Thai, Comprehensive

Thai, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Thai with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743544924
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  • List Price: $345.00

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

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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Pros

  • Easy to use (19)
  • It works (18)
  • Portable (13)
  • Perfects accent (11)
  • Fun (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement (18)
    • Travel (17)
    • Business/work (10)
    • Family background/heritage (5)
    • Fun (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Traveler (14), Business person (9), 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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    5.0

    Excellent approach to learn a language

    By Mariosk

    from Cyprus

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent

    Cons

    • More Courses Needed
    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Everyday Life In Thailand
    • Travel

    Comments about Thai Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I have covered the course 7 times. I think I know the material well. I have tried other methods but soon the process run short of steam, no progress was possible. This method however, feeds on itself and grows, picking up strength as it goes along. It is a masterfully designed approach. Same experience with German. Now what is needed are more courses in order to cover more aspects of life. So more courses please.
    It may appear an overly enthusiastic review but it isn't. It is my sincere opinion.

     
    4.0

    Fairly effective!!!

    By James Sok

    from Silver Spring, MD

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Thai Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I like watching Thai TV and episodes. This course helps me capture a few words each day that making me understand the language spoken.

     
    5.0

    Please make more Thai lessons

    By Cam

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Business person, Traveler

    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 have traveled to Thailand 4 times on business. Between the 3rd and 4th trip I studied and learned Pimsleur Thai Phase 1. My new language skills prove to be invaluable, although Thai people did laugh at my accent. I am conversational in Spanish and French thanks to PImsleur and I am looking forward to the same in Thai.

       
      4.0

      I am communicating with Thai friends!

      By Mexican Thai speaker

      from Utah

      About Me Business person

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works

      Cons

      • Too Fast

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Self-improvement

      Comments about Thai, Comprehensive:

      I am enjoying the lessons. Some of the accents are different the two people pronounce the same words differently and that can be confusing sometimes.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Make the tracks on the CD's smaller. Often I want to review one word or phrase and I have to listen to the whole lesson to do that.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      So far, so good ...

      By Tom

      from Long Beach, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Haven't Tried It From My
      • Perfects Accent

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Thai Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        I like the oral-aural method of language learning, first encountered it when I trained for the Peace Corps (Thailand) in the 1960s. I anticipate another year-long stay in Thailand and am 'brushing up' on my Thai. I try to do at least one lesson per day, repeating it at least once.

        Am only up to Lesson 12 (of 30, ??) so have no final statement on its worth. Haven't tested it beyond ordering food and chatting in a Thai restaurant from time to time. I detect some words that differ from what I recall -- probably because I learned in-country Thai in the Northeast (Esaan) where dialect differs -- leans towards Laotian.

        Since I won't be going to Thailand for another year or so, I hope there will be additional lessons coming in the future.

        Not so great: Am working on telling (i.e., speaking) times right now and would like a step-by-step review, hour by hour, all at one time as it were.

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