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  Talking Thai <> Eng Dictionary
for Android Smartphones and Tablets
 
 

Now Available!

After months of development, we are excited to announce that our Android application is available for purchase right now on Google Play / Android Market!

Click here to go directly to the Google Play Store on your device or your PC to purchase the application:

Talking Thai <> Eng Dictionary
Talking Thai <> Eng Dictionary

from Paiboon Publishing and Word in the Hand

Buy Now
(links to Google Play / Android Market)

Important Note: Our dictionary works offline, letting you look up words and play sounds without being connected to the internet. Our app uses Google Play Licensing, which does require your device to be on the internet for a few seconds every 15+ days. There is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation about this critical feature of our app: to get the full and correct story, please read this FAQ item.

Guarantee: Forget about Google's absurd 15 minute return window: if you are not satisfied, we will give you a full refund. Buy confidently with our risk-free
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Talking Thai <> Eng Dictionary on Android Phone
Talking Thai <> Eng Dictionary on Android Tablet
Whether you're on a short trip to Thailand or studying the Thai language in-depth, this is the one Android dictionary you can really use. Nothing else even comes close! Buy now and enjoy free lifetime Android upgrades as we expand our vocabulary even further and add new app features.

Buy Now
(links to Google Play / Android Market)

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  Key Features  
 
 

You can touch any Thai word in the dictionary to hear a high-quality sound recording of a native Thai (Kun Benjawan of Paiboon Publishing) speaking that word. Click the buttons to hear some sample sounds:

The app includes more than 18 hours of studio-recorded sound!

Say goodbye to toneless, gravelly robot voices and limited sound sets: our comprehensive sounds set a new standard in the industry.

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 Android device, and you will incur no data charges when you use the app to look up words and play sounds.

Our app uses Google Play Licensing, which does require your device to be on the internet for a few seconds every 15+ days. There is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation about this critical feature of our app: to get the full and correct story, please read this FAQ item.

Enjoy a clean layout that lets you simply touch with your finger to scroll through multiple, complete definitions on the screen at once, and hear a high-quality sound recording of any Thai word:

Sensible Layout

Best of all, you can make the Thai and English text as big as you want—no more reading glasses!

Choose any font size

Native support that makes full use of your screen whether you have an ultra-portable Android phone or the biggest new Android tablet:

Native Tablet Support

Instant Search

As you type the word you're looking for, the dictionary instantly jumps to the nearest word. You can often find your word by typing only a few letters:

Instant Search

When you purchase our app, you get everything you need to search for and display English, native Thai Script, and Thai Sound pronunciation guides. There's no need to purchase third-party keyboards or "Thai enablers."

When entering Thai words, you can either use your favorite third-party Thai keyboard, or you can enjoy our customized, built-in keyboards. Our keyboards feature a clean, large-button layout that gives you exactly the keys you need in our dictionary app in order to find words using either native Thai Script:

Built-In Thai Script Keyboard

or one of our 12 Thai Sound pronunciation guide systems:

Built-In Thai Sound Keyboard

Every single Thai word is accompanied by an easy-to-read, English-like pronunciation guide (also known as "Transliteration" or "Phonetics"), so you can learn to speak and recognize Thai words immediately, without needing to learn Thai script first. Our hand-edited pronunciation guides give you the tones, stress, and everything else you need to understand and to be understood.

We even let you choose which pronunciation guide system you want to use from a list of 12 popular systems.

This dictionary goes three ways!

Three-Way Design

Most dictionaries let you look up English words, and some also let you look up Thai words using Thai script. But Paiboon's revolutionary three-way design bridges the gap for English speakers by introducing a third section where you can Search-by-Sound™: you can look up Thai words that you hear by their sound using the same easy-to-read pronunciation guide. Hear someone say "sanuk?" Type "s-a-n-u-" to find out what it means:

Thai Sound section

Search-by-Sound™ has been a hallmark of all Paiboon dictionaries since 2002.

For more information on Search-by-Sound™ and why it's so useful for Thai, click here.

In addition to our signature Paiboon+ pronunciation guide system, the same system used in all Thai learning materials from Paiboon Publishing, this software lets you choose from 11 other pronunciation guide systems:

Pronunciation Guide Systems

With a single touch in our app settings screen, all pronunciation guides transform into your chosen system, and you can even look up Thai words by sound using your chosen system.

