Based on real Thai course curricula, Novus Language can help anyone learn to speak Thai fluently.
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The official language of Thailand, Thai is spoken by more than 20 million people. This course will help you to learn conversational modern spoken Thai
There is a basic dialogue 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' dialogue, 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 dialogues, 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 dialogue). It is therefore suggested that some time be spent for this purpose.
There are three kinds of notes in this text: notes on the dialogue, vocabulary notes, and grammar notes. Notes on the dialogue present some information that is useful for understanding the dialogue. It is often cultural. Vocabulary notes are used to explain the meaning of a word in somewhat greater depth than is included in the lesson glossary. Grammar notes provide a general understanding of Thai grammar. They are written in such a manner as to be useful to even the most linguistically unsophisticated learner.
The drills in this textbook are for the purpose of providing an opportunity for the student to isolate a particular feature (grammatical or semantic) of the language and to practice it in a limited context until he understands well how to use it and can say it with good fluency and pronunciation.
'Exercises' (as the term is used in this textbook) are distinguishable from drills mainly by the type of response they elicit. Drills are designed to elicit one particular response and any other response (even if it is correct in form and meaning) is unacceptable; whereas, the only requirement in an exercise is that the response conform logically with the original request.
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