Mapping the Mouth and IPA – A Secret Weapon When Learning a New Language by Stuart Jay Raj

You want to understand a new language? First step is to understand how your body already associates itself with language and then start manipulating it. This is a short snippet from my CTF ‘Preparing to Crack the Fundamentals’ module. I introduce the concepts of mapping sounds to the mouth, IPA and then linking that into learning foreign scripts like Thai and reproducing the sounds more accurately. I look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions. If you would like to contact me, you can drop me an email via my website –

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.