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    Rosetta Stone

    I decided today to "bite the bullet" and get a copy of Rosetta Stone for Thai. When my local bookstore didn't have Thai I was not surprised. When Amazon showed it as 'unavailable' I was a bit. When the Rosetta Stone site didn't show Thai I was shocked.

    When did they stop offering Thai?

    I used Instant Immersion when I was learning Mandarin and while it didn't really stick (lack of use), I had the best success with it. Tried to buy this for Thai and found they have gone to a subscription type service. Two years access to their site for around $50 US.

    First Question: Are there any "immersion" type language software courses (ie, not audio CDs) available and do you recommend them?

    Second Question: I have sort of a bad ear and am having a difficult time telling the difference between sounds. The multiple Podcasts I have listened to will say the same phrase several times and (to my ear) it will sound differently each time.

    for instance:
    Per Web site Thank you = kob kun mak krab
    But to my ear sounded as = Kop kung mah krap ...and is the way it was practiced for several days before I saw the Romanization 'krab'.

    Chinese has "Pinyin" for romanization of sounds, is there anything like that for Thai. I could not find anything, but may not know what to call it.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by DailyLunatic View Post
    I decided today to "bite the bullet" and get a copy of Rosetta Stone for Thai. When my local bookstore didn't have Thai I was not surprised. When Amazon showed it as 'unavailable' I was a bit. When the Rosetta Stone site didn't show Thai I was shocked.

    When did they stop offering Thai?

    100 baht in Tukcom..I might have a copy here actually.

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    Rosetta Stone is offering Thai as an on-line course, I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loombucket View Post
    Rosetta Stone is offering Thai as an on-line course, I believe.
    Just looked again and went to the Total e online section. Looks like the same languages offered on the other parts of the site. No Thai.

    I wonder if it had anything to do with the SNL skit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Primo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DailyLunatic View Post
    I decided today to "bite the bullet" and get a copy of Rosetta Stone for Thai. When my local bookstore didn't have Thai I was not surprised. When Amazon showed it as 'unavailable' I was a bit. When the Rosetta Stone site didn't show Thai I was shocked.

    When did they stop offering Thai?

    100 baht in Tukcom..I might have a copy here actually.
    I bought the Rosetta Stone class for Thai, it was great for the first 3 or 4 lessons, then they started teaching the Thai alphabet, which I did not want to even try to tackle. If you want words/speech only RS was not suitable.

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    You can download it via torrent

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    Pimsleur Thai for basic conversation. Torrent it.

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    Got a cheap bootleg at MBK a few years back. I imagine you still can. Didn't really help me much. For some reason I could get all the answers right w/out retaining anything. Pimsleur was far better for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wackyjacky View Post
    Got a cheap bootleg at MBK a few years back. I imagine you still can. Didn't really help me much. For some reason I could get all the answers right w/out retaining anything. Pimsleur was far better for me.
    How many Pimsleur lessons did you buy? Did you or do you do any other kind of formal learning? How do you rate your fluency now? Would you recommend anything else?

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