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Vietnamese, Q&S: Learn to Speak and Understand Vietnamese with Pimsleur Language Programs (Quick & Simple) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

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December 1, 2004 0743528972 978-0743528979 8 Lessons
Quick & Simple Vietnamese includes the first 8 lessons from the Pimsleur Vietnamese I, 30-Unit program. 4 hours. Effective language learning with real-life spoken practice sessions.

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About the Author

Dr. Paul Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and testing and was one of the world’s leading experts in applied linguistics. After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed The Pimsleur Method based on two key principles:  the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory training that he called “Graduated Interval Recall.”  This Method has been applied to the many levels and languages of the Pimsleur Programs.

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  • Series: Quick & Simple (Book 1)
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Pimsleur; 8 Lessons edition (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743528972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743528979
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For help in selecting the right Pimsleur Language Program for you, or with technical questions, call us at 1-800-831-5497, 24/7. For more information on Pimsleur, visit, www.pimsleur.com.

Dr. Paul Pimsleur (b. 1926, d. 1976) devoted his life to language teaching and testing and was one of the world's leading experts in applied linguistics. He was fluent in French, good in German, and had a working knowledge of Italian, Russian, Modern Greek, and Mandarin Chinese. After obtaining his Ph.D. in French and a Masters in Psychology from Columbia University, he taught French Phonetics and Linguistics at UCLA. He later became Professor of Romance Languages and Language Education, and Director of The Listening Center (a state-wide language lab) at Ohio State University; Professor of Education and Romance Languages at the State University of New York at Albany; and a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Heidelberg. He did research on the psychology of language learning and in 1969 was Section Head of Psychology of Second Language Learning at the International Congress of Applied Linguistics.

Dr. Pimsleur was a member of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), American Educational Research Association (AERA), Modern Language Association (MLA), and a founding member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), who award the Paul Pimsleur Award for Research in Foreign Language Education every year.

His many books and articles revolutionized theories of language learning and teaching. After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed a new method (The Pimsleur Method) that is based on two key principles: the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory training that he called "Graduated Interval Recall." This Method has been applied to the many levels and languages of the "Pimsleur Programs."

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starts you actually speaking September 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is by far the easiest and most painless way to get started speaking in Vietnamese sentences and understanding dialog. I've been lending these lessons to everyone in my Vietnamese class, because they are so good.

The downsides are: they only teach you the Hanoi accent, which is the official dialect. People from Hanoi pronounce a bunch of different letters the same (r, d, and gi are all pronounced z) when they really should have different pronounciations. There is no reading or writing practice. And of course this is only the short and cheap introduction package which only has the first week's worth of lessons.

This is just the first 8 lessons (not 10 like someone else said) of Pimsleur's 30 lesson Vietnamese I. There is also a 10 lesson "compact" version, a 16 lesson version, and the full 30 lesson "comprehensive" version. The other versions are much more expensive. The 30 lesson version has finally been made now, so the complaint about it not being available is out of date.

Pimsleur language lessons use the same lesson plan for every language. Some other languages have level II and level III packages with another 30 lessons each, but Vietnamese currently only goes up to level I.

This is an audio-only system. Unlike other CD systems, you are only expected to listen to each CD once and then go on to the next CD. Each CD is a carefully designed lesson which incorporates revision into it. You are expected to listen to one half hour lesson each day. So this package will only last you a week. You will not learn a huge amount in one week, but you will be able to confidently use what you do know, and you will learn it very easily.

Paul Pimsleur was a great and famous linguist who has written many academic papers on language learning.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product! January 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This set of cd's does an excellent job! This is just the first 8 lessons of Course 1, though, so you don't learn much with the Quick and Simple. If you want to learn more, you need to purchase the whole course 1. The first 8 lessons of the beginner course are the same lessons in the quick & simple, so if you buy them both, you waste your money on the quick & simple.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Working well for me July 27, 2007
By P. Hoff
Format:Audio CD
I had to listen to the first lesson about 10 times, but so far the rest have been much easier, since each builds on the last. I've learned some Mandarin already, so I'm used to listening for tones, but Vietnamese has more of them, and this set does a good job of teaching them. Yes, the vocabulary you learn is limited, but this is an introductory course, so how much can you really expect? The tones are the most important thing to learn in the beginning with a tonal language, in my opinion. One thing I do wish they had though is maybe a card that relates the sounds to the letters in the Vietnamese alphabet. Some of those relationships are not at all obvious to a native English speaker.
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