Phuut Thai 1: Basic Conversational Thai

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By Titima Suthiwan, Illustrated by Pawita Kaosamang and Daran Suthiwan-Tadmor

Phuut Thai introduces Elementary Thai to students with no prior exposure to the language. Each chapter introduces basic structures and vocabulary that reappears in subsequent chapters, building vocabulary seamlessly and minimizing the need for memorization. The use of international phonetic symbols gives students a firm foundation of Thai pronunciation. There is minimal use of English, and students to make wise guesses about new material based on illustrations and knowledge gained from previous chapters. The goal of the book is to provide a firm basic foundation of structure and pronunciation rather than to build vocabulary.


Titima Suthiwan is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Language Studies, National University of Singapore where she founded the Thai language program in 1998. She is a historical linguist, a poet, and a translator.

Pawita Kaosamang is a professional artist, with a degree in Art Education (First class honour) from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Daran Suthiwan-Tadmor is studying at Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA. He started drawing at the age of two and was passionate in it until music took over.


Publication Year: 2014
84 pages, 297mm x 211mm
ISBN: 978-9971-69-703-7, Paperback

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