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The Oxford-Duden Pictorial Thai & English Dictionary Paperback – September 4, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0198600145 ISBN-10: 0198600143
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Conventional dictionaries are fine when you know the word you want to look up and how to spell it, but when you're learning a new language, sometimes a picture is the way to go. The Oxford-Duden Pictorial Thai and English Dictionary is arranged thematically, with vocabulary accompanying each picture. So the Soft Fruit page, for example, features 65 illustrations of fruits, leaves, pits, blossoms, and more, with their appellations--in English and Thai. This dictionary is invaluable for learning the names of items that are common in the United States but are rare or nonexistent in Thailand. There are 399 such thematic pages, covering animals and plants, art, music, and mathematics, games, sports, meteorology, and a vast assortment of industries. With its two indices, in Thai and in English, this reference is a wonderfully useful tool for the Thai student of English.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 866 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 4, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198600143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198600145
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,523,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey L. Guthery on April 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have Oxford-Duden pictorial dictionaries in both Chinese and Thai, and have found them very helpful reference materials indeed for situations where translation of esoteric or extremely technical items is required, such as working parts of machinery, military hardware, etc. Obviously, being a pictorial dictionary, abstract nouns as well as verbs are not listed. I should also say that this dictionary would more than likely be superfluous for a basic-level speaker. I think it would probably be quicker to look up a word such as "sparrow" in a standard Eng-Thai dictionary than to track down the same word using this one. However, it is a fantastic technical reference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a picture dictionary, almost all words contained in the dictionary are nouns. This series uses a standard Western and scientific basis for most of the content, and section of Thai-specific items is added at the end. This is mostly wat architecture, animals, plants, and farm produce. There are many realms of Thai life that are not included. Also some very common nouns seem to be missing -- octopus is one animal not included in the dictionary at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "celophaine" on July 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as a way to study technical words in Thai. In that capacity it is fantastic. But as a former art director at an ad agency, I found it very entertaining as well. Each diagram reminds me of those little emgergency instruction cards in the front pocket of airplane seats. Imagine those diagrams but placed in the context of a nightclub or discotheque. The result is quite hilarious.
Also, a linguist might find the format of the book interesting from a semiotic point of view in that it is a book of signs with three signifiers for each signified. If you are not familiar with semiotics, ignore this last comment !
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By A Customer on January 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
"A picture says a thousand words". . . This book has thousands of pictures! This book is a handy reference for English people who are studying the Thai language or vice versa.
I believe it is a bit unwieldy for the casual traveller/visitor.
I have a strong desire to learn Thai and I have purchased quite a bit of English<->Thai material over the years...most of the material is 1970s and earlier. . .
This "dictionary" (manual?) is recent and has really tickled my fancy. I will buy this book for some of my Thai & English friends...Two thumbs up!
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By dale hall on August 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
this is a help to start with
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