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Maanii LessonsBook I
(Beginning Interactive Thai Reading and Listening)


PLEASE NOTE: Mozilla and Internet browsers are recommended. In reading a lesson (click on Lesson 1-22 on the left), you should compare the way the Thai font (script) is displayed on your monitor.  MS-INTERNET EXPLORER (IE) tends to separate letters in words, making the text difficult to read. Such is not the case with MOZILLA. However, the Interactive Exercises in each lesson work best in IE.

Maanii lessons were designed and written to use as a reading primer for beginners of the Thai Language.   The stories depict the lives of a young girl named Maanii, her parents, elder brother, relatives, friends, and their pets.  Book I has a vocabulary of 234 unique words, many with multiple meanings, which can be studied in their entirety using the concordance and word frequency lists, as well as the vocabulary lists for each lesson and flashcards.  Because these lessons are "authentic" - written by Thais for educating Thai kids, the aim of the books is two-fold: to teach literacy in Thai and to inculcate traditional Thai cultural values, i.e., a Thai identity: obedience to elders, respect for authority, politeness in speech, dress and social behavior, and basic Buddhist teachings such as generosity and gratitude.  As time passes and Thailand evolves into a more inclusive, multi-cultural society, these traditional values will evolve and expand as well.  As such, "Maanii" preserves a picture of the idealized past. 

Lesson Structure
Each lesson will start with the story.   A table at the top of each lesson tells which new consonants and vowels are introduced in that particular lesson.  You can click at soundbutton.gif (1343 bytes) to listen to the reading of a particular line.

The "Drill and Practice" page contains a brief explanation of the usage of  new words, new expressions, or new sentences introduced in that lesson under "the Structure of Thai Writing and Grammar."  It also contains tables of consonants and vowels.   These tables will include the consonants and vowels that appeared in former lessons and those that are newly introduced.  This page also contains various exercises for you to practice what is to be learned in each lesson.

"Letter and Sound Discrimination"exercises:
This kind of quizzes allow you to move the characters, numbers, vowels, or words to the place instructed.  Some questions may provide sounds for you.  When the sound is not available, the "play" button will be disable.   After making your choice for each answer, you can click at the "judge" button to check whether your answer is correct or not.  The red color means your answer is wrong while the green one means it's correct.

The "Comprehension Quizzes":
These quizzes will give you a chance to check your comprehension of the stories read.  The quiz consists of either 1 or 2 sets of questions.  In each set, there are 3 questions.  You have to click at the "play" button to start the first sound.  There's a hint provided for each question.  The "hint" button will be disable until after you make the choice.  After finishing all 3 questions, click at the "judge" button to see your score.   In order to move the next set (in case there're more than 1 set), all answer for the former set must be correct.

This type of exercise allows you an opportunity to practice writing using new words, expression, or sentences you have just learned.  You can check your answer right away from the script provided.

If you are a guest, simply type 111-11-1111 under the soc. number, and "guest" under the name.  Then click at the "start" button.   After you finish all questions, click at the "next" button to see your scores and check your answers.

Practice Writing
This allow you to practice writing new consonants and vowels learned.

Vocabulary Review
Two kinds of exercises, flash card and matching, are provided at the end of lesson 5, 10, 14, 18, and 22.  We hope that they'll help you review the vocabulary learned in this book.

Concordance and Word Frequency Lists
The latest learning facilities to be added to the Mani Readers are a concordance and two kinds of word frequency lists of the entire text.  Both are the output of software programs developed at NIU. 
A concordance is a list of all the words, called "keywords,"  in a text with surrounding context of anywhere from 40 to 200 characters of pre- and post-context.  This kind of concordance has the acronym of KWIC.  A concordance permits very close study of how words are used in different contexts both in terms of grammar (e.g., noun vs. verb/adjective) and their natural collocations (i.e., the limits on what particular words can be used with other words). 
A frequency list sorts all of the words in the text in two choices of order: 1) by numerical frequency of high-to-low and 2) Thai alphabetical order.  These lists have many uses, the most common of which are lists that the teacher or learner can use as a pre- ant post test of vocabulary acquisition and, when copied into an Excel spreadsheet, can be used for specialized glossaries for memorization and testing.    

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Authors: Jenjit Gasigijtamrong; Jaithip Na Songkla
Editors & Page Maintainers:  Rosarin Adulseranee, Jenjit Gasigijtamrong

Last Modified November, 2007