Editors Choice – Best Vietnamese Language Books

Vietnamese is the native language of the Kinh people and after the revolution that ended French colonization, it became the official language of the many ethnic minorities who call Vietnam home. As part of the Austo-Asiatic language family, Vietnamese is also spoken throughout the world in communities sprinkled across Asia as well as in the United States, England, and Australia. Vietnamese is an officially recognized minority language in the Czech Republic, where a large community of Vietnamese immigrants resides. Vietnamese has about 90 million speakers around the world who speak it as a first or second language.

Rosetta Stone believes that the key to learning Vietnamese is to get confident speaking the language, not just memorizing words and phrases. That’s why each Vietnamese lessons focuses on speaking the language out loud, with contextualized lessons that reflect the everyday situations in which you might speak Vietnamese. From the grocery store to taking a taxi, Rosetta Stone wants you to feel confident you can understand and be understood in Vietnamese.

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Why is Vietnamese an important language to learn?

Despite the horrible memories that linger from the war in Vietnam, many people are choosing to embrace the history and culture of this country once again.  Halong Bay is extraordinary, as are the caves throughout Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.  Ancient temples ensure tranquility, while the larger cities show how they can compete in the 21st century.  Adrenaline filled adventures are everywhere in Vietnam and they all lead travelers like yourself to restaurants and vendors that sell some of the best food full of Vietnamese flavors.

Fifty-nine million people speak Vietnamese, and while you don’t need to know this language to travel there, it is always better if you do.  Speaking Vietnamese will allow you to converse with the locals, order food that you want and love, find your way to all the attractions that you want to see, and have a fabulous time for the duration of your stay.  Once you know this language, you will find that it is easy to strike up conversations close to home too, especially if you live near any of the communities filled with native speakers.  This is one of the more popular languages in the world at the moment, so adding this to your resume will increase your chances for promotions and even the job of your dreams.

Learn to speak Vietnamese

Everything you need to learn 1,000 critical Vietnamese words and phrases quickly and efficiently is in this box! The front side of each flash card presents the main word with four related words and phrases. The back of the card gives the English meanings and pronunciations for all items on the front as well as a sample sentence demonstrating correct usage of the main vocabulary item in both Vietnamese and English.

Since its publication in 1998, Elementary Vietnamese has become the leading book for anyone wishing to learn Vietnamese, and an invaluable resource for people traveling, studying or working in Vietnam. This beginner Vietnamese book was originally developed for classroom use at Harvard University, where it has been field-tested for many years.

Easy Vietnamese is the perfect beginner’s book for anyone who wants to learn Vietnamese on their own or with a teacher. This invaluable guide introduces all the basics of the Vietnamese language, as well as vocabulary and tips for practical daily conversation. There is also a glossary of commonly used words and phrases, useful notes, pronunciation, greetings, sentence structure, idiomatic expressions, etiquette, and cultural dos and do nots included throughout.

Vietnamese Level 1 Program – 8 hours of audio-only effective language learning with real-life spoken practice sessions. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons is included in each lesson.