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Speak Thai by Creating Your Own Thai Phrases

• The unique Fetch-a-Phrase system of template sentences and color-coded word lists gives you the ability to make up thousands of Thai phrases without having to study Thai.

• Thai Phrasemakers were made by a traveller for travellers and are geared to have you speaking basic Thai in the shortest possible time.

Thai Phrasemakers:
  • are written out exclusively in the latin alphabet for maximum comprehension.
  • are laminated to help them withstand the rigors of the road
  • take up almost no luggage space
  • can be personalized by adding your own words in the two writing areas provided
  • come with a one page pamphlet that includes the rules for the Fetch-a-Phrase system, a section on tips and grammar and a full and comprehensive rapid guide to Thai pronunciation.
• Speak Thai when you visit Thailand. It really is worth it.

Thai Phrasemaker - $8.95

• To get an idea of how the Fetch-a-Phrase system works, please visit the how to page.



About Thai

The Central Thai of Bangkok and its environs is the most widely understood of the various Thai dialects; it is the language of television, radio and the one taught in school, because of this it is the variety used in the Fetch-a-Phrase Thai Phrasemaker.

Thai is in the same sub-group of the sino-tibetan language family as Lao, as a result the two languages are often mutually intelligible. The Shan language of Burma (Myanmar) is another close relative.

The Thai writing system is based on the Mon-Khmer script, which in its turn was based on Devanagari writing system of Southern India.

Thai is a tonal language; the pitch of the voice is altered when saying the vowels thereby changing the meaning of words. Most of the words are monosyllabic, i.e., comprised of one syllable. Polysyllabic words are generally loan words from other languages.

Basic Thai is fairly easy: verbs don't conjugate, tenses are very simple to construct, nouns don't have plural forms and the general word order is very similar to English.

thai-language.com: an excellent Internet resource center for learning Thai
ThaiLao.net: good general information about Thai
Omniglot: information about the Thai script
Wikipedia: information about the structure of Thai
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