Too advance for the beginners Very good book for the beginner Since there is no translitteration used in this book, reading skills must be acquired prior to starting off on this book The total lack of transliteration in this book might be considered bad for some, but I will advise everyone to start learning to read at the very beginning when learning Thai language There is not very many long texts in this book, but the grammar part is great and the book game me a very good overall impression. I am an expert in accelerated approaches to learning complex subjects such as music and languages which I believe are difficult to learn than maths by comparison.This book is the ONLY book I recommend as a course for learning Thai If you go to a Thai language school or have a private teacher then insist on following THIS book, not the curriculum that they devised which is often than not arduous and irrelevant.The main feature of this book is that it uses Thai script throughout I warn students and teachers to stay away from learning Thai phonetically because 1 you end up with a curious dialect that only Thais who are familiar with tourists can understand and 2 you limit yourself to language school Thai because you cannot read the signs or the menus or read books or magazines or newspapers.And, equally important, the course itself is simple, well structured, and useful The first unit is about getting to know each other It s the first thing you d want to do when meeting Thai people The next unit is about family , a vital aspect of Thai culture After that it s everyday life , then time and the ubiquitous communications about food , followed by getting around town and eventually running errands The progression is just right for being able to communicate and function in a useful, albeit fairly basic, way in Thailand.The structure of each unit is logical, starting with a bit of vocabulary, followed by useful sentence patterns and then a brief explanation of grammar not too technical or linguistic, but just enough to understand the mechanics of putting words together to form sentences And then there are exercises to consolidate what you ve just learnt and, if you are studying in a class, some ideas for group activities.It provides you with a good, solid basic foundation in a relatively interesting way Everything is based on sentence structures and typical phrases So don t expect it to be a riveting read That comes later see below.Although Everyday Thai for Beginners has a good simple introduction to get you reading Thai, it is based on the traditional grammar rules which unfortunately are fiendishly complicated.I have developed a very quick and simplified alternative that gets you able to recognize words and understand the tones within 12 hours or 2 months at 10 minutes a day without any need for memorizing letters or complicated rules.Please google my online course Rapid Read Thai at Learn Thai Online.I also suggest that you work through the material at its4thai but make sure you switch off the phonetics and only read the Thai script.Another useful resource is learn thai podcast He s stolen the idea for reading using pictures from another man who developed the concept independently from me but the karaoke style audio visual material is not bad.If you are in Thailand then it s a good idea to attend the AUA courses which are very cheap BUT insist on joining a class one level lower than they recommend Their theory is that you learn through tension, by stretching your mind into the language just as a child learns This doesn t apply for adults, who have a different mindset we accelerate our learning by using thinking and learning strategies So just attend AUA classes for the sheer enjoyment of experiencing Thai at a level that you easily understand The classes are hugely entertaining and will help you develop your ear so that you get to understand what people are saying and.Finally, Pimsleur isn t bad Very boring, but effective Only 30 minutes a day for 30 days well usually 60 days because you end up not wanting to plough through a lesson after a while and you skip a day here and there But so long as you practice repeating the phrases out loud in a loud and exaggerated manner as often as you can you will be able to communicate fairly effectively albeit on a very basic level after you ve completed the course.Pimsleur is relatively expensive, but several companies now offer downloadable versions at a discount, around 150.Ultimately, you need to read extensively This is true even in your mother tongue Indeed, if you want to encourage high standards in education amongst children and young people then dispense with exams and tests and curricula and simply encourage children to read whatever they enjoy for the sheer pleasure of it Studies have shown e.g Krashen that this counts for nearly everything when it comes to measures of intelligence, academic ability and success in life, not to mention the ability to write and communicate well If you are in Thailand then READ THE SIGNS they are everywhere You will pick up so much vocabulary and language patterns Make a point of studying the menus when you go into a restaurant And start to read simple books that interest you Perhaps start with the bilingual children s books Winnie the Pooh, Noddy, Thomas the Tank Engine and then progress to books with a simple and colloquial writing style.I m currently reading Sydney Remember by King Muang which means purple ginger It s written in a straight forward language style, only occasionally formal, but mostly using colloquial everyday Thai and common slang And it s a fun story about a Thai girl who goes to live with her cousin in Sydney, finds work, meets lots of different people and falls in love It happens to us in reverse when we go to Thailand, but we can experience it from a Thai perspective I like the book so much that I have based my fluency Thai language course on it read a section, study the vocabulary and language usage, memorize the vocabulary using a flashcard system like Anki, and then move on to the next sectionI strongly recommend using Anki as a great way to internalise the vocabulary used in Everyday Thai for Beginners and any other material you study I