Krt Thai language school

February 10, 2013

One of the goals I set for myself before coming to Thailand was to learn more of the language. As discussed here I started learning Thai language before at home but since I am planning to live here for a longer time it dawned to me that it might come in handy to be able to speak a bit more. Not that I am planning to have long conversations in Thai, but it might be nice to be able to explain what I exactly want in a restaurant or understand a bit of what people around me are saying. So instead of teaching myself I set out to find a language school here in Nakhon Ratchasima.

The folder of Krt Thai language school in Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima

The folder of Krt Thai language school in Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima

After a search on the internet I was able to find two language schools here in Nakhon Ratchasima. Both have a website but I was unable to find any references for either one of them. Through this website I was able to speak with some people who live around here and most recommended Krt Thai language school (http://www.krtschool.com/main/). Thanks again for the recommendations!

The location of Krt Thai language school in Nakhon Ratchasima. With A = Big C; B = Nakhon Ratchasima Technical college, C = busy cross road, D = Korat Memorial Hospital

The location of Krt Thai language school in Nakhon Ratchasima. With A = Big C; B = Nakhon Ratchasima Technical college, C = busy cross road, D = Korat Memorial Hospital

Finding the language school is a bit tricky since it is located in an area where I do not come too often. The first time I went there I only had the map from the website to go on which makes it pretty hard since the map is pretty low quality and it shows a pretty small part of the neighborhood. But luckily there is a hospital close to the school (Memorial hospital) so I knew what to search for on google earth, and after that I was able to match the shape of the roads from the internet map with the shape of the roads from google earth.

The entrance to Korat Memorial Hospital in Nakhon Ratchasima. In front of the hospital a motorcycle just crashed against the Mercedes that tried to turn.

The entrance to Korat Memorial Hospital in Nakhon Ratchasima. In front of the hospital a motorcycle just crashed against the Mercedes that tried to turn.

The school is located in the small soi leading to the Nakhon Ratchasima Technical College so expect a lot of kids walking around there, especially around noon when they all start strolling around the neighborhood to find a spot at one of many internet cafes located in the area.

The soi in which Krt Thai language school is located

The soi in which Krt Thai language school is located

The soi in which Krt Thai language school is located

The soi in which Krt Thai language school is located

Unfortunately it can be tricky to find a parking spot in the neighborhood, but I was told most people come there by motorbike (which can be dangerous as you could see in the earlier pic).

The entrance to Krt Thai language school, the big banner gets the farang in and keeps the sun out.

The entrance to Krt Thai language school, the big banner gets the farang in and keeps the sun out.

So last week I had my first class as an absolute beginner. The class consists of just 2 students, an American and me, which guarantees I get the amount of attention I need. I was told classes can be bigger, but in general not more than 4 students will participate in one class. The course follows a general curriculum used around the country which means that you can always pick up where you left when you move to another language school in another city in Thailand.

The curriculum used by Krt Thai language school which is a standard curriculum used all over Thailand. The hours mentioned behind each module indicate the amount of time of studying needed.

The curriculum used by Krt Thai language school which is a standard curriculum used all over Thailand. The hours mentioned behind each module indicate the amount of time of studying needed.

For now I enrolled to only 2 classes of 2 hours each per week. This is less than recommended and mostly due to the amount of classes the teacher already has going on currently. Hopefully more classes can be scheduled in the near future. Soon I will give more details about the classes, my progress, and my thoughts about this course. So stay tuned.

For questions/remarks you can contact me at: eric@stuckinthailand.com

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