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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Paiboon Publishing.; 2004 Reprint. edition (31 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887521038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887521031
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 906,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Garrya on 5 Mar. 2011
I have just received this book and my aim was to perfect my knowledge about thai language. I started to learn thai because of my wife who is thai, and wanted to improve myself gradually. So I had looked through the available items on the market and after a thorough research I had found this author and her books. I had trustingly started to turn the pages of the beginner one. As i had dived into it, I felt this is the book what I needed to use. It was so catching, and spent more and more times with it. I was surprised how quickly I caught up. After I finished the beginner, i was able to write thai, had a word-power of over 1000 words, I understood the basic of the language, and my wife said how much good I was. Then I had purchased the intermediate, went through in a few months, and it had improved me more. This third level, the advanced, is as good as the first two. It gives u more written thai, more word to memorize. As you finished the first 2 books, your knowledge in the grammar should be excellent and this book gives you the chance to learn the writing and reading. This series of books are built up with consistency, reasonableness. I have seen various phonetic transcription, some of them are a bit misleading, but this author use the most logical phonetic transcription. These books somehow must be good books that I could learn the thai language despite I am not a native English speaker. So I can warmly recommend this book, many thanks for the author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stig M. Valstad on 10 Aug. 2011
There exists plenty of beginners courses in Thai, but very little for people who already knows quite a bit of the language, but not enough to read books for native speakers. This book bridges that gap, and I still haven't found anything else on the same level. I started with the Linguaphone Thai course and went on to Speak Like a Thai 1-4, and Thai for Intermediate Learners. Those are good for vocabulary, but with just single sentences, or at most short dialogues they don't give much sense of the flow of language and get boring fast.

This book does not use the transcription system of other books from Paiboon, but uses a Thai system of indicating pronunciation. This means it is necessary to be familiar with Thai pronunciation rules before starting this book.

Thai for Advanced Readers is divided into three parts. Part one covers more than half the book and consists of text varying from one to seven pages in a fairly large, easy to read font, with a vocabulary list and English translation. New vocabulary is introduced at a reasonable rate giving a nice flow to the texts rather than going for long lists of related words like the intermediate course and then trying to fit those into a text.

Part two consists of a few short newspaper articles, a horoscope, and some ads. These are written in a slightly smaller (but still larger than normal Thai books) font with a heavier line, making them a bit harder on the eye than the texts in part one. Part two also comes with vocabulary lists but no English translations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ÁÐÂÁ on 4 April 2008
Advise caution in buying this book. You've probably got the other 2 and are hoping this will nail the lid shut. Wrong!!! It doesn't go anywhere!!! The format from the first two took a little while getting used to but now it seems the wheel needs re-inventing.
Too many pointless gestures as to necessary or required vocab.
Having said that the cd's are quite good though. You can have a lot of fun with some of the more advanced stuff like the tongue twisters.
Up to you but I would suggest moving elsewhere.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This book will blow your mind 5 May 2009
By Jason E. Pease - Published on Amazon.com
Thai for Advanced Readers is a huge jump in difficulty from the Intermediate book in this series. This book consists of several one to three page passages in Thai, followed by vocabulary relevant to the passage, and finally the translation in English.

This book offers a lot to learn to anyone willing to put in the time. Personally speaking, about halfway through this book I noticed a jump in my reading speed and in my ability to "sight-read" words that I had never seen before.

The book has a few drawbacks however. First, as I mentioned before, there is a huge jump in difficulty. If you read the beginner and intermediate books and are expecting the next step in the progression, forget it. This book should probably fall in a series of books oriented towards reading skills.

The second issue I have with this book is overall effectiveness of it as a study resource. As much as I enjoyed the challenge of this book, I can't say the vocabulary stuck with me at all, nor did it do anything to improve my day to day Thai skills. Perhaps this is more fault of the student than the book but I thought it was fair to share my experience.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A decent early reader, but not advanced 11 July 2008
By Pathawi - Published on Amazon.com
*Thai for Advanced Readers* is a fairly good reader for lower-level intermediate students. It's got to be kept in mind that, for less frequently studied languages, "advanced" is used to describe non-native speakers whose abilities would still be considered fairly primitive in the major Western languages. This book could be a good stepping stone, but to what? There's still a vast amount of knowledge necessary before a person who had worked thru Becker's books could read a newspaper or short stories, but there don't seem to be any real materials for instruction in those skills. I don't know of any book, yet, that merits this volume's title.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Really great reader 3 Jun. 2012
By Marya - Published on Amazon.com
I completed third-year Thai in graduate school, but still could not read a Thai newspaper article without looking up every other word. This book was a huge help; it really improved the ease of my reading. The audio CD (which I definitely recommend buying at the same time) is also a huge help with listening comprehension. The readings in this book are still a lot easier than most Thai newspaper articles, but they definitely helped me take a giant step forward in my Thai reading comprehension. If Ms. Becker would create another, more advanced reader that follows on from this one, I would be really thrilled.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Optimally designed to get you from barely reading to really reading. 21 Aug. 2013
By Ann N. - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book--I'm not done with it--but the author really knows how to lead the language learner from zero to self-sufficiency. I am eager to jump ahead from one doable lesson to the next. Each new reading is accompanied by a long vocabulary list filled with words I've heard many times but never knew what they meant. So I am filling in 20 missing puzzle pieces with each new lesson. The topics are interesting. The pronunciation of each word is spelled out entirely in Thai (the confusing English-language approximations are gone). You can check your understanding of each reading against a general, not word-for-word, English-language version of the reading. So by struggling through each reading, you learn vocabulary and grammar naturally, in something like a total immersion setting. It takes me hours to do each new lesson. But when I am done I can skip back to an earlier lesson and breeze through it one more time. It is very, very satisfying.
Great stuff 9 July 2008
By Bo Brinch - Published on Amazon.com
Worked through most of this book some time ago, and it is a great book. It is fun to read, and gives a good insight to Thai culture and history also. I believe some people might find a thai vocabulary in the back of the book useful.
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