Thai Phase 1, Units 1-30

Thai Phase 1, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand Thai with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442323810
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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and reading booklet

Standard Thai, the dialect taught in the Pimsleur course, is also known as Central Thai or Siamese, and it is the official language of Thailand. Sometimes called the Bangkok Dialect, it is spoken by about 25 million people.

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Thai Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons of Phase 1, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading the Thai alphabet. These lessons, which total about an hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and reading booklet

Standard Thai, the dialect taught in the Pimsleur course, is also known as Central Thai or Siamese, and it is the official language of Thailand. Sometimes called the Bangkok Dialect, it is spoken by about 25 million people.

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Thai Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons of Phase 1, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading the Thai alphabet. These lessons, which total about an hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

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PimsleurThai Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.6

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  • Easy to use (14)
  • It works (14)
  • Portable (11)
  • Fun (7)
  • Perfects accent (7)

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    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement (14)
    • Travel (13)
    • Business/work (8)
    • Family background/heritage (4)
    • Fun (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Traveler (11), Business person (7), Student (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The Best but Needs Levels 2 and 3

    Pimsleur Thai is the best language course on audio CDs bar none, in my experience but the fact that after all these years Pimsleur have STILL not come out with levels 2 and 3...Read complete review

    Pimsleur Thai is the best language course on audio CDs bar none, in my experience but the fact that after all these years Pimsleur have STILL not come out with levels 2 and 3 like most of the other languages really makes it a bit of a dead end. I turned to other materials from other providers, none of whom are remotely as effective as Pimsleur system and where you learn slower, and I visit Thailand at least twice annually on my pre-retirement path. Pimsleur however is the best system when away from Land of Smiles and I have already used all 3 Japanese modules and now started the Chinese but I have lobbied them to make higher level courses 2 and 3 in Thai but stll in 2013 no sign of this happening yet. I am sure MANY people would buy these if you make them, so please put them on the urgent development list.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Yes and no

    I've been studying Pimsleur almost 2 years. I have to go to Thailand in 4 years so I am going slowly. Cracks me up when they say a "language in 10 days"....Read complete review

    I've been studying Pimsleur almost 2 years. I have to go to Thailand in 4 years so I am going slowly. Cracks me up when they say a "language in 10 days". Hilarious. The course gives a good basis of Thai. But one is nowhere near everyday conversations. One could survive those awkward first meetings for about 15 minutes but thats about it. I walk to work an hour each way and wear my headphones to listen and learn. I'd say I use it for a good 6 hours a week minimum. Its an excellent way of mastering the fundamentals of their grammar and intonations. I just wish there were a Thai II or III. This only scratches the surface. I'm married to a Thai by the way and yes she is a horrible teacher.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I would buy this product again and again

    By mario

    from Cyprus

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • It Works

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Thai Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I loved it. I reviewed/repeated each lesson 5 times.

      But,but it is not enough. I am confident that if there were 3 or 4, 30 lesson units I would be able to survive in Thailand without any difficulty. There are so many expatriates living in Thailand now an d I am sure your investment will bear fruit. I had also covered the 4 German units. I learned a lot. I wish, however there were more.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great start to learning Thai

      By RichS

      from London, England

      About Me Student

      Pros

      • Easy to use

      Cons

      • No Advanced Level Product

      Best Uses

      • Family background/Heritage
      • Self-improvement

      Comments about Thai, Comprehensive:

      I listened to the Thai course everyday in my car on my way to work. I have picked up loads from it but now I've completed the first lesson I eargerly await the advansted levels. Please consider this I wish to continue learning with this programme. Many thanks

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      want more

      By Mimi

      from Switzerland

      About Me Business person, Traveler

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • It Works
      • Native Speakers
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable
      • Whole Sentences

      Cons

      • Expensive
      • Not Enough Lessons
      • Not The Vocabulary I Need
      • No writing component

      Best Uses

      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Thai, Comprehensive:

      My mother tongue is German. I've taken French, Italian, English and Thai lessons in language schools as well as self-practice courses. I wish I had a program like Pimsleur before.
      Especially with Thai as a tonal language the program was very helpful for me. You can listen to it again and again, wherever you are. With these 30 lessons I've learned a basic vocabulary. But 30 lessons are far not enough to communicate with Thai people. So I'm looking forward to the next 90 lessons.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      So far so good!

      By Shes Birdie

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Business person, Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Too Fast

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Thai Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      Really like the format and progression. Being 48yo picking it up is very difficult. I go through each lesson 3-4 time before moving on. It's slow going but I feel what I'm learning is taking pretty well. Almost to a point that I'm brave enough to try talking to Thai people here locally. I've tried other systems and this one by far is more effective for me and much more convenient.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very helpful and easy to follow

      By Dan

      from Norwalk, CT

      About Me Business person, Student, Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • It Works
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business/Work
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Thai Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        The Thai learning program is very helpful, practical, and easy to follow. I have been learning Thai for about five years now and wish this was the first learning program I tried. It breaks down how the tones should sound and it teaches in a way that you learn and retain the information.

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