Sawasdee ka, Erin
Glad to hear you are interested in Thai language. Thai is easy for foriegners especially for you who have high ability in language. (we call caucasian 'Farang') Many Farangs in Thailand can speak Thai very well though some can only speak, can not write and read.
We have many alphabets, vowels and tones (Thai has 5 tones) which make Thai as the Language of music. In my idea, the first step to practise speaking Thai is to singing. Do you know, I have many foreign friends such as Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese and Farang, who can sing Thai songs smoothly without understanding their meaning and having talking ability.[|)]
Sawasdee Krub/ka is translated directly alphabet-by-alphabet from Thai to English. So, Sawadee is not correct but we understand it.
I know you learn Thai. Thai is easy, is not it?
I just want to know others point of view.