The best guide to learning beginning Vietnamese is now an Apple iOS Smartphone app. Learn to speak Vietnamese from Paiboon Publishing, the most trusted name in language learning materials.
This support page provides an introduction to the app, demonstrates how it works, an explanation of the Vietnamese language and a link to our Guide to Pronunciation.
- Advantages of Vietnamese for Beginners App
- Introduction to the Vietnamese for Beginners App
- Key Features
- Table of Contents
- How it Works
- How to learn a Lesson and take the Exercises
- Vietnamese Language Differences from English
- Guide to Vietnamese Pronunciation
- Get Info
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1) Advantages of Vietnamese for Beginners App
- Hearing the spoken Vietnamese will help you increase the speed of learning the language that no book alone can do.
- Follows a clear step-by-step instruction, which builds on what has previously been learned.
- Test your ability to hear and understand Vietnamese with the built-in interactive exercises.
- You’ll find many new opportunities to practice your Vietnamese since your Apple iOS device will be with you all the time.
2) Introduction to the Vietnamese for Beginners App
Vietnamese for Beginners app is designed for people who are just starting to study the Vietnamese language and for those who want to improve their basic Vietnamese. It teaches the language skills of speaking, listening and reading.
Each of the ten lessons provides vocabulary, sentences, conversations and an in-depth study of a specific subject. Information is also provided on Useful Words and Phrases and more Conversations in the Appendix.
Every item is presented with the Vietnamese spelling and a definition in English. In addition, a native Vietnamese speaker says the word, phrase or conversation so you can hear the actual, correct pronunciation.
It’s important that you learn to properly pronounce the tones and sounds of Vietnamese. The Vietnamese language uses a Latin-based script, making it much easier for English speakers to learn than the other Southeast Asian languages.
This app is based on Paiboon Publishing’s Vietnamese for Beginners book, which provides additional exercises and more explanations on vowels, consonants, grammar, classifiers and the use of pronouns. It is highly recommended that you get a copy of the book to supplement your study with this app. You don’t need to buy the audio CDs since you have all the spoken Vietnamese right here on your app.
3) Key Features
- This app teaches you the language skills of speaking, listening and reading Vietnamese.
- The lessons follow the format of the Vietnamese for Beginners book, but a real Vietnamese person speaks the words and phrases.
- Hear a phrase over and over until you can say it correctly. Just click on it.
- Test your ability to hear and understand Vietnamese with the built-in interactive exercises. You can retake the exercises after studying and improve your score.
- An advanced level feature allows you to turn off the automatic spoken word so you can test your ability to read the Vietnamese.
- Contains typical conversations in each lesson.
4) Table of Contents
Pages 1 and 2 show the ten lessons and useful words and phrases and more conversations in the Appendix in the table of contents of the app.
5) How it Works
Each lesson introduces new vocabulary, plus a list of sentences using all of the new vocabulary words. You listen to the native Vietnamese speaker pronounce each word or phrase until you can speak it correctly. Lessons specialize on particular items such as, days of the week, telling time, numbers, food, parts of the body, occupations, animals and more.
6) How to learn a Lesson and take the Exercises
iPhone and iPod Touch users start at Step 1.
iPad users start at Step 5.
Step 1 – Select your lesson first. When the application is started you will be presented with the table of content screen as shown in Figure 1 below.
Step 2 – Click on any Lesson in the table of contents and you will be taken to that lesson page. See Figure 2.
Step 3 – Pick the section of the lesson that you want to review and it will be highlighted in blue. Select vocabulary, numbers, sentences or a conversation.
Step 4 – Select Preview (Figure 3), then our example shows we have selected Lesson 1, Vocabulary to learn. See Figure 4.
The list of items shows first the Vietnamese and then the English translation. Select the word or phrase you want to hear and the native Vietnamese speaker will pronounce it correctly for you. You can hear the item over and over until you can say it correctly.
How to take an exercise
To test yourself on any lesson, select the lesson you want and then which section you want to test. In our example we have selected Lesson 1, “Vocabulary” section. Figure 5 shows the selection page for “Exercise.” Figure 6 shows your choice of Reading and Listening while you test yourself, or do you want to Read only?
Once you start the exercise you will be presented with one word or phrase with a multiple choice of answers. You need to select the correct response in the list of answers to proceed to the next item.
The app will keep track of your answers and provide you with your score when you are finished. Your score will remain showing until you retake the entire test over again and score a different number. The app shows a half-circle next to any category that you have started taking an exercise. When you return to a category with the half-circle you will resume the exercise at the item you left off in your exercise.
How to get started with the iPad app
Step 5 – Figure 7 is the opening screen for the iPad in landscape mode.
The lessons are shown on the left side. Select any lesson and the content for that lesson will be shown on the right side. In figure 7 you see the contents of lesson 1.
Step 6 – Selecting the “I” symbol will allow you to learn the lesson. To start a test session select “Reading and Listening” or “Reading.” To return to the main menu select the “Back” or “Lesson” button at the top of the screen.
How to learn a lesson on an iPad
Step 7 – If you selected the “I” image you would see something like Figure 8, which shows lesson 9 “Sentences.”
The list of items shows first the Vietnamese and then the English translation. Select the speaker button next to the word or phrase you want to hear and the native Vietnamese speaker will pronounce it correctly for you. You can hear the item over and over until you can say it correctly.
How the exercises work on the iPad
Step 8 – To test yourself on any lesson, select the lesson and then which section you want to test. In our example we have selected Lesson 9, “Sentences” section. Figure 9 shows the selection page for “Reading and Listening.” Tap the speaker icon and the word or sentence will be spoken. You need to select the correct response in the list of answers to proceed to the next item. Keep track of the item you are on with the numbers in the upper right hand of the screen. You can make the lesson harder by choosing “reading” which will not play the sound.
The app will keep track of your answers and provide you with your score when you are finished. Your score will remain showing until you retake the entire test over again and score a different number.
The “circular arrow button” at the bottom right of the screen allows you to start the test over again. If you want to stop the test but return to the question you are currently on, select the “bottom left arrow.” The next time you take the test you will start where you left off.
7) Vietnamese Language Differences from English
Here is a beginner’s list of Vietnamese language characteristics:
- There is no conjugation of verbs.
- There is no gender distinction and no pluralization.
- Grammar follows a subject + verb + object sentence structure. e.g. “this is a watch” (Lit: “This is watch”).
- The article “the” does not exist in Vietnamese.
- Classifiers are used with nouns.
- Vietnamese is a tonal language.
- If the tone is not correct, you won’t be easily understood, even if your pronunciation is otherwise perfect.
- Please download the free PDF of our Guide to Vietnamese Pronunciation which also contains information on the tones in spoken Vietnamese.
8) Guide to Vietnamese Pronunciation
Paiboon Publishing’s Guide to Vietnamese Pronunciation can be downloaded in PDF format ( Download Here ). It explains the structure of the Vietnamese language, including the use of tones.
Our Vietnamese for Beginners app for Apple iOS does not collect any of your personal information. We do not have access to any of your personal information and therefore cannot and do not share it with any other entity. The only data that we store within the app is your exercise scores.
10) Get Info
You can access the “Get Info” on your iPhone when you are within the Vietnamese for Beginner app at the table of contents page. Select the small circle at the bottom of your screen and you will see the version of the software app and the link to this Support page and the Guide to Vietnamese Pronunciation.
On your iPad the “Get Info” is located at the bottom of the table of contents, “About Vietnamese for Beginners.”
For all your iOS devices to return to the app once you have seen this Support page press the “Home” button twice and then select the Vietnamese for Beginners icon at the bottom of your device.
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