- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; 2 edition (September 15, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804833699
- ISBN-13: 978-0804833691
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is true that the book has many positive points: instrumental words, such as final sentence particles, modal verbs, empty words have been clearly explained; the theories of Vietnamese pronunciation in the book show that the author has strong knowledges of Vietnamese phonetics, each unit has many exercises.
HOWEVER, in my opinion, it is impossible for learners to teach themselve with this book. Why?
1. The book focuses too much on Vietnamese linguistics. It's rather a Vietnamese linguitics textbook than a Vietnamese communicative language book. It's really hard for a normal learner (I mean "normal learner" is not a linguist") to understand phonetic definitions of the kind of "G is a velar voiceless fricative consonant" or "Nh is a palatal nasal consonant, which is created with the tip of the tongue being lowered toward the lower teeth and the back of the tongue rising toward the hard palate and contacting it: nha, nhờ, nhủ." And so on. So the Pronunciation session from page 17 - 42 is, in my opinion, a "headeach" part and ... useless.
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Every text book must begin with a point of view. This book was written for students at Harvard. Another VN text I have uses the setting of business people, working for multinational corporations, visiting Hanoi. Imagining myself a college student again is a stretch, but not as big a stretch as imagining myself working for a multinational corporation with offices in Hanoi. I am a medical doctor with many Vietnamese patients. I have not been able to find a text tailored to my needs, and don't really think that I will.
This text teaches Northern Vietnamese. Even those from South Vietnam will tell you that "proper" Vietnamese is Northern Dialect. I think this view is as sad as it is common. But this is the framework we have. All VN language programs I have found begin by teaching Northern Dialect. Because Northern Vietnamese has more complex tone structure, it is probably more practical than learning Southern Dialect first.
Seek out and use other sources. Take about a year to do the three levels of Rosetta Stone and talk with their on line instructors. Read simple books for Vietnamese children. Get a dictionary. Visit a Vietnamese grocery store and pick up Vietnamese language magazines (reading the ads is really helpful!). Get books in translation of stuff that you know pretty well already; I got a copy of the Bible in Vietnamese. Learn songs in Vietnamese (karaoke helps).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My viet friend understands it very well, but it starts off talking about the anatomy of your tongue and how you make certain sounds. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kasandra Carter
I'm glad this book is available but it's design and layout are sporadic, incalculated, and leaves the learner practically helpless. Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by M. Khomsi
Very well-written, with excellent glossary, easily understood grammar instruction. Pertinent vocabulary and dialogues. Useful maps. Non-threatening exercises. Great value. Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by Steven
I highly recommend this text book and have also purchased the 8 CD's from Dr Binh Nhu Ngo, the Author which make learning so much easier.Published on April 22, 2010 by Millsi
Elementary Vietnamese: Revised Edition (Vietnamese Edition) This I found to be an excellent learning resource while attending Vietnamese 101 and 102 at San Diego Mesa College,... Read morePublished on March 21, 2009 by Chris Merriman
This course has far and away the most comprehensive and easy-to-use section on Vietnamese pronunciation. Read morePublished on March 19, 2009 by perekladach
I'll make this quick because I'm supposed to be working. I studied with the professor who wrote the book. He teaches at Harvard, and whatever they're paying him is too little. Read morePublished on June 26, 2008 by Claudio Ibarra
I recently purchased this book and then ordered the CDs at the price listed in the back of the book. I received the CDs in about a week along with a check for $29. Read morePublished on May 31, 2006 by dedion