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I travel in Asia a lot and have had to get a working knowledge of several non-related and often difficult tonal languages, often in a short space of time. I've found Pimsleur the best to get you up and running, mainly because the approach is purely auditory - listen and repeat. Just half and hour every day (eg, while coming to with coffee) for a month, listen and repeat... perfectly suited for the audiobook format. After that, when you go to take up your more formal language study - or simply hop off a plane with a phrasebook - you already have a feel for the pronounciation and flow of the language so you can easily focus on WHAT you're saying instead of HOW and can even understand native speakers a little better.
Although they say a few things in this Thai series that I doubt would normally be said (but I think that occurs in every system), they're certainly not gaffs and the central Thai spoken is clear and easy to follow. At the end of Phase 1, there is a PDF and a series of audio files to introduce you to written Thai which also seems accurate and well-done.
I would also recommend them for other languages: my husband struggled with putonghua (Mandarin) books but is now speaking reasonably after completing Phase 3.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes I would for sure recommend this program to anyone wishing to learn the Thai language.
Any additional comments?
This is the best format I have come across for learning to converse in Thai. Pity Pimsleur does not offer a level 2.
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