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    Best teach-yourself book and DVD

    With the holidays fast approaching, I was wondering whats the best way to teach-youself Thai? The missus refuses to help (thinks i will find another!) and I cant afford to pay for a teacher. Any ideas?


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    Re: Best teach-yourself book and DVD

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    Re: Best teach-yourself book and DVD

    You don't say whether you are living in the LOS. If so, just buy a phrase book and chat up the locals. Although the Missus may not like that approch. Maybe you can find someone who will exchange English lessons for some help with Thai.

    If outside LOS, you are stuck with the book-CD sets that are available. Lots of people use the Becker series, Linguaphone and Rosetta Stone have good options too.
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    david smyth's book on learning thai + CD is the best beginner's book. after that i would go for the complete becker series, 5 years on and ive finished my first thai novel and it was indeed the butler who did it
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    Just need a book and CD to learn basic converation. Not sure I want to learn the alphabet yet as it looks pretty scary! I have been here 10 months now and know some phrases but want to be able to have some proper conversations.

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    James Higbie essential thai is the bess knees. No nonense what you need to know

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    Re: Best teach-yourself book and DVD

    Quote Originally Posted by bulldog
    david smyth's book on learning thai + CD is the best beginner's book. after that i would go for the complete becker series, 5 years on and ive finished my first thai novel and it was indeed the butler who did it
    On further reflection, I have to admit that Bulldog is spot on. I have the Smyth book (Teach Yourself Thai), gift from a friend, but never heard the CD. I have the Becker books and CDs.

    Smyth is better because he integrates reading and writing Thai from the first lesson. Minimal use of the transliteration crap. Go with Smyth if you can get it. Also look up his Thai: An Essential Grammar. A great read!

    Don't be scared of the Thai alphabet. It is a challenge initially, but a huge payoff when you see that there is a very strong relationship between the spelling and pronunciation in Thai (unlike English). If you can spell it, you are very likely to be able to pronounce it (approximately).

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    Re: Best teach-yourself book and DVD

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuhn Gary
    Don't be scared of the Thai alphabet. It is a challenge initially, but a huge payoff when you see that there is a very strong relationship between the spelling and pronunciation in Thai (unlike English). If you can spell it, you are very likely to be able to pronounce it (approximately).
    My wife is a Thai teacher, Gary. She would very much agree with your comments.

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    Don't be scared of the Thai alphabet. It is a challenge initially, but a huge payoff when you see that there is a very strong relationship between the spelling and pronunciation in Thai (unlike English). If you can spell it, you are very likely to be able to pronounce it (approximately).[/quote]

    absolutely. Thai is very phonics based and will help you perfect your Thai. English too is very phonics based which is why not teaching Thais to read leads them down the path of shit pronounciation.

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    Re: Best teach-yourself book and DVD

    The Smythe book/cd really is quite good.

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    Re: Best teach-yourself book and DVD

    I say get the Smythe book and audio cd's also. Best beggining language book I have ever used.

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