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Practical English-Thai Dictionary Paperback – 24 Apr 1970

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (24 April 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080480706X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804807067
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,787,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 17 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
this is a fantastic mini-dictionary, invaluable if you are learning thai - pocketsize means it's very handy if you're going to be needing to look up words on the move and the print size is large enough to be able to read the thai script presented aswell.
if you cannot read thai script, it also has the word in romanised form (eg. monkey = ling!), although this method will not always give the exact pronunciation - for a rough reference though, it is adequate.
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Format: Paperback
a great speaking-thai starter for anybody - robertson in his forward explains that the book is intended to aid in the translation of the tonal aspects of thai rather than precise and accurate language translation. he focuses on this and excels in clearly explaining the phonetics of the language with plenty of everyday words and expressions to keep you going . . .
thanks chris for recommending it!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x909d58d0) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8eacf420) out of 5 stars Not a Practical Dictionary 6 Feb. 2000
By LCDR Bill Edge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After having spent several months learning the Thai language, it quickly became evident that a good dictionary is a must. Though the content of this dictionary is good...Robertson's dictionary lacks depth and cross-referencing. If you desire a quick and easy guide to Thai...do not purchase this book. "Conversational Thai in 7 days" provides the same material and is easier to use plus it includes some basic sentence structure. Another source that is just a good is the Lonely Planet Thai Phrasebook...not only does it provide grammar and vocabulary but it is small and covers a wide range of topics for such a small volume. If you really need a good dictionary for Thai then you should invest a little more and purchase Mike Simpson's "The English Thai Dictionary" published by The Theta People Co., Ltd. It cross references English to Thai and Thai to English. There are three cross references English to phonetic Thai to Thai script, Thai phonetic to Thai script to English, and finally from Thai script to Thai phonetic to English. Mike Simpson's book is a must investment for learning Thai.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8eacf474) out of 5 stars Useful only for basic level learners 27 May 2000
By Jeffrey L. Guthery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
During my first military exercise with the Thai army in 1993 I made the mistake of bringing this book to the jungle as my sole Eng-Thai resource. It was issued by my unit and it was compact enough. However, mere hours into the job it became painfully obvious that the amount of vocabulary listed was so limited as to not be of much use as a reliable resource for advanced-level translating/interpreting. I do recall, however, that the people who spoke Thai at the basic/beginner level seemed quite happy with the dictionary's content. Therefore, I would only recommend this dictionary for someone who intends to visit Thailand briefly and does not intend to pursue Thai language study beyond the beginner level. I would even submit that if one can wait until one arrives in-country, there are many similarly priced pocket dictionaries in bookstores all over Thailand that are much more comprehensive in content.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8eacf8ac) out of 5 stars I like it. 6 Nov. 2000
By Jon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I like it. I've been to Thailand a couple of times for 3 weeks each. Last time I took language classes with the AUA in Chiang Mai. This book was great for general conversation with people that were helping me learn Thai. If you have a basic conversational skills in Thai, you'll start to run accross words that this book doesn't have. If you're a beginner to Thai and traveling there, I think it's great. It's easy to read, they have a simple romanization scheme for helping you pronounce the thai words, and it has the words in thai writing (great for when you're using the book talking to a Thai-only speaker.) Don't expect this dictionary to be that useful for your deeper studies though. Oh yea, best of all, they don't use that stupid rominization that puts "r"'s everywhere. (korthort krap, nee narng-suu nung lem sawng rowy bart ru?)
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8eacfc78) out of 5 stars Not worth the space - and it is a tiny dictionary! 20 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is perhaps the worst example of a dictionary I have seen. It is almost unuseable and it is not clear at all what it sets out to achieve. There are dozens of small useful Thai dictionaries. Not recommended for anybody - it is useless to anybody learning Thai because it has absolutely no help on usage and the transliteration is appalling. Perhaps the only person who might find a use for it would be the tourist of the "point and grunt" variety.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8eacfa08) out of 5 stars This is an excellent, small book, for the traveler. 30 Nov. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent, easy to carry handbook for the casual traveler. I carried this dictionary for two years (25 years ago) all over Thailand. I believe this edition is slightly expanded, but it will still slip into a shirt pocket, for a quick reference.
I did find one deficiency. I tried to look up "sister-in-law". It lists the terms for your older brothers wife,and your younger brothers wife. It did not list the term for your wifes younger or older sister. I guess people don't have in-laws on the wifes side.
Again, I highly recommend this book for the casual traveler to Thailand. It will not help you much on a business trip, but for pleasure, it is unbeatable
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