- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Lonely Planet; 5 edition (September 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781740592314
- ISBN-13: 978-1740592314
- ASIN: 174059231X
- Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 0.8 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,378,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thai: Lonely Planet Phrasebook Paperback – September 1, 2004
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As with all phrasebooks, this one contains some phrases that are so dated that I can't even imagine a situation where one would use them. I also wished there was more on pronunciation. I ended up giving this to a friend who was staying in Thailand longer, but would use it again if I went back! I would recommend this if you want to take a stab at the language but don't want to lug around a huge book.
- small enough to carry in a purse
- cover many situations
- basic Thai phrases, nothing fancy
- written in both English & Thai, so just point & show the phrase to Thai people if needed
- mostly non-formal full sentence, not really for people interested in studying Thai
- phonetic marks is difficult to decipher, not easy to get the pronunciation correctly especially Thai language is tone-based (6~ tones)
-It is small and easy to fit in a pocket, bag etc.
-It has the words written out in thai. Without hearing and practicing pronunciation I find it very hard to get the tones and accent right. When people give me a blank look I can just point. VERY helpful. Especially considering that Thai words written in the roman alphabet make no sense to Thai people.
-It covers all sorts of situations. Basic travel needs like getting around, buying things, to dealing with medical problems, and even to pick-up lines
-some of the situations are so absurd (in that the average person would know a lot more thai or be dealing with an english speaker before that would happen) that it makes a great conversation piece hanging around the hostel. "Oh, yeah, well I know how to say 'don't worry, it happens to lots of guys. Beat that!'
If you're not looking to actually learn thai, but just want some help getting around and trying not to be the Ugly American, then I recommend this book.