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John Singer

Recommended Thai periodicals to improve command of language

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Could anybody point me in the right direction? I am looking for a daily or weekly newspaper or monthly magazine covering current politics, economics and/or social matters. It should preferably come in print form. 

 

My reading is sufficiently fluent but I will have to widen my vocabulary a great deal in the process. What dictionary would you advanced learners recommend for that?

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By far the best Thai-English (and not English-Thai) dictionary for advanced learners is, in my opinion the New Age dictionary

 

 https://www.se-ed.com/product/พจนานุกรมไทย-อังกฤษ-New-Age-Thai-English-Dictionary.aspx?no=9789749410752

 

However, the พจนานุกรม ฉบับราชบัณฑิตยสถาน is also pretty indispensable.

 

As for materials, maybe Matichon Weekly (online and paper)?

 

https://www.matichonweekly.com/

 

And if you're interested in Thai politics, but sometimes struggle with the cartoons, I like

 

http://2bangkok.com/

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Matichon Weekly, in bounded newsprint is pretty good with current affairs, comes out every weekend. There's a few similar format from Manager and other more right leaning papers. There's lots of long form reading and opinion pieces. A lot of newer online only publication gets shared on Facebook a lot like The Matter or the 101 is for younger audience has some good modern writing style

 

The white 'business' newspaper like Prachachart Dhurakit is good for facts also, not so much for social issues.

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I agree with Digbeth. Matichon Weekly, available in both print and online form is likely the best general purpose magazine in Thailand. It covers politics, business, foreign affairs, music, technology, and horoscopes. It even contains poetry, cartoons, and letters to the editor. The online version can be found at https://www.matichonweekly.com/.  The Apple store has an app available through Ookbee. Although you asked about the print version, I want to add that the Apple app has several advantages. First, the print size can be expanded for easier reading; second, the app allows bookmarks; third, it is a full reproduction of the magazine with color and pictures.

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Thank you all for your input. 

Matichon is very much what I was looking for. The various other links provided will come in handy when I am out of the country. They appear to be quality publications as well.

 

As far as the dictionary is concerned, I ordered the recommended New Age dictionary but had to go through the publisher as Se-ed doesn't offer it any more. http://www.dicthai.com/dt_theng.html

 

Any idea how one could get hold of a hard copy of the latest Royal Institute Dictionary?

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Have you looked at dict.longdo.com ?


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On 9/29/2018 at 10:23 AM, John Singer said:

Thank you all for your input. 

Matichon is very much what I was looking for. The various other links provided will come in handy when I am out of the country. They appear to be quality publications as well.

 

As far as the dictionary is concerned, I ordered the recommended New Age dictionary but had to go through the publisher as Se-ed doesn't offer it any more. http://www.dicthai.com/dt_theng.html

 

Any idea how one could get hold of a hard copy of the latest Royal Institute Dictionary?


I believe the large Royal Society Dictionary is still being sold at the Chula Book Center located behind Siam Square on the Chula campus. For availability and pricing see http://www.chulabook.com/description.asp?barcode=9786167073804

Just be aware that this dictionary is an enormous tome. It may be a challenge to get it in your suitcase. Most of us use the online version at http://www.royin.go.th/dictionary/

Don't forget the the three paperback volumes of the Royal Society's "Dictionary of New Words" is also available in pdf format.

 

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8 hours ago, DavidHouston said:

Just be aware that this dictionary is an enormous tome. It may be a challenge to get it in your suitcase. Most of us use the online version at http://www.royin.go.th/dictionary/

 

Personally I prefer the alternative (unofficial) user interface at http://thai-notes.com/dictionaries/RIDictionary.shtml  It makes searching easier and has a few extra features such as hyperlinking references and the ability to look up the selected word on a few other sites such as Wikipedia.

 

8 hours ago, DavidHouston said:

Don't forget the the three paperback volumes of the Royal Society's "Dictionary of New Words" is also available in pdf format.

 

Unfortunately, the PDF format isn't fully searchable.  (Particularly a problem with volume 2 if I remember correctly.)  I find the paperback more convenient.

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2 hours ago, Oxx said:

 

Personally I prefer the alternative (unofficial) user interface at http://thai-notes.com/dictionaries/RIDictionary.shtml  It makes searching easier and has a few extra features such as hyperlinking references and the ability to look up the selected word on a few other sites such as Wikipedia.

 

 

Unfortunately, the PDF format isn't fully searchable.  (Particularly a problem with volume 2 if I remember correctly.)  I find the paperback more convenient.


I really don't understand why the Lexitron technicians were able to make volume 1 fully searchable, but did not do the same for volumes 2 and 3. 

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