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uTalk Thai iOS App Review and Xmas Giveaway

uTalk Thai

uTalk Thai iOS app Xmas giveaway…

Three iOS apps have been kindly donated to WLT by uTalk, a language learning company who designs some of the classiest iOS apps on the market. I totally fell in love with uTalk’s first Thai app, and generations later, this one is better still.

NOTE: As many Android users have iPads, I thought it necessary to point out that an iPhone is not needed to run this app.

To win an app, the rules are simple:

  • Leave your comments below.
  • The comment(s) need to add to the conversation.

Note: Each relevant comment gets counted so leave as many as you like. If this is your first time leaving a comment on my site, it will need to be approved. But no worries, once approved it’ll automatically slot in at the correct time.

Duration: The draw will run from the time the post goes live until the Sunday, 21 December, 6pm UK time. At that time I will number the reasonable comments and run them through an online randomizer. The winners will then be announced in the comments of this post. There will also be a dedicated post, but not after Xmas.

Good luck everyone! And ho ho ho.

The uTalk Thai iOS app review…

uTalk iOS apps are a pleasure to use, and this is their slickest yet. The icon driven navigation bounces you through the course, making learning a joy. But this app is not just about pretty pictures. There’s actually Science Behind EuroTalk.

The course is designed around what is called ‘dual coding’. By engaging your visual and verbal memory, dual coding improves both your retention and ability to recall words and phrases. So basically, instead of forcing rote learning down your throat (tedious), uTalk Thai’s quizzes entice you to interact with the study materials.

The quizzes are not just fun, they have been created with learning/retaining in mind. To make any progress (even inside each lesson), you really do need to learn the words and phrases that are 1) spoken (native audio), 2) written (in either Thai script or transliteration), and 3) recorded (by you).

Getting around uTalk Thai…

There are 100 free languages to choose from, each with 15 essential words. After you’ve made a purchase click on the installed course to get started, or just select one of the available free courses.

Settings: User, Language (choose the language for the app, not the target language), Purchases (delete or restore), Support (sound and purchase explanations), and Rate uTalk.

World Tour: No matter if you’ve done well or awful (I tried awful to see) you are given the option of going on a World Tour. Don’t worry, the plane won’t crash! I have yet to figure out the sense of doing this activity but there’s sure to be one. Fun?

uTalk Thai

Nav and topics…

Once you’ve chosen your course, the next screen gives you the option to search or select a topic. As you can see in the graphic above, the search bar doubles as a dictionary search. Making a selection takes you to where the word (phrases included) appears in the course. Clicking the arrow at the top left of the screen takes you back to where you were.

In the full course there are 36 topics: Alphabet, First Words, Phrases, Social Phrases, Likes and Dislikes, Adjectives, Prepositions, Numbers, Numbers up to Twenty, Numbers up to Ten Million, Colours, Shopping Words, Shopping Phrases, Clothes, Vegetables, Fruit, Food and Drink, Restaurant, Outdoors, Sports, Leisure, Business, Technology, Calendar, Emergencies, Illness, Doctor, Body, Transportation, Travelling, Vacation, Countries, Bhra-tate-tai (ประเทศไทย), Directions, Accommodation, Time.

Selecting one of the topics takes you to a screen (shown in the graphic) with icons for Practice, Easy Game, Speaking Game, Hard Game, Memory Game, Recall. For this review I’ve chosen Accommodation.

uTalk Thai

The Practice Activity…

In the Practice Activity you listen, read (Thai script, transliteration, and English), and record yourself.

At the top of the Practice screen is a graphic of the word/phrase. Below, in a lighter coloured band, is the word/phrase in Thai script, then transliteration, followed by the English translation (or the language you selected in the settings). This is the only section where you get everything (audio, visual, Thai, transliteration, English).

Audio: To hear the word/phrase spoken by a native, either click within the lighter coloured band or on the arrow at the bottom left of the screen. If you first hear a native male voice, clicking again on the arrow gives you the native female voice, and visa versa. To slow down the native audio, just click on the 1x (it then changes to 1/2x).

Recording: The recording icon does just what you’d expect (records your voice). It’s up to you whether or not you say a word or phrase twice just like they do. After you record, your recording plays automatically. To hear yourself again just click on the arrow that has now appeared to the right of the recording icon.

To compare your recording to the native audio click on the far left arrow (think of the left arrow as the native audio and the right arrow as your recorded audio). If you are dissatisfied with your recording, rerecord.

Tip: To get the best out of the practice area, take the time to get as close to native as you can. Pay special attention to tone and vowel length as both are important in a tonal language. And be sure to record your gender (in Thai there are different pronouns and polite particles for male and female). If you can, get a Thai teacher to listen to your pronunciation.

To finish the activity: After you are satisfied with your recording, select the next word/phrase by scrolling down with a finger flick. Continue recording words and phrases until you’ve completed the Practice section. To get back to the main screen click on the back button at the top left of the screen (this navigation works for all sections).

uTalk Thai

The Easy Game…

This is a listening and reading game. There is Thai script and transliteration, but no English. Some of the photos and graphics are not exact matches (it’s difficult to portray thoughts and some actions), so in order for your brain to link the audio to the visual you really do need to pay attention.

As soon as you click on the game icon, the game starts. One after the other, graphic boxes appear with matching audio (a mix of male and female voices). The graphics bounce around the screen, switching places. Once they settle you hear a word as well as see it written in Thai script and transliteration.

To move to the next screen you only need to match one graphic to the audio by clicking on it. But, if you do get it wrong, the matching Thai audio for that square is spoken and a big red X appears along with the spoken ไม่! Get it right and you get a big green X with a response ใช่! A ใช่ advances you to a new selection.

Tip: Often the ฉัน and ผม in phrases won’t match the photo, so guessing doesn’t work!

uTalk Thai

The Speaking Game…

In this game you listen, record your voice, and in the game match your recordings to the native speaker’s. Only Thai script is shown, there is no Thai transliteration or English words.

First off, a screen with a selection of graphics appears and a native male voice is heard. From what I experienced, you cannot switch to a female voice. When you click on the recording icon the native voice is heard again (twice), and then you record yourself saying that word.

Note: In this game your recordings are used in the quiz, so you really do need to get it right!

After you’ve completed (recorded) your first set, a new screen comes up with nine icons. That’s when your recordings come into the game. You are to match your recording to one of the graphics on the screen. When you select (click on) a graphic, a native voice speaks the selection, following with either ใช่ (yes) or ไม่ (no). If you get it wrong, you get a native recording, a nasty red X appears on the selection, and you need to choose again. If you get it right, a green X appears and the screen reloads.

Tip: If you need to hear the audio again click on the graphic BEFORE you click on the recording icon.

uTalk Thai

The Hard Game…

This game is audio (male voice) and graphics only. No Thai script, no transliteration, no English.

What you do is listen for the Thai word, then slide the correct graphic into the dotted space at the top of the screen. If you need to hear the audio again just click on the native repeat arrow on the bottom left. A wrong answer gets you a ไม่ along with a red X, and the incorrectly chosen graphic goes back where it came from. As in the previous game, a right answer gets you a ใช่ and a green X. To move to the next screen you need to get all but one right.

uTalk Thai

The Memory Game…

This is a timed game with graphics and audio only. No text at all.

Graphics appear with accompanying audio. A timer appears at the bottom, showing you how much time you have to memorise each position before the graphics disappear.

To play the game, memorise the location and then click on the blank graphic that used to match the audio. As before, click the native arrow on the left to repeat the audio. The game gets more difficult as it progresses, adding more graphics per screen until the end.

uTalk Thai

The Recall Activity…

This activity uses English and Thai script (no transliteration), and recorded audio (yours and theirs).

With this activity you are on your own and on your honour. As shown above, there’s a graphic with a matching English word or phrase. Click the recording icon to record yourself translating the English to Thai. Right away you hear your recording, followed by the native audio. It’s only then that Thai script replaces the English.

Next, two boxes appear. One has a red X and the other a green X. It’s on your honour to select whether you were correct (green) or you bombed (red). If you are not sure, clicking the arrow that’s appeared over the central graphic plays both your recording and the in-app audio. The number at the bottom of the screen denotes how many words/phrase there are to finish in this set.

My wish-list for uTalk Thai…

  • Statistics: With all the hard work needed to study with this app, for anal users (we know who we are) it’d be great to see a graphic showing progress.
  • Transliteration: A pet peeve of mine, the ability to turn it off would be wonderful.
  • Native audio: You don’t get to choose to hear only male or female audio, and in some places there is only male. This could be an issue for those trying to pitch their voices to match (in Thai at least, the male is much lower than the female).
  • Thai vocabulary: In the food section especially, the foods are western. English loanwords (steak, coke, beer, cream, hamburger, hotdogs, etc) are ok, but also needed are local foods people will order in Thailand. This is a universal problem with multi-language courses. An English vocabulary/phrase list is translated into many languages, missing out on the uniqueness of the target language.
  • Formal vrs street: Most Thai courses error on the formal side and this one is no different. Being able to choose between formal or casual phrases would make the app more useful. Baring that, explain it somewhere in the settings (that no, Thais don’t say krap at the end of every sentence!)
  • Explanations: Thai is a tonal language. At the very least they should point out the need to pay attention to vowel length and tones. One of the best examples I’ve come across can be found in the Talking Thai-English-Thai iOS dictionary.
  • Customise: I’d love to be able to add new words and phrases (with audio and graphics), similar to what BYKI offers.

More about uTalk Thai…

uTalk Thai
Price: Free (in-app purchases)
Seller: EuroTalk Ltd
Updated: 20 October 2014
Version: 2.0.3
Word count: Free version – 15 essential words (1 topic)
uTalk Essentials: £6.99 – 500 words and phrases? (11 topics)
Premium package: £11.99 – 1,000+ words and phrases (35 topics)
Audio: Native speakers (both male and female)
Thai script: Yes
Transliteration: Yes
Turn off Transliteration: No
Zoom/pinch: No need
Font control: No
Help: Yes (slim)
Requires iOS: 7.0 or later
Optimised for: iPhone 5 and iPhone 6
Compatible with: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Blog: EuroTalk
Facebook: EuroTalk
Twitter: @eurotalk

Btw, there’s a uTalk Challenge going on: Can uTalk a new language in one month? and Why I’m learning Thai in January – a poem. If you do join the challenge, please let us know in the comments, ok?

Once again, Happy holidays everyone – and good luck on winning one of three uTalk Thai iOS apps!

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Review: English Thai iOS App Dictionaries: iPhone and iPad

iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Apps: English-Thai Dictionaries

Reviewing iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Apps: Thai dictionaries…

The Thai Dictionary iOS app series is in four parts: English-Thai dictionaries specifically for the English market, English-Thai Dictionaries using the LEXiTRON dataset and/or databases created for Thais, Thai-English dictionaries, and special dictionaries using photos, sign language, etc.

At the time of this review there are around 70 Thai dictionary apps for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch). Only a few are for the English speaking market, the majority focus on the Thai market and advanced students of Thai.

Knowing which dictionaries target the English speaking market is important. Beginner to intermediate students do struggle with dictionaries using datasets created for Thais and advanced students still continue to use English-Thai dictionaries. So there is a need to know.

To explain: Thai focused datasets have lists of Thai words without English explanations. And if you can’t find the most common translation or correct nuance of a word, there’s a good chance you’ll choose the wrong one.

For instance, in some Thai-English dictionaries a search for the English translation of ฟอง comes back with spume instead of foam. Who goes around talking about the spume on their beer?

It’s noticeable that many of these dictionaries have not been checked by fluent Thai and English speakers, so please take care when using datasets created for Thais.

To address the English speaking market specifically, for this review I’ve taken out all dictionaries using straight out of the box LEXiTRON datasets and/or datasets created for Thais. I’ve also extracted dictionaries with audio, word of the day, and flashcards for those learning English but not Thai.

After going through all 70 to find dictionaries for English students of Thai, I was left with a mere seven. Out of those only three dictionaries are worth spending serious time with.

And while I’m surprised at the low number, all I can say is “thank goodness”. Less dictionaries to review in one post means that I can go into more detail with each app.

Disclaimer: There is a slim chance that a dictionary for the English market has slipped through. On a last whip-round I discovered two Thai-English dictionaries that barely squeaked in, so it does happen. If I do find more I’ll add them to this review. But it won’t change my mind about my top choice of Thai dictionary iOS apps, because, well, you’ll soon see.

iOS devices used for the review:

iPhone models 4S (GSM model China) and 5 (GSM and CDMA model)
iPad model 2 Wi-Fi +3G (GSM model)

Thai Dictionaries for the English market…

To save you from having to slog through the entire post, my top three choices appear first and the remaining four follow. Please let me know of any experiences you’ve had with these dictionaries – I seriously want to hear your thoughts.

For the visual persons, here’s a Google Docs spreedsheet with the complete list of attributes used to compare the dictionaries: Comparing iOS English-Thai dictionary apps for the English market.

BTW: Some apps have two names. There’s the long one we see in the iTunes store, and a shorter one that appears on your iPhone. For those who have a zillion apps and need to do a search (like I do) I’ve added the iOS name in parenthesis.

