should you ever decide to jump-start your Thai learning journey.