Although it is aimed at those with no previous knowledge, this course is equally suitable for anyone wishing to brush up existing skills and aims to help users progress from the basics to understanding, speaking and writing Thai with confidence. Key structures and vocabulary are introduced in 14 thematic units progressing from introducing yourself and dealing with everyday situations to making travel arrangements. The emphasis is on communication throughout with important language structures introduced through dialogues on the accompanying recording. There are plenty of exercises to practise the language as it is introduced and tips throughout to help with pronunciation and grammar and readers are given a solid introduction to the Thai writing system. The "Teach Yourself Thai" book (0-340-86857-0) is accompanied by either a CD pack (0-340-86048-0) or a cassette pack (0-340-86859-7) of supporting material. These can be purchased separately or in packs (book and CDs - 0-340-86047-2 or book and cassettes - 0-340-86858-9).
David Smyth spent several years teaching at universities in Thailand before taking up a post as Lecturer in Thai at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.