#1) Talking Thai–English–Thai Dictionary (TalkingThai)

Talking Thai–English–Thai DictionaryTalking Thai–English–Thai DictionaryEnglish English Thai Dictionary
Price: $24.99
Seller: Word in the Hand
Updated: Oct 23, 2014
Version: 1.8
Word count: 150,000+ entries
Audio: 100% native speaker
Thai script: Yes
Transliteration: Yes
Zoom/pinch: Yes
Font control: Yes
Help: Yes (extensive)
Requires iOS: 6.0 or later
Optimised for: iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus
Compatible with: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

RANK: This is my first choice out of all 70 paid/free English-Thai Thai-English iOS dictionary apps.

Target market: Thais and English speakers studying the Thai language.

Overview: This is a highly customised dictionary. Since its inception, Chris and Benjawan have clocked in an insane number of hours with updates and improvements. When I searched for an Italian dictionary for the iOS I was disappointed to find that not even one came close! Designed with the student of Thai in mind, this dictionary is extremely powerful. Version 2.0 (coming soon) is going to be crazy fantastic.

Top navigation: The search box is the control centre of the app. To the right of the search are forward and back arrows that take you to screens you’ve seen recently (history).

Bottom navigation: Here we have an English (search), Thai Script (search), Thai Sound (search) that uses the transliteration style you’ve chosen in the settings, Help, and More.

Bottom nav >> Help: First up is Help Home (links to: 30 Second Tour, Using the Dictionary, Speaking and Listening, Pronunciation Guide Systems, Reading and Writing, Useful Word Groups, Suggest a Word), followed by Speaking and Listening, then Parts of Speech. This is great stuff. No other dictionary walks you through the details of the Thai language like this one does.

Bottom nav >> More: Settings (Sound Control, select transliteration style, control text size, select English font, select Thai font, separate syllables, turn playback on or off, put translations on separate lines, space out definitions, select in-app keyboard or Apple keyboard for Thai script and Thai sound search), History, Real Fonts (too see what your selection looks like in the modern, quirky even, often difficult to read fonts), Inside Words (Thai words are often word combos and knowing what they are can be helpful), and Spelling (breaks words into syllables and explains tone rules and spelling).

Using the dictionary: In this dictionary you are only two clicks away from finding the translation of your target word (some dictionaries have three).

Typing a word into the search box with English, Thai Script, or Thai Sound selected takes you to a list of words. The most common translations are at the top (scroll down for related words). Clicking on the sound icon next to the Thai script or Thai transliteration gives native recorded audio. If applicable, next to the sound icons are icons that specify what type of word it is (used by monks, for royalty, obsolete, poetic, technical, formal, spoken/slang, impolite, and obscene). If you’ve read through that list I don’t have to tell you how important this is to know. Tapping on the icons takes you to Help, with a detailed list of explanations of the type of words used in social context. There’s also classifiers for nouns (again, important).

When you click on the translation of a word a black bar pops up with the option of playing the audio, going to a screen dedicated to the word, or copying the word. When you click on the blue arrow at the end of the bar you can see the word in Real World Fonts, discover the Words Inside, get an explanation of the spelling and tones, and google the word.

Choosing a translation of a word and selecting Go from the black bar takes you to a screen of possible meanings of the word, with the most common translations on top. Obtaining the most common translation of a word should be one of the most important tasks of a dictionary – or we’d all be licking spume off our beer!

Tip: To make the keyboard go away, click the blue Done button on the keyboard, or anywhere but the search box or links. Click inside the search box to bring the keyboard back up.

Worth highlighting: All sound files have been recorded with an actual Thai person (Benjawan Becker). Benjawan Becker, fluent in both Thai and English (and other languages), continuously updates the database by hand.

My personal wish-list: I’ve been asking for sample sentences and the ability to use the dictionary as an interactive learning tool – both are coming in the next update (ya!). Also on my wish-list are WOTD, bulk translate, Favourites and Flashcards (to quiz selected words from a list of Favourites). And … being able to turn off the transliteration.

Downside: Already mentioned, it’d be great if we could turn off the transliteration. For now, the best I can do is change the settings to Easy Thai with Irregular Tones Only turned on.

For more about this iOS app dictionary please go to their website at Talking Thai–English–Thai Dictionary for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch.

Note: In iTunes the dictionary is called the Thai-English English-Thai Dictionary but for Android it’s the Talking Thai <> Eng Dictionary. Regardless, if you don’t have the above links just search for Paiboon.

Another fav iOS app from Paiboon: Thai for Beginners

#2) Thai-English Dictionary from thai-language.com (Thai-English)

Thai-English DictionaryThai-English Dictionary from thai-language.comThai-English Dictionary from thai-language.com
Price: Free
Seller: Christian Rishoj
Updated: Nov 06, 2014
Version: 1.7
Word count: 60,000+ entries
Audio: TTS (Text To Speech)
Thai script: Yes
Transliteration: Yes (+ you can turn it off)
Zoom/pinch: Not needed
Help: No
Requires iOS: 7.0 or later
Optimised for: iPhone 5
Compatible with: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
 

RANK: This app gets second place out of the top three.

Target market: English students of the Thai language.

Overview: This is the newest Thai dictionary for the English market. Many of us use the online dictionary at thai-language.com, created by their community (form members). Having it as an app is convenient. Christian packed an abundance of useful goodies into this app and there’s plenty more to come.

Top navigation: The top nav has two levels. First up is the search box with Cancel next to it (Cancel clears the screen and gets rid of the search). The three boxes below control your search: Literal (English and Thai), Transliterated (transliteration), and Bulk (for sentences and/or a bunch of text).

Bottom navigation: Dictionary (search), Categories (to discover vocabulary relavant to set subjects), Bookmarks (History and Favourites), Settings (turn History off or on, instructions to set Text Size in your iOS settings, Speech Rate, turn Transcriptions off or choose from a list: thai-language.com Phonemic, Phonemic Thai script, IPA, Paiboon, Royal Thai, AUA, Bua Luang, ALA, ISO).

Using the dictionary: When you do a search in English or Thai (Literal) you are given a choice of words and phrases. Selecting a word or phrase takes you to another screen with the type of word at the top (noun, verb, etc, formal, casual and more) and the translation (in large, legible script) below. In English search there’s Definition, Components (if any), Synonyms (if any), Antonyms (if any), Related words (if any), Examples and Sample Sentences (with Definitions and Components). If available, at the very bottom there’s Other Senses (swipe sideways to flip through more). Clicking on any word or phrase brings up a new screen. Seriously, you could click through this dictionary for hours.

Within dictionary definitions (not the main home search) at the top right there’s a square icon with an arrow pointing up. Clicking that icon activates a number of options: Send the information via Airdrop or a Message or Email, Bookmark, View Online (takes you to that exact page on thai-language.com) and Suggest Corrections. There’s a More section but mine don’t do anything (clicking on the icons didn’t work). What’s really great is if you do go to the online thai-language.com dictionary via View Online you can get back to the app quite easily. Not all apps have this option – they force to you restart the app and start the process of searching for a translation all over again.

When checking out a word or phrase tilt your iOS to see your selection, in large Thai script, featured on top of a fuchsia coloured screen. Clicking anywhere takes you back to your original screen. This function comes in handy when you need to show a Thai word or phrase.

To turn off transliteration: Go to Settings >> Thai Transcriptions >> Click on the red circle with the minus sign in the middle, and then select Delete. Now you’ll have a green circle with a plus sign in the middle, with Add Thai Transcription next to it.

Tip: To make the keyboard go away, click Cancel next to search box, or the blue Search button on the keyboard. Clicking inside the search box brings it back.

Worth highlighting: Important (to me) is the option to turn off the transliteration. Also important are sentences and the ability to translate more than one word at a time. Another huge plus is the established forum behind the dictionary. For students, having a community where you can ask all those pesky questions is a comfort.

A sidenote: It wouldn’t load via iTunes on my clunky iPhone 4S or my iPad 2 (both running version 7.1.2). Christian suggested loading the app direct via Safari and it worked. Thanks Christian! Seriously, if a quirk is even remotely possible, it’s going to happen to me.

My personal wish-list: Obviously, I’d like native audio. There is recorded audio on the site but going back and forth between online and app would be a chore. When I mentioned it to Christian he said audio will be coming in a future update, but as an optional download (to keep the installation size small). He also mentioned adding the ability to see entries in modern typeface. Going through the checklist I’d also like an overview of the Thai language, WOTD and Flashcards.

Downside: As mentioned, the audio is TTS, not audio of native speakers.

#3) ClickThai Dictionary (ClickThai)

ClickThai Dictionary Thai/EnglishClickThai DictionaryClickThai Dictionary
Price: $19.99
Seller: Theodor Pitsch
Updated: Apr 01, 2014
Version: 3.03
Word count: 70,000+ entries
Audio: Native and TTS (Text To Speech)
Thai script: Yes
Transliteration: Yes
Zoom/pinch: No need (Thai script is a decent size)
Font control: No
Help: Yes
Requires iOS: 4.3 or later
Optimised for: iPhone 5
Compatible with: iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
 

APP UPDATE Dec 17 2014:

What’s New in Version 4.0:
Increased Vocabulary: Now 88,000 Thai words.
Export training lists for ClickThai Vocabulary Trainer.
Optimised sorting of search results.
Show classificator for nouns.

Please stay tuned for a dedicated post on the changes. I’ve been looking forward to the ClickThai export abilities especially. Thanks Theo!

RANK: This app gets third place out of the top three.

Target market: English speakers studying Thai.

Overview: ClickThai is an uncomplicated dictionary with clear audio files, multiple results per search (sorted by frequency), word-by-word translation of sentences, and the ability to save words for later. It hasn’t had a major update in awhile but there’s more to come (see below).

Top navigation: Across the top nav there’s a search bar with English, Transcript (search via transliteration), and Thai.

Bottom navigation: The bottom nav takes you to the search page for EN-TH, TH Text (Word-by-Word translation for Thai), Memo (saved favourites), and Help (EN-TH, TH Text, Memo).

Bottom nav >> Help: EN-TH (Introduction, Search English, Search Thai, Search Transcription, Word Class), TH Text (Word-by-Word translation), Memo help topics.

Using the dictionary: As with the other dictionaries reviewed so far, doing a search gives you to the most common translations at the top. Searching for a word with English chosen brings up a list of English words. Selecting one takes you to a dedicated page with large, legible Thai script at the top of the screen. When you click and hold down on a Thai word you are given the choice to Copy, Define, or Speak (hear audio files). Underneath is the transliteration of that word (transcript) followed by the different meanings and type of word (noun, verb, etc). The audio icon on the bottom right of the screen speaks with a male voice. Also on the bottom nav are forward and back arrows that take you to related words shown in the original search (if any). This saves you from going all the way back to the beginning to search through similar words all over again. At the top right of the screen is an icon that looks like stacked pages. Clicking saves words for later (and incase you’ve hit it by accident it beeps at you).

Tip: To make the keyboard go away, click the blue Search button on the keyboard, or the keyboard icon to the right of the search box. Clicking inside the search box brings it back.

Worth highlighting: The simplicity of this app makes it a breeze to operate.

My personal wish-list: In my chat with Leo we discussed the next update, most of which just happens to be on my wish-list. To make both VocTrain (one of my favourite apps) and ClickThai more powerful, Leo is adding the ability to export custom lists (with sound files) from ClickThai to VocTrain. Also mentioned were sample sentences and classifiers for nouns.

Downside: I’d like to see the Word-by-Word translation work (but I don’t know if it’s me or the app). As already mentioned, this app needs a major update, but as I know it’s coming, no worries.

Another fav app from Leo: VocTrain

Audio Collins Mini Gem Th-Eng & Eng-Thai Dictionary (Audio TH-EN)

Audio Collins Mini GemAudio Collins Mini GemCollins Gem Thai Dictionary
Price: $9.99
Seller: Mobile Systems
Updated: Oct 08, 2010
Version: 3.03
Word count: 20,000 entries
Audio: native English and Thai
Thai script: Yes
Transliteration: No
Zoom/pinch: No
Font control: No
Help: No
Requires iOS: 3.0 or later
Optimised for: Unknown
Compatible with: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

RANK: Top of the bottom four.

Target Market: Mostly for Thais and English speakers who can read Thai.

Overview: The app starts off in Thai mode so you’ll need to switch it to English if that’s what you want. A search takes you to a list of English words. Selecting a word takes you to an English and Thai translation with audio for both. Clicking on one of the Thai words takes you to another screen. Some of the screens have just the Thai and English word with audio, others have a list of English words. Each of the English words have audio (Thais learning English is a main focus).

Top navigation: When you open the app there’s two options on the nav across the top: Switch (between Thai and English) and a search box. Clicking inside the search box switches the search to: Keyword, Fuzzy, Wildcard, and adds a blue Done button to the end of the search. The Done button gets rid of the keyboard.

Bottom navigation: When you first start this app the nav across the bottom has a page icon (history) and an icon that goes to Random Word and Word of the Day (overkill?), as well as an information icon (tells you about the company but doesn’t help with the app). Random Word comes up with the word in Thai and English, with sound for both. Ditto for Word of the Day. Once you choose a word to define, the nav then has forward and back arrows, a page icon (history), a + icon (add bookmark), and an arrow icon with Random Word (and they do mean random) and Word of the Day.

