Survival Thai for English Speakers App

Available for iOS & Android Devices!

You need this Thai phrasebook app so you can survive and enjoy your trip to Thailand. 1,500 entries, crisp clear sounds for every Thai word.

This support page provides the features of the app, explains how it works, an explanation of the Thai language and our guide to Thai pronunciation.

  1. Key Features
  2. How it Works
  3. Thai Language Differences from English
  4. Guide to Thai Pronunciation
  5. Privacy Policy
  6. Licensing FAQ for Android devices
  7. More Language Products
  8. Contact

1) Key Features

  • Works with all Apple and Android devices.
  • Simple to use, yet very comprehensive.
  • Over 1,500 practical and useful phrases for common situations.
  • Works without an Internet connection and without any data charges.
  • Each Thai phrase is spoken by Benjawan Becker the Thai language expert.
  • Hearing the spoken Thai will help you increase the speed of learning the language.
  • Paiboon’s system of transliteration shows you how the Thai words are pronounced using English letters so you don’t have to be able to read the Thai script.
  • The Search function allows you to find the word or phrase you need.
  • Build your list of Favorite phrases with the Favorites tool.
  • Increase the size of the text as large as you need it.

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2) How it Works

When the app first starts the Help screen appears and explains the Symbols used in the app. The Help screen also shows how to increase the size of the text, how to add Favorites and how to Search for the phrase you want. You can always access the Help page by selecting the question mark (?) icon.

The Index contains 22 sections as you see in figures 1 & 2. Click on any section and you are taken to the list of items in that section. Click on any item in the list and the Thai voice will speak the item. Use the back arrow at the top of the screen to return to the Index.

Figure 1

Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 2

When you are within a section as shown in Figure 3, you will be presented with the phrase in English, the Thai script and the transliteration of the phrase. Click on the phrase and you will hear the Thai phrase spoken.

Note that the screen images for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices are all very similar to the what you see in these figures.

Figure 3

Figure 3

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3) Thai Language Differences from English

Here is a beginner’s list of Thai language characteristics that are different from English:

  • There are no variant or plural forms for adjectives and nouns.
  • Adjectives follow the noun. In Thai we say, “car white” instead of “white car.”
  • There are no verb conjugations in Thai. Tenses are understood from the context or from adverbs of time.
  • There are no articles (a, an, the).
  • There is no verb “to be” with adjectives. “You are beautiful” would be “You beautiful.”
  • There are ending particles that imply the needs, age, social status and feelings of the speaker.
  • Classifiers are used with virtually all nouns.
  • Thai usually omits the subject of a sentence when it is understood from the context.
  • Thai is a tonal language.
  • If the tone is not correct, you won’t be easily understood, even if your pronunciation is otherwise perfect.

Please note that male and female speakers say exactly the same thing, except the male speaker uses “pom” for “I” and the female speaker uses “dì-chán or chán.” You should also add the ending polite particles when appropriate: “kráp” for men and kâ or ká for women.

In this app, the speaker is female so the pronoun “chán” is used. If you are a male speaker, please substitute “chán” with the pronoun “pom.”

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4) Guide to Thai Pronunciation

Paiboon Publishing’s Guide to Thai Pronunciation can be downloaded in a PDF format (Download Here). It explains the structure of the Thai language, including the use of tones, and a description of the Paiboon system of transliteration used in the app to show how to pronounce Thai words using the English alphabet.

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5) Privacy Policy

Our Survival Thai for English Speakers App for iOS and Android operating systems does not collect any of your personal information. We do not have access to any of your personal information and therefore cannot and do not share it with any other entity. The only data that we store within the app is your Favorites.

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6) Licensing FAQ for Android devices

If you have questions about Android licensing issues please visit our TalkingThai <> Eng Dictionary FAQ section at our Paiboon – Word in the Hand website.

*Please note that only the Android Licensing FAQ items apply to the Survival Thai for English Speakers App. All the other questions apply specifically to our Talking Thai < > Eng Dictionary app.

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7) More Language Products

Please see our Facebook page for more language products.

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