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Thai Conversation - Booklet and Audio CD - Learn to speak Thai

Thai Conversation - Booklet and Audio CD - Learn to speak Thai

Teach Yourself Thai Conversation

Speak Thai with Confidence

3 audio CDs by David Myth

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Teach Yourself Speak Thai with Confidence - 3 Audio CDs

    3 CDs  all audio course by David Smyth

We've all travelled abroad with the best of intentions when it comes to speaking the language, only to falter when it comes to the crunch. This quick and constructive course gives you the Thai you need to talk to the locals - and crucially, the confidence to put it into practice. As well as providing essential vocabulary and phrases, the course also aims to improve your understanding of spoken Thai, so that you can feel sure of yourself in two-way conversations.

Based on the ten situations you are most likely to find yourself in while travelling abroad, the course builds your knowledge and understanding gradually, and is suitable for complete beginners. A booklet is included, with the dialogues and their English translations. A glossary of the words and phrases used also provides you with a handy phrasebook while you travel.By the end of this course, you will be at Level A2 of the Common European Framework for Languages: Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions. Can communicate in simple and routine tasks.

TEN REALISTIC CONVERSATION SCENARIOS - the words and phrases you'll need
NO GRAMMAR - make progress fast, without learning boring rules or unnecessary vocabulary
NO NEW SCRIPT TO LEARN - booklet uses romanized transliteration
ALL-AUDIO COURSE - use anywhere
HELP IN UNDERSTANDING WHAT IS SAID BACK TO YOU - strategies for understanding what you hear, so you can have true, two-way conversations and not be thrown by the replies you get

Table of Contents:
Conversation 1: Introductions / greetings
Part 1: This is Sakiko, my wife
Part 2: Hello. Excuse me, what’s your name?
Conversation 2: Taking a taxi / tuk tuk
Part 1: Taking a taxi
Part 2: Taking a tuk-tuk
Conversation 3: Shopping
Part 1: Buying a t-shirt
Part 2: Buying fruit
Conversation 4: Asking where things are
Part 1: Where’s the …? Swimming pool, coffee shop, bus station
Part 2: Is there a bank/PO/toilet around here?
Conversation 5: Ordering and talking about food
Part 1: Can I have?
Part 2: Can you eat Thai food?
Conversation 6: Booking a bus/train ticket
Part 1: I want to book a ticket to …
Part 2: I want to get off at … Please tell me when to get off
Conversation 7: (Not) speaking Thai/making a phone call
Part 1: You speak Thai well
Part 2: I don’t understand/speak Thai
Conversation 8: How do you find Thailand/Bangkok?
Part 1: How’s Thailand?
Part 2: Do you come from Bangkok? (Initiating conversation with Thai)
Conversation 9: Health problems
Part 1: Do you have anything for …?
Part 2: I need to see a dentist
Conversation 10: Do you have any photos?
Part 1: Do you have any brothers and sisters?
Part 2: Do you have any photos?

About the Author David Smyth:

David Smyth spent several years teaching at universities in Thailand before taking up a post as Senior Lecturer in Thai at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

About the Thai Language

Thai is the national and official language of Thailand and the mother tongue of the Thai people, Thailand's dominant ethnic group. Thai is a member of the Tai group of the Tai-Kadai language family. The Tai-Kadai languages are thought to have originated in what is now southern China, and some linguists have proposed links to the Austroasiatic, Austronesian, or Sino-Tibetan language families. It is a tonal and analytic language. The combination of tonality, a complex orthography, relational markers and a distinctive phonology can make Thai difficult to learn for those who do not already speak a related language.

Standard Thai, also known as Central Thai or Siamese, is the official language of Thailand, spoken by about 65 million people including speakers of Bangkok Thai . Khorat Thai is spoken by about 400,000 (1984) in Nakhon Ratchasima; it occupies a linguistic position somewhere between Central Thai and Isan on a dialect continuum, and may be considered a variant or dialect of either.audiobook

In addition to Standard Thai, Thailand is home to other related Tai languages, including:

* Isan (Northeastern Thai), the language of the Isan region of Thailand, considered by some to be a dialect of the Lao language, which it very closely resembles (although it is written in the Thai alphabet). It is spoken by about 15 million people (1983).
* Nyaw language, spoken mostly in Nakhon Phanom Province, Sakhon Nakhon Province, Udon Thani Province of Northeast Thailand.
* Galung language, spoken in Nakhon Phanom Province of Northeast Thailand.
* Lü (Tai Lue, Dai), spoken by about 78,000 (1993) in northern Thailand.
* Northern Thai (Lanna, Kam Meuang, or Thai Yuan), spoken by about 6 million (1983) in the formerly independent kingdom of Lanna (Chiang Mai).
* Phuan, spoken by an unknown number of people in central Thailand and Isan.
* Phu Thai, spoken by about 156,000 around Nakhon Phanom Province (1993).
* Shan (Thai Luang, Tai Long, Thai Yai), spoken by about 56,000 in north-west Thailand along the border with the Shan States of Burma (1993).
* Song, spoken by about 20,000 to 30,000 in central and northern Thailand (1982).
* Southern Thai (Pak Dtai), spoken about 5 million (1990).
* Thai Dam, spoken by about 20,000 (1991) in Isan and Saraburi Province.

Many of these languages are spoken by larger numbers outside of Thailand. Most speakers of dialects and minority languages speak Central Thai as well, since it is the language used in schools and universities all across the kingdom.

Numerous languages not related to Thai are spoken within Thailand by ethnic minority hill tribespeople. These languages include Hmong-Mien (Yao), Karen, Lisu, and others.

Standard Thai is composed of several distinct registers, forms for different social contexts:

* Street Thai : informal, without polite terms of address, as used between close relatives and friends.
* Elegant Thai : official and written version, includes respectful terms of address; used in simplified form in newspapers.
* Rhetorical Thai: used for public speaking.
* Religious Thai: (heavily influenced by Sanskrit and Pāli) used when discussing Buddhism or addressing monks.
* Royal Thai : (influenced by Khmer) used when addressing members of the royal family or describing their activities.

Many Thais can speak at only the first and second levels, though they will understand the others.

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