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Written to meet the need of students and teachers jammes the Thai language for information on the more advanced sentence structure of the language. Each point is illustrated with characteristic sentences written in both Thai script and romanized Thai, with easy-to-read phonetics and tone symbols for improved pronunciation. The book will be welcomed by anyone learning the languag Written to meet the need of students and teachers of the Thai language for information on the more advanced sentence structure of the language.

The book will be welcomed by anyone learning the language past the beginning level and is an essential reference work for libraries and universities with an interest in Asia.

Designed as a practical description of the spoken language, both the informal and formal varieties. Covers over separate topics, providing some sample sentences, in typical idiomatic spoken Thai, for each topic. Paperbackpages. Published July 1st by Orchid Press first published January 1st To see what your higbis thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Thai Reference Grammarplease sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Thai Hibie Grammar. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Aug 07, Jon Kapp rated it it was amazing. After 15 years in the Kingdom, this remains, hands-down, the best ihgbie reference I’ve seen. It is an extremely useful companion for new and old speakers of Thai as a second language.

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Aug 27, Matthew rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is a very informative, dense book that is helpful to students ranging thwi beginner to highly-advanced. I would not recommend it to total beginners, however. In order to get the most from this book and to avoid being overwhelmed, I would suggest that a student have at least a basic understanding of the Thai written and spoken language.

Please keep in mind that this book is probably not something one would read like a traditional novel or story; it’s a reference book, for the most part, and most readers will likely use it that way. So I will not attempt to review the book from beginning to end.


The main reasons which I strongly recommend the Thai Reference Grammar are its thoroughness and wide-ranging topics covered, its focus on the modern, spoken language and its ease of use. The authors do an excellent job covering higboe topics of the modern Thai language, including nouns, verbs, prepositions, classifiers, tenses, syntax, etc in great detail. Likewise, the examples focus on the current spoken language and on vocabulary which is relevant to most students.

It also has a table of contents and detailed index which make finding sections simple and the book relatively easy to use. For example, I would have liked more discussion of the different levels of politeness or formality in the language.

Over the course of using the book, I have seen at least one discrepancy.

I hestitate to call it a mistake as it doesn’t seem to be an error, names it seems to be a difference or omission in between the translations of Thai, English and Thai in the Roman alphabet. Lastly, the fonts, especially for the Thai writing, are quite small.

Students with weak vision might have some difficulty reading it.

Thai Reference Grammar : James Higbie :

Overall, it’s a wonderful book and a great resource for people interested in the modern Thai language. No, this book does not deserve the title “Reference Grammar”, because it simply isn’t.

I’d rather describe it as a large collection of English collocations with their most common translations in colloquial Thai, exemplified by a large amount of realistic sentences. It’s probably designed for students of Thai who already know a great deal of the language and want to improve their understanding, because of several reasons: The example sentences are abundant, but they are only written in Thai, pron No, this book referencd not deserve the title “Reference Grammar”, because it simply isn’t.

The example sentences are abundant, but they are only written in Thai, pronunciation a very idiosyncratic way which is hard to get used to; far from phonetic and English translation.

Problem is, there is no word-by-word glossing, so you have no way of knowing which word means what An introduction to Thai sentence structures or word formation is missing completely, it just throws your right into translations of English collocations and sentence types, so it’s not useful for linguists who want to look up a certain regerence in Thai but do not speak the language themselves. Also, explanations are missing, you won’t learn the order of words in a Thai sentence as I had actually hoped forthere are no explanations on the exact situations in what you have to use which different translations, apart from really really brief two-sentence statements that are very vague.

I didn’t find anything. I really recommend to read the Thai grammar by David Smyth. This book here might still be grmmar though when you suddenly want to know how to say “For about 2 years” or “If he had gone” or for a list of common classifiers, grammat it’s at least not completely useless.


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I have been fortunate to meet two co-authors in very different places, and with their help produce books on two very different topics: In Thailand my co-author, Snea Thinsan, higbif I refefence for five years analyzing the spoken Thai language and produced two works that are very popular for learners of Thai. In Sierra Leone my co-author, Bernard S. Moigula, and I interviewed people who were involved in or affected by the civil war and produced “Sierra Leone: Inside the War” which includes narratives from 50 people and a detailed history of the war.

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