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The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Vietnamese Phase 1, Units 26-30 build on material taught in prior units. 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. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Vietnamese. Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading Vietnamese. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.
I can read and write Vietnamese with very few issues and just wanted to brush up on my speaking since I almost never use Vietnamese anymore. It's super low paced. The speakers are very clearly from the north. It would have been nice to have a southern accent as well (I learned to use the southern accent). I finished units 1-30. I did not find level 30 to be very hard at all. I already have a pretty good understanding of the language but it might be hard if you are an absolute beginner. Still even if you skipped right to the end I'm sure you could pronounce anything in level 30 but I don't think you'd understand it. Easy to repeat. It's a tonal language and not being able to see the words might be difficult for absolute beginners. By unit 30 they were not breaking down long phrases in ways that tell you exactly what it meant, just how to pronounce the phrase in chunks. But I guess by level 30 you might have a decent understanding of the language already. I did not start as a beginner so I'm not a good judge of that. I wish there were longer chunks of reading to practice listening skills. You don't hear much besides a few sentences at the beginning of some units.