Thai: An Essential Grammar (Routledge Essential Grammars) Paperback – 29 Aug 2002
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About the Author
David Smyth is Lecturer in Thai at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Top Customer Reviews
I thoroughly recommend that anyone seriously wanting to learn the language buys this book at the outset of thier learning process. Shortcomings? More examples perhaps? I cant really criticise anything else.
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.
Do yourselves a favour and do not venture near this book unless you can read Thai!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I haven't purchased this book, but I lived and taught in rural Thailand for a year.
I used the 'look inside' function of this book, and whilst it looks like there is a... Read more