I’ve talked a lot about the school where I learn Thai. It’s called the Thai program at AUA Rachadamri. It uses a unique method (called ALG method), where you just listen to two teachers telling stories in Thai. You don’t speak Thai, take tests, have made-up conversations or do any homework. You don’t write down anything. It’s pretty much like watching TV, or a play in Thai, except that the teachers tells stories that are understandable at each level.
It’s really effortless, and it works, and it’s the most fun I’ve ever had learning a language. Now when I speak Thai, it really is automatic — I don’t have to think, or translate in my head, I just speak.
I found a little video clip of part of a lesson online, so you can check it out: