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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 4th Revised edition edition (Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864426585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864426581
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 9.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,169,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Aug. 2002
Format: Paperback
One of the best features of this phrasebook is that it is very durable: my much-loved copy is well and truly battered through constant use, but it is holding together admirably.
This phrasebook is an essential companion to your guidebook for two reasons:
Firstly, even just a few words of the local language will get you much further on your travels. While English is widely spoken in the popular tourist destinations of Thailand, Thais are proud of their language and are very happy if you can speak some of it too. And there are many places off the beaten track where English is hardly spoken; but with a few phrases and words of Thai, you will be made to feel very welcome.
Secondly, this is simply one of the best phrasebooks you can buy. It is complete, very portable, and does not stop at language. It goes some way to introduce you to Thai customs - in Thailand it is equally important to understand that etiquette often plays a part even in simple social situations. Knowledge like this will help you avoid offending your hosts and earn you the appreciation of Thai people.
Most importantly, it is very easy to use. It is well designed and small enough to carry around in your pocket. It has a good depth of language, and an excellent 'menu decoder'. There is a two-way dictionary and the book is indexed in both English and Thai - so your Thai friends can use it too. You will find that taking out a phrasebook is good way to start longer conversations: if you show that you are interested in learning their language, Thai people will be very happy to help you.
This book uses one of the best transliteration systems. Thai is written in a different script from the western alphabet.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Eames on 1 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
This book will be going with me on my travels in 2004. It only gets 4 stars as it's only nearly perfect for my needs.
This is due to the fact it has no CD to help with the pronunciation. However it makes up for this outlining all the tones and pronunciation in the book. If your going to Thailand it has to go with you!
The book is of a good size being small enough to stuff into your bag, durable for stuffing into your bag!
Why spend over the odds on expensive software when you only need the basics and this has that and a lot more.
It deals with etiquette, eating out, getting about, checking in and various activities and a lot more!!
Well worth the money.
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By mike on 8 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
very very good value for money , could not have wished for better value for money . Also it was a good read .
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By karen arthur on 24 Dec. 2014
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The best I've found 23 Oct. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I recently bought a lot of phrasebooks and dictionaries in connection with a trip to Thailand that I've just returned from. Out of all of them, this was the book I routinely carried in my pants pocket.
Pluses:
o Thai-to-English dictionary as well as English-Thai
o I personally find the representation of aspirated consonants with h, eg "ph", "th" etc to be more attractive and logical than the alternatives like "d(t)" etc. The only problem is people who don't read the introduction and pronounce ph as f, etc.
o Generally good choices of vocabulary and phrases
o Useful sections on important cultural features
Minuses:
o No accompanying cd/cassette (but even when these are available they tend to be poorly integrated)
o Many words used in the phrases are unaccountably missing from the dictionary sections
o Many errors and typos, especially in the tones
o Useful sidebars are presented in a disorganized manner which makes them impossible to refer to. For instance, a section on "traditional music" is shoehorned into the "family" section, and is so long that for weeks I did not realize that the family section continued after it! Also, such sidebars are not included in the TOC.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Helpful, Easy to Carry; Phonetics could be better 8 Aug. 2002
By K. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a small book with contextual topics that are easy to find in the table of contents. Some basic grammar rules are included and can help someone use past, present, future, ability, and the classifiers if they want to learn the basics of using them. It can be carried in your pocket, and I think that is the best asset. It's a small book you can take anywhere. The phonetical pronunciation was incorrect in one area. The beginning consonant "G"is pronounced more as a hard "g" sound, but it is listed in the book at a "k." This caused miscommunication for it changes the entire word and meaning. The beauty salon context, i.e., "getting a haircut" is a section that is not in this book but could be very useful. This book is very affordable and helpful...just keep in mind some of the phonetic transcriptions, which already difficult in Thai to English, could have been more accurate.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Save your money 8 Sept. 2000
By "symansk" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I wouldn't bother with this one. Although I am a big fan of LPs guide books, this phrase-book was not particularly helpful. 9 times out of 10 they didn't have what I was looking for and when they did it was a real hassle to find. The pronunciation guide was not that helpful but the food section was good. If you already have the guidebook you could probably get by w/out this, but if you feel you need something, get a used copy over there(or maybe an Amazon auction.) If you do get fed up with it (as I did), it makes a very nice gift for a Thai friend. Next time I'll bring a pocket dictionary. Hope this helped.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Don't bother buying this one 28 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After traveling using a Berlitz phrasebook in Italy, I went to Thailand, and bought the only one available -- Lonely Planet. It is terrible.
The tone markers don't make much sense. They are not intuitive.
The Food section has something advertised as a "menu decoder" when it is really just the same section all over again. Compared to Berlitz's food section for Italy, the LP guide is rather lacking.
The Dictionary section is very lacking. It doesn't even have all the words listed elsewhere. The index is the same way. It makes finding information in the phrasebook next to impossible.
Unfortunately, this phrasebook has just been whipped out as a companion to LP's monopoly on guide books. Try to find something else.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
don't go to Thailand without it 9 July 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My husband and I found this small book to be a huge help as we attempted communication in the marketplaces of Thailand. I prefer to use books like this as a reference, pointing to the Thai phrase next to the English phrase I want to communicate. Conversely, my husband actually studied the book from the beginning. He was able to learn to pronounce and understand many useful phrases in addition to numbers (which came in very handy while bargaining). We enjoyed this book so much that I am already ordering the Mandarin version for our trip to China in 2005.
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