Using the dictionary: Other than the navigation that I’ve already explained, there’s not much to this app. Getting to your translated word of choice gives you the word in English (with audio), one or more Thai words (with audio), and occasionally a Thai phrase (with audio). Also noted are the type of words (nouns, verbs, etc). Clicking on the + symbol bookmarks the screen.

Worth highlighting: If you want dead simple, this app has it in spades.

Downside: I haven’t discovered much (if any) benefit to using Keyword, Fuzzy, or Wildcard. Those who don’t read Thai are stuck with audio only.

Collins Thai<->English Phrasebook and Dictionary (Audio TH-EN)

Collins Thai English Phrasebook and DictionaryCollins Thai English Phrasebook and DictionaryCollins Thai English Phrasebook and Dictionary
Price: $12.99
Author: Mobile Systems
Updated: Apr 01, 2011
Version: 4.02
Word count: 10,000 entries
Audio: Native
Thai script: Yes
Transliteration: No
Zoom/pinch: No
Help: No
Requires iOS: 3.0 or later
Optimised for: Unknown
Compatible with: iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

RANK: None

Target market: For Thais and English speakers who can read Thai.

Overview: This is mostly a Thai phrasebook. But, as dictionaries with translations in English for all Thai words are lacking, I’ve added it to the review.

Top navigation: Very simple, the only choice is to Switch between Thai and English.

Bottom navigation: The nav across the bottom has a star icon (favourites), magnifying glass icon (search for phrases), arrow icon (Random Phrase and Phrase of the Day), and an info icon (about the company not about the app). Random Phrase and Phrase of the Day has both English and Thai, with audio. But if you click on those you find yourself in the phrase section of the app, not the dictionary section. In that case, you must click all the way back to the home screen and start again.

Using the dictionary: The first screen of the app is in Thai. If you need to do so, click the top right button to Switch to English, and then select the Dictionary icon on the far left of the screen. Typing in the search box brings up a selection of words. The words are noted as noun, verb, etc. Selecting a word brings up a simple screen with English and Thai, audio is included for both. On that screen you can use the forward and black arrows, and click the + symbol to add to the word to your favourites.

Worth highlighting: A simple English / Thai dictionary with phrasebook.

Tip: Clicking on the blue Done button at the top right hand side of the screen removes the keyboard.

Downside: Without transliteration, unless you are learning how to read, it’s useless for those who cannot read Thai. Words in the dictionary are limited and there are mistakes. I briefly checked sentences in the phrase section and found ฉัน (the female particle) for I.

Collins Gem Thai Dictionary

Collins Gem Thai DictionaryCollins Gem Thai DictionaryCollins Gem Thai Dictionary
Price: $9.99
Seller: Mobile Systems
Updated: Dec 04, 2012
Version: 5.0.19
Word count: Unknown
Audio: No
Thai script: Yes
Transliteration: Yes
Zoom/pinch: Yes
Help: No
Requires iOS: 4.3 or later
Optimised for: iPhone 5
Compatible with: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

RANK: None

Target market: English and Thai speakers (but mostly for Thais).

Overview: I’m sure this app started out as a good idea, but in my opinion, it needs a serious upgrade. The lack of audio (transliteration only), and activities that do not cover both English speakers and Thais, leaves it lacking.

Top navigation: The top nav has a search box with Cancel next to it (Cancel clears the keyboard). Underneath are buttons to switch between English-Thai and Thai-English. Further to the right is an icon that doesn’t work on my iPhone (only switches away from English-Thai and Thai-English to mysterious icons).

With English-Thai selected, typing a word into the search box comes back with a single English word. Clicking on that word goes to another screen with the English word and some sort of transliteration, what type of word it is (noun, verb, etc), and then the Thai word (Thai script) with transliteration next to it. There is no sound. Icons on the top right increase and decrease the font size. The star icon bookmarks the selection.

Bottom navigation: The nav across the bottom has a Search, Contents (cheat sheets for Abbreviations, Thai and English pronunciation, and Numbers), Favourites (bookmarks), History (everywhere you’ve been), and More.

Bottom navigation >> More: In More there are six activities. Word scramble, Hangman and Anagrams are for students of English. Flashcards and Word of Day are for both students of English and Thai.

Downside: There is no Thai or English audio, only English text, Thai script, and Thai transliteration. Many of the searches don’t work (“no results found for …”). Do not use this app to memorise Thai words (using the iffy transliteration alone will muff you up).

English Thai Dictionary (English/Thai)

English Thai dictionaryEnglish Thai DictionaryEnglish Thai Dictionary
Price: $5.99
Author: Aanthai
Updated: Jan 05, 2009
Version: 1.1
Word count: 7,000 entries
Audio: No
Thai script: Yes
Transliteration: Yes
Zoom/pinch: No
Help: Yes
Requires iOS: 2.2 or later
Optimised for: iPhone
Compatible with: iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

RANK: Bottom.

Target market: English speakers.

Overview: It’s just long list of alphabetised words. The nav consists of clicking on one of the letters of the alphabet on the right side of the screen.

Downside: This app has not been updated since 2009. Selecting the nav crashes the app on both iPhones (4S and 5) and the iPad 2. This app either needs to be upgraded or taken out of the app store.

Learn Thai on Your iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod): What’s next…

Coming next will be a review of Thai-English Dictionaries for the Thai market. This does not mean that some of the dictionaries aren’t for English students learning Thai as well, so please do stay tuned.

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Android and iPhone: Talking Thai-English-Thai Dictionary Review

Android and iPhone App Review

The Three Way Talking Thai-English-Thai Dictionary…

Benjawan Poomsan Becker & Chris Pirazzi have been working around the clock (seriously) to give us the best Talking Thai-English-Thai dictionary on the market. And it doesn’t matter if you are into actual books, smart phones, or computers, Benjawan and Chris have it covered.

I’ve been using a version of the Three-Way Talking Thai Dictionary for years. I started with the small dictionary in paperback form and then purchased the Three-Way Thai–English, English–Thai Pocket Dictionary when it came out.

I love actual books but I do spend a lot of time on my computer, so when the PC version was available (the Three-Way Talking Thai-English-Thai Dictionary), I was all over it.

Following fast came the iPhone Dictionary app which morphed into the Three-Way Talking Thai-English-Thai Dictionary iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch app. What more could you ask for?

Well, not only did all the dictionaries get a heavy update, but the Android version of the Thai-English-Thai dictionary launched this week as well. Finally, the rest of the smart phone world can see what all the shouting has been about.

I don’t have an Android phone so Snap from Learn Thai in Chiang mai offered to review it for us. Thanks Snap!

Snap’s Android App Review: Talking Thai-English-Thai Dictionary…

Let me first say, that I was tickled pink to be included in the testing of Paiboon’s Talking Thai-English-Thai Dictionary app for Android phones, tickled pink, but perhaps not worthy, as a now lagging learner of Thai.

After, I’m sure, an incredible amount of work and tweaking by it’s creators, I was more than happy to purchase the finished product. The T-E-T Dictionary is one of three Thai dictionaries I have on my Android phone, the other two I haven’t consulted since.

Already very familiar with the basic layout and functions, having used the PC version for about a year now, I found it very easy to navigate through it’s various ‘sections’ of the menu: English, Thai, Sound (English transliteration), Configure Thai sound and Help…although as yet I’ve found no need to consult the latter.

Once you’ve located whichever word you’re looking for, you have several choices:

  • Play Sound: which is, in my humble opinion, essential for anyone learning a new language…especially one that is tonal. And, because this app is pocket portable, could save one from avoiding those grinding (heart sunken) halts, when we realise that we’ve been pronouncing a word embarrassingly wrong. If all else fails, at least you have the option of clicking play and letting it do the talking for you.
  • Go: well, is just that, ‘Go’, which will take you from one section to another. Look up a word in English and select the Thai word and ‘Go’ will plonk you in the appropriate Thai – English part of the dictionary etc.
  • See Real World Fonts: As someone who’s sat staring for tens of minutes at signs on Thai streets, this function also is a blessing. I remember my first encounter trying to figure out which Thai letter could possibly have been morphed into a backwards ‘S’!!!!
  • Find Words Inside: For me, this is the piece de resistance! As someone who loves to dissect things…like Thai words, this function is a dream come true. Not only does it find words inside, but it finds words inside the words inside. Now, if I cling to the notion (possible myth) that there are only about 3000 individual words in the Thai language and all others are compounds of those words, and I just learn those, I’ll be set, right?
  • Explain Spelling: A function that students would love. ‘Explain Spelling’ addresses why the word is the tone that it is, breaks the words down into syllables/consonant and vowel clusters, and feeds you the sounds bit by bit. Want to know more? Select any of those sounds to find out more about ‘vowels and syllables’ or ‘consonants’, which are two of the many subjects in the ‘Reading and Writing’ chapter of the app.
    It seems the more you dig, the deeper you go with this dictionary.
  • Google Search: Self explanatory, but handy. Particularly if you want to test (where possible) the accuracy or appropriateness of a word using Google’s ‘Image’ search.

Even if you’re not serious about learning Thai and just heading to the LOS for a vacation, this app is worth every penny and more. Just imagine ordering food and actually getting what you thought you ordered, not what you actually ordered! Or, getting unlost instead of continuing on a wild goose chase around town…or simply making pidgin Thai conversation and enjoying interacting with the locals.

Now if I could only find an app half as good as this one, in Khmer!

Snap,
Learning Thai In Chiang Mai – My Journal!

Note: To see how to install and use the Talking Thai-English-Thai Dictionary, check out a video of the features of the Talking Thai English Dictionary Android App.

iPhone App Review: Paiboon’s Talking Thai-English-Thai Dictionary…

As Snap covered the basic features I’ll mainly share the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch/PC update.

The PC version of the Talking Thai-English-Thai Dictionary (reviewed on Hugh Leong’s site) started out with 42,000 entries, high-quality sound recordings, English to Thai, Thai to English, sound to Thai, multiple pronunciation systems, instant search, and typing in Thai.

That was in 2010 and it was considered smoking hot back then. And 2011 brought us even more entries.

Then a few months ago, when Chris Pirazzi contacted previous beta testers to check out the 1.6 iPhone/iPad/iPod update, he wowed us even more:

What’s new in 1.6:

This release delivers another massive increase in the number of dictionary entries, from more than 100,000 entries to more than 150,000 entries (from 134,000 translations to more than 220,000 translations), plus another 28,000 entries (not counted above) containing the names of cities, subdistricts, districts, and provinces of Thailand.

As always, there is a high-quality sound recording of a native Thai speaker for every single Thai word in the dictionary.

In addition to the huge increase in entries, this release also adds:

  • A new setting on the iOS platform called “Show Playback Buttons” that lets you turn on the display of little speaker icons right inline with each Thai word on-screen, so that you can hear any word with just one touch, as you can also do on the Windows and Android platforms.
  • A handy new unified Quick Click Chart in our Help section on Reading and Writing which shows all Thai consonants and vowels at once on your screen, allowing you to click to hear each one or to go to its details in the relevant section.
  • A large number of small improvements to the Help including a lot more sound recordings for sample phrases, more sample words, and playback icons in our charts of Thai vowels.

An no. They are not done yet. In fact, Benjawan Poomsan Becker wants to hear from you:

We will continue to add words to future updates of the app that I come across or that are suggested by our customers. Therefore, we want to reassure readers that if they do happen to come across a word that they feel needs to be added to our dictionary it can be included in future updates. I look forward to seeing suggestions.

To submit new words email: support@word-in-the-hand

For a detailed list of goodies, read the overview at Word in the Hand.

Using the various Talking Thai-English-Thai Dictionaries…

I bounce between three electronic versions of the Talking Thai-English-Thai Dictionary. The dictionary app is on both my iPhone and iPad, and the PC version on my Mac with an emulator.

When I’m running around town, logically, the iPhone is the one I use. And when I’m at home or traveling, I prefer the iPad because the screen is larger. But when I’m compiling Thai vocabulary lists and need to cut and paste into excel files, the PC version is invaluable.

It’s not expensive to run all three versions. My original copy was for the iPhone but it sucks into my iPad without an additional charge. And the massive upgrade for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch as well as the PC is free. Totally free.

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HandBreak Thai Language Videos for the iPhone

Convert Thai language videos to watch on the iPhone

Download AUA Thai language videos…

In my last post, AUA Thai Videos on YouTube, I shared where to view the over one hundred FREE AUA Thai videos. And while that’s all well and good, there is a slow loading problem if you live in a country that has a naff Internet speed, such as Thailand.

But if you download the videos from YouTube, they can be played on your computer with no lag time at all.

I was discussing this very subject with David Long (director of AUA) this weekend.

There is a a Firefox plug-in that I always use for videos called flashgot. It places a small icon in the lower right hand corner of your browser and when you get to a video or something, clicking on the icon will automatically download it – this allows me to browse on for a bit while the video downloads and then watch it easily without the breaks.

I tried the plugin on my Mac and it works fine.

UPDATE: The best downloader these days (for me anyway) is ClipConverter.

After I spent a day or two downloading all 100+ AUA videos, I copied them to an external and promptly forgot (busy, busy).

So, what’s a busy gal to do? What’s a busy gal who just happens to have an iPhone to do?

Entre: HandBrake (thanks Scott :-)

Using HandBreak to convert AUA YouTube videos for the iPhone…

What’s a HandBreak?

