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This is an extremely basic intro to Thai. If you know anything about the Thai language or Thailand, 90% of this will be 'no-duh' info. I still picked up a few new things. Only 10 out of the 25 lessons are really focused on language, and they don't offer quite enough repetition for my liking.
I liked the dynamics of the two narrators, an American man and a Thai woman. They joke, share fun facts about Thailand, and teach some new things. There were some good facts about colloquial Thai that I hadn't heard elsewhere. And since I've never been to Thailand, I learned some things about the culture too.
I can't comment on the written material because I was driving/running the whole time I listened to it and I haven't gotten around to looking at the PDF.
:: This would be a great audiobook if you were going to Thailand for the first time and wanted to get excited for your trip. You'll learn a few words and phrases, but not anything substantial. ::
If you were going to Thailand and wanted to learn some useful sentences and phrases, I highly recommend this company's "Learn Thai - Survival Phrases" part 1 & 2. There are some great phrases and really helpful advice for someone traveling in Thailand.
If you're serious about learning Thai pick up the Pimsleur's Thai lessons 1-30 and listen to all 15 hours twice, doing the exercises out loud. This will give you a great spoken foundation and it has built in reviews. It's perfect if want to learn Thai while commuting or running and don't have time for written material. Once you're done with that go to learnthai podcast and sign up for their premium subscription. I'm finishing Pimsleur and starting learnthaipodcast and they're both great.
Sorry for being so long winded!
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What did you like best about Learn Thai - Level 1: Introduction to Thai, Volume 1: Lessons 1-25? What did you like least?
This was good to learn phrases and words while you on vacation even though you could get by with only english.
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Do you think Learn Thai - Level 1: Introduction to Thai, Volume 1: Lessons 1-25 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
yes so you can learn more about the language
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
More vocabulary, less personal and childish comments from the american guy, less cultural background
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