Learning Thai, Your Great Adventure Paperback – 2 Mar 2011
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About the Author
Russ is British and a professional writer, English teacher, sailor, and scuba diving instructor. He has a BA in English Language (1st Class Honours).
Duangta is Thai and an English teacher at a Thai state school. She has a BA in English Language and an M. Ed. in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).
Quest is their series on learning Thai; and, Learning Thai, Your Great Adventure is the first book in that series.
Other books in the series are:
In addition, they have also created two Articulate Storyline applications to provide interactive learning of two areas of the Thai language:
- The Learn Thai Alphabet web and iPad application: an app to teach you the Thai alphabet. It is web-based and works on the pc, Mac and iPad (2+), and Android (coming soon).
- The Learn Thai Numbers web and iPad app. Also available on the pc, Mac, and iPad(2+), it will also soon be available on Android.
Both the apps and books are available from http://www.learnthaialphabet.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
Russ and his partner Duangta have developed a brilliant method for learning the Thai alphabet, and include pronunciation help, and are present online for assistance, and are THE MOST HELPFUL people you could imagine. Supportive, friendly, encouraging. I have exchanged emails with Russ a few times, and he has included me in the list of people who get access to his material first (sometimes even trials for free). The support is just excellent, superb, I can not find sufficient superlatives for Russ Crowley and Duangta's books and online support.
And for the method itself too is brilliant, especially if you are visual like me. Makes sense of all those Thai alphabet characters that look so similar at first sight!!
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I'm so glad that I took the chance on this book - compared to most language instruction books I've owned, this book approaches the course material with a clear strategy and in an organized manner. The author obviously wrote the book with an eye not just to present the material, but to do so in a manner that actually made it easier to learn. There are several color-coded charts that help with learning the alphabet (which is tough) and many sections contain what I would describe as 'tools' to assist with learning.
If you want a casual phrasebook, this is probably not the best choice. However, if you are actually looking to learn how to read, write and speak Thai at a more advanced level, this is a great place to start. I plan on buying the next books in the series.
a pleasant and user-friendly introduction. The grammar isn't too complex.
It's great for quickly building your vocabulary and getting simple phrases down. It's not really designed to just learn a few phrases that you might use on a short
vacation. It's for people that are serious about learning Thai, which is what i love most. With this book, you have the tools and opportunity to really learn Thai.
The book is greatly appropriate for someone who wants chapter by chapter break down
of speaking,writing and reading. It has good bones for beginning Thai,
great little knowledge extras that I don't see in enough books
Still, what it does it does very well, which is to provide a foundation
for someone completely new to the language to develop skill in speaking and writing.
This course offers instruction in speaking, grammar, and writing. Each
lesson gives you the right amount of information to keep you challenged, but not overwhelmed.
The great thing that the author does is really focus on the Thai Alphabet. I noticed
in many books I have passed through, there is not enough focus on the consonant or
how the vowels worked. The way the author breaks it down makes it very easy to
process and gain understanding. Great book!! Greatly recommended.
Learning an Asian language is never easy, but this author helps to make it easier by being detailed and thorough. He even has a memory guide to go with this book. Just click onto the author's name to find the 50-pages manual.
Overall I recommend this book highly for any Thai enthusiast or someone who just want to learn a new language -- which is always a great adventure.