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Thai, Basic: Learn to Speak and Understand Thai with Pimsleur Language Programs 10 Lessons Edition

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ISBN-10: 0743544943
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Editorial Reviews

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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I really like the Pimsleur Thai CDs.
I used a short Linguaphone course of 4 CDs prior to discovering the Pimsleur series so I can compare them both in terms of effectiveness and enjoyment.
The Linguaphone CDs present more vocabulary per CD and involved more conscious effort to learn the content. Pimsleur does a lot of the heavy lifting by clever language acquisition techniques, is more enjoyable and because it focuses on less vocabulary and forces you to comprehend it and use it in multiple ways, it prepares you for conversation much better.
I subsequently bought the Pimsleur Thai comprehensive, which includes a further 20 lessons.
For anyone serious about learning the language I would recommend the HighSpeedThai course which i bough on the Internet. I've been using this from the beginning and it seems by far the best most comprehensive course for this language as the Pimsleur only really gives you a good basic knowledge. Pimsleur haven't done a level two or level three course in Thai, like they have done for the more popular languages and don't really tackle the important business of the written language in an adequate way.
For anyone serious about learning this language and how to read it I would recommend the HighSpeedThai course with the addition of Pimisleur CDs for the car.
I learned the whole Thai alphabet and was reading individual words with ease after only a few weeks. The learning tool Anki is used throughout this course and it works like magic.
I'm on the vocabulary lessons now and it employs a method similar to the Pimisleur method, forcing you to comprehend the words in multiple contexts and use them yourself.
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