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Thai [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

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Sept. 1 2003 Pimsleur Language Program
Compact Thai, a stand-alone 10-lesson (5 hours) program, teaches beginning language strategies for essential communication and traveling needs, plus culture Notes.
--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Dr. Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and was one of the world's leading experts in applied linguistics. After obtaining his Ph.D. in French from Columbia University, he taught French Phonetics and Phonemics, and supervised the language laboratory at UCLA. He went on to become Professor of Romance Languages and Language Education, and Director of The Listening Center at Ohio State University; Professor of Education and Romance Languages at the State University of New York at Albany; and a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Heidelberg. Dr. Pimsleur was a member of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), American Educational Research Association (AERA), Modern Language Association (MLA), and a founding member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). His many books and articles revolutionized theories of language learning and teaching. After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed a new method that is based on two key principles: the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory that he called Graduated Interval Recall. This program incorporates both of these principles to provide you with the most simple and effective learning method possible. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pimsleur Thai Delivers Oct. 22 2001
Format:Audio Cassette
This set of language tapes is a good introduction to Thai. For those familiar with Pimsleur-method tapes, the format and execution are identical to lessons from other languages. I have previously used the German I set with some success, and I am pleased with the Pimsleur Thai. The method of teaching and learning is very effective, given in approximately 30-minute lessons. You begin learning simple phrases, repeating after the speakers, and answering questions. This is much better than some tapes I have tried to use, which begin with (impossible-to-learn) recitations of the Thai alphabet and such. Using the Pimsleur, you gradually develop a conversational ability. My only complaint regarding the product is that it is too short, and a complete Thai I course (30 lessons) is not available. The Compact edition is too short to develop any more than a very basic level of conversational ability. On a positive note, my wife is Thai and she reports that the accents are good (native Thai speakers). That is the second best thing about Pimsleur Audio tapes (for any language) - you develop great pronunciation by repeating after native speakers. The best thing about the tapes is that the format is conducive to learning the language well.
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Format:Audio CD
This was a great introduction to the Thai language. Pimsleur is the best if you hate sitting at a desk to learn a new language. There is no text involved. You simply listen and repeat what you hear. It is perfect if you, like me, have a long comute in your car every day. Pop in a tape, and get educated in a period that you would usually be wasting. The only problem is that there are only the first few lessons here. Pimsleur definitely needs to make this one of their comprehensive courses where you get at least 40 lessons. You're not going to be able to say much with the limited amount of material here. Even so, Pimsleur is still the master at teaching languages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Follow April 12 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
THis CD set does an excellent job of teaching Thai. The words and sentences are sounded out slowly and put into context. I found it very useful and would buy a longer program if it was offered. Better than others I have tried.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still the Best March 20 2004
By atomic
Format:Audio CD
I have found Thai to be an extraordinarily difficult language to learn and have tried quite a few of the beginning courses. This one was the first to actually give me a working knowledge of the language on an elementary level. It has proved useful as a stepping stone to other courses which had various drawbacks for the beginner but are more comprehensible with this as a backdrop. I agree with the oft repeated criticism that this course isn't long enough, but it is so much better than anything else out there for what it does offer that I would recommend starting with nothing else.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pimsleur Thai is great but ... Nov. 2 2003
By Robert
Format:Audio Cassette
I've used the Pimsleur courses with great success in a variety of different languages. I'm a fan of the method - no rewind; proper pronuciation; yada yada - rules in the car. But the Thai course is 1) far too short and 2) why no CD option. It seems that the publishers are short sighted by not improving the Pimsleur product and marketing it more aggresively. This product is great for a quick knowledge of some basic Thai, a difficult tonal language. Perfect for vacation speak. But if you want to learn the language this offering is too light. No excuse for the lack of CDs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for starters Nov. 20 2002
By Jams
Format:Audio Cassette
This is by far the best set of tapes I have found for learning to speak accurately. I have tried many tapes/cds/books/computer programs, and have always had trouble with them. I don't need to learn how to say the alphabet in Thai, I need to be able to communicate to people. Everyone has their own preferred learning style, but this works very well for me. It moves along slowly, giving you an opportunity to focus on pronunciation and really ingrain understanding of what you are saying. My only wish is that they would come out with a full course in the near future.
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1.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BEFORE BUYING Dec 23 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
'This program has no further Pimsleur Thai learning programs beyond this. This is the only program for Thai that Pimsleur offers (It is a very basic program). Consequently, when you decide to learn more, you can not use this as a stepping stone to intermediate language level. You will have to go to another language program and start as a beginner. No star rating below 'one' is accepted by this site, so I am forced to give one star, although zero is my desire. You will have wasted not only your money, but your time as well. You will regret buying this.'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction Feb. 25 2003
By Jake
Format:Audio Cassette
I used this program as a refresher before going to Thailand for a month, and found it very well structured for review and learning. A shortcoming is the length. I wish there was a longer program like for other languages. The negative comments have some merit but I still would recommend this tape for someone who has never spoke Thai. Just realize there is no magic method of learning another language. It's practice and use of the language in natural settings There are several other very good programs, but I strongly recommned the FSI tapes.
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