Introduction to Thai Reading by Rungrat Luanwarawat
Includes Guide to Pronunciation on CD
Quite a number of Thai language learners have found that, in order to really master the Thai language, one must become adept at reading Thai. Students who rely on books with phonetic transliterations of Thai will make limited progress. Because there is no universal standard for transliterating Thai into English, students lose time learning different phonetic systems. In addition, some sounds in Thai have no direct equivalent in the Roman alphabet. Even the best transliteration cannot capture all the nuances of the Thai language.
Learning to read Thai is the path to a more profound grasp of the language. This book is based on years of experience teaching foreigners to speak and read Thai, and builds on the author's observations in the classroom about which rules of grammar, spelling and pronunciation most commonly impede their progress. This book, designed to be a comprehensive foundation of 24 progressive lessons, will pave the way towards a solid and advanced knowledge of the Thai language. Those who complete the book will have acquired not only essential Thai reading skills, but also the vocabulary and grammar needed for basic Thai speaking.
Introduction to Thai Reading features:
- Thousands of Thai words and their English meanings.
- Practical information on signs, labels, forms, menus, etc..
- Bangkok street names.
- Provinces of Thailand
- Language games, puzzles, and other enjoyable learning aids.
- Explanation of basic Thai grammar.
- Accompanying audio CD.