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 27 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (22)
  • It works (21)
  • Portable (16)
  • Perfects accent (14)
  • Fun (13)

Cons

  • Too fast (3)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (20)
  • Travel (20)
  • Business/work (11)
  • Family background/heritage (6)
  • Fun (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (16), Business person (10), 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

Need Thai Phase 2

By kiga

from Los Angeles, CA

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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

     
    5.0

    Terrific Course

    By Westwood

    from Ro Vista, California

    About Me Retired Manager

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Excellent Method To Learn

    Cons

    • Like More Sets Of Cds

    Best Uses

    • Review Of Language

    Comments about Thai Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I am a big fan of Pimsleur. I have all sets of the Spanish DVDs and have used them extensively.

    I go to thailand frequently I use Pimsleur's complete set of Thai CDs before I go. I feel that I have a good basic vocabulary after this review. I wish they had more Thai CDs for me to purchase to further add to my vocabulary.

     
    5.0

    Just what I was looking for.

    By Gene

    from Ocean Springs Mississippi

    About Me Business person

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No Phase 2

    Best Uses

    • Family background/Heritage
    • Travel

    Comments about Thai Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I have looked into other Thai programs that want you to learn to read and write Thai before learning to talk. A baby does not learn to read and write before learning to talk. Talk first, read later. This program is just what I need to understand the grammer and tones in the Thai language. With this program and my Thai wife's help, I will be well on my way to speaking Thai. The 30 minute lessons are just right. Enough time to review and learn but not so much as to become lost or bored.

     
    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.

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