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Thai for Beginners

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  6 reviews
An easy to use Thai language textbook designed for either self-study or classroom use. Teaches all four language skills speaking, listening (when used in conjunction with the cassette tapes), reading and writing . Offers clear, easy, step-by-step instruction, building on what has beenpreviously learned. Used by many Thai temples in America. Recommended books to be studied ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published March 24th 2001 by Paiboon Publishing,Thailand (first published April 1st 1995)
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I am finding this book very useful, but it gets confusing because it and another book I have use different romanization systems/phonetic usages that sometimes don't correlate. I do find the setup useful, though. I only wish the written lessons were more detailed. Also I don't like the fact that the alphabet is chopped up into so many different lessons. Just put it in one section of the book, don't chop it up! I am learning this language still so I am only half way through, but I know enough. Use ...more
For learning Thai script and vocabulary this book is excellent, but for learning grammar it is not that good: it has no grammar exercises at all. So you have to learn the grammar by reading phrases over and over again until the grammatical structures stick in your head.
After a while this becomes a boring way to memorize grammar, exercises do not just have a functional purpose they also vary your learning experience.

So if you are a self-learner be aware that learning grammar from this book is li
Apr 14, 2008 TamTam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those wanting to learn Thai.
Shelves: non-fiction
For those wanting to learn Thai, this is a great book to start with. I had to use it for my Thai class and I thought it was great and actually learned how to read Thai using it. It's a hard language to learn with all the different tones, but I think the book taught it well enough.
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Sep 03, 2012 Aaron added it
This is probably the most widely book used for beginners.
It offers a basic introduction.
Compared to other books for learning Thai, it is slightly above average.

I would highly recommend the 3-way electronic dictionary produced by Paiboon with the computer work by Chris Pirazi. Truly Fantastic!

Thai for Beginners is mediocre, but priced reasonably.
If you want to learn Thai... I think this (with the Audio CDs) is probably the best tool I have found. Learn to speak, read, and write in Thai... and THEN you can move up to the other materials that are out there (which are also good, by the way).
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