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Yep, me again - the guy who paid for a 12 week course at Walen in 2008 and didnt go to a single lesson. :banghead:

 

Its time to put past indiscretions behind me and start anew. All feedback welcome.

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The Rosetta Stone series is good practice and useful as a refresher. But don't expect to learn conversational Thai from it. I've never seen a Thai CD that was really a stand alone language course, at least one that is effective.

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marry one, the little Thai I've picked up in 20 years has helped me quite a bit in learning Lao :)

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marry one, the little Thai I've picked up in 20 years has helped me quite a bit in learning Lao :)

 

Thanks guys - I had the Rosetta Stone CD a few years back and I take Flasher's point re its limitations. I know that the best I can hope for is to learn a few stock phrases, but at least you can hear the correct pronunciation with a CD.

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I do like the Rosetta Stone CDs for a refresher though, since they speak at normal speed - good practice for listening to real people.

 

There's a "Talk Now" series that is very basic - good for vocabulary and learning the numbers. Only a handful of short sentences and expressions though. I've seen the CDs all over Bangkok, pirated of course.

 

I'll never forget Archan Suphat, the head of my PC language training. After a couple of weeks, he told the guys to go pick up a girl. That was the way to practice your language. And he was right. :)

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Its all good - anything that elevates me from the stock bargirl-inspired gibberish has to be an improvement. Too many years of travelling around Asia with nothing more than a simpleton's smile and the ubiquitous 'OK' : start to feel like the 'GI' extra in a war movie who communicates by shouting 'Ditty Mau !' at everyone.

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In "The Kliing Fields" I was one of the few "US Marines" who spoke English. Most were Dutch, Danes etc. :)

 

I also had to point out to them that they had me wearing an Army uniform!

 

 

You might give this a try:

 

http://download.cnet.com/EasyThai/3000-2279_4-10468987.html

 

Thanks Flash - you are one of the last true gentlemen. Fortunately, I'm the other one ! :clown:

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