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Thai: An Essential Grammar par [Smyth, David]
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Longueur : 10 pages Langue : Anglais

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This second edition of Thai: An Essential Grammar provides an up-to-date and concise reference guide to Thai grammar.



Using clear, jargon-free explanations, it sets out the complexities of Thai in short, readable sections and presents an accessible description of the language. Focus is kept on the real patterns of use today and grammar forms are demonstrated through a wide range of relevant examples. No prior knowledge is assumed on the part of the reader.



Features include:





  • Coverage of crucial topics, such as sentence particles, negation, questions and quantification

  • Examples given in both Thai script and romanised transliteration

  • Pronunciation section

  • Guidance on speech conventions and the Thai writing system

  • Glossary of grammatical terms

  • Two appendices covering Romanisation systems and three key verbs

  • Bibliography



This unique reference work will prove invaluable to all learners looking to master the grammar of Thai. It is ideal either for independent study or for students in schools, colleges, universities and adult classes of all types.

Biographie de l'auteur

David Smyth is Senior Lecturer in Thai at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.


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  • Editeur : Routledge; Édition : 2 (24 avril 2014)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Practical, concise, and essential 21 février 2014
Par Daniel A. Kiely - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Having lived and worked in Bangkok as an ex-pat for 6 years back in the 1990's, I seriously studied speaking and listening to the standard Thai dialect at The AUA Thai Language Center in classroom environments, used The Foreign Service Institute books and tape drills for self-study and practiced at the Bangkok YMCA Language School with experienced private teachers. You could say I was a serious student for period of about 4 years, and learned Thai grammar slowly through traditional aural/oral language acquisition approach. What I lacked at that time was a good grammar reference to help improve my usage and clarify nuances in meaning that frequently occur in Thai, but may not always be obvious to non-native, Western speakers.

Years later, I have come back to rebuilding my Thai language skills and have found David Smyth's work aptly titled "an "essential grammar". It's turned out to be the reference that I had always looked for: thoughtfully organized, the book stresses practical grammar used in spoken Thai, and captures cultural aspects of usage in the manner of native Thai speakers. Nice features include cultural notes on certain grammatical forms with regard to their appropriateness in social situations, gender specificity, idiomatic expressions, and other interesting features peculiar to Thai, such as the use of special adjectives that intensify meanings and make the foreign speaker sound more natural to native speakers. Other nice features of this reference include the author's coverage of " mood particles" that Thais often place at the end of phrases when seeking agreement with the listener (la', dooy, na' ni' nia). Yet another feature of the book was the all too short but important coverage of deferential grammar patterns that Thais use when speaking to monks and persons who may be of higher social status relative to the speaker. The chapter on Thai speech conventions, which cover grammatical patterns used for apologies, congratulations, politeness, paying compliments and socializing, are all important topics that are essential for any outsider wishing to navigate successfully through Thai culture or mix it up with native Thais. I have heard Thai native speakers use all of these grammatical patterns and features of the language appearing in Smyth's text, which convinced me of the author's command of the material and experience in choosing language most practical to non-native Thai speakers.

For me personally, one of the negatives of this text was the author's choice of Thai to romanization transliteration. There are many ways of romanizing Thai script. And while Smyth's choice of romanization may be appropriate for native speakers of British English, a native speaker of American English inexperienced in the reading or pronunciation of Thai might find himself mispronouncing words and phrases. For example the pronunciation of the word "enough" in Thai is better romanized as "paw", not "por" For me other romanization systems (e.g. AUA, IPA) do a better job in capturing Thai pronunciation, especially for native Canadian or American English speakers who's use of the rhotic "r" will get them in trouble when using Smyth's system or romanization. But this is a minor issue. It's best to learn how to read Thai script directly to learn proper pronunciation.

A second downfall of the book is also it's strength: It's a concise grammar. Serious students of Thai may wish to supplement this book with another grammar reference, such as "Thai Reference Grammar", which is more complete.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Accessible Thai Grammar 5 septembre 2014
Par Thai Sojourner - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I have been tutoring Thai for the past nine years and this book has proven to be the most effective one that I use along with other vocabulary books. The book gives an insight to how foreigners approach Thai. I also like the fact that this books gives an accessible explanation to Thai grammatical concepts. In other words, it gives a concise explanation to how Thai language works as opposed to asking me to understand Thai like how a linguist would approach the language.

I highly recommend this book.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent thai grammar 3 mars 2014
Par Thierry Ballon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
One of the most excellent thai grammars. Best intuitive presentation of the tonal writing system. Many examples with thai sentences illustrate the rules.
2 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Difficult romanisation 3 février 2015
Par Emil Resmann - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
The reason I only give 3 stars is:
This book uses its own form of romanisation system, witch makes it a bit difficult to read if you are used to another system. Example sentences are written both in Thai script and romanised, which is good if you do not yet read Thai script.
Big problem is: In explanatory texts Thai words are only written in romanised form! If you need a grammar book, you probably already have basic skills in reading Thai script! If you do read Thai script, it is quite hard to understand explanatory text when Thai word are only written in romanised form!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Concise and clear grammar book 5 juillet 2016
Par Alex Wong - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Pros:

1. This book lists out most Thai grammar rules starting with a general form such as Verb + bpen concisely and clearly.
2. It then gives one or two examples per grammar rule.
3. The examples are written in Thai alphabets, Thai romanisation, English meaning
4. The examples are clear and concise

Cons:

1. There were no examples given for many vocabularies eg. Jai dee (Good hearted). Examples are important because the usage and meaning might differ slightly from English.
2. I found the customised Thai romanisation confusing because there were big O and small o for the vowel and other nuances.
3. I hope that the author can expand the book in the third edition by giving more examples.

I also bought the other grammar book by Higbie and I found that this book is better organised and clearer than Higbie's book. Overall, this book is good for serious beginner to intermediate Thai language learners.
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