I see that the English-Isaan (Isan) Dictionary promised by The Living Hour Thai-Isaan Language Books is still not in their library of available titles. As they have been saying for many, many months concerning it:
One such book is the first handy English-Isaan Dictionary. Isaan (sometimes spelled Isan, Isarn, or Esarn) is the name for the Northeast region of Thailand. Home to over 20 million Thais, it is the largest region of Thailand. While few Western and Asian tourists ever make it up to this part of Thailand, more foreign retirees are finding the Isaan area a quiet, simple, and beautiful place in which to settle down.
The Isaan people share much in common with their Laos neighbors, who are separated from Thailand’s northeast by the Mekong River. The Lao influence can be found in the culture, food, and of course the language–the Isaan dialect being quite similar to Lao. While Isaan sometimes has the reputation of not being the most beautiful place in Thailand, many areas are quite lush with forests, mountains, lakes, and rivers. Especially nice is the cool season, which in Isaan is actually quite cool compared to Bangkok and central Thailand.
Although the Isaan people do learn Thai while in school, the Isaan language is what is always spoken at home and among friends. So, if you are thinking of settling down in an Isaan province such as Buriram, Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Loei, Nong Khai, Sakon Nakhon, or Udon Thani (to name a few), our new Isaan Dictionary will be a valuable tool in helping you make friends with your Isaan neighbors. Even if your Thai language skills are quite good, learning some Isaan is always appreciated by the locals.
So, stay tuned for the release of our handy English-Isaan Dictionary. Although Isaan does not have a written form, we are transcribing the words into Thai script as well as a Romanized transliteration. We hope to have it released within the next couple months.
But perhaps it will be amongst their titles by the time you are reading this post? Anyway, note concerning the Original Thai-English Language Cognate Dictionary & Learning Tool that is at least currently available:
Hundreds of colloquial Thai sentences make this book a valuable tool for intermediate students. Humorous and useful examples are combined in equal measure, so that you can better communicate and enjoy the authentic Thai lifestyle. The loanword (cognate) vocabulary provides easy practice for students who are starting to read Thai, while the sample sentences offer excellent reading practice for those further along. In addition, useful language notes are provided covering areas such as grammar, pronunciation, and root words, as well valuable tips on speaking the Isaan dialect.
I would expect that the other international Amazon websites should have it — most of them, anyway.
- Amazon.com: Speak Isaan Thai
- Amazon.co.uk: Speak Isaan Thai
If you go to either of those two Amazon links, you will see this book:
Isaan is of course the Northeast Region of Thailand, so this book is referring to the Isaan language (or dialect).
Wherever you go in Thailand, you will meet people from the Northeast region (Isaan). This is the perfect phrase book for learning this dialect. You will learn the difference between the central Thai and the Isaan dialect such as tones, vocabulary and sounds. There is a guide to pronunciation that shows the difference of the sounds and tones. The Northeastern dialect is almost the same as the Lao language so it can be used in Laos as well. This volume of Speak like a Thai contains 500 Isaan words and phrases which have been carefully chosen from real life situations. They are recorded on the audio CD and explained in the booklet with an English translation and a central Thai equivalent. As a bonus, more than a hundred Isaan words are listed in the booklet for your reference. You will be able to use this program and enjoy it immediately. This is a fun program that will bring a smile to the face of your Isaan friends. Northeastern Dialect is appropriate for Thai learners of all levels. With the SPEAK like a THAI series, you will – Have fun learning Thai the way you never have before – Express yourself more naturally – Impress your Thai friends with your eloquent Thai – Communicate better and more efficiently – Speak like a Thai SPEAK LIKE A THAI Series: Volume 1 Contemporary Thai Expressions, Volume 2 Thai Slang and Idioms, Volume 3 Thai Proverbs and Sayings, Volume 4 Heart Words, Volume 5 Northeastern Dialect, Volume 6 Real Thai Conversations ALL SPEAK LIKE A THAI VOLUMES CAN BE USED INDEPENDENTLY. Although this Thai language program is designed for non-Thais to learn different aspects of the Thai language, some Thai people enjoy using Speak Like A Thai Series to learn to speak English. The excellent translations make it easy to learn Thai or English from this series.
There are some websites where you can go to find a few Isaan words and phrases, but nothing can equate to having something like a dictionary or even a primer on the language.
As an October 29 (2012) post edit, here are some related references that may possibly be of some interest:
KoratFart.com – Nakhon Ratchasima and Isaan Forum for Art, News & Culture. * Simple … Tone marks – wanayuk in Thai – will be added to those words when they appear in the new edition of the institute’s official dictionary.
Isaan Thailand experience the people. places and events in Northeast Thailand contact us mekhongmud @gmail.com. advertise here … When are you going to publish the Tom Thai Isaan/English dictionary? ReplyDelete …
My question is: are there any Isaan-English/English-Isaan dictionaries out there? How useful could be Paiboon’s Lao-English/English-Lao and Thai-English/English-Thai dictionaries for Isaan? Paiboon does recommend their …
Thai School Dictionary Race, Isaan Thailand. There hasn’t been a lot of excitement lately, here in Isaan, Thailand. Life has been just cruising along. I blogged that I was a little unwell the other day, well I just felt off colour.
Local Christians ran to their bibles to try to sort it out and suddenly people were running to their English Thai dictionaries to look up “locust” and “pestilence”. But not to worry that is the … br />. Posted by tom isaan at 6:12 PM …
If you’re going to do a road trip anywhere in Thailand, the country’s most off-the-beaten-track region, the remote northeastern Isaan, is the place to do it.
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