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Talking Thai <> English Dictionary+Phrasebook

By Paiboon Publishing and Word in the Hand

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Whether you're on a short trip to Thailand, working with Thais, or studying the Thai language in-depth, this is the one dictionary you can really use. 195,000+ entries (250,000+ translations), plus a built-in phrasebook with 300+ categories and 12,000+ words and full-text searchable, ready-to-use customizable phrases. Clear native sound recordings for every Thai word—even offline. Favorites screen lets you organize words/phrases in multiple folders. Includes both pronunciation guides (12 different systems) and Thai Script with the Thai and English text as big as you want. Includes a guide to speaking and writing Thai and other mind-blowing features for exploring the Thai language—nothing else even comes close!

== Listen to Any Thai Word

Touch any Thai word/phrase in any of our 195,000+ entries to hear a high-quality sound recording of a native speaker, not a toneless gravelly robot as found in other software—more than 29 hours of studio-recorded sound included. Long-press to hear 2x/4x slow playback with no change in pitch.

== No Connection Required and No Data Charges

Works even when you're in a taxi or a countryside street market and not connected to the internet: all entries and sounds are stored right on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, and you will incur no data charges when you use the app.

== Big Text and Clear, Clean Layout

Make the Thai and English text as big as you want—no more reading glasses! Easily scroll through multiple, complete definitions on the screen at once. Customize layout.

== A Dictionary Crafted for Those Learning Thai

Unlike typical dictionaries based on low-quality, free internet data meant for Thai natives, our superb dictionary entries are hand-crafted by Paiboon Publishing with your needs in mind: if you're not familiar with the Thai alphabet, you can even look up Thai words by their sound using an easy-to-read pronunciation guide system (12 popular systems are supported). Hear somebody say "sa nuk?" Type "sa nuk" to find out what it means. All Thai words in every section are written using both Thai Script and your chosen pronunciation guide system(s).

Unlike dictionaries meant for Thais, we clarify critical shades of Thai word meaning and formality using English explanations, we list crucial Thai classifiers for more than 60,000 noun entries, and we even notate syllable stress.

== Built-In Phrasebook

Beginner or advanced, communicate in Thai easily! 12,000+ phrasebook entries in 300+ categories like “Language Difficulties,” “Hotel,” “Renting a Place,” “Food/Drink,” “Price Haggling,” “Transportation,” “Health,” “Shopping,” “Sightseeing,” “Love/Romance/Sex” and even “Swearing/Insults.” Two-way conversational format helps both of you communicate.

== Introduction to Thai Included

More than just a dictionary, our software includes a comprehensive, interactive introduction to the Thai language, including a "Speaking and Understanding" section with clickable sounds and detailed grammar coverage, and a "Reading and Writing" section with all the consonants and vowels in multiple, real-world fonts.

== Unique Thai Learning Tools

This app is loaded with amazing, industry-first Thai learning tools. You can touch any word to find out which component Thai words it's made from: a great way to learn new words quickly. You can see any Thai word written in multiple real-word fonts you are likely to see on signs and menus. You can touch any Thai word to see a detailed interactive breakdown of how to pronounce each syllable (with clickable sounds that let you compare nearby sounds) or see a detailed visual explanation of its Thai spelling—indispensable for learning how to read and write Thai.

Nothing like this has ever appeared in any dictionary software on any platform.

== Buy it Now!

Don't go another day without this indispensable tool! Enjoy free lifetime upgrades as we add more vocabulary and more features. Check our website for more screen shots and much more information.

