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Hi all! Busy lately...

I didn't see this posted anywhere else, but the Royal Institute (www.royin.go.th) has updated their online dictionary. The previous online version was the 1982 edition. The new online version purports to be the 1999 edition. It also has full text search and works in Firefox (huzzah!).. the direct link has also changed: http://rirs3.royin.go.th/dictionary.asp

And since I'm shameless (but not selling anything), here is my blog entry with my analysis of the changes.

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The RI dictionary has so much potential that it is a shame to see anything less than best efforts being devoted to its presentation, preservation, and accessibility. If you, Rikker, have any influence at all, it would be great to give the folks at the RI some feedback. I suspect that they have access to the best database programmers in Thailand, and if not, the people behind the other dictionaries might be willing to assist.

In addition to everything you mention on your blog, I would like to see 1. more extensive etymologies; 2. more modern vocabulary additions along the lines of the Matichon dictionary; and 3. pictures.

The hardcover book, while heavy and voluminous, costs only 600 baht (the 2542 edition); this book should be in the library of every serious student of the language.

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Based on Rikker's recommendation above, I went to visit his blog. Rikker's modesty is admirable, so I will do the crowing for him.

The blog is a mixture of wonderment and erudition; he is and hopefully will continue to be a font of observations about things we always wanted to know about Thai but had no one to ask, plus ideas we would never have thought to ask. I want to encourage the readers of ThaiVisa who have an interest in Thai language to spend some time with Rikker and his observations and insights regarding the usage and origins of the language. He includes on his blog a bibliography of Thai books or books about Thai language he has in his library. I jotted down a few and will look for them eagerly the next time I visit my local provincial bookstore (which advertises itself as "The Oldest Bookstore in Thailand.")

A number of Thai magazines publish a column about Thai language for Thai readers and several sets have been codified into published books. Rikker mentions several in his bibliography. Rikker's blog is the first of its kind I have seen written in English. If there are others, please let us know.

I look forward with great anticipation to more of his columns on the blog; I wish the Royal Institute would consult him before their next update. Thanks again, Rikker.

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Langhub.com has free downloads of audio and video files. Great for those desiring to learn the alphabet.

"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.

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And one I posted a few days ago from MOE:

http://www.teachthai.com/

It maybe because of my own mouse at home, but there is an annoying problem with this website; it always tells you that right click mouse is being disabled for this website...even when you want to left click...which causes trouble for the registration itself. Anyone else has tried ( and has had same problem/ it worked well) to browse on this website??

thanks

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No-one seems to mention the old classic 'The Basic Fundamentals of The Thai Language' it might be from the 1950's and needs a little correctiing but does work well

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For a list of special subject dictionaries published by The Royal Institute, see www.royin.go.th/en/printing/detail.php?ID=96 Change the final number serially up to 122 to see the dictionaries published in this series. Many of these appear to be Thai-English, English-Thai.

Does anyone know 1. if these books are still published and sold; 2. where they might be available? This evening I saw the separate dictionaries on Law; Science; Technology and Computers; and, Economics on the shelves of the B2S store at Central Festival Phuket.

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This new one is cool:

http://slice-of-thai.com/language/

It works in multiple romanization systems (IPA, the one from thai-language.com,

Becker, and so on).

There's

- flashcards (PDF) you can print - thai consonants and vowels

- a page on the tones of thai with sample sounds, spectrograms and a "voice viewer" to see your own voice

- pages on the consonant and vowel sounds of Thai

- stuff about Thai fonts

- a chart of Thai consonant shapes

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I believe they are adding some new features to the sight, this may explain why the sight is down.

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www.thai-language.com doesn't appear to be working at the moment.

The site is back up now :o

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