Thai teacher Mike Surinak

Mike Surinak

Community Tutor
Learning Thai with an American dude has its advantages!
From United StatesLiving in Da Nang, Vietnam (15:08 UTC+02:00)
About Me
italki teacher since Aug 18, 2022
Interest topicFilms & TV SeriesHistoryReading
As a native English speaker, I am VERY familiar with the struggles that come with learning a tonal language - in fact, I bet I can help you overcome these struggles better than a native speaker simply because I have experienced them myself. I'm a native English speaker from the United States, but I have reached advanced and proficient fluency in the Thai language. I've lived in Southeast Asia for almost 8 years now, and I love teaching the Thai language and talking about Thai culture.

Thai Lessons

Trial Lesson
47 lessons completed
USD 8.00+
Tourist Thai - essential phrases for travel and short conversations
A1 -  A2


410 lessons completed
USD 9.00+
Intermediate converstion practice
B1 -  B2

Conversation Practice

65 lessons completed
USD 9.00+


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43 Reviews

Student Matt
1 Thai lesson
A super-useful first lesson with Mike. I've had plenty of Italki lessons with Thai natives and this was the first time I have tried an Italki lesson with a Western teacher. I'm pleased to say that I learnt a lot from it. Mike was able to give me the benefit of his experience in learning Thai and in how he dealt with a lot of the challenges I am wrestling with. He also gave me great feedback about small changes I could change my manner of speaking that would make me sound much more Thai. It was quite a different approach to lessons I have had with Thai natives - and so very valuable and complimentary. Mike was also really encouraging - which is massively appreciated.
May 1, 2024
Student Sam Rae
Sam Rae
14 Thai lessons
Mike is a great teacher and understands the difficulties for native English speakers learning a tonal language. His lessons are well paced, fun and engaging. I would definitely recommend him to others.
Apr 25, 2024
Student Matt
1 Thai lesson
Excellent drills and great, direct feedback.
Apr 6, 2024
Student Ni Andersen
Ni Andersen
7 Thai lessons
Good first lesson , I'm at a tricky level with my Thai learning and Mike seemed to understand exactly the way for me to move forward..on to the next!
Mar 23, 2024
Student Nathan
11 Thai lessons
mike's a great teacher and someone I've been looking for to hopefully learning the thai language to achieve my goals
Mar 8, 2024
Student Tilmann
4 Thai lessons
Very good teacher! He knows to explain the difficulties of a western person to learn Thai and has a good way to practice it together.
Mar 6, 2024
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