Cracking Thai Fundamentals Video Clips – Stuart Jay Raj’s Thai Vowel Hand-signs

I’m happy to announce the birth of my newly sprouted home video studio here in Bangkok. To take it for a test ride, I have just posted a 2 episode series covering the core Thai vowels.

Video Clips

About 10 years ago, as part of my Cracking Thai Fundamentals workshop, I developed a series of handsigns that I felt really aided learners of Thai understand the concepts of the Thai vowels, remember their shapes and link them in with the sounds of the vowels themselves.

Over the coming weeks, along with the new logo and branding that you can see in the clips, I will be giving my blog and website a facelift. At the moment I’m tossing up between Drupal and Joomla possibilities. The end result will be a portal where all the programmes and topics that I cover – from languages – Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Spanish, Hindi, Sanskrit, Burmese and any other one I can think of, to mind skills – memory techniques, speed reading, thought decoupling and other topics that come under the heading of my Mnidcraft Programme.

I will have video clips, articles, books and forums about all these topics with the goal of really harnessing the energy of all of you out there who have supported me over the past couple of years, to see if we can start to break new ground in language learning and general usage of our grey matter.

As clips go up – even if they’re covering topics or languages that you haven’t previously been interested in, give them ago. You might tap into something new that will take your life on an entirely new path.

Please send any ideas for clips and articles to me at I’ll try as best as I can to deliver!

Enjoy 

Stuart Jay Raj.

Stuart Jay Raj is a polyglot who specializes in the languages and dialects spoken in South East Asia and China. His talents have allowed him to earn a professional living as a simultaneous interpreter in Thai, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Indonesian, among others, providing language and cultural training for multinational companies in the region and hosting his own TV programme on Thailand's Channel 5. He holds a degree in Cognitive and Applied Linguistics from Griffith University and has become an expert in the field of language acquisition with a strong track record of success. Stuart's background knowledge of Sanskrit, Khmer, Lao and various Chinese dialects and minority languages enables him to present a fascinating and unique perspective on the Thai language which makes everything fall logically into place.
  • Luke

    Wow! Using this technique I learnt all the vowels you presented in just 20 minutes! What a great way to teach! Thank you! 🙂

  • The Language Guy

    That's great to hear Luke. I will be putting up another clip soon that goes into the rest of the vowels – just tweaking the base knowledge from these core vowels with a bit of logic / fuzzy logic gives you the entire set of Thai vowels.

  • luke cassady-dorion

    Hmmm, interesting that the only two people to post so far are named Luke …

    Anyway, I love watching the way you explain information, gives me all sorts of ideas. Please add stuff on Burmese if you can, it's been the next language that I've wanted to tackle for a while, but I've been lazy in getting started.

  • maxiewawa

    Looking forward to the new site.



  • Catherine

    Hi Stu. It's fantastic that you've put these on YouTube to share with everyone. I'm looking forward to you additional video… as well as your new site.

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  • Nicolas

    Really helpfu thanks a lot. Can’t wait for the next video. I just started learning Thai alphabet today and you make it not scary at all.

  • Fantastic tips there Stuart, thanks so much. Some very vivid imagination but what an awesome way to learn the Thai alphabet and vowels.

  • John D

    Massively useful, thanks.