Learn Vietnamese with The Pimsleur Method

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It’s now possible to speak and understand a foreign language effortlessly. The world-famous Pimsleur Method™ combines well-established research, most-useful vocabulary and a completely intuitive process to get you speaking right from the first day. All Pimsleur® courses feature real-world context and flexible vocabulary enabling you to learn your new language in a fluid, natural way. It’s the simplest way to start speaking a new language today.

Vietnamese is spoken by some 80 million people in Vietnam and about 2 million people overseas. Vietnamese has 3 main dialects: northern, central, and southern. Pimsleur's Vietnamese teaches the contemporary Hanoi (northern and widely-spoken standard) dialect. Learn Vietnamese today with Pimsleur. READ MORE »

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PimsleurVietnamese Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.7

(based on 7 reviews)

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  • Easy to use (7)
  • It works (6)
  • Portable (6)
  • Fun (5)
  • Perfects accent (3)

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    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement (7)
    • Travel (5)
    • Business/work (4)
    • Fun (3)
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    4.0

    Great Lessons

    By MaryM

    from Saskatchewan, Canada

    About Me Student

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement

      Comments about Vietnamese Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I've listened to these lessons at home usually, but I have also re-listened to several while driving in order to brush up. When I listened to lessons that were new to me, I had to give them my complete attention which is why I did them at home. I found re-listening was a great way to solidify things. Maybe other users won't need to do that but I did.

      The lessons are absolutely great for learning grammar and sentence construction. I started out learning this language by using Pimsleur and it has given me a great foundation to work from. The repetition really solidified the words and phrases in my head, as well as proper sentence construction. I've found the best way to learn languages is by understanding grammar first and building your vocabulary from there...Pimsleur offers this opportunity. Pimsluer does offer a strong foundation vocabulary as well.

      The speakers are clear, as well as the narrator. This is a great program to listen to. Offers lots of repetition as I've said, as well as offers small "reviews" of the last lesson at the beginning of the next. You will continue to build on what you learn and terms from several lessons ago are brought in to challenge you...I thought that was great. These CDs really work on the "recall" part of language learning which really is the best kind! (as opposed to recognition).

      Around Lesson 17 or so I started using additional products (a text book, the FSI website), as well as creating flashcards to increase my vocabulary. With the foundation I got from Pimsleur, I was able to use new vocab words and fit them into sentences correctly.

      In short, I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn Vietnamese as a first step.

      These lessons are in the Nothern Accent...I had no problem with that but users should be aware.

      Unfortunately there is only 1 Phase for this language. (30 lessons in the 1 Phase). I think Pimsleur should create a Phase 2 for this wonderful language!

       
      5.0

      Works well!

      By Craig

      from New York, NY

      About Me Military personnel, Student, Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fast Proficiency
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

      • No Level 2 Or 3 Available

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Vietnamese Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I bought this to begin learning since my girlfriend is from Hanoi and we are taking a trip to Vietnam this summer. She has been very impressed with my word knowledge, pronunciation, tonality and ability to put sentences together from the parts of what the program teaches. She also likes that it is in the northern accent, since that's where she is from. I learned most of my German from Pimsleur CDs so I knew it was the fastest way to get some proficiency and much easier than banging your head against the wall with books or wasting tons of time learning nothing in a certain well-known language software. I've found this program works well in conjunction with some of the free YouTube videos, particularly "Learn Vietnamese With Annie", which provides a deeper look at some of the words and phrases taught in Pimsleur. This is definitely the best money you can spend to get some proficiency right away, and will bring you up to the level where you can interact with shopkeepers, waiters, etc, while giving you a foundation to build upon. I would really like to see a level 2 and level 3, which is my only complaint.

       
      5.0

      Very helpful!

      By Chinook

      from Anchorage, Alaska currently in Hanoi

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • It Works

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Vietnamese Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        I studied Vietnamese 1 the month before I left on vacation. I was surprised how much I learned, and how fast. The approach is counter intuitive, with no drills and limited written material, but it really seems to work. The Vietnamese are surprised and pleased that I can say a few things, and they keep asking me where I learned it. You do need to practice with someone, so you can learn to understand other people. I hope there is a Vietnamese 2 available now, or soon.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        WHERE IS VOLUME 2?

        By RobInVA

        from Fairfax VA

        About Me Business person, Traveler

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Fun
        • It Works
        • Portable

        Cons

        • There Is Only Vol 1

        Best Uses

        • Business/Work
        • Family background/Heritage
        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Vietnamese Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        I love the Pimsleur method. Even though I am learning the Southern dialect you can easily make the adjustment from Northern dialect of the lessons. After a while you stop noticing, you just have to learn the different vocal (not that many words) and pronunciation from another source. But the method is easy and works.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Simon and Schuster won't make Vol 2 or higher. I have seen reviews of many other people wanting to learn Vietnamese and wishing there were more volumes.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Incredible

        By lovepho

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Fun
        • It Works
        • Perfects Accent
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Too Fast

        Best Uses

        • Business/Work
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Vietnamese Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        Worth the price, encourages me to keep going because I can feel myself getting better each day. Teaches the tones perfectly. I feel really confident in my Vietnamese skills now after 2 weeks. I would absolutely buy this product again for another language.

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