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Title: Learn Thai Online PPT

About the language
Thai, also known as Siamese or Standard Thai, is the official national language of Thailand, a country located in the center of South East Asia sharing common borders with Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. It is spoken by about 60 million people in Thailand. Thai is a tone language belonging to the Southwestern branch of the Tai language family, which includes languages spoken in Assam, northern Burma, all of Thailand including the peninsula, Laos, Northern Vietnam and the Chinese provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou(Kweichow) and Guangxi(Kwangsi).The typical structure of a Thai sentence contains subject, verb and object, similar to English. Thai does not make use of inflections or verb conjugations.
About the Program
Thai language courses at University of Hawai'i at
Manoa are offered by the Department of
Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, College
of Languages, Linguistics and Literatures.
Courses relating to various aspects of Thailand
such as History, Anthropology, Economics are
offered in various departments at the university,
and are coordinated by the Center of Southeast
Asian Studies, School of Pacific and Asian
Studies.First-Level and Second-Level Thai
courses may be used to fulfill the foreign
language requirement for all bachelor's degrees
on the Manoa campus.
Degrees and Language Certificate Program
Students can major in Thai and receive B.A. in
Interdisciplinary Studies (with concentration in
Thai) by completing a minimum of 36 credits of
courses on Thai language and culture beyond the
200 level Thai language courses. Each student
develop a program of study in consultation with
advisors from both Interdisciplinary Studies
Program and Department of Indo-Pacific Languages
and Literatures. Click here for the 2010-2011
general IS program sheet.
Undergraduate Certificate in Thai
This is part of the UHM Undergraduate Certificate
Program. On recommendation of the Department of
Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, UH Manoa
confers "certification of achievement" in a
number of languages, including Thai. A student
can apply for a certificate for Thai if s/he
completes 15 credits of Thai language or
literature classes beyond Second-Level (200
level) Thai language classes, a minimum of 6 of
which must be in continuing language study. A GPA
of at leat 3.0 must be maintained in the language
courses leading to the certificate. For more
information, see UHM catalog.
The Language Certificate can also be awarded to
graduate or post-baccalaureate students. The
awarding of certificates to graduate students are
limited by the following 1. All UG certificates
are to be clearly labeled on the students
transcript as UG Certificate in (subject)". 2.
The award of UG Certificate is posted to the term
in which the certification requirements are
completed. 3. The student must be registered for
credit in the term in which the certificate
requirements are completed. No UG certificate
will be awarded in absentia.(This policy was
established in spring 2001.)
Why Study Thai?
  • For Professionals, Scholars or Enterpreneurs
  • Currently, there is still a need for U.S.
    professionals and scholars with expertise and
    knowledge in the Thai language and the country.
    The following are some reasons
  • Thailand is considered a crossroads of mainland
    Southeast Asian countries, has long been and
    still remain significant to U.S. national
    interests, politically and economically.
  • Thailand currently has political stability and
    has taken an increasingly active role in the
    international stage, regionally in ASEAN
    (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and also
    in World Trade Organization where a former Thai
    minister of Commerce assumes the position of
    Secretary General in 2002.
  • Economically, the U.S. is Thailand's largest
    trading partner and is among Thailand's largest
    foreign investors.          

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