Can We Really Have You Speaking Vietnamese in Just Ten Days?
Lock in fundamental language material after just one listen! Join in simple, every day Vietnamese conversations – the kind you really have in a country. Like meeting someone, introducing yourself, ordering a drink. Hard to believe, isn't it? Till you ask yourself one simple question: How did you learn English as a child? Did you wade through text books? Did you struggle with grammar? Did you drive yourself crazy trying to get the accent right?
No. You just "picked it up." You heard adults speak, and you uttered your first word. Well, that's how the Pimsleur method works. It's the natural way to learn Vietnamese.
In easy half hour "bites" on CD, our scientifically sequenced lessons will have you speaking Vietnamese the way the Vietnamese do–or you pay nothing. Guaranteed. Just give it a try.
Why it's Important to Learn Vietnamese
Renowned for its unspoiled beauty, breathtaking landscapes and stunning beaches, Vietnam continues to be a much-loved destination for travelers seeking rich culture and delicious cuisine in a gorgeous setting. The coastal regions draw tourists from around the world each year, and boast sandy beaches, crystal blue waters, and hotels offering warm and generous hospitality. Learning Vietnamese can greatly benefit travelers who wish to learn about the country, communicate with its people, and come away with a memorable travel experience in this beautiful country.
Closer to home, cities across the country are home to large populations of Vietnamese Americans, from California and Oregon, to Texas, to New York and Massachusetts. Learning Vietnamese can help companies communicate with members of these communities, and offer better customer service, particularly in those industries that cater to businesses owned and run by Vietnamese Americans. In addition, many Vietnamese Americans pursue studies of the Vietnamese language to connect with their family's roots and heritage.
Conversational Vietnamese vs. Academic Vietnamese
Unlike other Asian languages that use only symbols in writing, Vietnamese has incorporated both a system of characters and a modified Latin alphabet into its written language. Most of the characters are based on Chinese, and although the Latin letters may be familiar to those who speak other languages that use the Latin alphabet, the addition of numerous diacritical marks, sometimes also called accents, makes the language quite difficult for non-native speakers to decipher.
More importantly, Vietnamese is a tonal language, where the tone which you apply to the pronunciation of a word can actually change its meaning. Two words that are spelled exactly the same way can be pronounced completely differently depending on the tones that must be applied to them. This can make the language nearly impossible to learn from textbooks alone.
The Pimsleur Approach Vietnamese audio courses are a great language learning tool for any language, but especially for Vietnamese. Being able to hear a native speaker pronounce the words correctly, and use the appropriate tones, will help you learn the language simply by listening to it rather than having to practically become a code-breaker to decipher all the different accents and marks. Hearing the differences in tones is really the only way to learn them, and apply them to conversational Vietnamese. If you're serious about learning Vietnamese, you have to be able to hear it spoken. A book will not be enough.
By learning Vietnamese the natural way, using idiomatic expressions the Vietnamese people actually use rather than textbook phrases, you will benefit by speaking Vietnamese that is "real" rather than academic.
A Logical Way to Learn Vietnamese
Only after 20 years of scientific research did Dr. Pimsleur hit upon the right method to teach language–by watching his own children. Children have the ability to pick up languages quickly and naturally. What makes Pimsleur courses so successful are the specific scientific principles that replicate the speed and ease at which children learn languages. Read more about how this unique system–which has been purchased by the FBI–works.
No matter what situation you find yourself in–making new friends at a party, in a business meeting or negotiation, or just asking the way to the railway station or a good restaurant–you will find Pimsleur has given you the right Vietnamese words and phrases, the ones that come naturally, without thinking. Read more about what you'll learn with Pimsleur.
Vietnamese is the official language in only one country–Vietnam. It is still spoken in many other countries, and at least 80 million people worldwide speak Vietnamese.
Approximately 60 percent of Vietnamese words have Chinese roots. Vietnamese was written using classic Chinese characters until about the 13th century when the Chữnôm writing system. Today, Vietnamese is also written with an adapted Latin alphabet that uses several diacritical marks.
The Vietnamese language displays some French influence. This can be traced back to French colonial rule of Vietnam which lasted nearly 70 years, from 1885 to 1954.