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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Paiboon Publishing,Thailand (31 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887521496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887521499
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 15.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,081,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Benjawan Poomsan Becker was born in Bangkok and spent her childhood in Yasothon, a small province in Northeast Thailand. Her family is ethnic Laotian, so she grew up speaking both Thai and Lao. She recevied a B.A. in English with first class honor from Khon Kaen University, Thailand. While obtaining her M.A. in Japan, she gained extensive experience teaching Thai to foreigners at the Japan Thailand Trade Association and the Berlitz Language School. In the United States, she taught Thai language at Stanford University, at several Thai temples, and in private classes. She operated a successful Thai and Lao translation business and is a registered Thai and Lao court interpreter in the state of California. She now resides in Berkeley, California where she continues to write and publish the leading learning books on the Thai and Lao languages.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ÁÐÂÁ on 4 April 2008
Format: Paperback
This book does foster a genuine progression from the first in the series. There are many phrases in here that are essential if you want to be able to converse in any direction.
If you have this one mastered I would say that you are well on your way.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stig M. Valstad on 10 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
Typical Thai in its listmania, and unpedagogical approach. For anyone serious about learning Thai I'd recommend to go with a course from Linguaphone and then use this and other Paiboon publications as a supplement for extra vocabulary and example sentences.

Plus side is that it is cheap and has a consistent transcription system.

It has 10 chapters, each with a list of about 60 new words, 10-30 short example sentences and 3-4 short conversations. In addition there are long lists of names, pronouns, places, ministries, &c. Some longer texts would have helped a lot in giving more feel for the flow of language.
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By Lynne C on 30 Jun. 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Excellent for my next step in learning to read and write this wonderful language.
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Amazon.com: 19 reviews
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
'optional' tapes are required 6 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Just to make it real clear and easy for everyone trying to figure this out: Yes, you need to buy the tapes too. The typical way language courses are taught is with a) a book, AND b) tapes and/or instructor. There is no way anyone can learn Thai pronunciation from just reading a text, especially this one. That is the purpose of the tapes, which are a lot cheaper than hiring a live instructor to do the same thing. Amazon sells the book and the tapes separately but in this case they were not designed to be used that way.
That said, the Becker series (Thai for Beginners; Thai for Intermediate Learners; Thai for Advanced Readers) is the best I've seen for learning Thai, and I've prowled a lot of bookstores in and outside of Thailand over the past three years.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Book, a Service to Those Who Wish to Learn Thai 5 Sept. 2005
By R. Childress - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
All three books in the series are excellent. They address the need for a systematic and thorough, yet informal and highly accessible, introduction to the Thai language for native speakers of English. One receives the impression that the author has taken great care to ensure her books provide the maximum possible benefit to assist students who wish to learn Thai.

The books teach both the spoken and written aspects of the language, unlike other textbooks which would leave the student effectively illiterate. Throughout the series, the author stresses the advantages of learning written Thai as opposed to relying upon a system of transliteration. In this, the second book in the series, it is finally possible to dispense with transliteration altogether and focus on Thai in Thai.

Since my wife is Thai, I had a ready source to assist me with pronunciation. Otherwise I would certainly have purchased the audio materials that correspond to the books, for it is impossible to learn Thai sounds simply by reading about their approximate descriptions from a book.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Thai for Intermediate Learners 18 Jun. 2000
By Ronald Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is designed to increase your vocabulary in Thai. It assumes you already know how to speak and read Thai. It has sections on Thai province names, holidays, street names in Bangkok, English words borrowed in Thai, Thai food, Thai nicknames and common first names, etc. To learn Thai it is best to have a person who speaks Thai help you. If that is not possible then you should order the tapes that are made for the book. This will increase the actual price of the book by about ( ). It would have been better if the book was sold with the tapes.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Extremely helpful if you are serious 23 Sept. 2003
By Donald Grove - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been studying Thai for a year and a half. I have used this book a lot. It moves on from the most basic phrases and basic vocabulary. It shows how to begin to construct basic Thai sentences, and how to use the most common Thai constructions. It is still very, very basic.
Unlike some other, overly simple books, this one is for people who are serious about learning Thai, and are willing to do some real memorizing, and to apply themselves. This book is not a quick-fix for people who want to learn Thai in 7 days.
Pluses of the book:
1. The focus of each lesson is extremely practical, aiming at teaching Thai as it is actually spoken.
2. Doing the exercises requires reading in Thai! (This is really essential. Spelling words out in our alphabet is helpful only for people who do not plan to study the language.)
3. Each chapter offers loads of normal, day-to-day vocabulary.
Drawback of the book:
1. The exercises are very few and incredibly brief. So although you are presented with good information, it doesn't offer much chance to practice using it.
I bought my copy with the tapes. But six months later I have gone through the book twice, and still have never listened to the tapes, so I can't comment on them.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Adequate 26 Oct. 2008
By Christopher H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I first reviewed the beginner's book in this series, and by now I have worked my way through the second volume. Since the two books are extremely similar in format, just about everything I said in my previous review applies here: a casual learner who idly flips through the pages will not get very far; a serious language learner with well-developed language study skills will be able to make good use of it. As in the first volume, a lesson consists of vocabulary lists, sometimes a bit of grammar, and example sentences. The exercises are still worthless, but at least they and the example sentences are now written without Roman transliteration. I think the best way to approach a textbook like this is to plug the vocabulary lists into an SRS (spaced repetition software (flashcards)) and use the example sentences as reading practice. But for any really substantive and extensive intermediate-level reading and conversation practice, you'll have to look elsewhere. Given the scarcity of quality Thai materials, however, especially above the beginner level, 'Thai for Intermediate Learners' is a worthy resource. The audio might also be worth a look.
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