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About the Author

Benjawan Poomsan Becker was born in Bangkok and spent her childhood in Yasothon, a small province in Northeast Thailand. Her family is ethnic Laotian, so she grew up speaking both Thai and Lao. She graduated from Khon Kaen University in Thailand in 1990, with a B.A. in English. Benjawan gained extensive experience teaching Thai to foreigners while studying for her M.A. in Japan with the Japan-Thailand Trade Association and Berlitz Language School, and in the US with Thai temples, Stanford University and private students. She now resides in Berkeley, California where she continues to write and publish books on the Thai and Lao languages. Her books include "Lao for Beginners", "Thai for Travelers", "Thai for Beginners", "Thai for Intermediate Learners", "Thai for Advanced Readers", "Thai-English/English-Thai Dictionary for Non-Thai Speakers", "Improving Your Thai Pronunciation", "Practical Thai Conversation DVD Series", the popular "Speak Like a Thai Series" and many other titles on the Thai language.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 780 pages
  • Publisher: Paiboon Publishing; Bilingual edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887521275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887521277
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 4.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Benjawan Poomsan Becker was born in Bangkok and spent her childhood in Yasothon, a small province in Northeast Thailand. Her family is ethnic Laotian, so she grew up speaking both Thai and Lao. She recevied a B.A. in English with first class honor from Khon Kaen University, Thailand. While obtaining her M.A. in Japan, she gained extensive experience teaching Thai to foreigners at the Japan Thailand Trade Association and the Berlitz Language School. In the United States, she taught Thai language at Stanford University, at several Thai temples, and in private classes. She operated a successful Thai and Lao translation business and is a registered Thai and Lao court interpreter in the state of California. She now resides in Berkeley, California where she continues to write and publish the leading learning books on the Thai and Lao languages. Her latest book, "The Interpreter's Journal" is the recipient of the 2011 Asian Book Publishing Award for Best Book / Best Writer on Asian Socio-Economic or Media scene.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Angsana Koch on March 22, 2010
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As a Thai of Laotian and Cambodian ancestry, I bought this dictionary to improve my Lao language and learn Lao script. I was born in Udonthani, a province in Northeastern Thailand. People there speak Lao language (in Thailand it is called Isan language but written in Thai script). Thai and Lao are very close language but it is not exactly similar especially pronunciation and spelling. I found this dictionary is very handy. It can help me to read Lao script and check spelling. For non- native speakers, it will help you learn new words and read Lao newspaper. It is a very good dictionary on Lao but I feel like something is missing. It does not contain words about local food, fruits and animals in English-Lao section. There are some but not a lot. For example, you are a tourist in Laos. One day you go to a local market and find papaya (Ma-la-kor in Thai), fermented fish (Pla-ra in Thai) and buffalo meat. If you try to find these words in English-Lao section, you cannot find them. You will find them in phonetic Lao-English section but how you know to pronounce when you've never heard before. You need to ask a local to tell you what they are called in Lao. They are called Maak-hung (papaya), Pa-daek (fermented fish). You will find them in phonetic Lao-English section with Lao script. Unfortunately I cannot find word "buffalo" in this dictionary. It is a common animal in Laos. It is called Kuay (Kwai in Thai). Laotians eat buffalo meat too. If you are learning Thai and Lao in the same time, watch out for this word. In central part of Thailand including Bangkok, the word "Kuay" is a slang word for penis. Do not get confused. There is a joke about confusion between Thai and Lao language. A Thai man gets angry with his Laotian wife and tries to hit her. She says " Do not hit me" but he hits her very hard.Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelly @ Mango on May 14, 2007
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For what is out there, I find this *the best* Lao - English dictionary. The most complete, the easiest to use. Not to mention, the publishers are great! I bought a copy in Thailand, it had missing pages and upon my return to the US, they replaced it @ no charge! Aside from great publishers, I have found it to be the most complete. I only wish it was a little bigger so it wasn't so hard to read the Lao script.

(Maybe a large print version could be in the works??)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red Beard on October 9, 2010
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Being in Isaan territory, I haven't had a chance to check the Lao written form yet, but the English to Lao, and Transliterations to Lao are quite helpful out here. The three sections are nice, though once the basic phonetics are mastered, the transliteration section will be virtually useless I assume. For a reference (especially for starters), it's a great buy, and worth having if you will be travelling to Northeast Thailand (Isaan area)or Laos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joel Bjorling on December 14, 2013
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In studying a language, it is beneficial to have a practical dictionary. Often you can't find a word in the text and a dictionary gives a wider scope of the language. This is a three-way dictionary: it has English-Lao, Lao (transliterated)-English, and Lao (script)-English (and Lao transliterated). A dictionary is especially helpful when learning to write Lao sentences. Using creative or humorous words can make learning easier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DeeKay on October 2, 2013
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It's a great small size for traveling. It was like brand new. Good thing it has a sleeve to protect the actual cover. Cause there's a big sticker on the sleeve. I bought one for my dad too. Thanks for the business.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hunyadi on May 14, 2010
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This three way dictionary gives you the Lao word, the English word, and the pronounciation of the Lao word. I wish more dictionaries were made this way!
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