It's amazing how 100 key words and phrases provide instant communication!
Do you want to speak simple Vietnamese but are too busy to study it? Are you visiting Vietnam for a short time and want a Vietnamese phrase book to help you communicate? If so, this is the book for you. It includes all the necessary information to speak basic Vietnamese
The idea of Instant Vietnamese is simple—learn 100 words and phrases and say 1,000 things. The trick is knowing which 100 words to learn, but the authors Sam Brier and Linh Doan have solved the problem, choosing only those words you'll hear again and again. Even with a vocabulary this small, you'll be surprised how quickly and fluently you too can communicate in Vietnamese. An added feature is an easy-to-use pronunciation guide that distinguishes between Northern Vietnamese (as spoken in Hanoi) and Southern Vietnamese (as spoken in Saigon), when the pronunciation is very different. Here's a sample of what you'll be able to do: Meet people, go shopping, ask directions, ride the subway, order food and drinks, and much more!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
i am trying to learn vietnamese and have a handful of books- but this one is really an excellent book for the beginning learner. it is very concise and the choice of words and phrases really build the basics of the language. i am also very pleased with the very accurate/understandable pronunciations that are added and the including of the northern and southern differences in pronunciation- very, very helpful for someone with vietnamese friends in the us who were born in the south. i am probably the slowest learner of languages i know- definitely not gifted at all in this area- seems like it takes me 50 times to practice something before it sticks. the tones are also harder to learn than the words themselves. so far, my spoken vietnamese is pretty poor, but my comprehension when i read vietnamese and to a smaller degree when i hear it spoken *is* coming along, however slowly. i do have lots of cds, mp3 audio files and a fair handful of books (my second fav being by j catlett). this...
I study this book from time to time. I find it especially useful for learning Vietnamese because unlike most learning resources, this book gives both northern (Hanoi) and southern (Saigon/US) pronunciations. Most resources only teach northern accent, which isn't as relevant in the US. It is well organized and thorough considering it's small size. There are also little tips here and there explaining cultural differences regarding pronoun usage, what's considered polite/impolite, etc. Definitely a buy for anyone interested in learning Vietnamese. It's cheap too so it's great in terms of cost effectiveness.
Look, for $6.95, you're not expecting to learn the language, right? This little book (literally small enough to easily fit in your pocket) is fun, useful, and really, really inexpensive. I've been studying Vietnamese for two years now and consider myself a serious student of the language, even though my progress has been painfully slow. I've used the Pimsleur and L-Lingo home study systems and purchased a number of books, dictionaries and grammars, all of which have been useful to some extent. Theoretically, I guess, I should be beyond Instant Vietnamese. But I looked inside, and I liked what I saw.
I was already quite familiar with 90 of the 100 key words, but I found that Sam Brier and Linh Doan brought plenty of extra information regarding pronunciation (including regional variation) and usage. It's mostly practical, very useful day-to-day information and tips that other books don't give you. And for $6.95, why not? I'll take the help anywhere I can get it, even in a...
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