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Story books for intermediate learners.
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    Story books for intermediate learners.

    (I couldn't find the old Books/resources forum, so I posted here. Am I going crazy, or is it gone?)



    A long time ago I found a set of fairy tales that are a mere 25 baht each, and I think they're a great investment.

    They are written only in Thai, although being well-known fairy tales with pictures the general gist of the story is easy enough to follow for eary-intermediate learners (like myself). The books have varied difficulties - some books repeat the same constructions and vocabulary a lot, whereas others are constantly adding new vocabulary and language constructions as they progress. After reading a couple of the books, however, common words and structures start to make it much easier.

    My first book took me ages (a couple of months - obviously I was in the very early stages of reading to take so long). The next took me a couple of weeks, the third took me a couple of hours (it was a much easier book than the previous two), and the fourth took me a couple of days.

    I have perused many, many children's books (probably literally hundreds by now! Yes, I spend a lot of time in book shops. ), and I still feel these are some of the best for serious learners of the language. The vocabulary is neither excessively easy nor particularly difficult, and the grammar structure tends towards simple, direct phrasing (not convoluted as many children's books tend to be in Thai). The font is large, black-on-white, and very easy to read.

    For anybody who is interested, the covers of most of the set of books can be found at:
    http://www.aksaraforkids.com/product...=6&catsubid=95

    The set of books I have starts from Goldilocks and the Three Bears (นิทานเด็กหญิงผมทองกับหมีสามตัว down to the bottom (including a couple of others not listed on that page).

    Benesato.

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    Re: Story books for intermediate learners.

    I've found Aksara's books the best for kids - and they are mostly bilingual too, so that helps a lot both for me and them. now some of my kids can read Thai better than me I agree they are great for practising.

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    Re: Story books for intermediate learners.

    The Aesop Tales series are good too. They are thin, bilingual and easy to read. http://www.buythaibooks.com/customer...17&cat=0&page=

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    Re: Story books for intermediate learners.

    They are good to read, and they are also great to "guess what the translation will be". I try to write it out ahead and see if I'm write...(I'm usually not )

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    Re: Story books for intermediate learners.

    These Links might be of interest for you:

    - Thai School Books for Download as PDF-File:

    http://203.146.15.111/indexs.jsp?type=65


    - World Classics of Literature (in English and Thai):

    http://www.wanakam.com/


    - News in Thai Script and Audio-File Download as MP3. This way you can train your listening skills and at the same time read the Thai Text along:

    http://www.voanews.com/thai/


    - Movie Scripts in Thai (Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Matrix, Star Wars etc.):

    http://geocities.com/pichate1964/storyboard.html
    My interesting blog about Thailand at Thailand Blog ---> click here

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