FSI - Thai - Basic Course (Volume 2)

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Audios

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 21

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 22 Tape 1

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 22 Tape 2

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 23

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 24

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 25

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 26 Tape 1

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 26 Tape 2

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 27 Tape 1

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 27 Tape 2

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 28

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 29 Tape 1

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 29 Tape 2

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 30

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 31 Tape 1

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 31 Tape 2

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 32

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 33

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 34

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 35 Tape 1

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 35 Tape 2

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 36 Tape 1

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 36 Tape 2

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 37

Thai Basic Course - Volume 2 - Lesson 38


Foreign Service Institute Thai  - Image This is the second volume of a two-volume course designed to teach Standard Thai. Standard Thai is the national spoken language of Thailand and is the dialect of educated speakers of Bangkok and Central Thailand. Standard Thai in spoken and written form is known to some extent by nearly all Thais. There are approximately 20 million speakers.

There is a basic dialog at the beginning of each lesson. It consists of a limited number of exchanges between two or sometimes more persons. It represents a somewhat modified version of a "real" dialog, since hesitation phenomena, false starts, and other features regularly occurring in real speech have been eliminated. It does present what two educated Thai speakers might say in a given situation if they were being particularly careful to avoid the features referred to above.

If the student has memorized the dialogs, he will have a store of language that is readily available when needed (assuming he is in a situation comparable to that of a particular dialog). It is, therefore, suggested that some time be spent for this purpose. Most of this time should be outside of the classroom with the tape recorder, since different students memorize at different rates, and if many class hours are used for this purpose, it will prove very boring to quick learners and very frustrating to slow ones.

You can find the other volume of the FSI Standard Thai Course here: FSI - Thai - Basic Course (Volume 1)

Thai is the national and official language of Thailand and the native language of the Thai people, Thailand's dominant ethnic group. Thai is a member of the Tai group of the TaiKadai language family. Some words in Thai are borrowed from Pali, Sanskrit and Old Khmer. It is a tonal and analytic language. Thai also has a complex orthography and relational markers. Thai is mutually intelligible with Lao, though Lao speakers more easily understand Thai than Thai speakers understand Lao, because Lao speakers have more exposure to Thai.

Many scholars believe that the Thai script is derived from the Khmer script, which is modeled after the Brahmic script from the Indic family. However, in appearance, Thai is closer to Thai Dam script, which may have the same Indian origins as the Khmer script. The language and its script are closely related to the Lao language and script. Most literate Lao are able to read and understand Thai, as more than half of the Thai vocabulary, grammar, intonation, vowels and so forth are common with the Lao language. Much like the Burmese adopted the Mon script (which also has Indic origins), the Thais adopted and modified the Khmer script to create their own writing system.

While in Thai the pronunciation can largely be inferred from the script, the orthography is complex, with silent letters to preserve original spellings and many letters representing the same sound. While the oldest known inscription in the Khmer language dates from 611 CE, inscriptions in Thai writing began to appear around 1292 CE.

Thai is spoken in: Thailand

Thai is also called: Central Tai, Siamese, Standard Thai, Thaiklang

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