Based on real Vietnamese course curricula, Novus Language can help anyone learn to speak Vietnamese fluently.
Forget the games and gimmicks! We use proven language learning techniques that have been used to teach millions of people to learn a second language.
With 10's of millions of native speakers, Vietnamese is a very popular Southeast Asian language. Mastering the pronunciation outlined in this course would certainly impress Vietnamese and non-Vietnamese speakers alike!
The purpose of this course is to familiarize a student with the pronunciation of Southern Vietnamese to the point where he can recognize and reproduce with facility all its commonly occurring sounds and sequences of sounds.
The method underlying the presentation involves listening, contrasting, recognizing, and imitating. The material has been presented as simply as possible, always with the beginning student, rather than the professional linguist, in mind. While some technical phonetic descriptions are included for those who understand them, they can be ignored by the student with limited linguistic background.
This guide should be used in conjunction with the accompanying tape recordings. To try to learn Vietnamese pronunciation by reading the text without reference to the recordings would be as useless as trying to learn to play the piano by reading music without ever touching a keyboard. The student's ability to use this guide effectively will be determined largely by his willingness to follow the specific instructions provided at each step. He must also be careful never to move ahead until he has thoroughly mastered what has already been introduced, by going over each section as many times as he requires.
A word of caution: While this guide uses conventional Vietnamese spelling, it aims primarily at teaching a student how to pronounce - not how to read - Vietnamese. Accordingly, all drills should be practiced first with the book closed. Those students who are also interested in developing a reading skill can use the guide to practice reading in addition to - but not in place of - pronunciation practice. AFTER mastering the pronunciation, such students can use the Familiarization Drills and Mimicry Drills for reading practice: by reading each item in these drills BEFORE it occurs on the tape, their reading can be confirmed (or corrected) by the tape.
This guide should be used not only as an introduction to pronunciation but also for remedial purposes later. Students having pronunciation difficulties should review appropriate drills repeatedly until the difficulties are cleared up.
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