is a large format (A4) beginning Thai book which uses the phonetic
system and tone markers described onn this webpage. It was published
in 1997 by the Bangkok Post.
The first half
of the book follows a cumulative approach, with vocabulary and structures
building up from chapter to chapter, so it is a good tool for tutoring
or self-study. The second half of the book contains topic material
for living and traveling in Thailand, including food, hotels, directions,
and emergencies. All of the sentence structures used with the topics
are explained in the first half of the book.
was written with the assumption that the learner takes an active role
in understanding the use of vocabulary and phrases when learning a
second language. The book contains explanations of the use of basic
vocabulary and how usage differs from English.
The book is sold
in a folding plastic case with a tape included which covers pronunciation
and the first lessons of the book. The Bangkok Post found a speaker
with a good Texas accent to read the English on the tape.
The book was laid
out in the old days (1995-1996) when computer layout could only be
done by professionals on a Macintosh. They layout took a full year
to complete because at that time Thailand was at the height of its
economic miracle and there was a huge demand for layout work.
is a popular book in Thailand and can be found at bookstores all over
the country. Unfortunately the Bangkok Post discontinued its book
division in 2004 so the book is now out of print. There are still
copies available and we're looking forward to a reprint by Orchid