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  1. The scepticism against online learning has abated. Daughter's school had the whole semester online, due to the virus. My daughter is taking online Thai lessons, 1 hour goes from 10-25 dollars. We settled with a mature lady, a professional teacher, 15USD an hour. My good friend, an American (late 30-s), living in the complex with American-Thai wife, a sophisticated lady and two beautiful daughters, told me. 500THB Thai language lesson 1:1 with a professional Thai language tutor goes 500THB. That is where we are, the ball park and online. My daughter is not a novice to Thai language, that was the first language she had learned before coming to Japan. She can understand, even translate, but no reading or writing. And the teacher is delighted she is teaching a teenager eager to learn and with Thai background. My wife , Thai, has no teaching capabilities (starts yelling and making it a torture). So, we are in for reading and writing first. Took maybe 35 lessons so far, with 100s more to follow. At that rate, probably 4,000USD until she can go into conversation lessons. During school holidays, class every day, now 1-2 per week. The material is the official textbook used by Thai schools. And, no need for a Thai keyboard. Hand writing. A question for our fellow board members who have mastered Thai language: When it comes to conversations, it may make a difference where the teacher is from (Surat Thani) and if her accent and diction would devalue the learning outcome? My wife says they (Surat Thani) speak too fast, mumble, the rest of Thai have difficulties understanding them. Not that my wife (Sa Kaew, Wang Nam Yen) is better but just as a warning.
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