Whether you are visiting Thailand for a short while or living there, you will find most of the vocabulary used in everyday life, including basic medical, cultural, political and scientific terms. 150,000+ bold entries: more than five times as many as Paiboon Publishing's 2009 printed volume. Plus, over and above the 150,000 figure, we now include more than 28,000 place name entries which help you to pinpoint geographical locations in Thailand.

Our software includes a comprehensive, interactive introduction to the Thai language, including a "Speaking and Understanding" section with clickable sounds, and a "Reading and Writing" section with examples of Thai letters in multiple, real-world fonts.

Sample Topics:

  • Speaking and Listening: Consonant Sounds, Vowel Sounds, Tones, Practice Similar Sounds, Stress, Parts of Speech, Classifiers, Word Register.

  • Pronunciation Guide Systems: detailed charts fully explaining each system.

  • Reading and Writing: Thai Consonants, Thai Vowels, Thai Tone Rules, Dictionary Order.

  • Useful Word Groups: Colors, Numbers, Months, Days, Thai Provinces, Thai Classifiers.

Unlike typical dictionaries based on low-quality, free internet data meant for Thai natives, our superb Paiboon Publishing dictionary entries are hand-crafted by a team of Thai- and English-native editors with your needs in mind.

When we provide a translation, we clarify which meanings of each English word apply to each Thai word (for example, "glass (drinking)" vs "glass (pane)"):

Designed for English Speakers

Classifiers are a critical part of Thai grammar, needed for even basic usage. Our dictionary provides crucial classifiers for more than 15,000 noun entries—a first in the industry. Our language introduction tells you how and when to use them.

Touch any Thai word to see all the other dictionary words contained inside it. This fun and innovative feature is great for learning how complex ideas are expressed in Thai, and learning new words too!

Find Words Inside

You've probably noticed that the Thai letters appearing on signs and menus in Thailand often look nothing like what you learned in textbooks. A unique new feature of our software dictionary is that you can click on any Thai word and see that word written in a set of real-world fonts that you are likely to see on signs, menus, documents, and even in Thai handwriting. It's an indispensable feature for getting around the country:

Real-World Fonts

With our ground-breaking "Explain Spelling" feature, you can crack the code of Thai Script. "Explain Spelling" goes hand-in-hand with the comprehensive language guide also included with this software, which introduces all the written symbols of Thai.

Touch any Thai word to call up a visual explanation of its Thai Script spelling that shows you how the vowels and consonants of each syllable fit together, and how to determine each syllable's tone:

Explain Spelling

Each of our explanations provides links to the relevant section of our language guide so you can quickly learn Thai Script.

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

As you are reading any dictionary entry, you can click on any Thai or English dictionary word in that entry to jump to its entry (we grey out words that are not dictionary headwords; the vast majority of words are clickable). This can be a great way to explore different shades of meaning and learn new, related words.

Also, you can click on any part of speech or other symbol to go directly to the relevant section of our language guide to learn more.

As you look up words, help pages, or use the other special features of our app, you can always touch the back button to get back where you were, or jump to any point in your complete history in our History screen, just like a web browser. You can also clear your history for privacy.

Convenient Navigation

In addition to making the text as big as you want and choosing your own keyboard, you can also choose from 9 different Thai fonts and configure other aspects of definition layout in our Settings screen.

For those who prefer to fit the most information possible on-screen, we even offer an alternate compact layout. Here is an example with the compact layout and customized fonts:

Compact Layout and Custom Fonts

 
  Search-by-Sound™  
 
  Search-by-Sound™ is what puts Paiboon Publishing's dictionaries so far ahead of the competition, and now this indispensable capability is available on your Android device.

The Problem

As you may know, Thai has its own alphabet which is nothing like English and takes a long time to learn. And even if you know the Thai alphabet, there are multiple ways of writing the same sound. For example, there are 4 letters that sound like an "s," 5 letters that sound like a "k," and 6 letters that sound like a "t"! So, looking up a Thai word that you hear is difficult even for a seasoned scholar.

The Solution: Search-by-Sound™

What if you could simply look up what you hear? Search-by-Sound™, a hallmark of all Paiboon dictionaries since 2002, lets you do just this.

