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THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE THAI LANGUAGE (Fifth Edition)
by Stuart Campbell and Chuan Shaweevongs
Contents

The Thai alphabet and system of transliteration
Summarized Tone Rules
Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the third edition
Preface to the fourth edition

Lesson 1.
The Tones

Grammar notes

The alphabet and reading

Consonants ก, ข, ค, ฆ, ง, จ, ฉ, ช

Vowels -ะ, -ั, -า, -ำ, -ิ, -ี

Oral spelling (i)


Lesson 2.
Grammar notes

Formal, polite and common words

Consonants ซ, ฌ, ญ, ฎ, ฏ, ฐ, ฑ, ฒ, ณ, ด

Vowels -ึ, -ื, -ุ, -ู

Special signs ๆ, ฯ, ฯลฯ

Lesson 3.
Numbers

Consonants ต, ถ, ท, ธ, น

Vowels เ-, แ-

Shortening of vowel sounds (i)

Oral spelling (ii)


Lesson 4.
Forms of address

Consonants บ, ป, ผ, ฝ

Vowels โ-, ใ-, ไ-

Inherent vowels “a” and “o”

Pronunciation of predisposed vowels

Lesson 5.
Time

Consonants พ, ฟ, ภ, ม

Vowels -ว, -ัว, -วย, -อ, -อย

Silent consonants and vowels

Oral spelling (iii)


Lesson 6.
Time (Continued)

Money

Consonants ย, ร, ล, ว

Vowels -ัย, -าย, -าว, -ิว, -ุย

Spelling peculiarities (i)


Lesson 7.
The Past Tense ( ได้ ) and ( เป็น )

Consonants ศ, ษ, ส, ห

Vowels เ-ย, เ-ว, เ-อ, เ-า

Spelling peculiarities (ii)


Lesson 8.
Question words

Consonants ฬ, อ, ฮ

Vowels เ-ิ, เ-ีย, เ-ียว, เ-ือ

Inherent vowel “or”

Shortening of vowel sounds (ii)


Lesson 9.
The Past and Perfect Tenses (แล้ว) and (มา)

Obsolete consonants ฃ, ฅ

Vowels เ-ือย, แ-ว, โ-ย, ไ-ย

Combined consonants and vowels ฤ, ฤๅ, ฦ, ฦๅ


Lesson 10.
Classifiers

Introduction to tones

Oral spelling with tone markers


Lesson 11.
Gender

Comparison of adjectives

Tone rules. High Class consonants


Lesson 12.
Personal pronouns

Tone exercises. High Class consonants


Lesson 13.
Continuous Tense

The use of WAH (ว่า)

Tone rules. Middle Class consonants


Lesson 14.
Colours

Flora and Fauna

Tone exercises. Middle Class consonants


Lesson 15.
Yes and No

Tone exercises. High and Middle Class consonants


Lesson 16.
The use of HY (ให้)

Tone rules. Low Class consonants


Lesson 17.
Personification of nouns and verbs

Nationalities

Tone exercises. Low Class consonants


Lesson 18.
Verbal nouns GAHN (การ) and KWAHM (ความ)

Anomalous tones


Lesson 19.
Passive Voice

Tone exercise. All tones


Lesson 20.
Double verbs

Written Thai


Lesson 21.
Forms of request

Written Thai


Lesson 22.
Compound words

Written Thai


Lesson 23.
GUP (กับ) and GUN (กัน)

Written Thai


Lesson 24.
The use of GOR (ก็) and GAHN TEE (การที่)

Written Thai


Lesson 25.
Prefix and suffix words

Written Thai


Lesson 26.
Fractions and decimals

Duplicated words

Written Thai


Appendix 1.
Classifiers
Appendix 2.
Thai Calendar. Years and months
Appendix 3.
Family relationships
Appendix 4.
Titles and Ranks
Appendix 5.
Government Officials, Ministries, Departments etc.
Appendix 6.
Weights and measures
Appendix 7.
Thai cooking terms and foods
Appendix 8.
How to use a Thai dictionary
Appendix 9.
Idioms
Appendix 10.
Extended English - Thai vocabulary
Appendix 11.
Extended Thai - English vocabulary by transliteration
Appendix 12.
Extended Thai - English vocabulary by Thai


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