4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A major but flawed contribution,
By A Customer
This review is from: Thai: An Essential Grammar (Routledge Essential Grammars) (Paperback)
I have found this book enormously helpful in learning Thai: it covers a wide range of grammar and is very clear. It is a great source of information about everything from modal verbs to mood particles. If you are serious about learning Thai beyond the basic level, then this book is essential.
However it is flawed: it contains many errors. Some are not that serious (for example, the Thai does not always correspond to the romantisation such as at p134 line 7, or page 133 line 29). But more seriously there are quite a few examples that simply would not be said by Thai speakers (for example pages 119, 120, 135, 157, 166). Therefore to use this book to the full you need a good Thai teacher to keep you clear of these errors.
On balance I have still rated the book highly as it is still a tool that can move your learning of Thai forward a huge distance. The flaws are just irritations which ought to be sorted out in a later edition.