?Vietnamese for Beginners
Author: Jake Catlett/Huong Nguyen
Publisher: Paiboon Publishing Thailand
Publication date: 2006
Number of pages: 297
Format: PDF/Audio ripped from CD/quite good
Size: PDF=62.8Mb 3 Audio CDs= 166Mb
This course book is the perfect language guide for your mastery of Vietnamese. It:-
-teaches all four language skills-speaking, listening, reading, & writing.
-is effective for independent self-study or classroom use.
-offers clear, easy, step-to-step instruction, building on what has been previously learned.
-introduces you to Vietnamese culture, geography and much more.
-is written in a brisk, interesting style with beautiful Vietnamese fonts.
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Because of Vietnam’s recent isolation and economic problems, few decent Vietnamese language resources have been produced for quite some time. Those that are available tend to be outdated or over-formal, and not very “conversation-friendly”. Vietnamese for Beginners presents the language in a user-friendly manner using contemporary and common words and phrases.
The book teaches the four basic language skills — speaking, listening, reading and writing. There is also a grammar section in each lesson. The first part of each lesson introduces vocabulary and sentence structure, followed by exercises, tests and sections dedicated to teaching Vietnamese alphabet and pronunciation. You should have a coach, maybe a Vietnamese friend or instructor who can listen to and correct your pronunciation, especially when you are first beginning to learn the language.
Vietnamese uses a Latin script, making it easier for Western learners to learn to read and write the language. It is phonetic, and with no transliteration system needed, learning the alphabet should be easy for English speakers. One major difference is that Vietnamese is a tonal language. Mastering the use of tones is absolutely essential. Saying a word with the wrong tone will change the meaning of the word completely or make it meaningless. Simply stated, Vietnamese spoken without proper use of tones becomes complete gibberish. The challenges this poses for English speakers are many, but a big difficulty is that English speakers use tone to stress the significance of a word or to show stronger emotion. This is not the case for Vietnamese. To master the tonal system you need to divorce your emotions from your tonal speech patterns. It takes time and practice both to speak and to hear the tones properly.
The first appendix contains useful words and phrases to help you find what you need to say easily and quickly in real-life situations. The second appendix contains answers to the multiple-choice and translation tests at the end of each chapter. The exercise sections in each chapter are often intended to be practiced with others, and answers to questions in the exercises will often vary from person to person, so there is no answer key for these sections.
This book is intended for beginning students and people interested in improving their basic language skills. The reasons to learn Vietnamese are many. There are few places in the world that are developing as quickly as Vietnam and yet still remain relatively unexplored. Vietnam is now a land of opportunity and potential. Learning Vietnamese can only help to give you a more intimate, enjoyable experience in this fascinating land so full of history and intrigue.
Remarks: Vietnam is now a land of opportunity and potential. Learning Vietnamese can help to give you a more intimate and enjoyable experience in this fascinating land, so full of history and intrigue.