If you are trying to learn Thai and have come here to learn the Thai Alphabet, then this is a great way to learn all elements of the alphabet quickly and easily.
However, you do need a context for what you are trying to learn. If you try and learn the alphabet with Memory Aids To Your Great Adventure, without any reference to other materials then it will be difficult. You do need other materials also.
If you have them, or want to use some of the free materials available then that’s fine, it’s great to have more than one reference (I have a stack of books on learning Thai, which I still refer to and use).
If you don’t, I would recommend that you get one (or more). The one I would recommend is Learning Thai, Your Great Adventure.
Well, apart from the fact it was our first book, Memory Aids to Your Great Adventure follows the same conventions and styles that were developed for Learning Thai, Your Great Adventure. So straight away you have the same style and design across both books.
More importantly though, we use the same transliteration system; and, until you can read Thai script, this fact is very important.
Another reason is LTYGA is classed as a full-colour books (by the publishers – there’s a few pages of text in there too . Have you ever tried to learn a language form text and tables? I have, and of course it’s possible, but having colour pictures certainly eases the burden on the eyes and on the brain,
The last, and best reason is when you start trying to read Thai script, it is difficult to work out where syllables and words start and finish. Believe me when I say that with a little perseverance, it will come, but until that time, you need assistance. We offer that with word-spaced Thai. We space it all out for you, so you become familiar with words, how they are written, where the breaks are and so forth. It makes learning far easier.
If you want to check out what we mean: click here to view inside the book.
As I mentioned at the top, MATYGA will help you learn the Thai alphabet, but that’s all. You will need at least one other language resource to help you though: to speak, to learn to read, and so on. If you’re not sure of the benefits of LTYGA, or are concerned that it is a bit pricier than some other books that are available (it’s pricier because it’s full-colour; as we have done in MATYGA, we colour-code the consonants to aid you, that effect is lost in black and white/grey-scale) then we would recommend other resources here.
Click here to buy both books as a pdf.