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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Bilingual edition (April 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804840539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804840538
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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T. F. Rhoden was a student and United States Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.

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travel | lit | ဘာသာစကားများ | อุษาคเนย์ | currently pursuing PhD in PoliSci | 啤酒 | www.tfrhoden.com

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Becker's slang book is pretty good, but Outrageous Thai is superior.
fatmanjoe
I speak the Thai language and I enjoy this book in learning how to speak Thai slang.
Michael Douglas Neely
For my money this book should only be usd to discover how not to speak Thai.
Philip Pope

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Palmisano on March 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
The first and only book of its kind for Thai slang. Thai teachers only want you to learn perfect correct polite Thai, but considering few actually speak that way, you'll be left confused in any conversation. This book will get you started to everyday language.

That said, the number of spelling mistakes (in English, in Thai, and in karaoke) is just horrendous. One out of almost every six Thai examples has a spelling mistake.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Kravitz on January 27, 2010
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The content of this book is excellent and unique. I don't understand the criticisms that the book teaches slang and dirty words - I think the subtitle "Slang, Curses and Epithets" gives a clear enough warning of what's inside, and any reader can decide if this topic is valuable to them. It is probably most suitable for advanced learners, and covers material that you can't find anywhere else. Actually the first chapter "Slang Basics" is not particularly dirty at all, and explains some very common ways of speaking that you will hear all the time but never learn about in school or other books. This was my favorite chapter - it shows what pronouns people really use and explains some really common abbreviations (e.g. people always say "gin khao yang?" but many other sources will only teach the longer formal form.) This is really helpful and saves a lot of wondering if you're reading/hearing it right. It also gives Thai equivalents to common English phrases like "it's like", "I'm gonna," "I don't get why", etc. There is an especially outstanding treatment of several of the many ending particles - "sa","la","wa",etc. It is actually the best explanation I've seen of these particles.

The next chapters are divided by subject, focusing on topics like how to greet people, how to talk about people's physical appearance, how to describe their personalities, and, of course, how to use curses and epithets. Because it's specific to those topics, I didn't find it as helpful as the more general first chapter, but I've dipped into it to use as a phrasebook or figure out the Thai I'm hearing around me. It also includes quite a lot of entries with the author's understanding of Thai society.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Hacker on September 11, 2010
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This is an interesting read if you're learning Thai, because you do get some flavorful language that most language books don't touch. What the author doesn't make clear is where he learned this stuff and with what groups of Thais. I'm assuming he's an expat living in Bangkok who interacts primarily with a certain group of Thais, who if you've been there you may be familiar with.

Unfortunately this doesn't really represent the rest of Thai society, and most of the slang in here is really, really specific to those groups. I couldn't figure out how to get something across to a Thai friend, and this book had something similar to what I was trying to say. They had no idea what the Thai phrase presented in the book meant, and neither did another Thai person I asked. They browsed through the book a bit and recognized some of the common stuff (the basic curse words and so on) but almost none of the rest. This was in Chiang Mai, and my girlfriend and other friends who looked at the book are from all over the northwestern region.

So if you're a budding Muay Thai boxer and want to learn some colorful language to use in the rough Bangkok Muay Thai scene (and it would probably work in other southern areas), I'm guessing this book might help you. For most, it won't.

The worst part is that there's a section with "romantic" stuff, and there are some useful words and phrases included (not bargirl stuff, there are entire books for that if that's what you're interested in) but even most of those are obscure slang. Kind of pointless trying to say romantic phrases that come out as gibberish to most Thais.

The thing that sort of saved it for me is the discussion of culture that goes along with each section.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By fatmanjoe on August 15, 2009
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This ground-breaking book deserves five stars because it is the best, most comprehensive resource for Thai slang and colloquialisms available. Becker's slang book is pretty good, but Outrageous Thai is superior. I believe that only a foreigner would dare to put to paper all those words that Thais use but tell us we don't need to know. I wanted to know. I was not disappointed.

Be warned that the book indeed contains vocabulary and expressions that are vulgar; hard-core slang that's offensive. The book also offers a wide range of useful suggestions on ways to get your Thai to sound more natural, less bookish. So, the book teaches you words that you are likley never to utter, but are interesting to know and you may encounter, while providing a wide range of vocab./tips that can be put into daily use immediately.

This book is a must for anyone serious about not only learning, but really using the Thai language.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scott Frazier on April 13, 2009
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I've been reading this book with my wife and it's been very entertaining for us. My wife is from Isaan and I'm an intermediate Thai speaker with a bit of Lao. This book is not about learning to speak Thai for a business man, this book is about learning what the tuk tuk driver just said to his friend and if you don't understand the difference this isn't your book. In short it's a great book as long as you understand what it means to speak that way in front of Thai people...
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