What's New in Version 2.0

IMPORTANT: Please update your App Store reviews! Accurate ratings keep upgrades coming.
NOTE: If you prefer the old (pre-2.0) Alphabetical search interface instead of the new full-text Power search interface, just touch the magnifying glass icon at the top of the Search screen! See "Help" > "Using the App" > "Search" for full details.
IT'S HERE! Our massive 2.0 free upgrade, more than three years in the making, includes:
- thousands of new Thai words and phrases suggested by you: now 195,000+ dictionary entries, up from 150,000+
- a new built-in phrasebook with 12,000+ complete, ready-to-use customizable phrases divided into 300+ practical categories like "Hotel," "Ordering Food," "Renting a Place," and "Price Haggling"
- a Favorites feature that lets you save and organize words and phrases you are learning in multiple folders
- full-text search that lets you find words in the middle of phrases (meaning that our new phrasebook also provides a rich source of sample sentences for many words), or you can choose the traditional alphabetical search from 1.x apps too.
- a built-in talking, translating currency and units converter that makes haggling in the market and shopping for land and hardware a breeze
- new "Explain Sound" support to help you get the most of Thai Sound search
- ability to hide pronunciation guides for those learning Thai Script
- an expanded Thai speaking and writing guide with new sections on date/time, grammar, and more
- a much more streamlined way to switch sections and keyboards simultaneously with one touch; both built-in and system (Apple, third-party) keyboards supported
- new auto-paste feature to save you touches when frequently copying words from other apps
- new "Copy Whole Entry" feature making it easy to export entries to flashcard and spreadsheet programs
- new "Custom URL Scheme" making it easy to launch our app from other apps and documents

As always, every word and phrase features a high-quality recording of a Thai native. Now you can even long-press to play Thai sounds 2x or 4x slow without any change in pitch.

There are so many new features that even experienced users should check out "Help" > "Five Minute Tour" and "Help" > "Software Versions" > "2.0"


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Customer Reviews

The best! Really and truly.

If you don't know a single word of Thai this app will get you through just about anything. The phrases that were added in the last update are invaluable. I can only imagine how useful this would be for a tourist. It's like having a translator with you. You can look things up and then let your phone speak Thai. You can have Thais speak to your phone and then read it in English. This is another invaluable tool because Thai is tonal and has many new sounds for English speakers that must be learned.

I have lived in Thailand for 20 years and I am told that I speak very well but I will never reach 100%. Thai and English are too radically different, at least for me. Thai people tell me I am fluent but I use this app almost every month. Just browsing through ot I learn new words and new ways to express ideas.

Only issue I have is that it does not have all the vocabulary that I need. But I do not come across this issue too often. Also the app lets you suggest any words that it does not have. Hopefully my suggestions will be included in the next update. The vocabulary that is lacking is almost always high level language that I need for discussing things with doctors, lawyers, having philosophical or religious discussions and things like that which a tourist or newcomer to the language would not need.

It is worth so much more than the price that they charge. You will not be disappointed!

V2.0 brings favorite word lists and a slew of improvements

Updated for v2.0
First off, let me just say thanks for making this upgrade free for version 1.x purchasers!

I am thrilled to see the new favorites feature come to fruition. Incredibly useful. It would be even better if when you looked up a word in the dictionary, that it would indicate if it was already in your favorites...

There are some UI quirks for certain but the power and completeness of this dictionary as both a learning and reference tool overcome them. And the authors have definitely taken time to make the app easier and faster to use.


Updated for v1.8

This update brings support for ios8 and iPhone 6/6+. Looks good. Really looking forward to the 2.0 upgrade!

Excellent app for beginner and seasoned speakers.

But this app desperately needs word lists with the following options:

* time stamp of date word added
* option to add an annotation
* maybe a counter to see how often the word has been accessed
* search / display options for the lists (nouns, verbs, date added, etc)
* even a single global list would be great if it had appropriate searching

Couldn't live in Thailand without it!

I have been living in Thailand for nearly five years now and studying Central Thai and Isaan Thai language in the NE. I can't imagine having attempted to learn the language and wade through the extensive Thai vocabulary from day to day without this app. There is not a single day that passes wherein I do not turn to this dictionary multiple times, whether encountering new words, working on a language lesson, or preparing documents for my work.
Anyone who seriously wants to learn Thai language should have this dictionary app at his/her side everyday. It is an amazing tool and has become a very essential friend to me as I continue to try to grow in my understanding of and proper use of the Thai language.

Talking Thai <> English Dictionary+Phrasebook
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $24.99
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.0
  • Size: 643 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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