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Excellent book - must buy CDs separately,
This review is from: Thai for Beginners (Paperback)
This is an excellent book - very well paced and a good introduction to the Thai language (spoken and written). The book is heavy going, but very thorough, encouraging you to learn the (large!) Thai alphabet as a way of improving your pronunciation, and of removing your dependency on transliteration (there are several different transliterated forms of Thai, which are not useful within the country). I particularly like how this book slowly introduces the alphabet by showing a few symbols at a time, then having pages that encourage you to draw the symbols over and over again (it was exactly the same as learning joined-up handwriting in primary school, writing letter "a" over and over again).
One thing to note - the book *does not* come with CDs. You have to buy the CDs separately (or at least I did). Amazon sells both (Thai for Beginners), but the CDs are twice the price of the book (the CD pack comes with 2 CDs, but doesn't come with the book - this is really confusing and Amazon really should bundle the CDsand book together). I have yet to listen to the CDs (still ripping to my ipod), but I think that they are vital. Thai is a tonal language, and if you don't get the tone write, you will struggle to be understood. I am lucky that I have Thai colleagues who can help me with tone. If you don't have anyone to help, then you will find it very difficult without the CDs.
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Initial post: 5 Jun 2011 22:29:28 BDT
MR C J WOODS says:
Just to follow up - I completed this book and the CD course and then spent four months in Thailand. This book, and especially the CDs, gave me a really strong foundation that let me start talking immediately and expand my Thai while away. The CDs were excellent, and a must buy. I was often complemented on my Thai accent, which I got by copying the sounds of the native Thai speakers on the CDs, and ended up being getting into lots of interesting conversations and being given tons of free stuff at markets (Thai people really love to hear foreigners speak Thai, and are very supportive to new learners). This is an incredible course for beginners. I am now planning to get the "Thai for Intermediate Learners" and "Thai for Advanced Readers" so I can continue learning.
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