It all starts with pronunciation guide systems. Paiboon Publishing has developed an easy-to-use pronunciation guide system called "Paiboon+," which spells out Thai words using English-like letters. With Paiboon+, there is just one simple way to write each sound. There are other pronunciation guide systems too, and if you're already familiar with another system, our dictionary lets you choose from amongst 12 different systems in use today.

Every Thai word in our dictionary is written with the Thai alphabet and also with your chosen pronunciation guide system. But Search-by-Sound™ takes that one step further: there's a whole extra section of the dictionary where you can look up a Thai word by its pronunciation guide.

For example, if you hear someone say "sanuk," you just flip to the "Thai Sound" section of the dictionary and enter "s-a-n-u-":

Thai Sound section

The dictionary provides you with the exact pronunciation, the word written using the Thai alphabet, the definition, and you can even touch to hear a high quality sound recording of a native Thai speaking that word.

Conquer Those Terrible Tones

Thai is a tonal language: in addition to having particular vowels and consonants, each syllable has a particular pitch contour (middle, low, falling, high, or rising). When you listen, you must recognize those tones to fully understand. When you speak, you must use the tones to be understood. Needless to say, this is often hard for native English speakers.

Search-by-Sound™ makes this much easier by allowing you to search for a word without needing to know its tones. You can then look at all the possibilities and choose the correct meaning from context.

Throughout our dictionary, Thai words are always shown in both the Thai alphabet and using a pronunciation guide. So, if you look up an English word, you can rely on the pronunciation guide to help you pronounce the word correctly and be understood.

 
  Paiboon Publishing  
 
  Paiboon PublishingThe Talking Thai-English-Thai Dictionary was developed by Paiboon Publishing and Word in the Hand™ Inc.

Paiboon Publishing is the world's leading producer of South-East Asian language learning materials, including the famous Thai for Beginners and the infamous Thai for Lovers. There's even an audio companion to the learning books, a guide to pronunciation, and a multi-volume series on how to Speak Like a Thai.

Our software dictionary is the perfect companion to these materials because it supports the same pronunciation guide system as the Paiboon Thai products (for more detail on pronunciation guide systems, see Search-by-Sound™).

If you have a mobile device, don't miss out on this indispensable learning app from Paiboon Publishing:

Thai for Beginners AppThe Thai for Beginners App
by Benjawan Poomsan Becker
and Dominique Mayrand

For iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch: Buy Now
For Android: Buy Now.

The best Thai language learning app available anywhere!

Paiboon Publishing’s Thai for Beginners app makes it easy to study your Thai lessons wherever you go with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The lessons follow the format of the Thai for Beginners book but a real Thai person speaks each of the over 3,000 words or phrases. Test your ability to hear and understand Thai or test your knowledge of written Thai with the built in exercises. Hearing the spoken Thai will help you increase the speed of learning the language that no book alone can do. Plus you’ll find many new opportunities to practice your Thai since your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch will be with you all the time.

Buy Now for iPhone/iPad from the Apple iTunes App Store

Buy Now for Android from the Google Play Store

For more info on Paiboon Publishing products, see www.paiboonpublishing.com. Here are just some of the titles that you can use alongside the dictionary software:

Thai for Beginners
Thai for Beginners
Thai for Intermediate Learners
Thai for Intermediate Learners
Thai for Advanced Readers
Thai for Advanced Readers
New Thai-English Dictionary
New Thai-English Dictionary
Thai for Travelers
Thai for Travelers
Practical Thai Conversation - Vol 1
Practical Thai Conversation - Vol 1
Practical Thai Conversation - Vol 2
Practical Thai Conversation - Vol 2
Improving Your Thai Pronunciation
Improving Your Thai Pronunciation
Speak Like a Thai Volume 1
Speak Like a Thai Volume 1
Speak Like a Thai Volume 2
Speak Like a Thai Volume 2
Speak Like a Thai Volume 3
Speak Like a Thai Volume 3
Speak Like a Thai Volume 4
Speak Like a Thai Volume 4
Speak Like a Thai Volume 5
Speak Like a Thai Volume 5
Speak Like a Thai Volume 6
Speak Like a Thai Volume 6
Speak Like a Thai Volume 7
Speak Like a Thai Volume 7
Thai Keyboard Stickers
Thai Keyboard Stickers
Thailand Fever
Thailand Fever
Thailand Fieber
Thailand Fieber
Thai for Lovers
Thai for Lovers
Thai for Gay Tourists
Thai for Gay Tourists
Retiring in Thailand
Retiring in Thailand
How to Buy Land and Build a House in Thailand
How to Buy Land and Build a House in Thailand
How to Establish a Successful Business in Thailand
How to Establish a Successful Business in Thailand
Thai Law for Foreigners
Thai Law for Foreigners

 
 
  Requirements  
 
  Device: Our app works on hundreds of varieties of smartphones and tablet devices that use the best-selling Android operating system from Google, available from a huge variety of device manufacturers including Samsung, HTC, LG, ViewSonic, Toshiba, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Acer, Dell, Huawei, Lenovo, Creative, and others.

