Kinda new on the block, making a smashing entrance, Talk Thai Quick are trying making a name for themselves. This “review” is a little bit more special because I got a free trial lesson (everybody can get one by the way!) and thus I got hands on experience with the way they roll. Read on!
Let me tell you right off the bat that I have never done Skype sessions before with Thai teachers. Yes you heard it, this is totally new territory for me, but I am actually very excited to see how this works out – and kinda nervous too. Learning like this -via Skype– is in fact incredibly popular, and is really suitable for those poor souls who aren’t living in Thailand and are running on a busy schedule. I think having something like Skype is a cool way to learn languages and to connect with native speakers even if you aren’t around if you catch my drift.
Where to find Talk Thai Quick
First of all you can reach Talk Thai Quick via their website. What I personally really liked about the site is the way how one would schedule a lesson. You can choose a teacher and plan a date with the help of a calendar (date picker). It’s all great stuff so far and looks really professional if you ask me. Also they are running a youtube channel where you can meet the teachers and they are a really fun bunch, I can tell you that 😀 Click on youtube to find their youtube! Of course Facebook has not been forgotten and you can find them back here:
The way they teach
Lessons take place on Skype. After picking your ครู tutor of choice and making your appointment (using their online booking system, where you can select a tutor and available timeslot – all timezone adjusted of course), they will then contact you personally by E-mail or leave a private message. It might just be me being a silly sod but I personally find this really cool. It adds a personal approach. You know, it might not be that important to other learners around but I like it when things get personal. It removes possible tresholds, makes people feel at ease and gives you the feeling that you make friends in addition to learning Thai.
So the teachers aren’t just teachers, but they seem really nice to talk with as well and could be potentional friends in the long run. Things doesn’t always have to be super serious in order to be useful. In my opinion, if it’s fun it works for me. If it’s fun it keeps me rolling. UGH this might be me but to me this sounds like a really nice Unique selling point so job well done right there!
The actual lesson
So I got a lesson on Skype scheduled. It was supposed to be a lesson for beginners (the trial lesson is a fixed lesson aimed for beginners) but that wasn’t important to me. I was more interested in how exactly they would conduct the lesson, elicit their students and why this might be beneficial to you as a Thai language learner!
Let me tell you how things started out (and how things worked out eventually):
So, before the lesson you get your lesson material in the form of .pdf’s by e-mail and you use it to accompany the lesson. This is pretty useful to total beginners because they probably need some visual aid I guess, to read along while listening to the native speaker. It also helps to get this classroom-esque feeling you would normally only get, you know, if you would actually be inside a classroom.
So the lesson has started and after a couple of questions the .pdf -that was sent by e-mail the other day- wasn’t used at all. This was really cool because the teacher was adjusting to the level of the student which is exactly what good teachers do! We could talk about criminal minds and a variety of other subjects and I found that pretty nice. Again; in my opinion it is important for teachers to adjust to the level of their students and Talk Thai Quick kinda hit the nail with that! Also if I would make a mistake (and I make lots of them) the teacher would jump in and makes corrections straight away and gives pointers too via the Skype Chat. After a couple of repetitions the word or phrase that was pronounced wrong – or maybe the phrase was used in the wrong context or whatever was off- will make a comeback at the end of the lesson.
I asked a couple of questions at the end of the lesson as well, just to get to know them better. Talk Thai Quick does give homework to their students as they find that really important! Talk Thai Quick also has great material for beginning students and if you are an intermediate or advanced student you will have a conversation with a teacher who will actually correct your mistakes and makes you practice in order to get it right.
Oh and no worries you forget about appointments you might have because you will be reminded about them through your E-mail. This is what I found after the lesson was done:
The pricing is subscription based by the way (on a rolling monthly basis with no tie in or fixed terms), so you take a subscription plan that fits your needs and go with that. You can find the pricings and plans on their website so best to check it out there. Also for questions just toss them an E-mail!
It was all very streamlined actually. The concept of choice is always powerful and getting to choose your teacher is fun as well and keeps things adventurous!
It all looks so professional to me! So if you are interested in taking Thai lessons over Skype this one is a candidate!
And also, I will be doing this a lot more so if you have a Skype teaching business I will be happy to write a bit about it 🙂 Throw me or Keith a PM and we can make this happen! More product reviews coming up so stay tuned!