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Thai, Basic: Learn to Speak and Understand Thai with Pimsleur Language Programs Audio CD – Audiobook, February 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0743544948 ISBN-10: 0743544943 Edition: 10 Lessons

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"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." -- AudioFile Magazine

"EXTREMELY ACCESSIBLE...each section within the lessons is short enough to hold our attention, and there is enough repetition to teach even those who consider themselves slow learners...Pimsleur [programs] are extremely thorough and easy to use -- quite lively!" -- Boston Herald

"Learn French while commuting, German while jogging, Spanish (or Russian, Italian, and Japanese) while cooking all with NO WRITTEN MATERIALS!" -- New York Daily News

"Designed for the ear and not the eye...the lessons provide PERFECT 30-minute bites of work." -- St Louis Post-Dispatch

"Learn to habla español or parlez français before your next trip aboard. The interactive LESSONS CHALLENGE STUDENTS to use new words in conversation instead of memorize them." -- American Way (American Airlines inflight magazine)

"I tried other language programs with little success...This is the best by far!" -- Pamela A. Mitchell, Pilot, International Society of Women Airline Pilots

About the Author

Dr. Paul Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and testing and was one of the world’s leading experts in applied linguistics. After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed The Pimsleur Method based on two key principles:  the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory training that he called “Graduated Interval Recall.”  This Method has been applied to the many levels and languages of the Pimsleur Programs.
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Product Details

  • Series: Basic (Book 1)
  • Audio CD: 5 pages
  • Publisher: Pimsleur; 10 Lessons edition (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743544943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743544948
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.6 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For help in selecting the right Pimsleur Language Program for you, or with technical questions, call us at 1-800-831-5497, 24/7. For more information on Pimsleur, visit, www.pimsleur.com.

Dr. Paul Pimsleur (b. 1926, d. 1976) devoted his life to language teaching and testing and was one of the world's leading experts in applied linguistics. He was fluent in French, good in German, and had a working knowledge of Italian, Russian, Modern Greek, and Mandarin Chinese. After obtaining his Ph.D. in French and a Masters in Psychology from Columbia University, he taught French Phonetics and Linguistics at UCLA. He later became Professor of Romance Languages and Language Education, and Director of The Listening Center (a state-wide language lab) at Ohio State University; Professor of Education and Romance Languages at the State University of New York at Albany; and a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Heidelberg. He did research on the psychology of language learning and in 1969 was Section Head of Psychology of Second Language Learning at the International Congress of Applied Linguistics.

Dr. Pimsleur was a member of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), American Educational Research Association (AERA), Modern Language Association (MLA), and a founding member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), who award the Paul Pimsleur Award for Research in Foreign Language Education every year.

His many books and articles revolutionized theories of language learning and teaching. After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed a new method (The Pimsleur Method) that is based on two key principles: the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory training that he called "Graduated Interval Recall." This Method has been applied to the many levels and languages of the "Pimsleur Programs."

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Smith on April 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I purchased Pimsleur's Basic Thai 3 weeks before traveling to Thailand for a vacation with my husband. I listened to each unit three times before continuing to the next unit: first a quick preview, then a slow careful study, stopping and starting the audio to make sure I knew each part, then finally a quick review.

After the first 2 units, I became frustrated with the lessons being catered toward an American male. Most lessons started with something like, "You are an American male, and you've just met a Thai woman." Well, I'm female, and because everything you say in Thai ends with something different depending on whether you're male or female, and often starts with a gender-dependent word as well, I was having to convert almost every sentence before repeating it. I do understand why they did this: Most American travelers to Thailand are male. So I stuck with it, and eventually I just got over it.

It was worth the effort. On our first day in Bangkok we got lost in an area where there weren't many English speakers; it was noisy, hot and hectic and we just wanted to get out of there. I approached a tuk tuk driver, and directed him, in Thai, to take us to our hotel, even getting him to stop to buy beer en route!

There were some silly things in the lessons, like learning to say "I am not Thai." Well, duh! But overall it was very effective. The cd's not only taught us useful Thai words and phrases, but they gave us the foundation to put together sentences with new words we learned while in Thailand.

We didn't meet any other Western vacationers in Thailand who had bothered to learn Thai at all, and the Thai people were both surprised and pleased with our efforts. I'm very happy I purchased Pimsleur's Basic Thai, and I will buy their products in the future.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mario Max on November 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I travel by car roughly 10 hours every week and I was looking for a Thai language course that I could use while driving. Pimsleur turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. Agreed, you won't learn to read or write, but you will learn to speak. Good for a start. Recommended !
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Colan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 23, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a very good Thai language lesson set, as far as it goes. It contains the first 10 lessons of the much-more-expensive 30-lesson set. However, for about twice the money, you can buy the 16-lesson version. I recommend that one instead, because in the first 10 lessons they stop short of teaching you what you need to know about numbers, time, and money, along with some other helpful dialog.

PROS:
All speakers speak clearly, not too fast, not too slow
Pimsleur approach with learn and review works for me
I am able to speak and be understood by Thais, albeit with a limited vocabulary
The subtle phonemes and the all-important tones are evident

CONS:
no printed reference for the content
The Thai time system is odd, not well explained and causes confusion with learning numbers
incomplete numbers and time - get 16-lesson edition instead of this one

This course has the first ten lessons of the much more expensive 30-lesson course, in exactly the same form. Many essential pleasantries are covered, along with making plans, ordering iced tea/beer/wine, telling time (from 1pm to 9pm, and missing 6pm), numbers (1-5), asking directions and basic replies.

Thai people do not expect visitors to be able to say any more than a basic greeting, if that. I'll never forget the reaction when a Thai who accidentally stumbled into me apologized profusely in English, and I calmly replied "mai bhen rai" (it does not matter/no problem) - they were astonished! My ability to speak a bit of Thai totally changes my experience in visiting Thailand. Truth is, there is enough English comprehension there that you could get by without any Thai in any city, but people will like you more if you learn use some basic Thai.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on January 20, 2010
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I have found these Cd's really helpful. Male and female versions of each sentence are provided and the words are repeated multiple times. I was kind of worried that I would want to see the words written down to really understand what is being said, but I really have no problem understanding the speakers.
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By B. E. Andrew on September 5, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The CD collection would be more useful if a leaflet of the most common phrases/sentences in phonetic Thai and English was included, particularly to understand how a sentence is constructed. I agree there are some unnecessary statements of the bleeding obvious, and the constant switching between male and female gender can be confusing.

My major criticisms of the CD's are the male speaker sometimes pronounces a Thai word differently to the female speaker, and also that there are some words which are mispronounced to the point a Thai native cannot understand them.

I was thinking of purchasing the more comprehensive Simon and Schuster Thai lessons ( $200 - $350 ). However, I believe the money would be better spent on having Thai lessons in Thailand. This basic Thai CD collection is probably suited to tourists who want to communicate with Thais on a very limited basis.
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The Pimsleur method states that it doesn't have the learner repeat over and over, but that it will re-introduce a phrase right before your memory might forget it. In a sense, how a child learns.

That's all well and good, I don't take exception to this. However, the adult who is not always in a position to be listening, may be able to glance at some word/phrase to review the pronouncing of the words from memory. This will accelerate that person's learning. The Pimsluer method falls short in this regard. Therefore, I believe this method is adequate but not excellent.
David Fisher
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