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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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

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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PimsleurThai Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.6

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (25)
  • It works (24)
  • Portable (19)
  • Perfects accent (16)
  • Fun (13)

Cons

  • Too fast (4)
  • No writing component (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (23)
  • Self-improvement (22)
  • Business/work (11)
  • Family background/heritage (6)
  • Fun (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (18), Business person (12), 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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4.0

Pretty good

By Adam

from Perth

About Me Government employee

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Pronunciations can difficult to determine.
  • Too Fast

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Thai Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I used it for 21 days prior to going to Thailand. I felt confident enough to say verry basic things, or ask for things. My best moment was being able to ask a driver how much I had to pay, and having them reply in Thai -- and then me being able to understand that and pay him. I can't have butchered it too badly.

Service and delivery comments:

N/A. Digital. Downloaded fine.

 
4.0

Well thought through program

By CM

from Melbourne, Australia

About Me Business person, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Thai Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I liked the repetition so that I could eventually learn phrases that I hadn't previously mastered. I didn't like the lack of a written component, and on a few occasions when I wasn't sure I was hearing a word correctly (despite the clarity of the speakers) I would go to Google translate and check the word in Thai, so that I knew for sure -- I could do this because I have learnt how to read in Thai. A few times doing that resulted in a change of my understanding of the word's pronunciation.

For a total beginner it would be very fast. I had learnt Thai previously so the speed was OK for me.

 
5.0

Pimsleur method actually works!

By Mighty Traveller

from Sydney, Australia

About Me Business person, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • No way to quickly access phrases for a situation

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about Thai Phase 1, Units 1-30:

Was able to give our taxi driver directions back to our hotel - in Thai - on the evening of day one in Bangkok!! Could haggle in Thai and get 'local' prices from shops and street vendors - all by basic negotiation in Thai and all from a few weeks listening and responding to level 1 course. I travel a lot and have tried many many ways to try to learn languages over the years and a lot of techniques are a waste of time. I wish I had started using Pimsleur years ago. It embeds the language in a way that sticks so that the words come to you when you need them. I would recommend it to anyone - this is a language learning technique that really does work.

Service and delivery comments:

Quick delivery of downloaded level 1 course

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Need Thai Phase 2

By kiga

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Thai Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I listen to the MP3 as I commute to work, and it's about the perfect length for that.

    The repetition and focus on pronunciation is great for learning Thai, especially when dealing with tones. I wish there would be even more of this, especially for listening to closing consonant sounds which can be hard to hear on a recording. On occasion they will point out when two words sound similar but it would be helpful to have even more of this. For instance, the difference between "intend" and "need to pay" or "rice" and "he" and "come in".

    The vocabulary choice is limited because of the method of reinforcing learned words, which is great, but sometimes I wonder about why particular words are chosen. For instance, "wine" comes up early on, which is not a big part of Thai culture, but sticky rice, noodles, fruit juices are not. You learn to talk about your son or daughter (assuming you have them) but what about other personal relationships? From what I have been told, these words are useful in addressing Thai people (uncle, younger sister, etc.).

    I feel like the material is good but doesn't go far enough into the language. I would be very interested in buying the next phase when it comes out.

     
    4.0

    Has helped me greatly

    By Tim Living Thai

    from Alaska

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Too Fast

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Thai Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    Has helped me very much, love the way every lesson is incorporated in the last lesson completed. Looping back,repetitivness is this case is a plus.
    I use along with Thai Dict, a audio dictionary both of these tools are very compatible and helpful.
    Only thing, I do not like. The Thai speakers speak too fast, I live in Thailand, and I know this is something I will have to adjust too; but, in the learning phases, I think it would be better for them to speak at slower pace.
    All in all, a great product

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