use an adapted form of Anki, which incorporates story based mnemonics to help you remember the words You can buy a flash deck consisting of the entire 1,200 word vocabulary used in Everyday Thai plus mnemonics there s also a deck for Sydney Remember from my website.Finally, do not buy a dictionary If you have Windows then buy the electronic dictionary from thai2english you can save words to a list, which you can then import into Anki to build up a personal vocabulary If you have an iPad iPhone then buy Talking Thai and switch off Romanised phonetics, use simple Thai phonetics instead I have both and sometimes I ll look up the same word twice to get a comprehensive undersanding of the appropriate usage and meanings of the word.Thai is a surprisingly easy language to learn if you go about it the Rapid way Even the so called tones are the same as we use in English yes, we have tones in English Thai only starts to become complicated at the advanced level It is a very rich, idiomatic language, borrowing heavily from Pali and Sanskrit for the beautiful or flowery words And it s quite playful in usage Move over Shakespeare This is an excellent book Have tried many others but at last I have something with some structure Having to learn the alphabet and rules makes progress slower but I am finding it a rewarding experience I find that with this book and a good dictionary on my iPhone I am making some progress at last There s the occasional error, but overall, this textbook is one of the best ways to learn conversational Thai It won t help you learn the alphabet or certain pronunciations, since it assumes you ve learned those before reading this textbook And it s a very reasonable assumption It s incredibly hard to learn Thai from transliterated guides, since it shields you from the nuances of the language and why certain sounds come out as they do.I ve jumped through a lot of different Thai learning guides and this one is by far the most comprehensive and easy to understand The rules I assumed were exceptions turn out to be following very carefully constructed rules If you re looking to learn Thai from a textbook, this is probably the best book for it. Sehr gutes Buch, vorausgesetzt man beherrscht das Lesen von Thaischrift bereits keine Lautschrift angegeben Thematisch aufgebaut, Vokabeln im Kontext zu lernen ist sehr sinnvoll Auch kommt die Grammatik nicht zu kurz. This book presents the mechanics of Thai structure thoroughly and straightforwardly It will be a challenge with no romanized translations good Very valuable book to be used for years to come A learning tool and reference book in one Printed beautifully Thanks I decided long ago that in order to learn Thai I would have to learn to read Thai it was a decision that I came to after picking up and buying many little books and booklets with names like Thai in 24Hrs etc as well as serious tomes The difficulty with these books is that the font size for both English and Thai is very small, usually with the English and Transliterated English in Bold face and the Thai in Normal or Light face.The problem remains for these books each publisher seems to go to great lengths to develop their own CODE for Transliteration use of the normal English Alphabet to try and represent the sounds and phonetics of the Thai Language, and therein lies the problem If one wants to learn to pronounce Thai correctly then one has to learn The Transliteration Code for that publisher and since there are many publishers, and each one has their own valuable phrases to add to ones small vocabulary, along with their own Transliteration code the various codes have to be learned I figured that it would be far beneficial to only have to learn one CODE, the only one that correctly transliterates the phonetics of Thai to pronunciation The Thai Alphabet and Thai Vowels and Tone Rules.This is where this book Everyday Thai for Beginners starts.It is a book written for the serious student of Thai.I have been travelling backwards and forwards, to and fro Thailand for a number of years, never staying long enough to really study the language properly, but often enough to have picked up many little phrase books, as I mentioned above.After making the decision to learn the written language I bought some Flash Cards for the Thai Alphabet and Vowels, and started to memorise them next came the Tones and Tone rules, which I am still working on.There are many web sites where one can listen and read the Thai Alphabet and Vowels for the tones and for the Mouth Shapes and Tongue positions and glides etc etc one really needs a native Thai speaker to help you.I am living in Thailand, and so getting help, although not easy, who has the time at least it is possible, and assists in meeting and getting to know some helpful people who are, usually, also interested in learning to speak and pronounce English correctly a mutual exhange The CD and lesson and exercise structures for the rest of the book, seem to be well structured and produced using the most upto date methods for the teaching of second languages, as in TEFL or TESOL, though this would be TTFL or TTSOL.All together.a very good book and suited to use by Teachers and Students alike A very good text book. Everyday Thai for Beginners is a language textbook with accompanying CD that lays the essential groundwork for mastering authentic spoken Thai It provides an introduction to the basics of communication using Central Thai vocabulary and idioms Developed for teaching university students, it can be used in a variety of teaching and learning contextsOrganized into seven units and thirty thematic lessons, the book is designed to be used for a one year study of Thai, taking a total of thirty weeks andhours to complete Basic Thai reading and writing ability is assumed from the outset in order to avoid using transliteration systems that hinder the mastery of correct pronunciation and intonation If you have the chance to take Thai from Professor Kesavatana Dohrs, take it She wrote her own textbook because she didn t like how all of the other ones wrote things out phonetically in Roman letters as well as in Thai I think it s a way better way to learn, and the book layout is really nice too.