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My listening  comprehension is poor. I look for suggestions how to improve.

 

I have used some apps. Here is my opinion on two of them. (I use Android)

 

Ling is a good app. Clear audio. Useful vocab. It writes the spoken material in both phonetic and Thai script, putting blanks  between words. It gives full sentences organized after topic and also explains basic grammar. It is a paid app.

 

Drops is another paid app. I made a short trial but maybe it didn't suit me. I only found single words and not sentences. When I searched one word the dictionary said it was obsolete. So Drops is not my first choice.

 

Does anyone have experience to share regarding listening material? I need to hear sentences that Thai people often use and see them written, preferably with an explanation.

 

 

 

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48 minutes ago, Exploring Thailand said:

You could try here.

Thanks. That's a good suggestion. It was also possible to copy and paste the text into Google translate. 

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18 hours ago, Exploring Thailand said:

You could try here.

That was clever, I clicked ‘here’ and was there straight away. I have bookmarked that to listen later. 

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There is a six volume series by Benjawan P. Becker called Speak Like a Thai. Available on CD, and some possibly available to download. I have Volume 1, Contemporary Thai Expressions, and think it is OK, not great. It is random single sentences and short phrases.

 

I also have Volume 6, Real Life Conversations, and am very happy with that one. There are 20 short conversations on a variety of subjects that are first played at normal speaking speed only in Thai. Each one is then repeated slower along with English translation. A little booklet is also provided with Thai, English, Transliteration and a Vocabulary list. Can order online, or many are available in bookstores around Bangkok for 299 baht per volume. I would estimate they are at the Upper-Intermediate level of Thai.

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On 11/22/2019 at 6:03 PM, Exploring Thailand said:

You could try here.

I translate the text to English using Google and follow the text as I listen. A lot of words I don't recognize of course, but hopefully listening has some effect . The author made a thorough work.

 

 

4 hours ago, ColeBOzbourne said:

There is a six volume series by Benjawan P. Becker called Speak Like a Thai. Available on CD, and some possibly available to download. I have Volume 1, Contemporary Thai Expressions, and think it is OK, not great. It is random single sentences and short phrases.

 

I also have Volume 6, Real Life Conversations, and am very happy with that one. There are 20 short conversations on a variety of subjects that are first played at normal speaking speed only in Thai. Each one is then repeated slower along with English translation. A little booklet is also provided with Thai, English, Transliteration and a Vocabulary list. Can order online, or many are available in bookstores around Bangkok for 299 baht per volume. I would estimate they are at the Upper-Intermediate level of Thai.

It was possible to download the book and access the recordings through a web-service called Napster. After the first free month it will cost $10/month to use. Napster is not distributed to Thailand so to sign up I had to use VPN. (I just have access to a phone now.)

 

I don't absolutely need the book, but it helps. They say in English before they say in Thai. And also play nice music 🙂

 

Also seems very useful. Single sentences fit my level. Thanks.

 

 

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6 hours ago, tgeezer said:

That was clever, I clicked ‘here’ and was there straight away. I have bookmarked that to listen later. 

It's easy. Just click on the chain link (next to the quotation marks) which appears above the box when you are typing a message

 

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for me Glossika Thai Fluency 1-2-3 worked the best. I was able to download the 2014 audio files and listen to them in my car while commuting. There are some mistakes and the female voice is a bit irritating with her เรา used as a pronoun, but the course is interesting enough. 

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On 11/28/2019 at 10:28 PM, Gene1960 said:

for me Glossika Thai Fluency 1-2-3 worked the best. I was able to download the 2014 audio files and listen to them in my car while commuting. There are some mistakes and the female voice is a bit irritating with her เรา used as a pronoun, but the course is interesting enough. 

The web-site has useful sentences. But since it is a course they repeat many times. I would prefer fewer repeat for listening comprehension. But definitely useful.

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