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.

In plain English, HandBreak converts video (movies, YouTube) into a format that is easier for regular people to use. People like me.

And while HandBrake does offer a number of clever conversions and presets – thanks again Scott :-) – I didn’t have the time to figure everything out. Instead, here are the bare basics of how I got AUA’s YouTube videos into my iPhone.

  1. Start HandBreak.
  2. Select video to convert.
  3. Wait for HandBreak to scan.
  4. Set constant quality to 60%.
  5. Under presets, select iPhone & Apple Touch.
  6. Change destination and title.
  7. Click the start button.
  8. Wait for the HandBrake alert.
  9. Suck the file into iTunes.
  10. Transfer the file to an iPhone.

And for the basics of converting AUA YouTube videos to iPhone, that’s pretty much it.

Thank you David Long, for being so generous with AUA’s fabulous Thai videos. And a thanks again to Scott, for introducing me to HandBreak.

But WAIT! You can do even more with HandBreak…

When you start looking around at the available resources to convert with HandBreak, the choices are limitless. Maybe not so much for Thai language videos, but enough.

Andrej Nitsche (Thai Recordings) had several posts on Thai VCD’s: APS Intermusic – educational videos for kids and misbook.com. On his advice, I purchased some of those as well.

Another option is The Adventures of TINTIN 80th Anniversary Boxset, in Thai. I have the TINTIN set but I’m having problems converting 1 gig files. Suggestions?

And remember the Thai version of Sesame Street? That’s right. You can covert those for your iPhone too. And btw: Villa Market in Ari (Bangkok) has Thai Sesame Street videos (but not all). Rush, or they will be gone. And when a product is gone it Thailand, it sometimes never ever returns. A second btw: If you contact Sesame Street to purchase their Thai versions, they won’t know what you are on about. Yeah.

For a megga list, Josh from Sweet and Coolbeans is compiling Thai TV shows (and other videos). Besides YouTube, he mentions fukduk.tv (offline for now).

There are a few sites selling Thai movies and soaps. ThaiCDexpress and ethaicd.com have hundreds of products to choose from.

And if you want to know what’s going on with Thai movies before you buy or download, visit Wise Kwai’s Thai Film Journal and Enjoy Thai Movies. For Lakorn’s, start with Anothaidara.com (no longer online but read the interview on WLT) and work out from there.

Note: Before you rip, check for copyrights.

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iPhone apps: English Thai Dictionaries

iPhone Thai English Dictionaries

Reviewing iPhone apps for the Thai learning market…

UPDATE: Review: English Thai iOS App Dictionaries: iPhone and iPad

NOTE: An updated series, compiled from my GINORMOUS List of iOS Apps to Learn Thai: iPhone, iPad and iPod, is coming soon. Please stay tuned.

In this series, so far I’ve reviewed Thai Language Phrase Books and Thai Alphabet and Vocabulary apps. So unless you’ve downloaded a Thai dictionary already, this review is for you.

You might notice that I included all dictionaries listed as English Thai. And the reason I did this is so that others can avoid buying/downloading a dictionary that won’t fit their needs. On the flip side, Thai students of the English language might be able to find what they need too.

The criteria I used for the iPhone English Thai dictionary review…

Many of these dictionaries are for Thais learning English, or those able to read Thai script, with the Thai script being very tiny as well. But other considerations were equally as important:

  • Help: Is there a help or tutorial section?
  • Thai script: Is the Thai script too small to read?
  • Zoom: Is a zoom to read small Thai script needed?
  • Internet connection: Do you need to be connected?
  • Design style: Does it add or subtract to the experience?
  • Tone tips: Are you given transliteration, or nothing at all?
  • Type of Dictionary: Do you get an explanation of the word, or a translation?
  • Target market: Does the app target the English market, or is it for Thais?
  • Sound: Are Thai voice files available, or are they English only?

A few more things about this review…

I realise that this is a mother of a review. And I can only imagine that it will be as tedious for some of you to read as it was cumbersome for me to write. With that in mind, here is a quick breakdown:

Dictionaries with transliteration: ClickThai Dictionary Thai-English, Dr Wit’s Library Edition, Dr Wit’s Desk Edition, Dr Wit’s Pocket Edition, English Thai Dictionary, The Thai Translator, The Thai Translator Lite, YourWords English Thai English (on some, not all).

Dictionaries with Thai sound files: ClickThai Dictionary Thai-English, The Thai Translator, The Thai Translator Lite.

Help files: ClickThai Dictionary Thai-English, English Thai English Dictionary, Thai Fast Dictionary.

Some of these dictionaries were a real bugger to get around because they were lacking in help files. And a few even stated in the iTunes store that they were easy to navigate. I wish.

Tip: If you are stumped to find that there is no Thai section, just turn on the Thai keyboard and viola! voilà! sometimes there it is.

And mystery of mysteries, the iPhone apps listed as dictionaries are all over the place.

Dictionary.com gives this definition of dictionary:

dic·tion·ar·y [dik-shuh-ner-ee] Show IPA
–noun, plural -ar·ies.
1.
a book containing a selection of the words of a language, usually arranged alphabetically, giving information about their meanings, pronunciations, etymologies, inflected forms, etc., expressed in either the same or another language; lexicon; glossary: a dictionary of English; a Japanese-English dictionary.

To explain what I mean: Search results give anything from one to a scrolling list of Thai words to choose from, and some dictionaries offer detailed definitions while others are somewhere between slim and nothing. But as the variations are many, I’ve passed on noting which dictionaries do what. Btw – only one dictionary consistently gives a single word translation: The English Thai Dictionary.

Now on to the iPhone English-Thai dictionary review…

If you have questions about any of the dictionaries, feel free to ask. Also, I will continue to add new iPhone apps to this post so if you know of any not listed, please drop me a line.

One more thing… putting together a Thai dictionary iPhone app can’t be an easy project to pull off, so I’d like to thank the programmers here. And while I do touch on some negative elements, they are merely meant to reflect an honest review.

Tip: If the Thai dictionary below has sound files in English but not in Thai, the target market is mostly Thai.

ClickThai Dictionary Thai-English

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Price: £23.99 | $39.99
Author: ClickThai
Released: 11 Mar 2010
Version: 1.0
Size: 157 Mb
Sound: Thai
Internet connection required: No
Transliteration: Yes
Zoom: No (not needed)
Rating: 12+
Help: Yes
Other dictionaries: Thai-German
Target market: English readers

  • English-Thai: 874,000 entries.
  • Thai-English: 331,000 entries.
  • Thai-Thai: 466,000 entries.

This is the top Thai dictionary with sounds in Thai (most have English). Some of the sounds are tinny (but not too bad). Regardless, the sounds are loud and clear enough to hear over workmen hammering, sawing, and drilling (my neighbour next door is renovating their condo). And while there aren’t sound files for all words/phrases, a fair bit are covered.

There are three main navigation options in this app: ‘English’, ‘transcript’, and ‘Thai’. The transcript is hit and miss as you need to learn their system (logical). The English and Thai search works fine. As with all of these apps using Thai script, in order to type in Thai you need to turn on the Thai keyboard. If you don’t know how, their instructions will walk you through the process.

When you do a search, you often get a long scrolling list of the same word (help has 28 listed). I found it time-consuming to find the word I was looking for as I would select one word, read the description, not find it, then go back to the list working my way down. When I contacted the company I was informed that in the next update the nav problem with be addressed.

Except for having to scroll through long lists of words, ClickThai is my favourite iPhone English Thai dictionary presently on the market.

Dictionary with Voice

Dictionary with VoiceDictionary with VoiceDictionary with VoiceNo longer online
Price: $0.99 | £0.59
Author: Alterme Inc
Updated: 15 Dec 2009
Version: 3.0
Size: 2.5 MB
Sound: No Thai
Help: No
Internet connection required: Sometimes
Transliteration: No
Zoom: No
Rated: 4+
Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Target market: This apps does have Thai, but it is for the English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, or Spanish market instead.

  • Provides many dictionaries in one.
  • Read input text and the output text. (voice support)
  • Give a suggested word if there is typo.
  • Allow the change of the input language.
  • Provide web definition of the word.
  • Change voice and adjust speaker volume.
  • Parental Control provided.
  • Network is required for the dictionary but voice is built in.

This is a basic dictionary. ‘Input language’ is the language you are translating from. ‘Target language’ is the language you want the words translated to. Computer generated sound files are available if you select English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, or Spanish in your input and/or target language. But there are no sound files for Thai.

This version of the dictionary does not work with the latest iPhone update (4).

Dict Thai Plus

Thai English DictionaryThana TassanasteinkitDict ThaiDict Thai
Price: £1.19 | $1.99
Author: Thana Tassanasteinkit
Updated: 22 June 2010
Version: 1.3
Size: 7.8 MB
Sound: No
Help: No
Internet connection required: No
Transliteration: No
Zoom: No
Target market: Thais, those who read Thai script

  • English to Thai and Thai to English word search.
  • Has a Bookmarks page to help you remember words.
  • Very fast for loading and searching.
  • Support grouping. You can categorize words in your own custom groups. This helps you easier to review and remember words.
  • Support email, you can email list of words and print out the list on your PC.
  • Add statistic views, so you can track your learning vocabularies progress.
  • Add more words.
  • Improve translation.
  • And more added/adding features.
  • Based in LEXITRON dictionary database developed by NECTEC.

Along the bottom nav there is ‘search’, ‘bookmark’, ‘groups’, and ‘settings’. In settings you turn on and off ‘quick search’, ‘auto bookmark’, ‘show description’, and ‘random words’. ‘Quick search’ gives a smaller return. ‘Auto bookmark’ collects all of your searches (turning it off allows you choose to which ones to save).

To use groups, create a category (I chose fruit). Then I went in search of different fruits. As the app was set to auto bookmark, I gathered in a selection and went to bookmarks, clicked on the name of each fruit (not the arrow next to the name), and then clicked on the folder to the bottom right of the screen, which allowed me to chose the fruit category.

To take a word out of bookmarks, select the word. At the bottom of the screen there are two boxes. One has ‘new’ and the other has ‘familiar’. Clicking ‘familiar’ deletes it from your bookmarks but not your groups.

Dict Thai

Thai English DictionaryThana TassanasteinkitDict ThaiDict Thai
Price: $0.99 | (but it says free on my iPhone)
Author: Thana Tassanasteinkit
Updated: 22 June 2010
Version: 3.0
Size: 7.7 Mb
Sound: No
Help: No
Internet connection required: No
Transliteration: No
Zoom: No
Target market: Thais, those who read Thai script

  • English to Thai and Thai to English word search.
  • Has a Bookmarks page to help you remember words easily.
  • Very fast for loading and searching.
  • No banner.
  • More than 100,000 entries.
  • Based in LEXITRON dictionary database developed by NECTEC.

From what I could tell, the main difference between Thai Dic and the Plus version is the lack of groups. In the settings you are limited to quick search and auto bookmark.

Dr Wit’s Library Edition

Thai English DictionaryDr. Wit's Library Edition (Thai-English, English-Thai and Thai-Thai Dictionary) - C&N Solution Co., Ltd.Dr Wit's Desk EditionDr Wit's Library Edition
Author: C&N Solution Co. Ltd
Price: £10.99 | $17.99
Date: 25 April 2009
Updated: 9 Mar 2010
Version: 1.3.1
Size: 9.1 MB
Sound: No
Help: No
Internet connection required: No
Transliteration: Only in the Thai-English section
Help page: No
Zoom: No
Target market: Thais, those who read Thai script

  • English-Thai More 4,000,000 entries.
  • Thai-English More 855,000 entries.
  • Thai-Thai More 855,000 entries.
  • Concise, Easy-to-understand Presentation of Information.
  • New Words survey.
  • Comprehensive, Easy-to-understand Presentation of Information.
  • Easy to Read Word Meanings with Smart Layouts.

There are two options along the bottom of the app: ‘More’ and ‘recent’. Recent shows you the words you searched for last. More has a list of three dictionaries: Eng-Thai, Thai-Eng, Thai-Thai.

There is no help page (and it is needed). But I figured out two ways to get to the options (more and recent). 1) Click the cancel button and the keyboard slides away. And 2) click Dr Wit’s head, and then click his head again.

To use the Thai-English and Thai-Thai parts of the dictionary, you need to turn on your Thai keyboard or cut and paste Thai script into the search. Typing a Thai word in Thai script gives you the word in transcription in brackets (no tone marks). Following is the definition of the word in English. Below that is an explanation in Thai script.

If you click on a Thai word from a scrolling selection, there is no transliteration for English.

When you do a search for a Thai word using the English keyboard (in the Eng-Thai section), in brackets you are given the transliteration for the English word in tiny Thai script. So tiny, the needed little bits fall off (and there is no zoom either).

Besides larger Thai script or a zoom, what would improve this dictionary would be the ability to type a word in English and get the explanation in English like is given in the Thai section. Because right now, when you type the word using the English keyboard, you are given everything in Thai.

Talen made the point that if you have a Thai other you can do a search using English and then show them the Thai script. But as I don’t have a Thai other by my side, acquiring one would turn this into a very expensive app. But what you can do instead is copy the Thai script in question and past it into the search bar. The downside is that it doesn’t always work, and when it does you can only get one definition at a time.

