In-Depth Study Of VOA News Articles


This website offers Thai audio, corresponding transcripts, line by line English translations and flashcards for news articles from "Voice of America", commonly referred to as VOA. What started out as study tools for myself, I decided that with some extra work could be made useful to others. Also shared are a few other Thai language resources I've found helpful. It's all self study and it's all FREE, though you do need to be able to read Thai to be able to take advantage of this website's content.

Update 21/5/2018: A brand new website has been created by Universe6 which contains many improvements over the original site. If you find you're having problems with the new layout, please see How to Use This Site below. The biggest change is where before the English translations were always visible, they are now hidden by default and become visible by clicking in the circle with the question mark symbol. Along with the new look will come a review of all article translations in the coming months. I hope you all enjoy the new look and functionality of Self Study Thai and will join me in thanking Universe6 for doing such an amazing job!

News articles and audio are taken from the VOA Thai website. In places where the audio does not match the published article, the text has been changed to match the audio, exceptions being the few places I couldn't figure out what is being said, and I've left out particles such as ครับ and นะคะ. Word definitions are taken from the and websites.

All initial translations were done by me, a foreign student of the Thai language and not a Thai language expert. Therefore there are bound to be translation and transcription errors in the articles provided. I have proofread all articles several times and others have gone through them as well. The quality is quite good, just not perfect. So if you do happen to come across any errors, please send an email to so they can be corrected. That way the site will be made better for everyone!

Also for those wondering, audio and text from VOA News are public domain.

How to Use This Site

Access to all articles come from the menu at the top right hand corner of the screen. After selecting the article you wish to explore further, click on the various "Study" rectangles after each paragraph to listen to the article a line at a time and to see the translation for each line. Translations are now hidden by default and vocabulary lists are in the process of being eliminated.

To view the translation for a particular line, just click in the circle with the question mark symbol. To view a dictionary entry for a particular word, just click on the word in question and that word will display in a new tab using Google Translate. Note that you will not be able to do this with all words, only words we've pre-selected. In the past Google has been horrible with Thai translations but for single words it's not bad. If you run across a wrong definition or a word we haven't pre-selected, you'll need to copy and paste the word into the online dictionary of your choice.

Anki Flashcards

selfstudythai support for Anki flashcards is finally back! I've made a sample Anki deck for the first 10 articles for people to check out, and have also created a mega-deck of over 5000 flashcards with most of the vocabulary from all 85* articles. If you happen to have the old decks, please get rid of them as the sample deck and this new one will be a couple of revisions better.

Note that I got rid of the Superhero article "voa09" so there are now only 84 articles and the article tags are off from that point on. Also at the moment, I have not updated the flashcards to reflect the latest translation and transcription changes for 2015. Editing this deck with Anki is a super slow process, so I'm not sure if or when the deck will be updated. It should already be quite useful in its current state, though I will post here if I start making significant progress on a new deck.

Other Free Websites Offering Thai Audio with Transcripts, (formerly has over 10 hours of Thai audio and transcripts on a whole range of subjects. No translations, but there are short English synopses provided on the content of each audio clip.

Learn Thai from news articles. mp3 Thai audio, transcription, translation... An impressive list of news articles from the Bangkok Post. If I had known about these earlier, I might have never started!!! :-) has free online Thai lessons covering all levels. The 10 part series on the 2011 flood crisis, the roo soo flood series, is totally transcripted and translated, though translations are not line by line as is done here.

The Maanii Book Project (ongoing). These are the books Thai children used in the past when learning to read throughout elementary school. Contains Thai audio and line by line transcriptions and translations. Also has "karaoke Thai" for those who can't read Thai. Mia who runs Learn2SpeakThai helped immensely in starting selfstudythai! Thanks Mia!!!

VOA audio, transcript and translation of an article on Thaksin and the Red Shirts from Gaccha.

Websites that link to - Thank You!!!

And a Very Special Thank You to universe6 for creating this responsive version of selfstudythai!

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