Vietnamese, Comprehensive

Vietnamese, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Vietnamese with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743528993
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  • List Price: $345.00

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Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

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

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Vietnamese, Comprehensive includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading the Vietnamese alphabet. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with Vietnamese pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

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PimsleurVietnamese, Comprehensive
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (16)
  • Portable (15)
  • It works (14)
  • Perfects accent (9)
  • Fun (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (14)
  • Travel (11)
  • Fun (8)
  • Business/work (6)
  • Family background/heritage (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (10), Student (5), Business person (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Authoritative and painless

My girlfriend is Vietnamese, so I wanted to understand the chat at her home; also to show off. Was curious about the writing I've seen on VN Restaurant signs. English instructor is very...Read complete review

My girlfriend is Vietnamese, so I wanted to understand the chat at her home; also to show off. Was curious about the writing I've seen on VN Restaurant signs. English instructor is very polished, authoritative. Native VN speakers consistent; fast when speaking sentences, as it should be. Extremely well produced.

Useful phrases and words, scientifically repeated. Tonal aspects. This is a Cadillac course, not cheap, but for me, worth it. Instills must-speak-it study habits. Phrases chosen: how to buy and pay, greetings, asking for the time, family introductions, more. Basics of pronunciation, simple grammar, excellent. Most helpful to tourists who will be in northern places such as Hanoi. I felt like I had my own personal tutor. I replay CDs for more review.

Would have preferred less slow-paced repetition in exchange for additional useful phrases; words; situations. My friends are from Saigon with different dialect, a bit of a problem. Those serious about learning VN will need additional resources and experience. Tonality is hard to speak and understand at native speeds no matter how it's taught.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good basics, but too complicated too soon

I find the course is good, but I wish they would start with things that people need: for example, why not start with hello, goodbye, and numbers from one to ten. I...Read complete review

I find the course is good, but I wish they would start with things that people need: for example, why not start with hello, goodbye, and numbers from one to ten. I appreciate learning to say "I am not Vietnamese" but that is perhaps not my biggest concern. That being said, the basics are there, but it takes time to get to them...
Still a good course, and recommended, but it takes some time to get to some of the useful phrases...

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3.0

Good basics, but too complicated too soon

By SimonMtl

from Canada

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement

    Comments about Vietnamese Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I find the course is good, but I wish they would start with things that people need: for example, why not start with hello, goodbye, and numbers from one to ten. I appreciate learning to say "I am not Vietnamese" but that is perhaps not my biggest concern. That being said, the basics are there, but it takes time to get to them...
    Still a good course, and recommended, but it takes some time to get to some of the useful phrases...

    Service and delivery comments:

    Electronic download - no issues

     
    5.0

    Perfect introduction to Vietnamese Language

    By Linda

    from Northwest lower Michigan

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Vietnamese Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      Builds on past lessons. Was able to use what I learned and was readily understood!

       
      5.0

      Easy easy easy

      By TerinBub

      from Seattle,WA

      About Me Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • It Works
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Vietnamese Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        I got the software for my daughter to learn Vietnamese as she is homeschooled. She loves the program and is easy to learn versus Rosetta Stone. The only downfall is for Vietnamese they only have the one level until demand is higher.

         
        5.0

        Great resource for Vietnamese learning

        By Tim

        from Moorestown, NJ

        About Me Business person

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Self-improvement

          Comments about Vietnamese Phase 1, Units 1-30:

          First, kudos to Pimsleur for providing MP3 files for digital download. Not a lot of companies do that, but it really makes buying and listening to these lessons very easy and convenient - after all you will want to copy the files to a device you can carry with you wherever you want to study.

          Vietnamese 1 has been an excellent resource for learning this language. Vietnamese can be a difficult language for English speakers for two reasons: 1) it is a tonal language (pitch changes the meaning of the word) and 2) the pronunciation of many vowels/consonants can be difficult to learn. For both of these reasons, it's important to listen to native speakers and to practice speaking. The course is designed to do just that.

          Perhaps more importantly, the balance of English and Vietnemese language spoken in the lessons is quite effecient. What I mean is - listen to some cheap knock-off language audio lessons, and they will be wasting time speaking an absurd amount of English to explain things, or to give the lesson/chapter headers. The Pimsleur lessons keep up a good pace and try to keep the English to a minimum (and will even replace the English instructions with Vietnamese instructions).

          The lessons are primarily audio, but do include a reading supplement. I personally tend to cast a wide net and grab many different resources for a language, including dictionaries and grammar books, but you are definitely safe just starting with the Pimsleur lesson by itself - it requires no prior knowledge or resources.

          In short, definitely a good resource to have for Vietnamese and provides excellent comprehension and pronunciation practice.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great beginner Vietnamese course

          By Briana

          from Nashville

          About Me Traveler

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to use
          • Perfects Accent
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Vietnamese Phase 1, Units 1-30:

            I had already used the Foreign Services Institute Basic Vietnamese a few years ago, so I had a little background going into this (although I'd forgotten a lot of what I had learned). I found it very useful, particularly with the tones. In the FSI course, the speakers speak very fast and it's sometimes hard to catch the tones. The amount of repetition in this course from the prior days also keeps everything fresh in your mind.

            I really wish they had a Vietnamese 2 course. I still have a long way to go to achieve even basic fluency. Note that this is Northern accent, as are most other Vietnamese language courses (except the FSI course, IIRC).

            I used the mobile version most of the time and found it very easy to use, even in the reading lessons.

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