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Learning Thai with dâai ได - Book I

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DHYAN MANIK: 22 SECRETS OF LEARNING THAI - COMPLETE GUIDE TO SOUNDS, TONES AND WRITING SYSTEM (+2 CD)

Twenty-two Secrets of Learning Thai teaches you all the sounds used in spoken and written Thai. It includes 20 consonant sounds, 18 pure vowel sounds, all special vowels and vowels combinations. It points out the main obstacles for learners, for example which Thai sounds are most difficult for an English speaker to produce. It then gives you handy tips to help overcome these difficulties. Much care has been taken to describe each sound in phonetic as well as in practical terms so that everyone should be able to grasp the correct way to produce Thai sounds. 


The book has been designed so that it can be used by all levels of Thai learners. It contains a special exercise section, which teaches you in a step by step manner how to learn to read Thai script. At the same time all the Thai tone rules are taught in theory and practice. The student will get to know the most common Thai consonant symbols as well as rare symbols mostly borrowed from Indic languages, Pali and Sanskrit.

The book includes two audio CDs which feature more than 500 words spoken by native speakers to give you examples of how the words are produced in practice. In addition to individual words, the audio CDs feature many of the most common expressions used by Thai people in everyday conversation.

This book is suitable for self-study and can also be used as an aid in the classroom. It contains a vast number of tips to assist you in learning Thai and understanding some of the crucial cultural aspects of the language.

This book and CDs will set you on the road to confident Thai language learning. 

 

DHYAN MANIK: LEARNING THAI WITH HÂI (+CD)

hâi, along with words like dâai, láew and kôr, is one of the most important words in the Thai language. 

When speaking Thai, it is important to understand the correct usage of the verb hâi in everyday speech. 

One simple way to use the verb hâi is to give something to someone. It is used in a similar manner as the English verb to give. 

In addition, hâi is used as a causative verb which has several different meanings depending on the situation, and the way it is spoken. It can be translated into English as to let, to allow, to make and even to order or to force someone to do something. 
 
In some situations hâi is better translated into English as the preposition for, as in for you, for me etc. It is also often used in idiomatic phrases where it carries no meaning itself but denotes only the sense of a command. 

Thais use the verb hâi in an intuitive way in a variety of situations in order to express feelings, wishes, commands and nuances of meaning while communicating with each other every day. 

If you learn this word well, you will be rewarded.