This is great for leaning thai. I thoroughly enjoy the lessons. However there are a few things that they will say different in Bangkok that the locals..Show More » will correct you on but Al least you will understand enough to BE corrected lol
There are a few errors on this one where they are not clear on whether you should be saying the male or female parts.
Also there are words that are not clear so sometime I need to get clarification from the locals.q
Apart from those things, if you are an auditory learner this is excellent.
I travel in Asia a lot and have had to get a working knowledge of several non-related and often difficult tonal languages, often in a short space of t..Show More »ime. I've found Pimsleur the best to get you up and running, mainly because the approach is purely auditory - listen and repeat. Just half and hour every day (eg, while coming to with coffee) for a month, listen and repeat... perfectly suited for the audiobook format. After that, when you go to take up your more formal language study - or simply hop off a plane with a phrasebook - you already have a feel for the pronounciation and flow of the language so you can easily focus on WHAT you're saying instead of HOW and can even understand native speakers a little better.
Although they say a few things in this Thai series that I doubt would normally be said (but I think that occurs in every system), they're certainly not gaffs and the central Thai spoken is clear and easy to follow. At the end of Phase 1, there is a PDF and a series of audio files to introduce you to written Thai which also seems accurate and well-done.
I would also recommend them for other languages: my husband struggled with putonghua (Mandarin) books but is now speaking reasonably after completing Phase 3.