Now I love the books that I have written and I think that they’re top-notch study materials for anyone wanting to learn Thai. From an author’s perspective, the only slight downside with one of the books, Learning Thai, Your Great Adventure, is the price. However, this is primarily dictated by CreateSpace’s policy/pricing structure and that’s the price for a full-colour book.
Now I totally understand that this might be out of the price range for some and because of that, I am quite happy to post some links to other resources that may be of help to you.
When I started learning Thai, I bought a number of different books to help me. The problem with these books was they all [seemed to] use different transliteration systems. A transliteration system is a Romanised-translation of Thai into English. So in Thai, the word might be ร้สส์, but in transliterated Thai it would be Rúss (that slant above – or to the right of the ‘u’ – browser-dependant – indicates the word is pronounced High tone). But, there could be 12 ways of writing this…such are the joys of not having a standardised system.
I quickly decided on what I considered was the the best system. This was the system developed by Paiboon Publishing and is called either Paiboon or Paiboon+. For me, these are the best transliteration systems and whilst drafting the outline for LTYGA I wrote to them and asked for permission to use their system; thankfully they granted this.
Their main author is Benjawan Poomsan Becker and Kun Benjawan has probably done more to promote the Thai language at home and abroad than anyone. I started with the Paiboon Three-way dictionary (Thai-English, English-Thai and Trans-English) and am now working through the Advanced book (below).
I will always promote my books the best (strange that but, if you’re after alternatives, then these are the ones I would most certainly look at:
|Click here for full details for Thai-English dictionary|
|Click here for full details on Thai for Beginners|
|Click here for full details on Thai for Intermediate Learners|
|Click here for full details for Thai for Advanced Readers|