It is a basic dictionary. You get word searches (not phrases), and a record of the words you’ve seen recently.

Dr Wit’s Desk Edition

Dr Wit's Desk EditionDr Wit's Desk Edition (Thai-English, English-Thai and Thai-Thai Dictionary) - C&N Solution Co., Ltd.
Dr Wit's Desk EditionDr Wit's Desk Edition
Price: £3.49 | $5.99
Author: C&N Solution Co. Ltd
Date: 25 April 2009
Updated: 9 Mar 2010
Version: 1.3.1
Size: 5.2 MB
Sound: No
Help: No
Internet connection required: No
Transliteration English: Yes (no tone marks)
Transliteration Thai: Yes
Zoom: No
Target market: Thais, those who read Thai script

  • English-Thai,Thai-English,Thai-Thai.
  • English-Thai More 874,000 entries.
  • Thai-English More 331,000 entries.
  • Thai-Thai More 466,000 entries.
  • New Words survey.

Just like the Library Edition, this app includes the English-Thai, Thai-English, Thai-Thai dictionaries. Instead of around 4,000,000 entries for English-Thai, you get in the 874,000 range. But the Thai-English and Thai-Thai dictionaries are the same.

Dr Wit’s Pocket Edition

Thai English DictionaryDr Wit's Pocket Edition (Thai-English, English-Thai and Thai-Thai Dictionary) - C&N Solution Co., Ltd.Dr Wit's Pocket EditionDr Wit's Pocket Edition
Author: C&N Solution Co. Ltd
Price: £2.39 | $3.99
Date: 20 May 2009
Updated: 20 Mar 2010
Version: 1.3.1
Size: 2.0 Mb
Sound: No
Help: No
Internet connection required: No
Transliteration: No
Zoom: No
Rated: 4+
Target market: Thais, those who read Thai script

  • English-Thai: 182,000 entries.
  • Thai-English: 120,000 entries.
  • Thai-Thai: 140,000 entries.

Dr Wit’s Pocket Edition is the slimmest version of the dictionary. As with the other two, except for the word count everything is the same.

Dr. Wit’s Dictionary of Thai Laws

Thai English DictionaryDr. Wit's Dictionary of Thai Laws - C&N Solution Co., Ltd.Dr. Wit's Dictionary of Thai LawsDr. Wit's Dictionary of Thai Laws
Author: C&N Solution Co. Ltd
Price: £11.99 | $19.99
Updated: 9 March 2010
Version: 1.3.1
Size: 1.5 MB
Sound: No
Help: No
Internet connection required: No
Transliteration: I’m not sure
Zoom: I’m not sure
Rated: 4+
Target market: I’m not sure

This is the only English Thai dictionary listed here that I don’t own. For me, £11.99 was too steep to just get a peek, so I passed. Someone else just might need it (desperately even), so here you go.

2 in 1 Dictionaries by Professor Dr. Wit Thiengburanathum, author of the world’s most trusted dictionaries with Thai language, world’s most definitions and most entries bilingual English-Thai, Thai-English dictionary of vocabularies in Thai laws.

  • English-Thai 177, 290 entries.
  • Thai-English 252, 900 entries.
  • Used by Microsoft for over a decade.
  • Rapid-access format.
  • Concise, easy-to-understand presentation of information.
  • New words survey.
  • Comprehensive, easy-to-understand presentation of information.
  • Built-in full functions.
  • Real time and quick lookup words.
  • Easy to read word meanings with smart layouts.

English Thai English Dictionary

Thai English DictionaryEnglish Thai English Dictionary - Clickgamer.comEnglish Thai English DictionaryEnglish Thai English Dictionary
Price: £2.39 | $3.99
Author: Clickgamer.com
Date: 12 Aug 2009
Updated: 10 Dec 2009
Version: 3.0
Size: 25.3 MB
Sound: No Thai
Help: Yes
Internet connection required: No
Transliteration: No
Zoom: Yes
Target market: Thais (mostly), those who read Thai script

  • Wordlist and test module for GRE, SAT, TOEFL.
  • Thesaurus with 20,000 entries.
  • Full WordNet 3.0.
  • Google translation support.
  • Online dictionaries: Google dictionary, MobileAnswer, MobileWikipedia, WordReference.
  • English to Thai dictionary with 52,567 entries.
  • Thai to English dictionary with 35,138 entries.

This app has a help file so go there first instead of messing around like I did. Right away it was confusing because I didn’t realise you have to select the English-Thai dictionary to get Thai. Without it, all you get is English.

To access the English-Thai dictionary (and a lot of other goodies, most not needed by those of us learning Thai), click on the blue icon located on the top bar. What you’ll get is a screen with a selection of options to choose from: Wordnet (English only), Thesaurus (English only), English – Thai (bingo), GRE Vocabulary (English only), SAT Vocabulary (English only), TOEFL Vocabulary (English only), Mobil Answers (English only), Mobil Wikipedia (English only), WordReference (English only), Google English-Thai (bingo), More Google (other languages).

The navigation to the left of top nav changes to whatever you selected last from the list I just shared. But those to the right stay as is: Sound icon (English only), star icon (to save your search to favourites, or delete a favourite), speech bubble (to jot down notes on your search).

If you need to get rid of the keyboard without typing, click on the back arrow (if available) or ‘done’.

This dictionary has nice attributes. All Thai words are linked to more vocabulary. Also, you can zoom in if the Thai script is too small. Another plus are the related words and sample sentences (all in Thai). It does have transliteration in English, but it is for the English vocabulary only.

A minus is that you cannot copy and paste the Thai into your email. Well, you can, but you get garbage. This is because the standard copy iPhone bubble selection does not work in this app. For output, you get a screen with open, copy, cancel. And when you copy, you get file:/mobile/Applications… instead. I’m clueless.

The same as the Dr Wit dictionary trio above, this app is targeted at Thais learning English and intermediate to advanced students of the Thai language. With the resources heavy on the English side, Thais will get more out of this dictionary than their English counterparts. A beginner of the Thai language would need another dictionary or a Thai mate glued to their side.

English English Thai Dictionary

English English Thai DictionaryEnglish English Thai DictionaryEnglish English Thai DictionaryNo longer online
Price: £2.99 | $4.99
Author: McHahm Inc
Date: 2 July 2009
Updated: 18 Sep 2009
Version: 2.5
Size: 54.6 MB
Sound: No Thai
Help: No
Internet connection required: No
Transliteration: No
Zoom:
Target market: Thais (but others can use it as well)
Rated: 4+

Kernerman English English Thai Dictionary is a semi-bilingual English learner’s dictionary for speakers of Thai. It consists of a full English-English dictionary core including a precise translation of each sense of the entry to Thai.The user is thus encouraged to immerse in the English language, while being actively supported by the Thai translation.

  • Human voice audio pronunciation for English headwords.
  • Today’s quiz & quiz results history.
  • Bookmark.
  • Search history.
  • Headwords: 25,000 / Sample sentences: 30,000.

When you start this dictionary you get a screen with the search bar across the top. Across the bottom there is: Search, bookmark, quiz, and info. The first two are logical, the quiz is for those aiming ti increase their English vocabulary, and the info gives information about the company. There is no help file. The search results comes up with the targe word in English, definition in English, the translation in Thai, and sample sentence in English. Also included is sound for the English word.

Thais aiming to learn English might do well out of this dictionary. Although this is targeting Thais learning English, I found the sentence samples useful.

English Thai Dictionary

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Price: £5.99 | $9.99
Author: Aanthai
Date: 8 Dec 2008
Updated: 5 Jan 2009
Version: 1.1
Size: .4 MB
Sound: No
Help: No
Internet connection required:
Transliteration: Yes
Zoom: No
Target market: English readers

  • 7,000 individual words.
    • In addition to English, the dictionary consists of Thai and phonetics.
    • The dictionary has search feature that makes it easy to find just the words you are missing.
    • The Phonetics standard is the same used in ‘Thai for beginners’ and other Paiboon publishing books.
    • Phonetics takes advantage of the markings of vowels to indicate tones.
  • This app opens at a scrolling list of words in English, with tiny Thai script below. You cannot zoom in to the script. On the far right of the screen is an alphabet nav. This is where you can jump to the beginning letter of the alphabet to start your scrolling search there. Clicking on a word takes you to the word in English (large) with translation in small Thai script below, and below that is a transliteration of the word in English. On each page you get instructions on how to use the phonetics.

    There are two ways to access the keyboard to conduct a word search in English. Scroll to the top of the list, or click on the question mark above the alphabet nav in the grey band. You cannot search using Thai script.

    This is a simple app that would be easy to improve: Increase the Thai script.

    EnThai Dictionary

    Thai English DictionaryEnThai Dictionary - Chitrlada ChanbaiEnThai DictionaryEnThai Dictionary
    Price: £2.99 | $4.99
    Author: AtiSoft LLC
    Date: 11 Sept 2008
    Updated: 22 2008
    Version: 1.1.0
    Size: 3.1 mg
    Sound: No
    Help: No
    Internet connection required: No
    Transliteration: No
    Zoom: Yes
    Target market: Thais, those who read Thai script

    EnThai is an English to Thai dictionary with more than eighty thousand words and phases. It is simple and easy to use and based on the popular LEXiTRON dictionary database developed by NECTEC.

    • EnThai contains more than 80000 words and phases.
    • Support wildcard search.
    • Display Thai vowels position correctly based on contextual.
    • Index view shows every word in the dictionary for browsing.
    • Remember last search in Recents view.
    • Easily navigate to the next word using up/down button.

    The nav is across the bottom of the app: Search, index, recents, info. Search brings up the keyboard (Thai keyboard is not utilized). Index gives you a scrolling list with the alphabet nav on the right (similar to one above). Recents shows the latest searches. Info is information about the company. There is no help page.

    Select a word or phrase and a page comes up with the word in English, Thai script below (no English transliteration, just Thai), and depending what the word is (noun, verb, etc, and if there are any synonym’s or antonym’s included), additional information after that. At the top of the definition page there are three nav options: Index (obvious), and up and down arrows that take you to the next or the previous word on the list.

    The Thai script is small but you can zoom in to your heart’s content. You cannot tilt the phone on its side to get the wide screen.

    English-Thai Talking Dictionary

    iDictEnglish-Thai Talking Dictionary - LingvoSoftEnglish-Thai Talking DictionaryEnglish-Thai Talking Dictionary
    Price: $7.99 | £4.99
    Author: LingvoSoft
    Released: 16 Feb 2010
    Version: 1.2
    Size: 25 Mb
    Sound: No Thai
    Help: No
    Internet connection required: No
    Transliteration: No
    Zoom: No
    Rated: 4+
    Target market: Thais, those who read Thai script

    A talking bidirectional dictionary that features advanced functionality and up to 1,000,000 entries.

    The Dictionary contains an extensive vocabulary, a choice of 5 display languages, advanced TTS (text-to-speech) voice capabilities, and unique User’s Dictionaries.

    • Advanced TTS (text-to-speech) functionality.
    • Customizable interface (toolbars, font settings, colors, etc.)
    • English, French, German, Spanish and Russian display language options.
    • Convenient Virtual Keyboard helps you to enter special and language specific symbols.
    • Quick paste and translate (translates a selected word in other application with just one click).
    • Personalized User Dictionaries (create, add, and edit you own personal dictionaries).
    • Input Line search finds any word matching the sequence of symbols you enter.
    • History function to view and select previously entered words.

    When you open this nav you get a search bar across the top, scrolling list of words below, and a bottom nav. The nav consists of: Arrows which toggles the word list between English and Thai, a magnifying glass that brings up a search bar, a book icon that gives you a history of your last searches, a round icon where you set your preferences. In the preferences you can play with: Language (English, French, German, Spanish and Russian), explanations (turn them on and off), search mode (fragment or word), and a company page is tagged on the far end.

    The sound is English only, so the main target of this app is the Thai market, but readers of Thai can use it as well. The ability to chose French, German, Spanish or Russian only applies to the display language, not the dictionary words and phrases.

    It’s quite a well linked app as clicking on words will take you to another set of words in the opposing language: English to Thai / Thai to English.

    There is no transliteration and no zoom, so that totally nixes out those who cannot read tiny Thai script, or any script at all. If for students of the Thai language, I would put this at the intermediate level.

    It mentions the ability to personalise your own dictionary, but I cannot find that option. I contacted the company and they said that it is a typo.

    iDict

    iDictiDictiDictNo longer online
    Price: Free
    Author: labs.thomaskiesl.de
    Date: 3 May 2009
    Updated: 18 Dec 2009
    Version: 1.4
    Size: 2.5 Mb
    Sound: No
    Help: No
    Internet connection required: Yes
    Transliteration: No
    Zoom: No
    Rated: 4+
    Target market: Thais, those who read Thai script

    • Translate between 51 different languages.
    • Translate words, complete sentences, and complete web pages.
    • Keeps a history of last translations and translated web pages.
    • Capabilities to send the translated text via email.
    • Flip easily between languages.

    Please note: The application is based on the ‘Google Translate API’ therefor Google is responsible for the quality of the translations.

    This application is labeled ‘dictionary’ but it should be in the translation section at iTunes instead.

