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All you need to know about Thai writing,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Thai System of Writing (Paperback)The Thai use a fairly complex writing system. The basic principle is one letter one sound and, unlike English, you can actually tell the pronounciation from the spelling. But there are lots of strange rules and many exceptions that you have to learn. Mary Haas untangles and explains them all. Every detail about the Thai system of writing can be found in this careful and systematic book. (My only criticism is the poor print.)
So should you buy this book? It depends. It will take you at least one month of hard work before you have mastered Thai writing. If you don't want to spend that much time, you are better off focusing on the spoken language. Also, the book is not written for complete beginners. You need to know basic phonetics terminology. If you don't know what say an "unsaspirated unvoiced stop" is, you need to study some phonetics before you can use this book.
But if you are serious about learning Thai and you know basic phonetics terminology, then this is the best book you can get about Thai writing.