I leave for Thailand in a few weeks for a teaching position in the Nakhon Pathom province. I know nothing about the language and would like to learn a few basics before I arrive. Any suggestions?
Buy a Lonely Planet Guide Book and/or Phrase Book - a good investment.
There are many internet sites where you can pick the most common of words/phrases. e.g. http://www.thai-language.com/lessons
http://www.learningthai.com/useful_phrases.html almost 8 years ago
If you have an iPhone, there is, of course, WorldNomad's own: http://journals.worldnomads.com/language-guides/photo/14280/399657/Thailand/The-World-Nomads-Thai-language-guide-iPhone-app-is-now-available-for-free-from almost 8 years ago