Pimsleur Thai Level 1 CD

Pimsleur Thai Level 1 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Thai with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • Format: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743544924
  • Availability: In Stock: Usually ships within 1 business day
  • List Price: $345.00

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Learn a new language while commuting, while cleaning the house, or working out. Like millions before you, discover the power of the scientifically sequenced and portable Pimsleur Method.

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Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs (16 hrs), plus a Reading Booklet and User’s Guide.

The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn Thai
Whether you want to travel, communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what’s going on in the world around you, learning Thai will expand your horizons and immeasurably enrich your life.

The best part is that it doesn’t have to be difficult or take years to master. Thirty minutes a day is all it takes, and we get you speaking right from the first day. Pimsleur courses use a scientifically-proven method that puts you in control of your learning. If you’ve tried other language learning methods but found they simply didn’t stick, then you owe it to yourself to give Pimsleur a try.

Why Pimsleur?
- Quick + Easy – Only 30 minutes a day.
- Portable + Flexible – Core lessons can be done anytime, anywhere, and easily fit into your busy life.
- Proven Method – Works when other methods fail.
- Self-Paced – Go fast or go slow – it’s up to you.
- Based in Science – Developed using proven research on memory and learning.
- Cost-effective – Less expensive than classes or immersion, and features all native speakers.
- Genius – Triggers your brain’s natural aptitude to learn.
- Works for everyone – Recommended for ages 13 and above.

What’s Included?
- 30, 30-minute audio lessons
- 60 minutes of reading instruction to provide you with an introduction to reading Thai designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent
- In total, 16 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Reading Booklet and a User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
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, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the Thai 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 Lesson 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading the Thai alphabet. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with Thai pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

The Pimsleur Method
We make no secret of what makes this powerful method work so well. Paul Pimsleur spent his career researching and perfecting the precise elements anyone can use to learn a language quickly and easily. Here are a few of his “secrets”:

The Principle of Anticipation
In the nanosecond between a cue and your response, your brain has to work to come up with the right word. Having to do this boosts retention, and cements the word in your mind.

Core Vocabulary
Words, phrases, and sentences are selected for their usefulness in everyday conversation. We don’t overwhelm you with too much, but steadily increase your ability with every lesson.

Graduated Interval Recall
Reminders of new words and structures come up at the exact interval for maximum retention and storage into your long-term memory.

Organic Learning
You work on multiple aspects of the language simultaneously. We integrate grammar, vocabulary, rhythm, melody, and intonation into every lesson, which allows you to experience the language as a living, expressive form of human culture.

Learning in Context
Research has shown that learning new words in context dramatically accelerates your ability to remember. Every scene in every Pimsleur lesson is set inside a conversation between two people. There are no drills, and no memorization necessary for success.

Active Participation
The Pimsleur Method + active learner participation = success. This method works with every language and every learner who follows it. You gain the power to recall and use what you know, and to add new words easily, exactly as you do in English.

The Thai Language
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.

Tech Talk
- CDs are formatted for playing in all CD players, including car players, and users can copy files for use in iTunes or Windows Media Player.

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Reviews Summary


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Pimsleur Thai Level 1 CD

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.


  • Easy to use (30)
  • It works (30)
  • Portable (25)
  • Perfects accent (21)
  • Fun (18)


  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Too fast (4)
  • No writing component (3)
  • Time commitment (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (28)
  • Self-improvement (26)
  • Business/work (15)
  • Fun (8)
  • Family background/heritage (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (23), Business person (13), 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.


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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You'll learn to speak Thai as a man

By Megan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pimsleur Thai Level 1 CD:

I do like the methods used and I feel like I'm learning some Thai. But it almost always has me speaking from the perspective of a man, which greatly impacts the sentences. My impulse is to speak Thai with male endings now, even though I'm a woman. I have to catch myself and think harder about speaking as a woman. Darn patriarchy.


This seems to be well organized for learning.

By Steve Perrott

from Beaverton, Oregon.

About Me Retiree, Traveler


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


  • Expensive
  • Time commitment

Best Uses

  • Retire to Thailand
  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur Thai Level 1 MP3:

I am just on lesson 3 and I am taking it slow in an effort to learn the tones and pronunciation in the beginning. I am older so learning is harder.

Service and delivery comments:

This was done by Internet delivery so it was fast. I also put it on my cell phone.


Extremely disappointed.

By David Lien

from Murdock Mn

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pimsleur Thai Level 1 CD:

Thought it was more than cd's to listen to, thought i'd be able to use on computer with voice recognition to practice with and learn the sounds of Thai words and what the word meant in English. I would gladly send back for a refund.

Service and delivery comments:

no problem here


Great entry level - needs level 2 and above.

By Michael Heward

from Vancouver, Canada

About Me Traveler


  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable


  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Family background/Heritage
  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur Thai Level 1 MP3:

In the next few weeks I shall be moving to Thailand and have been trying to pick up some Thai before I arrive. Without doubt the Pimsleur course has proved the most effective from several courses I have tried. To be honest before I started the course I had nearly given up - put it down to an addled 70 year old brain - but can handle simple conversations within the narrow confines of the vocab covered. Its provided a framework to build on.
But more levels are needed - kind of disappointed that levels 2 and beyond are not available; but thankful for this introduction.


Thai Course Review

By Dave

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pimsleur Thai Level 1 MP3:

I'm currently on the Thai Lesson 8 course and, overall, it's okay.

I like the repetition and there being a story line. What I would suggest is there also be a list of all the new words shared at the beginning and/or end of each lesson.

Also, the male Thai speaker sometimes says things too quickly where the new words are either spoken too fast or roll into each other without clear separation. This hasn't been an issue with the female speaker yet.

Finally, it would be helpful to have some earlier lesson words included in each scene scenario as the courses continue. Again, I'm only on 8 but, so far, I'm not hearing a lot of references to the past lessons ... I imagine you could probably build a story that uses all of them fairly easily.

I chose to buy this rather than pirate it for free because I wanted to support the company as well as encourage the recording of additional Thai lessons beyond the current #30.


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