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100 Sentences You Need in your SRS

Instead of wasting too much time studying vocab lists and boring grammatical stuff that you will just forget anyways, why not learn a bunch of super important short sentences?  When I say learn, I mean learn-absorb-remember.  How can we do that?  Well, its a bit much to memorize for some people so what we need to do is repeatedly test ourselves on it until it sticks.  This usually occurs when we have used or encounterd the phrase/setence in a real-life situation.  It tends to solidify the structure in our mind somehow.

There are plenty of programs out there.  As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I have been using Anki for sometime, but you can experiment with others if you like.  If you need help setting up cards or need some starter decks, I will help if I can.
Now on to sentences.  I’m not sure how long this will take me, but I’m working on a list of 100 super-necessary short sentences that you need to function at any level in a language.  I plan this to also be somewhat of an experiment for my current studies in Burmese.  More on this later.  On to the sentences.

As for setting up the cards, there are a few options.  I’d just recommend placing the English phrase on front side and the Thai with notes on the back.  If you get the hang of the software you can set it up so you have production and recognition so you are asked to come up with the Thai phrase from the English and vice versa with the notes appearing along with whichever side is the answer, but that’s up to you.  .

English Phrase Acceptable Thai Equivalent Tones + Notes
I don’t know how (to open it) (เปิด) ไม่ เป็น (l) f c
Where did you go? ไป ไหน มา c r c
I’m not sure. ไม่ แน่ ใจ f f c
I don’t feel very well. ไม่ ค่อย สบาย f f l-c (สะบาย)
I’ve never been there. ไม่ เคย ไป f c c
How long have you been here? อยู่ (____) นาน หรือ ยัง L () c r c
Its too expensive. แพง เกิน (ไป) c c (c)
I learned it myself เรียน (โดย ตัว) เอง c (c c) c
Who did you go with? ไป กับ ใคร c c c
I can’t remember. จำ ไม่ ได้ c f f
  1. catthai
    September 15, 2008 at 1:30 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing which 100 sentences you start with…

    Btw – now that you a growing collection of great posts, how about adding SRG Clean Archives? Archives by date and category soon become cumbersome to navigate.

  2. Kaki
    September 19, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    I’ve been using Anki for some months, but Thai language does not display correctly anymore since version 0.9.6. The author says that the problem is not with Anki but with Qt, one of the developpers tools he uses. He says that it’s up to the Qt programers to fix this problem, so I have to use version, the last one that displayed Thai text correctly. Haven’t you experienced this? Maybe it’s a bug that only happens in the Windows version? or have you found a solution?

  3. gwindarr
    September 19, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    That has been a problem for me as well. I actually started over again with flashcards a few times recently due to lost data and other fun events so I don’t have any Thai cards at the moment.

    Have you tried any other programs? Mnemosyne is decent and I think displays Thai without any problems if I remember correctly.

    Also, you can always just review your cards via the anki website and edit them using the messed up display in the software when needed. Thats what my student does anyways.

  4. Kaki
    September 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I thought of trying Mnemosine, but then I realized that using the last version of Anki that can display Thai text while waiting for the bug to be fixed is probably the best strategy. I can’t use the web interface, but Mnemosine doesn’t have one either.

  5. Tom
    March 8, 2009 at 6:21 am

    Any chance you will continue the sentence project? Just finished จำing and wanted to get more, I like the way all the chaff is cut out from them.

    Any other resources for good phrases? i’ve started doing the srs thing and wanted to find some good spots.

    I still see the thai bug is present with anki :/

  6. gwindarr
    March 8, 2009 at 6:46 am

    I should get some new sentences in there. I started running into trouble once I hit the 60s. While Anki doesn’t display Thai properly anymore, you can try V-Train which is pretty good.

  7. Tom
    March 8, 2009 at 7:16 am

    I’ve stopped learning grammar and stuff like that at the moment and am just trying to concentrate of phrases. My knowledge is all over the place, I know some advanced stuff but still get stumped with the most basic phrases, so I think this will help.

    Sure it’s not easy to just remember stuff like that, perhaps find a list of them on the Internet and then cut the pronouns and the like out.

    Not had much luck with the softwares actually.

    vtrain – i can’t see any thai resources
    byki – costs an arm ฯ
    anki – the thai issue, if i get an old version, do you know any good places that share databases etc for thai

  8. Tom
    March 8, 2009 at 7:21 am



    easy stuff but useful for intermediate (probably) people like me with gaps in their basics, but a lot of the sentences have a lot of chaff attached that has to be culled.

    i’ll leave you in peace now, have a good day นะ

  9. gwindarr
    March 8, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I just messed around in Anki. The latest version displays Thai alright mostly.
    Current problems I found after messing around for a few: ก๋๋า
    ก๋๋า, อ้้อ — You need to type the tone mark twice for it to display.
    ก็, คื้อ, กื่,กื๋ – they appear as if touching in the software, but I still think its legible.

    In any case, assuming you have access to a decent connection you can always just use Anki’s web server for your cards.

    And before I answered the last post I tested v-train and it worked fine. I also used v-train for years in the past. Have you tried other fonts? Its possible some fonts don’t work well.

    Aside from what I’ve created I haven’t seen any online.

  10. Tom
    March 8, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I got there in the end with anki, I had not changed some of the font fields, they didn’t teach me that at uni in comp science :/

    I also sent an email with the spacing bug as you described, so hopefully they’ll be a fix or solution.

  11. Tom
    March 8, 2009 at 4:17 pm


    added the sentance project and few others to anki, plus a few others that i was testing with^

  12. tom westheimer
    August 10, 2010 at 1:32 am

    A lot of people use(d) Anki to learn Thai. One problem in a recent version is that it does not show tonal markers, etc. properly.

    The “Anki Thai fix” – which I haven’t seen anywhere else posted so far – is to set font size (Settings>Fonts and Colors) to something really big (100 does the job). At that font size they show correctly.

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