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Thai-English English-Thai Dictionary for Non-Thai Speakers
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About the Author
Benjawan Poomsan Becker was born in Bangkok and spent her childhood in
Yasothon, a small province in Northeast Thailand. Her family is ethnic
Laotian, so she grew up speaking both Thai and Lao. She graduated from Khon
Kaen University in Thailand in 1990, with a B.A. in English. Benjawan gained
extensive experience teaching Thai to foreigners while studying for her M.A.
in Japan with the Japan-Thailand Trade Association and Berlitz Language
Schools, and in the US with Thai temples, Stanford University and private
students. In 1994 she married Craig Becker. They reside in Berkeley,
California where she continues to write and publish books on the Thai and
Lao languages. She also has a translation and interpretation business. Her
books include "Thai for Beginners", "Thai for Intermediate Learners", "Thai
for Advanced Readers", "Thai fuer Angfaenger" and "Thai for Lovers" (under
the name "Nit Ajee").
This practical dictionary is designed to help English speakers communicate
in Thai. It is equally useful for those who can read the Thai alphabet and
those who can't. Most Thai-English dictionaries either use Thai script
exclusively for the Thai entries (making them difficult for westerners to
use) or use only phonetic transliteration (making it impossible to look up a
word in Thai script). This dictionary solves these problems by dividing the
entries into three sections: Section One [English-Phonetic-Thai], Section
Two [Phonetic-Thai-English] and Section Three [Thai-Phonetic-English]. The
transliteration system is the same as that used in Paiboon Publishing's
other books. You will find most of the vocabulary you are likely to need in
everyday life, including basic medical, cultural, political and scientific
Here are some of the features:
Consistent and accurate phonetic transcription of Thai sounds for those
unable to read the Thai alphabet
A comprehensive guide to pronunciation
Thai script for those who read Thai
All entries organized in three easy to use sections
Thai alphabet guide showing different styles of Thai script to help you
read shop signs and newspaper headlines
It's the ONE Dictionary You Can Really Use!
- Paperback: 658 pages
- ISBN: 1887521143
- Average Customer Review:
based on 8 reviews.
Avg. Customer Review:
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
BEST one!!, January 14, 2002
If you are learning Thai, this little dictionary is a marvellous
thing that you will want to acquire as soon as possible.
One of the OUTSTANDING features is the idea to have three sections:
English-Phonetic-Thai, Phonetic-Thai-English, and Thai-Phonetic-English.
This means that you can actually look up a Thai word you have never seen
or heard before, just from its sound.
Another GREAT feature is that the alphabets are displayed along the
bottom of the page, letting you know where you are in the alphabetical
Another really good idea is the clear and complete explanation of all
the Thai tone rules, consonant classes, vowel types, and so forth.
In short, Ajaan Becker has drawn a line in the sand: this is by far
the best learner's dictionary ever written for students of Thai, and all
the others have become obsolete. You will naturally want to have other,
larger dictionaries (a big Thai-English dictionary for example), but
this is the one you will most likely be carrying around with you, and
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
of examples and usage notes., October 31, 2004
Kong (Now in Thailand)
I hope it can have more examples and usage notes.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
BEST Resource!!, September 30, 2004
All Thai books by Benjawan Becker are helpful, clear and valuable. I
highly recommend this dictionary. The trans-literation spelling is a
very useful feature which other Thai dictionaries don't have.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
great dictionary, May 15, 2004
This is the best Thai dictionary that I found anywhere. It has very
readable print (both in English and in Thai). There are many wonderful
features such as a section that shows the Thai letters in different
print style -- VERY useful. There is a section that covers tones and
examples of why they are important. The best feature is that there is a
section for Thai script to English and a section for phonetic Thai
transliteration to English. There is also a handy Thai alphabet at the
bottom of the Thai scrit to English section for easy reference. The only
thing that could be more useful is a wider range of vocabulary enteries.
It's not ment for more than basic to eary intermediate vocabulary. Other
than that I give it an A plus!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
for a Trip, April 22, 2003
Reviewer: A reader
This is by far the most useful dictionary I have used while traveling in
Thailand. Even if you know the Thai alphabet, the phonetic
transliterations of Thai can be very helpful in real-time communication.
The three sections (English-phonetic-Thai, phonetic-Thai-English, and
Thai-phonetic-English) work well together to get you what you need.
There are some handy extras: a section on the Thai writing system, a
list of common classifiers, and a sampling of Thai fonts. Good study
material for long bus rides!
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
all right., January 4, 2003
I would recommend this book to people who want to speak Thai but
don't know how to read and write it. This is because once you know the
Thai alphabet, you can usually pronounce words the correct way by just
looking at them. This is from my own personal experience. I wouldn't
bother with this book because when I compared the written Thai word to
the English phonetic or how my Thai teacher said the word, they were
sometimes not the same pronunciation, but similar. And similar doesn't
cut it when trying to speak this language because you could be saying
something else ;) But honestly, it's pretty good for speakers and even
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