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Thai Toolkit betaV2

Thai Toolkit betaV2

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If you're just starting out learning Thai, this is for you. Comments/feedback or find more Thai stuff on my blog at http://philipstokesel.blogspot.com Major revision and update 21 October 2008
If you're just starting out learning Thai, this is for you. Comments/feedback or find more Thai stuff on my blog at http://philipstokesel.blogspot.com Major revision and update 21 October 2008

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© Philip Stokes/Work In Progress Publications 2008
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© Philip Stokes/Work In Progress Publications 2008
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A THAI TOOLKIT by PHILIP STOKES(A WORK IN PROGRESS PUBLICATION)© Philip Stokes 20080. Before you start
This book is based on my experiences as a language teacher and alanguage learner. It is different from other books on the Thai languageavailable to foreigners, and a word needs to be said about themethodology.One of the earliest things that struck me as I first set out to learn Thaiwas the vast difference in style and methodology of the books availableto foreigners learning Thai compared to the books available to anyonelearning English. The former are, generally, full of vocabulary lists,sample sentences and common phrases with few theoretical explanationsor practical exercises. Audio materials are somewhat similar: hundreds of expressions for the learner to listen to and repeat. There is nothingwrong with this
per se 
; indeed, the present book contains, in part, all of these characteristics. However, if you look at a typical English languagelearning textbook you will see something quite different. Yes, there arevocabulary lists, sentence patterns and audio tracks to listen to andrepeat. But there is also a whole lot more. There are grammar points,theoretical explanations, and always – the only true way to acquire aforeign language – a plethora of practical exercises in each unit, coupledwith consolidation exercises in later units. A good textbook needs toprovide a variety of graded activities that one can perform with thelanguage to test and stretch the cognitive and conceptual connectionslearners need to create in order to internalise a new language.
 
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Learning a language is rather like learning any other skill – it requiresexposure (something you get from vocabulary and sentence lists), butmore than that it requires repetition and reinforcement through a varietyof practical exercises of gradually increasing difficulty. Like driving a car,a language learner needs to first learn the ‘movements’ of their new skillmechanically and deliberately until they become internalised throughrepetition and experience to be accessed without conscious thought. Ihave yet to see any book on the market for foreigners learning Thai thatpays attention to these points about the way that learners learn. I havetried to address this lack as far as possible in the present work.Thinking about how learners learn determines not only the kind of exercises one should include in a language learning book, but also thecontent. The current crop of Thai language self-study books aresituational – that is, chapters and language points are themed aroundcommon situations that people visiting Thailand might find themselves insuch as booking a room in a hotel, ordering a meal in a restaurant orsending a postcard in the post office. Despite their modern appearancesuch books are behind the times. Thailand is a country that is well-usedto dealing with foreigners that cannot speak Thai, and anyone who hasvisited the country before will know that you won’t find much chance topractice your new-found Thai language skills in hotels, restaurants andpost offices, where staff are not only able to speak English, but prefertoo. A country that has developed such a successful tourist industry suchas Thailand has come far from the point where they expect foreigners toorder their beer in the local lingua franca.Not that there is anything wrong with practicing your Thai at everyavailable opportunity,but readers who spend time and money onexpensive learning materials that, frankly, will only teach them to say

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