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A Thai friend has a business producing herbal products and a Czech wants to import one of his products. The Czech has sent him a list of herbs banned from Czech in English, the list has over 200 herbs.

My question is, is there a dictionary of herbs, Engliah- Thai available? I looked on google but couldn't see anything.

Thanking anyone in advance.

bannork.

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Not sure if this has been mentioned before, but I found this resource:

http://www.thaicyberu.go.th/

Thai Cyber University

You can register for a Thai course module there, and thereafter you are able to view Adobe Flash files to learn basic Thai. Useful for beginners as it includes phrases, rules, consonants and vowels etc.

Steps: (Note that I tried this on Firefox, if on Safari or Opera or other browsers might not work as it might appear all in Thai.)

1. Register

2. Login

3. Under Menu, choose Course -> Self Paced Learning Course

4. Search for Course ID "TCU-2549052" (Copy and Paste)

5. Click on the course (popup will appear)

6. Click Register.

7. Go back to the menus again, and select "Classroom" now.

8. Click "Enter" Class

9. Select a Chapter that interests you.

10. Ta-dah!

First few steps are a hassle, but you get lots of cool steps afterwards. Cool resource.

If you are tech savvy, you can actually find the root swfs and save them down into to your computer, in addition to the pdfs available. Thus you don't need to be online to view them.

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A Thai friend has a business producing herbal products and a Czech wants to import one of his products. The Czech has sent him a list of herbs banned from Czech in English, the list has over 200 herbs.

My question is, is there a dictionary of herbs, Engliah- Thai available? I looked on google but couldn't see anything.

Thanking anyone in advance.

bannork.

IMHO he should use, to avoid any ambiguity, the botanic binary nomenclature in Latin invented by Carolus Linnaeus.

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Learning thai with audio files:

http://www.langhub.com

Thai-english dictionary:

http://thai.sealang.net

Dutch-Thai + Thai-Dutch dictionary:

http://www.pluk-in.com/thai/

Out of curiosity I looked once in the Nederlands↔Thais woordenboek พจนานุกรมไทย·ดัตช์ (http://www.pluk-in.com/thai/) and could not find the word กะเทย = katoey = travestiet, transseksueel, homoseksueel, etc.

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I haven't seen this posted before, but tell me if this is a repeat.

The first email forward in years that I've actually found useful: a Thai friend (with a 3-year-old son) sent around this link:

http://www.karn.tv/thai.html

Looking at it, this website has a number of free practice exercises and test questions for primary school-level Thai (of varying levels).

Teaching to native children and teaching to foreign adults is very different, though, so there's something to be learned from the materials on this site for foreign Thai learner of every level, I'd say. Useful for boning up on all the stuff you thought you had down cold. Have a look.

(Oh, and you can also use the links up top to other subject materials. Practice your Thai be reading about primary school science experiments! Fun stuff.)

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"http://www.karn.tv/thai.html"

pdf files of the Maani series up to grade 6! In color! I had no idea it went beyond lesson 44 or so. Oh happy days! I've got interesting reading material to last me a loooong time! Thank you for the link!

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Rikker mentioned in the chang kui podcast that there are no ebooks in Thai; I have recently discovered a daily program on witayu sueksa that consists of readings from a novel by a voice actor/actress split in 30 minute chunks. Last month they were reading from Bung ya pa yai by Thepsiri Suksopha and since Jan 12th it's a translation of "Sans Famille" by Hector Mallot. It's on every day from 19:30 to 20:00 on FM 92 MHz and AM 1161 kHz, the online stream is mms://www.moeradiothai.net/fm92 and you can also listen to past programs from the station website.

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I haven't seen this posted before, but tell me if this is a repeat.

The first email forward in years that I've actually found useful: a Thai friend (with a 3-year-old son) sent around this link:

http://www.karn.tv/thai.html

WOW, what a great resource. Thanx, have printed off several of the tests and will see how I do. :)

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Hi! This is a video to help distinguish between the 5 different tones:

youtube.com/tina2112anit

Hope this helps! :)

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"60 Minutes to Learn the Thai Alphabet" really works. Well, perhaps not in 60 minutes. Instead of learning the Thai alphabet by rote, it ditches the animals and such one would normally learn with each letter, and instead gives you ways to learn the sound(s) and classes. I was surprised at how quickly I picked up the system.

Just bought it for half that "promotional" price at:

http://ebooks.ebookmall.com/title/60-minut...osmo-ebooks.htm

Note your e-mail and password from the invoice to activate.

And no my online tailor is rich :)

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I heard the Thai Rosetta Stone is not very good... what about the Pimsleur Thai Program. Anyone have experience with this?

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ID: 62   Posted (edited)

I heard the Thai Rosetta Stone is not very good... what about the Pimsleur Thai Program. Anyone have experience with this?

This really depends at what level you are at present. Rossetta Stone I certainly do not consider a "beginner level". I bought it a few years ago while still living in the US. I did not use it - because I found it too difficult at first.

