Sample from the book:
The memory Technique
The memory technique which we'll use to learn the alphabet, is best illustrated with an example.
Take a look at the thai letter below on the left, and notice how it resembles the image to the right:
The similarity is high-lighted, by the dashed red-line in the image.
The picture resembles a Chariot, driving through a High Mountainous Terrain.
1. Its sound is Ch (like the initial sound
in the word "chariot"), when at the start
of a syllable
Memorizing the Classes
To help you memorise the classes, we represent
the three different classes, with different backgrounds:
How it works in Practice:
1. You look at the Thai letter and automatically
think of the image.
The key to memorisation is to get a foot-hold on what you are trying to remember. The thai alphabet is something you've never seen before, and is pretty alien, so the best way to get your head around it, is to find things that it resembles, and create connections with what you know.
This book has done that already for you, so you have an automatic connection for every letter, shaving months off the learning process.
Concentrating on the letters
Concentrate on how the letter resembles the image, and how the image's title encodes the sounds of the thai letter.
Visualise the situation in your mind until you clearly see the resemblances. Remember that the background will encode the consonant's class.
There are some explanatory notes to the right of each image, which should only be necessary the first time you look at the image.
So the next time you see the Thai character, just think of the image that the letter resembles. The title and background will spring to mind without effort. Then you'll automatically know the letter's sounds, and class!
How to approach the learning process
Visualise each image in your mind, and then move on to the next one - don't sweat or worry about it.
Don't overly tax yourself, instead just spend 20 to 30 minutes looking at some images, and then take a break for around 10 mintues. Come back and cover up the images, and try to remember the image, title and background, from looking at the thai letter.
Don't worry about not memorising it perfectly first time off - just get an idea of things.
Move on, and try some new images, or take a break until the next day.The key to remembering though, is to repeat your exposure to the images often, until you remember them.
An example of a revision schedule would be something
The images are like a scaffolding that will help you to build your memory of the letters, and will fall away after, as your mind automatically recognises the sounds and class of the letters.