Google Android Operating System: Our app requires Android Version 2.2 (aka Froyo) or higher. This covers more than 97% of the Android devices in the field as of July 2013. You can find out which Android Version your device has installed by running the Settings app from your device's home screen, then choosing "About Phone" (it might also say "About" or "About Tablet"), then looking under "Android Version." If you have a version less than 2.2, you may be able to upgrade your device: check with your device manufacturer.

Space: Because our app includes more than 18 hours of high-quality sound recordings, we require about 380 megabytes (380MB, or 0.38GB) of free space on your device's SD card. To see how much storage you have available, run the Settings app from your device's home screen, then choose the option containing the word "storage" (e.g. "SD card & phone storage"), then look what it says under "SD card...Available Space." This must be at least 380 megabytes (380MB, or 0.38GB). Due to a limitation of Google's Android operating system related to keyboards, the tiny 6 megabyte (6MB, or 0.006GB) core of our app must be installed on your internal storage, not your SD card (more info), so you need a small amount of internal storage as well.

Google Play Store / Android Market: Your Android device must have access to the Google Play Store (formerly known as Google's "Android Market"), as most devices do, in order to purchase our dictionary. Google's "Play Store" or Android "Market" app appears as a shopping bag icon in your device's Home screen.

Internet Connection Requirements: When you run our app for the first time, it downloads all the dictionary definitions and sounds from the internet to your device. You can then look up words in the app, and play all the high-quality sound recordings of each Thai word, without being connected to the internet or incurring any data charges. All the entries and sounds are stored right on your device. Works on a plane or on the train.

Important: Our app uses Google Play Licensing, which does require your device to be on the internet for a few seconds every 15+ days. There is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation about this critical feature of our app: to get the full and correct story, please read this FAQ item.

Specific Compatibility Notes: Here are a few compatibility notes for manufacturers who decided to depart from standard Android:

  • Amazon Kindle Fire: Unfortunately, Amazon decided to introduce crippling, non-standard limitations in the "special" version of Android that they ship with their device, and as a result, there are some limitations in our support for Kindle Fire. Please see this note for all the details.

  • Sony-Ericsson: Sony made certain non-standard modifications to Android that cause entries to shift left and right visually. We have put a workaround in place: see this note for all the details.

  • Android 3.X: There is a known Google bug in Android 3.X which causes minor display issues with our app. It appears that Google fixed the problem in Android Version 4.X. Please see this note for all the details.

  • Samsung devices with Android 2.2.1: Samsung introduced a nasty bug in their Samsung-specific Android release 2.2.1 that, in some rare cases, causes our app (and other apps) not to be able to remember its settings across reboot, and to give license failures whenever your device is off the internet. For the details and a solution, see this FAQ item.

  • Suspiciously Cheap Tablets: be aware that some extremely low-end tablets ship with a look-alike app called "Market" that is not the real Google Play Store / Android Market. So you will have to install the real Google Play Store / Android Market on those tablets in order to purchase and load our app. Please see this note for more details.

Installation: To purchase and install our app, do one of these:

  • just click this button on your device:

    Talking Thai <> Eng Dictionary
    Talking Thai <> Eng Dictionary

    from Paiboon Publishing and Word in the Hand

    Buy Now
    (links to Google Play Store / Android Market)

    or

  • use Google's "Play Store" app (formerly known as Google's Android "Market" app). This app typically shows up on your device's home screen as a shopping bag (white for Play Store, green and white for Android Market). Run the app, touch the magnifying glass icon to search, and then search for "Paiboon."
Guarantee: Forget about Google's absurd 15 minute return window: if you are not satisfied, we will give you a full refund. Buy confidently with our risk-free Money-Back Guarantee.

 
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