    When you first get into the app you need to set your two languages of choice. I of course selected English and Thai. Sometimes it remembers your settings when you next open the app, but not always. Across the top you’ll see country flags with you input country on the left and your target country on the right. There is a flip button to switch the direction of translation. So all you do is type in your word, click ‘translate’, and the translation appears in the box on the bottom in the script of the country (no transliteration). If you like what you see, click on the email icon (bottom left) to send an email.

    On the bottom nav there is: ‘Translation’, ‘webpage’, ‘languages’, and ‘history’. Translation is the landing page I just described. On ‘webpage’ you type in a url of choice and it connects to google translate (you can flip the screen to get a wider view). It will translate the webpage to whatever you have set. And as it’s a slow bugger in Thailand, be sure to remember that before you head out. ‘Languages’ is where you set your target language by spinning the cylinder or clicking on flags. ‘History’ not only saves what words you’ve seen lately, but the webpages as well.

    The app is free, but if you pay a teensy amount to upgrade, the ad comes off the bottom of the app.

    Longdo Dict

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    Price: Free
    Author: Longdo Dictionary
    Date: 31 Aug 2009
    Updated: 25 Mar 2010
    Version: 1.1.0
    Size: 91.1 MB
    Sound: No
    Help: No
    Internet connection required: Yes
    Transliteration: No
    Zoom: No
    Rated: 4+
    Target market: Thais, those who read Thai script

    Longdo Dict is an iPhone client to Longdo online dictionary service at http://dict.longdo.com/. It provides access to multiple bilingual dictionaries between Thai and non-Thai (English/Japanese/French/Chinese/etc) languages.

    Longdo Dict client on iPhone features a fast full-text head word suggestion, with search history and random word of the day.

    On Longdo nav you get: ‘Search’, ‘news’, ‘settings’, and ‘about’. ‘Search’ is obvious (you type using the keyboard that pops up), news covers what Longdo is up to. ‘Settings’ is where you can clear history and news, and turn ‘show random word’ on and off. ‘About’ is a page detailing what makes Longdo tick (what dictionaries it uses, etc).

    When you search for a word, a long scrolling list comes up with samples from all of the dictionaries. Some of the words are linked, taking you to more words. There is the ability to copy and paste results into your email for afters. It does not zoom in and the Thai script is tiny, but the Thai script is clear enough for those with decent eyesight and already have an idea of the words.

    Truthfully, I’m not the one to review this dictionary as I’ve always found it difficult to make sense of. If you live in your left brain, then you might have better luck.

    Multilingual Dictionary SE Asia

    Thai English DictionaryMultilingual Dictionary SE AsiaMultilingual Dictionary SE AsiaNo longer online
    Price: £7.49 | $12.99
    Author: McHahm Inc
    Date: 20 Aug 2009
    Version: 1.0
    Size: 56.2
    Sound: No Thai
    Help: No
    Internet connection required: No
    Transliteration: No
    Zoom: Yes
    Target market: Those learning English

    The dictionary consists of an English-English core with translations in the eight major languages used in South East Asia: Hindi, Urdu, Thai, Vietnamese, Malay, Indonesian, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Each sense of the entry has a short and clear definition in English, and translation equivalents in the eight languages.

    The application offers human voice pronunciation for the 24,000 English headwords and expressions, and includes lists of bookmarked words and of recently searched words. It is a particularly helpful learning tool for intermediate-level users.

    This dictionary is for those learning English, so I won’t describe it further here. Also, it does not work the way explained (only English shows on the screen).

    QuickDic Thai-English Dictionary

    QuickDic Thai-English DictionaryQuickDictQuickDic Thai-English DictionaryQuickDic Thai-English Dictionary
    Price: £1.19 | $1.99
    Author: QuickDict KK Studio
    Date: 10 July 2010
    Version: 1.0
    Size: 6.0 MB
    Sound: No
    Help: Yes
    Internet connection required: No
    Transliteration: No
    Zoom: Yes (you can enlarge the font size)
    Target market: Thais, those who read Thai script

    • High-quality Thai-English and English-Thai dicts
    • No need for internet connection
    • Very handy, very fast
    • Spell checking for both languages, very useful!
    • Fuzzy search using “?” for any single character or “@” for any number of characters
    • Infinite-level inverse search
    • Bookmark and history
    • Adjustable font size
    • Landscape support

    I quite like this simple little dictionary. It does not have sound, but it does have extras (read the list above). It starts up with the keyboard (your choice, English or Thai script). As soon as you start typing, an alphabetized list appears in either English or Thai. If you have poor eyesight, you can set the results font to be larger (but it does not affect the search list). The nav is logical. Within the search list the nav includes: Home, search, history, bookmark and help. Once you select a name, spell check is added. Yes, it has a spell check for both English and Thai.

    Quick Dic Thai Dictionary

    Thai English DictionaryQuick Dic Thai DictionaryQuick Dic Thai DictionaryNo longer online
    Price: £1.79 | $2.99
    Author: quetouch.com
    Date: 24 April 2009
    Updated: 11 Aug 2009
    Version: 1.3
    Size: 17.2 mb
    Sound: No
    Help: No
    Internet connection required: No
    Transliteration: No
    Zoom: No
    Target market: Thais, those who read Thai script

    Quik Dict is an bilingual dictionaries integrated English-Thai and Thai-English dictionary. It real time fast lookup and easy to use. Using first few letter for real time fast lookup word. Build-in full function Thai input for search Thai word.

    • English-Thai, more than 80,000 Words and phase include relate, examples, and synonyms.
    • Thai-English, more than 50,000 Words and phase.
    • Real time and quick lookup word.
    • Support Thai input by build in fully function thai keyboard. (iPhone OS 2.x)
    • Support International Thai Keyboard on iPhone OS 3.0.
    • Easy to read word meaning with smart layout.

    The fun part of this dictionary is that it starts off with ‘er indoors’.

    Nav: ‘More’ only shows you the dictionaries they use. ‘Recents’ shows the search history. Inside the dictionary you get ‘previous’ and ‘next’ word.

    You can search by English, or by Thai script (to do the Thai search, switch keyboard to Thai). This dictionary uses LEXiTRON 2.0 and WordNet 3.0. LEXiTRON give (mostly) Thai and WordNet the English explanation, stacked.

    Glitches: When I started using the Thai keyboard, the next word arrow changed the Thai word on the top banner but not in the search. With the keyboard visible and a word in search, the words I click on are not the words appearing in the next screen. The scroll in both English and Thai sticks sometimes.

    There is no transliteration, so the target is for those who read Thai. There are no instructions. The Thai script is small, but legible (some of the bits fall out, but not as bad as other dictionaries).

    Thai Dict Version

    Thai English DictionaryThai Dict - True Move Company LimitedThai Dict VersionThai Dict Version
    Price: Free
    Author: True Corp Co., Ltd
    Date:15 Jan 2009
    Updated: 19 Mar 2010
    Version: 3.2
    Size: 9 MB
    Sound: No
    Help: No
    Internet connection required: No
    Transliteration: No
    Zoom: No
    Target market: Thais, those who read Thai script

    English-Thai Dictionary is well designed English to Thai dictionary and Thai to English dictionary based on popular LEXITRON dictionary database developed by NECTEC.

    • English to Thai dictionary and Thai to English dictionary.
    • Over 80,000 words.
    • Keep search history.

    This is True Move’s dictionary application.

    Nav: ‘i’ has information about the company, not information on how to use the app. The search bar is the typical typing area. The magnifying glass brings up the top search bar. ‘History’ shows recent English and Thai words and gives you the ability to delete history items.

    Nav on results screen: ‘Back’, ’email’, ‘search’, and ‘history’. Across the bottom of each page is a flashing ad.

    If you type using the English keyboard, an English word with Thai explanation, next to it English comes up. If you type using the Thai keyboard, a Thai word with the English explanation, next to it Thai comes up. Clicking on words on search results pages does not take you further into the dictionary. No sound. No transliteration. No zooming.

    With no transliteration, this app is target to Thais and intermediate-advanced readers of Thai.

    Thai English Dictionary

    Thai English DictionaryThai English DictionaryThai English DictionaryNo longer online
    Price: £0.59 | $0.99
    Author: Alterme Inc
    Date: 22 May 2009
    Updated: 22 Dec 2009
    Version: 3.4
    Size: 2.5
    Sound: Sound did not work
    Help: No
    Internet connection required: Sometimes
    Transliteration: No
    Zoom: No
    Target market: Thais with good eyesight?

    • English Thai, Thai English Dictionary, English English Dictionary.
    • Build-in English Text to Speech.
    • Word suggestion.

    It is a dictionary between English and Thai. It can read any text in English. However, Thai text to speech is not supported.

    This dictionary is the same as Dictionary with Voice (reviewed above).

    Nav: ‘VK’ is the virtual keyboard. ‘Look up’ is for after you type in your target word. The round icon to the right is where you select your input language.

    The virtual keyboard must be a left over from when we couldn’t access the iPhone keyboards, so it is no longer needed.

    When you do a search, the screen that comes up has the English or Thai, but not your target word.

    There is tiny Thai script and the app does not zoom. The sound did not work for me. And there are is no transliteration. This app needs work.

    Thai Fast Dictionary

    Thai Fast DictionaryThai Fast DictionaryThai English DictionaryThai English Dictionary
    Price: Free
    Author: Tanut Apiwong
    Date: 10 June 2010
    Updated: 18 Jun 2010
    Version: 1.0
    Size: 3.9 mb
    Sound: No
    Help: Yes
    Internet connection required: No
    Transliteration: No
    Zoom: No
    Target market: Thais, those who read Thai script

    • Fast application startup.
    • Fast word lookup.
    • History and Favorite mode.
    • Long list words scrollable table.

    This product is created by the adaptation of LEXiTRON developed by NECTEC (http://www.nectec.or.th/).

    A free app, there is an ad across the bottom. The nav has: ‘Search’, ‘favourite’, ‘search history favourite’.

    The Thai script is legible (to me). The English keyboard brings up Thai translation. The Thai keyboard brings up English translation. There is no zoom. No sound. No transliteration. This is a simple app but you need to be able to read Thai.

    The Thai Translator

    The Thai TranslatorThe Thai TranslatorThe Thai TranslatorNo longer online
    Price: £5.99 | $9.99
    Author: Ncephalon Corp Pte Ltd
    Updated: 22 Feb 2010
    Version: 1.2
    Size: 77.6 MB
    Sound: Thai
    Help: No
    Internet connection required: No
    Transliteration: Yes
    Zoom: No
    Rated: 4+
    Target market: Beginning students of Thai and up, Thais

    The Thai Translator is an essential Thai dictionary or translator tool for both English speaking and Thai speaking users. TTT translates from both English to Thai and Thai to English. It even allows you to search by the transliterations!

    You will find many practical features in TTT that are not found in other translators or dictionaries, namely; Transliteration, Audio and Multiple Word Search.

    • Thai Audio and English Audio.
    • Transliteration.
    • Thai Keyboard Support.
    • Search by English, Thai or Transliteration.
    • Multiple Word Search.
    • Partial Word Search.
    • Simple phrases eg. What time?, How are you?, I am fine.

    This is another mislabeled app as it leans more towards the dictionary side than translation. Translation gives you the ability to drop in any word, while dictionaries have set words.

    After the slow loading splash screen there is a page to register. It’s annoying, but it is supposed to be gone in the next revision. After, you get a page to choose English-Thai and Thai-English.

    Selecting English-Thai, you get a search screen with ‘back’, ‘by English’, ‘by translation’, and a back button. The translation results gives you English with a sound icon. Next down is ‘pronunciation’ where the transliteration for the Thai script further below is shown. The Translation in Thai script sometimes has a sound icon. The Thai script is small. There is no zoom. Some of the sounds are distorted (especially the English). And not all words have sound.

    The Thai Translator Lite

    The Thai Translator LiteThe Thai TranslatorThe Thai TranslatorNo longer online
    Price: Free
    Author: Ncephalon Corp Pte Ltd
    Updated: 17 Feb 2010
    Version: 1.1
    Size: 45.2 MB

    Full access to alphabets A – I

    The Thai Translator Lite is a lite version of the popular TTT.

    The Thai Translator is an essential Thai dictionary or translator tool for both English speaking and Thai speaking users. TTT translates from both English to Thai and Thai to English. It even allows you to search by the transliterations!

    You will find many practical features in TTT that are not found in other translators or dictionaries, namely; Transliteration, Audio and Multiple Word Search.

    YourWords English Thai English travel and learning dictionary…

    YourWords English Thai English travel and learning dictionaryThe Thai TranslatorThe Thai TranslatorNo longer online
    Price: $2.99 | £1.79
    Author: Ncephalon Corp Pte Ltd
    Updated: 30 Apr 2010
    Version: 1.0
    Size: 1 MB
    Sound: No
    Help: No
    Internet connection required: No
    Transliteration: On some, not all
    Zoom: No
    Rated: 4+
    Target market: Thais, those who can read Thai

    Over 11500 definitions. No internet connection required (ideal when traveling). History and Quizzes to help your remember new words. As you type suggestions for quick searching.

    Everyone who has ever studied a second language knows the challenge involved in trying to increase “word power”.
    “Your words” is here to help you overcome this challenge as well as to provide an easy to use dictionary for your travels.

    • Contains more than 11500 Words.
    • It provides real time suggestions for easier and faster searches.
    • You can dig into an Archive section for an easy access to previously searched words.
    • You can challenge yourself by taking Quizzes.

    Nav: Across the top you get the search bar. Along the bottom you get ‘En search’, ‘Th search’, ‘archive’, and ‘quiz’.

    As with the majority of the apps, to search in Thai, turn on your Thai keyboard. Ditto for ‘En search’. The quiz is created from your searches.

    This dictionary has promise, but there are missing important words and odd errors. But he plans on adding 3000 more words, so hopefully the glitches will be addressed then.

    iPhone Three-Way Talking Thai Dictionary…

    All through this review I’ve been writing, ‘too small’, ‘too quirky’, ‘not enough’, etc. It is early days in the iPhone app market, sure, so I haven’t really been that fussed. I know that programmers need time to get their heads around what is needed, and taking on Thai dictionaries is not a dawdle.

    I’m going to end this review with the promise of a fabulous dictionary coming this year, the iPhone version of Chris Pirazzi and Benjawan Poomsan Becker’s software dictionary. If you haven’t read my thoughts, please do: Review: Three-Way Talking Thai Dictionary: Mac and PC

    The iPhone version:

    • It will be a three-way dictionary with three sections, as the Windows product is.
    • It will have the same high-quality Thai sound recordings of a native Thai (Kun Benjawan!) as the Windows product, and it will be possible for users to store those sounds on the iPhone itself, so that the user can play any sound even if he or she is not currently connected to the Internet.
    • It will support multiple pronunciation guide systems, just as the Windows product does.
    • It will feature the same dataset (vocabulary, entry details, classifiers, stress, etc.) as the Windows product.
    • When we double the size of our dataset in 2010, we will offer that as a free upgrade to iPhone users just as we do for Windows-based users.

    Their coming iPhone dictionary app sounds great, yes?

    EDIT: It’s here and it’s clearly the top Thai dictionary for iPhone so be sure to get a copy too!

    Learn Thai on Your iPhone: What’s next…

    What’s next? Following will be an exciting range of flash card apps for the iPhone.

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    iPhone apps: Thai Alphabet and Vocabulary

    iPhone Thai Alphabet Apps

    Thai alphabet and vocabulary apps for your iPhone…

    When I started collecting Thai language iPhone apps last year, only a dribble came through. Later, they started coming fast, but then slowed down soon after. You will see what I mean when noting the creation dates for each app (listed below).

    And btw. The iTunes store has improved their search since last year, but only a little. You cannot find all of the Thai apps by using the keywords ‘Thai language’. No, you need to know exactly what the app is targeting (nouns, verbs, alphabet, phrases, dictionary, etc) and even then you will not find them all. I’m not even 100% sure I have everything (but I’m pretty close).

    Anyway, now that the iPhone apps have had plenty of time to update, I was thinking that it’s a good time to get back to doing that full iPhone apps review I promised.

    The criteria I used for the iPhone Thai alphabet and word review…

    Choosing iPhone apps to learn the Thai alphabet, or/or increase your vocabulary, is a logical affair. You might not be too fussed about all of the items I’ve noted below, but some will be a must. Up to you.

    • Vocab: How many words does it have?
    • Help: Is there a help or tutorial section?
    • More words: Can you add vocabulary of your own?
    • Internet connection: Do you need to be connected?
    • Sound: Do you need sound to increase understanding?
    • Design style: Does it add or subtract to the experience?
    • Thai script: Is the Thai script too small to read, or just right?
    • Tone tips: Are there tone markers, transcription, or nothing at all?
    • Zoom: Would a zoom to read small Thai script be an improvement?
    • Learning: Can you test your Thai? Or just hear and/or read the materials?
    • Target market: Does the app target beginners, intermediates, or advanced students?

    As you’ll soon read, I’m a stickler for sound on iPhone Thai learning apps for beginners. For intermediate or advanced students there is not as much need (but it’s a nice touch).

    Another concern of mine is tiny Thai script on iPhones, so here’s a note to iPhone app developers:

    When reading tiny Thai script, experienced Thai readers will automatically fill in the missing details. But beginners need to see everything so please either make the Thai script large enough, or add the ability to zoom in. Ta.

    If price matters to you, wait until the sales come in. And they will. On Saturday I got busy double-checking the prices for each app in the iTunes store. Some had dropped to half so I corrected this post. But by Sunday, the prices went back up again. Sigh…

    And if you do want to keep an eye on app prices, then sign up for email or twitter alerts from Latest iPhone and iPad App Price Drops.

    Disclaimer: Except where noted, the personal opinions below (cacca or otherwise), are all mine.

    Learn the Thai alphabet…

    When I started reviewing iPhone apps, my wishlist for a Thai alphabet app included the letters and their tones, vowels and their placement, pictures or words depicting their Thai names, and sound files for the lot. And a quiz would be grand as well. None of the below offer everything, but the newest app comes close: Reading Thai. I would not ignore the rest as one can never have enough apps for learning Thai.

    I Know My กขค

    I Know: My กขคII Know: My กขค
    Price: Free
    Author: TRUE
    Date: 9 July 2010
    Version: 1.0
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: Alphabet
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: Not needed
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: Yes (but it doesn’t work for me)
    Quiz: No

    This is a simple app with animated flashcards to help you learn the Thai alphabet. There is supposed to be sound when you click on the alphabet, but I’m not hearing anything. Richard (who wrote the below review) mentions sound so the blame is sure to be on my phone.

    iStudy: Thai Alphabet

    Thai AlphabetiStudy: Thai AlphabetiStudy
    Price: £1.19 | $1.99
    Author: Ronald Bell
    Date: 11 February 2009
    Version: 1.0
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: Alphabet
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: Not needed
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: No
    Quiz: Yes

    There are two modes: Test mode and study mode. In test mode you are on your honour to select correct or incorrect in response to your answer. A report card tracks your progress.

    Reading Thai

    Reading ThaiReadingReading ThaiReading Thai
    Price: US$4.99 | £2.99
    Author: Nagaraja Rivers
    Date: 15 Sept 2010
    Version: 1.0
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: Alphabet + 350 words
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: Yes
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: Yes
    Quiz: No

    The other alphabet apps are lacking in some way but this one has most everything needed: Consonants, vowels, numbers, tone marks and punctuation, tone rules, letter combination rules, and multi-syllable rules. It has a clean design with easy to use nav, and the sound is clear and loud (the sound in some apps cannot be heard over background noise).

    The only item I see missing is a quiz. I would also add an info page with very brief instructions and contact/company details.

    Genuinely useful, this app can operate as a learning tool, or to look something up when reading Thai. If you were limited to one Thai alphabet app for whatever reason, I would advise getting this app over the others.

    Thai Alphabet App

    Thai Alphabet App Thai Alphabet AppThai Alphabet App
    Price:$0.99 | £0.59
    Author: iPhone and iPad Developer Thailand
    Date: 9 March 2010
    Version: 1.0
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: Alphabet
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: Not needed
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: Yes
    Quiz: Sort of

    Last year I gnashed my teeth over Thai alphabet apps not having sound, so I was relieved when this one arrived this year. It is a very simple app, but effective.

    A small complaint is that you cannot navigate easily; you must go back to the scrolling list each time to select a new letter. No matter, it does what it’s meant to do.

    What is not explained in the app or at the iTunes store is the colour coding system. Suggestion: Use colour coding for low, medium, and high class. Oh, and different colours for vowel placeholders.

    This app is not set up to quiz, but to quiz yourself simply take a guess before pushing the sound button. Easy.

    Thai Alphabet QuickRef

    Thai Alphabet QuickRefThai Alphabet QuickRefThai Alphabet QuickRef
    Price: Free
    Author: Ronald Bell
    Date: November 11, 2009
    Version: 1.0
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: Alphabet
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: Not needed
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: No
    Quiz: No

    Same as Ronald Bell’s previous Alphabet app above, this one is lacking sound as well. If you sort of know the alphabet, then Ronald’s attractive and absolutely free app might work for you.

    Beware as the ads on the bottom of the app are too close to the two bottom buttons. I don’t remember the ads being there the first time I downloaded, so looks like he’s trying to recoup costs. Fair enough.

    Thai Language “Koh-kai”

    Thai language Koh-kai thai language Koh-kaiThai language Koh-kaiThai language Koh-kai
    Price:$0.99 | £0.59
    Author: Ritsuro
    Date: 4 Jan 2010
    Version: 1.2
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: Alphabet
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: Yes
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: No
    Quiz: No

    This app takes you through the Thai alphabet with graphics, Thai script, transliteration, and English. When you get to the first letter of the Thai alphabet you’ll see a graphic of a chicken, ก (Thai letter), K (initial letter), 01 (where it is in the Thai alphabet), koo kai (transliteration of the full Thai word), chicken (English translation), and โก่ (full Thai word for that letter).

    The settings are simple. Auto scrolls through the lot, left and right arrows scrolls one at a time, pause… pauses, and top takes you to ก, the first letter in the alphabet. There is also a control panel where you can select information startup which is a quick nav (shown in the graphic above), night mode (a darkened screen), speed (controls how fast the alphabet goes by), and the ability to see the obsolete characters or not.

    To make this a complete alphabet iPhone app, needed is sound and whether or not the letters are low, medium, or high class. Adding vowels and numbers would improve it as well.

    Ritsuro has another alphabet app called Thai Language character Mechanism, but I haven’t been able to figure it out all the way. What you can do is get the initial sounds of the Thai alphabet and Thai numbers. The rest is a mystery.

    TH-Write

    TH-WriteTH-WriteTH-WriteNo longer online
    Price: Free
    Author: Nati Namvong
    Released: 2 Jul 2010
    Version: 1.0
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: Alphabet
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: No
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: Yes
    Quiz: No

    New out, this is a beautifully designed app. You get the name of the letter in Thai script, with transcription underneath (no tone marks). To practice drawing the Thai alphabet, trace over the dotted lines on the screen. You can keep erasing until satisfied with your efforts. Click on the cute speaker icon to the top right to hear clear sound delivered by a female voice.

    As a graphically minded lass, I am soooooooo looking forward to seeing what else Nati comes up with!
    EDIT: I received a query via email about the spellings used in this app. Nati is using phonetic Thai, so do not use it to learn how to spell.

    TH Write has นอ-เณร
    Should be ณ เณร
    TH Write has คอ-ระ-ฆัง
    Should be ฆ ระฆัง
    TH Write has ทอ-ผู้-เฒ่า
    Should be ฒ ผู้เฒ่า

    A Thai word a day…

    At the moment, there are two types of words a day to chose from: 1) Simple, and 2) On full-blown steroids. What is needed is a app targeting the middle ground and both ends as well (suggested in the comment below).

    MyWords Thai

    MyWords ThaiMyWords - ThaiMyWords ThaiyMyWords Thaiy
    Price: £5.99 | $9.99
    Author: Innovative Language Learning
    Date: 19 June 2009
    Version: 1.6.2
    Internet connection required: Only when downloading new words
    Word count: 3,650 words per year
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: Yes
    Zoom: Needed
    Sound: Yes
    Quiz: Yes

    UPDATE: The latest is for iPad only.

    The idea is to learn ten new Thai words a day. After you wait around for their app to load (and it’s a long wait), you get a screen with tiny Thai script in the middle, and the translation in English on the right.

    Clicking the orange box on the left of the screen takes you to a practice page where you listen, repeat, record your own voice, and then replay it back. You can also save words in a word bank to practice later, but you cannot add new words. As you can see from the sample to the right, even reduced, the Thai script on the practice page is readable.

    ATTN: When I accessed the app the sound files were incorrect. Not only was I getting the wrong Thai word, but I couldn’t match what I recorded with what they had. It’s a decent app (even with the potential for eyestrain), so I’ll check with the developer and get back to you…

    In the game you quiz yourself by matching the Thai script to the English translation. The Thai script is absolutely tiny, so you’ll need to be in very good light to read it (and when are we using our iPhones in good light?) No matter if you get some answers wrong at first, when you eventually get them right you receive a congratulations. I like that. Note: If you cannot read Thai script, you cannot play the game.

    Across the bottom of the app is a clear nav: Play game, V (another ad), ? (a scrolling help page), and a calendar. The calendar is where you can go backwards in time.

    The comment from the iTunes store (quoted below) about the inability to choose words via difficulty is a point well made.

    I agree with another reviewer that it would be very helpful to be able to select a knowledge level from which to receive successive days of new 10 words, such as BEGINNER, MIDDLE or ADVANCED Thai speaker and also choose from categories such as GREETINGS, ACCOMMODATION, SHOPPING, etc.

    As the other reviewer stated, a beginner needs to get basic greetings and simple conversational words and an advanced speaker will find many wasted days of words if the words sent include such basic vocabulary as “hat”, “red”, “desk”, etc. Adding the ability to select such levels and grouping would make this a 5 star app.

    Thai Word of the Day

    Thai Word of the DayThai Word of the DayNo longer online
    Price: £0.59 | $0.99
    Author:Date: 15 August 2009
    Version: 1.0
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: 365 (more with free updates)
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: Yes
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: No
    Quiz: No

    This is a basic iPhone app. As you can see in the graphic, you get the Thai word in script, whether it’s a verb noun or whatever, and the transliteration. If you are unsure what the arrows on the transliteration mean, the tone tips are shown in small copy along the bottom of the first box. In the second box you get the English translation of the word.

    The only items clickable are the forward and back buttons, which take you to more words. You are given a year’s worth of vocabulary, with additional words on the way. It’s a simple app with no bells and whistles: no search, no sound, and no quiz.

    Thai Word of the Day!

    Thai Words of the DayThai Words of the DayNo longer online
    Price: £0.59 | $0.99
    Author: Ronald Bell
    Date: 30 July 2009
    Version: 1.0
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: Unknown
    Thai script: No
    Tone tips: Yes
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: No
    Quiz: No

    This is another basic iPhone application. You get a new word of the day in transliteration. No Thai script. So unless your Thai friends read karaoke Thai, you are so out of luck if you need to ask for pronunciation help. And with no sound as well, you are doubly out of luck. If you missed a word, or want to see new words, the previous and next buttons show you more. This is a pretty app, but it’s sorely lacking.

    Learn Thai words whenever…

    Where the daily Thai word apps give you a new word (or ten) a day, the below give you freedom of choice. Some have powerful features, some not so much.

    WordPower Thai

    WordPower ThaiWordPower ThaiWordPower ThaiNo longer online
    Price: £5.99 | $9.99
    Author: Innovative Language Learning
    Date: 2 Sept 2009
    Version: 1.6
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: 2000
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: No (Transcription)
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: Yes
    Search: Yes
    Quiz: Yes

    This is a decent iPhone app to have. What you do is scroll through the extensive categories to chose the subject you fancy (words, numbers, or phrases), and then pick one of the 2000 Thai words. You then listen to the recording, record yourself saying the word or phrase, and then play back your voice to see how close you came.

    You also have the ability to create your own word bank from the existing words, but you cannot add new words of your own. Next to each category listing is a progress bar (that grey oblong box shown above). And (rare) there’s even a search (a search that works fabulously). The flashcards (where you can quiz yourself to your heart’s delight), have sound, Thai script, and transcription. Detailed instructions come with this app (another rarity). And the flashcard section can be controlled via settings as well.

    This program uses transcription, meaning no tone markers. But with sound, is it really needed? Up to your preference really.

    WordPower Thai Lite

    Word Power LiteWordPower Thai LiteNo longer online
    Price: £0.59 | $0.99
    Author: Innovative Language Learning
    Date: 15 September 2009
    Version: 2.1
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: Unlimited (but one per day)
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: No (Transcription)
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: Yes
    Quiz: Yes

    This app is similar to their full version, but you are limited to one new word a day. So what this program really should be called is Thai Word of the Day on Steroids. And no worries if you want access to more Thai words, you can upgrade to their full version at any time.

    Let’s face it, not everyone can commit full-time to learning a language. We know there are many things going on in your life: school, work, the kids, that special someone. That’s why we developed WordPower – Lite for the ultra-busy, 21st century lifestyle. There is absolutely no reason to miss out on all the benefits of learning another language just because you’re light on time.
    With WordPower – Lite, start down the road to fluency and the many perks that go with it: greater job opportunities, higher income, broader view of the world, shock and awe unsuspecting friends and family, and many more.

    Gengo Flashcards Thai

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    Price: £4.00 | $5.99
    Author: Innovative Language Learning
    Date: 8 July 2009
    Version: 1.3
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: Unlimited
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: No (Transcription)
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: Yes
    Quiz: Yes

    Gengo is broken into two main operations: Flashcards and games. You can use the flashcards that came with the app, or create your own by taking a photo of the object, and then add in the Thai as well as the sound.

    Tip: To add new words, you will need to turn on your Thai keyboard. To do this, go to >> Settings >> General >> Keyboard >> International keyboard >> Thai. Leave English selected. Then switch from English to Thai by clicking on the icon that sort of looks like a world.

    In the flashcard section you get one photo. You then say the Thai word to yourself. To see if you are correct, either click on the small icon to the bottom right for the Thai script and translation, or play the sound button at the top right. If you got it right, you click the green check. If wrong, you select the red cross. And yes, you are on your honour.

    In the games section you select a subject from the category and three photos appear. At the same time, you’ll hear a Thai word. The idea is to click the photo that matches the Thai sound. If you missed hearing the Thai word, click on Play Sound. If you need hints, click on the small round icon on the bottom right and the photo will flip around to show the Thai script, transcription, and translation of the word.

    I loved this app when I first started playing around with it, but there is a problem. Some of the photos are ballpark, not absolute. For instance, in the computer section you get a photo of a guy and a gal smiling in front of a computer. And the answer? A social networking site. In the body parts section you get a photo of a women shown from her chest to her nose. Did you guess mouth? Hmm… To make this work you first have to study the flashcards to memorise what they are being called here, and then hope that you remember the illusive names when you play the game. And if you think about, this is almost like learning Thai in real life.

    This is another app with a help section, so kudos to them. But on the downside, this app is slow loading on startup.

    Gengo Flashcards Lite – Thai

    Gengo Flashcards ThaiFree Gengo Flashcards ThaiNo longer online
    Price: Free
    Author: Innovative Language Learning
    Date: 17 July 2009
    Version: 1.3
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: 10?
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: No (Transcription)
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: Yes
    Quiz: Yes

    As in the full version, there are two main operations: Flashcards and games. The free version is limited to fruits and weather, and you cannot add new cards.

    Gengo Flashcards Lite provides a revolutionary way for you to quickly grow your vocabulary. The application combines visual cues with the voices of native speakers to provide you with the most effective method of learning and retaining hundreds of vocabulary words. With these special flashcards, we’re adding another sensory receptor to your learning experience so you’ll learn Thai that much faster! You’re now learning just like a native speaker.

    iStudy: Thai Vocabulary

    iStudy Thai VocabularyiStudy: Thai VocabularyNo longer online
    Price: £1.19 | $1.99
    Author: Ronald Bell
    Date: 9 February 2009
    Version: 1.0
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: 103
    Thai script: No
    Tone tips: Yes
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: No
    Quiz: Yes

    This app uses karaoke Thai, but if you are not fussed, then go for it. There are two modes in this app: Test mode and study mode. In test mode you are on your honour to select correct or incorrect. A report card tracks your progress.

    uTalk HD Thai

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    Price: £5.99 | US$9.99
    Author: EuroTalk
    Date: 15 June 2009
    Version: 1.0.2
    Internet connection: No
    Word count: 260 words
    Tone tips: Yes
    Thai script: Yes
    Zoom: No needed
    Sound: Yes
    Quiz: Yes

    I reviewed this iPhone app in a previous post, Thai Language Phrase books, but it belongs here instead.

    This is a beautifully designed learning app for beginners of the Thai language. It covers the bare basics of Thai vocabulary, with a few phrases thrown in.

    The sections include: Word practice, easy game, easy game+, and hard game. You can record and playback your attempts at speaking the Thai language. The Thai script is a decent size.

    In the preferences you can set the volume and chose from 80 available languages, as well as clear your history. The graphics incorporated into the design go a long way to making this program easy to use. Cheers to their design team!

    The downside? To match the design quality of this product, more content is needed.
    Seriously more content as 260 words are not enough.

    ATTN: I was just told that EuroTalk has a much larger version in the works, so kudos to them! And while we are waiting for the Pro version, uTalk Thai has been upgraded to uTalk HD Thai. It now works on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. And the language count has been increased to 80 as well. This is an exciting app; one to follow for sure.

    Learn by Thai nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs…

    Two products (TempleBar and Levitate) compliment each other so I’ve put them in a section on their own. Both companies have created simple learning products for the Thai market. And while the apps don’t include sound, they are useful.

    TempleBar: These simple, but effective learning apps teach Thai words by SRS (spaced repetition software). The apps remember the Thai words you’ve learned, as well as the words you need to concentrate on. You can even track the progress for up to 4 users, and reset the scores if you so choose. There is no sound, but legible Thai script and transliteration (with explanation) are included. If you have a Thai friend who wants to practice English, or if you want to come up with the Thai name for an English word, just reverse the order (English shown instead of Thai). The about (help) section is extensive and indeed helpful.

    The apps come with a limited number of Thai words but you can add your own. As mentioned above, here are brief instructions for turning on your Thai keyboard. Go to >> Settings >> General >> Keyboard >> International keyboard >> Thai. Leave English selected. Then switch from English to Thai by clicking on the icon that sort of looks like a world.

    Levitate: This is a much simpler application. There is the choice to learn words (multiple choice answers), browse (forward and back arrows), and reset your score. You cannot add new words.

    Thai

    ThaiThaiThaiNo longer online
    Price: £2.99 | $4.40
    Author: TempleBar Development LLC
    Date: 15 August 2009
    Version: 1.6
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: 900 ++
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: Yes
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: No
    Quiz: Yes

    The sections are: Practice all words, practice nouns, practice verbs, practice descriptives (verbs and adjectives), and add your own words. Turn the browsing mode on when you want to review the words beforehand.

    Thai Adjectives and Adverbs

    Thai Adjectives and AdverbsThai Adjectives and AdverbsThai Adjectives and AdverbsNo longer online
    Price: £1.19 | $1.99
    Author: TempleBar Development LLC
    Date: 31 July 2009
    Version: 1.6
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: 325 ++
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: Yes
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: No
    Quiz: Yes

    The sections are: Practice, browsing, and adding words. In browsing mode you can review the Thai adjectives and adverbs beforehand. Clicking on the other buttons, you can read the guide, set the viewing options, and see the TempleBar about page.

    Thai Adjectives Quiz

    Thai Nouns QuizThai Adjectives QuizThai Adjectives QuizNo longer online
    Price: £1.19 | $1.99
    Author: Levitate LLC
    Date: 29 June 2009
    Version: 1.0
    Sound: No
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: 250
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: Yes
    Zoom: Not needed
    Quiz: Yes

    With this app you learn Thai adjectives and adverbs by using multiple choice questions.

    The multiple choice quiz shows you the Thai word and you choose an answer. Then you see if you were right or wrong. But what makes this quiz SMART is the progress tracking in the background.

    The program remembers which words you have trouble with, and which you have learned well. It focuses on the problematic items, while using longer spans of time between repetitions of learned material.

    Thai Nouns

    Thai NounsThai NounsThai NounsNo longer online
    Price: £1.19 | $1.99
    Author: TempleBar Development LLC
    Date: 4 August 2009
    Version: 1.6.1
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: 300 ++
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: Yes
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: No
    Quiz: Yes

    As with the others fromTempleBar, you learn Thai nouns by SRS (spaced repetition software). The sections are: Practice, browsing, and adding words. In browsing mode you can review the verbs beforehand. The other buttons are mentioned above.

    Thai Nouns Quiz

    Thai Nouns QuizThai Nouns QuizThai Nouns QuizNo longer online
    Price: £0.67 | $0.99
    Author: Levitate LLC
    Date: 28 June 2009
    Version: 1.0
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: 250
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: Yes
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: No
    Quiz: Yes

    Learn Thai nouns by multiple choice questions. You have three choices: Learn, browse, or reset.
    When I started this review I found it with Sneakernet Studios (priced at $1.99), but it’s also being created by Levitate LLC who is charging $0.99 in the iTunes app store. I’m confused…

    Thai Verbs

    Thai VerbsThai VerbsThai VerbsNo longer online
    Price: £1.19 | $1.99
    Author: TempleBar Development LLC
    Date: 4 August 2009
    Version: 1.6.1
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: 270 ++
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: Yes
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: No
    Quiz: Yes

    Learn Thai verbs by SRS (flashcards). The sections are: practice, browsing, and adding words. In browsing mode you can review the verbs beforehand. The other buttons are mentioned above.

    Thai Verbs Quiz

    Thai Verbs QuizThai Verbs QuizThai Verbs Quiz
    Price: £1.19 | $1.99
    Author: Levitate LLC
    Date: 29 June 2009
    Version: 1.0
    Internet connection required: No
    Word count: 250
    Thai script: Yes
    Tone tips: Yes
    Zoom: Not needed
    Sound: No
    Quiz: Yes

    Learn Thai verbs by using multiple choice questions. You have three choices: Learn, browse, or reset.

    My top Thai alphabet and Thai vocabulary picks…

    When I started this review, I wasn’t going to put forward an opinion on which iPhone apps I feel are the best. But after wading through all these apps, here you go.

    The Thai alphabet:

    Thai Language “Koh-kai by Ritsuro
    Thai Alphabet App by iPhone and iPad Developer Thailand
    NEW! TH-Write by Nati Namvong (no longer online)

    Thai word of the day:

    WordPower Thai by Innovative Language Learning (no longer online)

    Thai words:

    uTalk HD Thai by EuroTalk
    Gengo by Innovative Language Learning
    Thai, Thai Nouns, Thai Verbs, Thai Adjectives and Adverbs by TempleBar Development LLC (no longer online)
    MyWords Thai by Innovative Language Learning is especially strong as well, but the glitches need to be fixed first. The much simpler apps are also useful, but my preference is more over less. I’m especially fond of the apps where you can add your own words and sound.

    Learn Thai on Your iPhone: What’s gone before…

    Learn Thai on Your iPhone: What’s next…

    Previously I reviewed iPhone apps: Thai Language Phrase books. Next up will be Thai-English dictionaries for the iPhone.

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