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
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 iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, and you will incur no data
charges when you use the app.
Enjoy a clean layout that lets you simply touch with your finger to
scroll through multiple, complete definitions on the screen at
Best of all, just pinch with two fingers to make the Thai and English
text as big as you want—no more reading glasses!
Full, native support for the iPad's larger display:
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:
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!
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:
Search-by-Sound™ has been a hallmark of all Paiboon dictionaries
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:
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+
entries: more than five times as many as
Paiboon Publishing's 2009 printed volume. Plus an additional 28,000
place name entries (not counted above) that 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.
- Speaking and Listening: Consonant Sounds, Vowel Sounds,
Tones, Practice Similar Sounds, Stress, Parts of Speech, Classifiers,
- Pronunciation Guide Systems: detailed charts fully explaining
- 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)"):
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!
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:
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:
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
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
You can separately customize the fonts used for Thai and English text,
and you can also choose whether to use the standard Apple keyboard or
custom Thai Script and Thai Pronunciation keyboards that we include
with our application. In some cases, such as iPads running Apple iOS
3.2, our app even provides you with a Thai keyboard when Apple does
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: