FSI: Basic Thai 1 (Download)

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Level 1
Basic Course
Volume 1

Foreign Service Institute
Department of State

The Course Used by Diplomats

Learn Thai the proven way -- just like a diplomat!

Over the years, Audio Forum® customers have used our courses to learn Thai in as little as 25 minutes a day, entirely on their own. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to achieve fluency in Thai using this proven audio/text method.

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This FSI Audio-Forum® Course Features:
* 13.1 hours of audio, 20 units (lessons)
* 427-page text
* Introduction to Thai phonology
* Romanized with pronunciation notes
* Practical dialogs and conversations
* Substitution and transformation drills
* Dialog variation drills
* Conversation exercises
* Vocabulary exercises
* Grammar notes

The U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute developed full-length courses specifically for diplomats, the very people who must learn a language quickly and effectively. Having worked with FSI authors and instructors, these courses have been fully tested through usage before release to the public. For over 40 years, Audio-Forum® has been the original and most trusted source for Foreign Service Institute language courses.

About the Language
Thai is an Asian language of the Tai-Kadai family. It is the national and official language of Thailand and the native language of the Thai people, Thailand's dominant ethnic group, spoken natively by over 20 million people. Some words in Thai are borrowed from Pali, Sanskrit, and Old Khmer. It is a tonal language, one in which pitch is used to distinguish meaning; and an analytic language, conveying grammatical relationships through the use of separate words rather than inflected forms.

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System Requirements for Enhanced PDF Features
Mac® OS X® 10.5 & up
Intel® processor
512 MB RAM
Windows® 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP
233 MHz or faster processor
128 MB RAM

Additional Courses Available through Audio-Forum®:
FSI: Basic Thai Volume 2 (Level 2)