Dictionary and Phrasebook one of a series of dictionary/phrasebooks
published by Hippocrene Books. The books in this series follow a similar
format with a section on basic grammar followed by two small dictionaries
(Thai-English then English-Thai). The last third of the book consists
of phrases for general conversation and for traveling or living in
format makes it handy for carrying around when travelling. Words included
in the dictionary are those most often used and heard in Thailand,
so learning all of the vocabulary and phrases in the book is a good
way to get a good working knowledge of the language.
the book follows the Hippocrene format of only two columns (English-Thai)
there is only the romanized version of Thai based on the phonetic
and tone system described on this website. There is no column of Thai
script. This is either a plus or a minus depending on your personal
needs. For people who don't read Thai and who take the time to understand
the phonetic system the book is very usable for travel or reference.
However, if you need to read Thai script the book is useful mainly
for its contents which form a good database of common words and phrases
and also because the visual tone markers can help intermediate and
advanced learners get their pronunciation down.
Dictionary and Phrasebook is for sale in North America and Europe
and is now in its third printing.
from Amazon UK:
the layout exremely helpful and the method of transliteration (i.e.
the method of writing the Thai script into understandable English
script to produce pronouncable sounds) easily understandable. I have
compared it to other phrasebooks available in Thai bookshops and using
this as a benchmark I decided not to buy the others. I am frequently
told that my Thai pronunciation is good, despite the difficulties
"falangs" (Westerners) have with the all-important Thai
tones. If I could improve the book in any way, for me, it would be
to increase the number of Thai/English words in the dictionary section.
However for most people on holiday in Thailand it is an excellent
start. I use a larger dictionary written in Thai script and English
to continue my learning. This book travels everywhre with me in Thailand,
and returns home with me every time.