I used it approx 4 months ago - and I feel it was more useful in increasing my level of Thai - reading Thaiscript, comprehension, vocabulary etc. - than 30 Private lessons I took approx 6 months ago - at about three times the price.

If you are interested and you are at a level you could benefit from it - send me a personal message - I no longer have a use for it.

There is a currently free course available - not as comprehensive as Rossetta Stone - but probably better put together -

L-Lingo.com.

Edited by Parvis

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Here is another resource:

The U.S. Foreign Service Institute teaches foreign languages to government

diplomats and personnel for duties abroad—and its courses are available

online, for free. Which means you can access audio, texts, and tests in 41

different languages

http://fsi-language-courses.org/Content.php

Thai at http://fsi-language-courses.org/Content.php?page=Thai

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ID: 65   Posted (edited)

Has anyone found a chart that clearly shows which consonants sound the same and which ones are no longer/rarely used?

I have seen the following mention in various websites but have not yet found it clearly set out. (ie with the Thai script, Thai consonants/words using english alphabet, etc)

"The Thai writing system has 44 consonants that represent only 21 distinct sounds. Two consonants are obsolete and 12 rarely used."

Edited by Tex79

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Do you mean sort of like this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_language

Btw - Most beginners books will have a list.

Thanks desi, the table is getting closer to what I was hoping to find but its still not all that easy to understand. Maybe if it had the option to click a voice recorded pronounciation for the common sounding sounds it would be more helpful.

Reminds me of people trying to say Mum/Mom calling their stepmother a horse:)

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ID: 69   Posted (edited)

Sound... ok...

Chris from Slice of Thai might have what you are looking for: Consonant Sound Chart

Btw - Chris and Benjawan (Paiboon Publishing) just released their new software dictionary. You can see it here: Thai-English English-Thai Talking Dictionary

Thanks desi, that's pretty close...maybe now I just need to spend some more time trying to remember/pronounce the sounds...so far I can only remember about 6-8 characters but would like to be able to be able to read thai even if at first I don't understand what I'm reading:)

Also that new software dictionary looks like it might be a great help. Shame it's not free but if I find the trial useful I'm sure the $25 could be easily justified!

Edited by Tex79

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Benjawan Poomsak Becker!!

I highly recommend her series...it really helped me as she teaches you to actually read Thai instead of karaoke Thai.

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Thanks desi, that's pretty close...maybe now I just need to spend some more time trying to remember/pronounce the sounds...so far I can only remember about 6-8 characters but would like to be able to be able to read thai even if at first I don't understand what I'm reading:)

If you are struggling to remember the alphabet, then perhaps break it down?

To learn the Thai alphabet you need to memorise what each one looks like (an innie or an outie, or just plain weird), which ones have different sounds at the beginning and the end (or no ends at all), who is low/med/high tone, and finally, their Thai names... (is it a chicken, or an egg?)

I used to stare at a Thai alphabet wall charts for kids (mine has been everywhere in my house - mostly gathering dust). I'd even flip a stack of alphabet cards back and forth. No luck. Then I bought 60Min Thai Alphabet and it worked right away. The site explains it so I won't.

But, a given, it all depends on how you learn languages.

Other fabulous books for learning how to read Thai:

Reading Thai is Fun by James Neal

Introduction to Thai Reading by Rungrat Luanwarawat

And you can find more stuff here.

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Hi

Is there a simple free on-line Thai language sight that will teach me simple words, phrases, numbers, colors etc.

I need to be able to read the word or phrase in English, maybe see a picture of it, and press a button to hear it in Thai again and again :)

I tried Rosetta Stone but there was not printed english, only thai.

I would just like to ask and understand prices at street market, ask and understand directions on how to get somewhere and simple things like that, I think it would make my vacations in Thailand more interesting .

maybe someday learn the Thai letters but thats not important now ,

My brain is not as sharp as before so I need something simple

Thanks for your advise

BK

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A friend has expressed an interest in learning spoken Thai rather than the script. I am researching for him if there are any online resources or books which would allow him to do practice exercises for learning vocabulary or pronunciation without him having to read the Thai language.

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Hi all,

As a long-time lurker on this forum I thought it was time to contribute... I've set up an online database of categorised word lists with Thai spelling (Thai script) and English translations. Perhaps someone here may find it useful. Just point your browsers at:

thai.markhollow.com

Features:

  • 4,500+ unique words, split into 350+ topics/categories
  • basic layout, suitable for use on both mobile phones and conventional web browsers.
  • displays Thai script either in normal text or as image files (for devices without Thai fonts, like my old mobile phone)
  • customisable font size
  • choice of Thai fonts (if words displayed as images)
  • font comparisons: when words are displayed as images, two fonts can be shown together (useful for comparing traditional & modern typefaces - as a novice reader I find the latter hard to read)
  • searchable database (although currently limited to English words)
  • free, non-commercial, no subscription, and no advertising. Just enjoy & learn...

The most of the topic/word lists were taken from sealang.net/thai (with just a couple I've added myself).

Cheers,

Mark

PS - the thaivisa forum software warned me against posting URLs but hopefully I'll be forgiven as it's a free, & totally non-commercial web site... :-)

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