Vietnamese Level 1
Bad learning tool
When it comes to learning languages, one sure concentrate on learning what is important first and that is usually how to pronounce certain words, alphabets and vowels.
With vietnamese you really need to know how different accent marks on the vowels make the words sound different. Rather you should lower your voice or raise your voice is important and which accent marks do what.
That is never explain in the Rosetta Stone Vietnamese. Also with vietnamese it is usually easier to learn the Southern dialect and the more vocabulary you know for vietnamese the better you are to communicating with other vietnamese people.
That is also poorly done with Rosetta Stone as you only learn the northern dialect and after Level 1,2,3 you will feel you haven't learn much or at all to be able to communicate even at a basic level as much of the words you will learn are very basic and not much into details of any particular area. It is more of a board vocabulary lesson you learn in a beginners class.
November 4, 2012
Not bad but needs to be improved
Vietnamese is a difficult language - if you're looking for a hobby then speaking Vietnamese shouldn't be it. There are many factors for this probably the biggest one being the tones.
Where RS is strong - in teaching meaning by constant comparison of minor changes - it needs to do the same with the tones and the vowels. There are three variations on the letter 'A' in Vietnamese plus the six tones which provides a stunning 18 different ways to pronounce the one letter! Other vowels are similar. RS Vietnamese 1 really doesn't address this problem - rote repetition of the sounds is ok but if one can't read them in a real context then it is for naught. There are hundreds of words that are spelled the exact same but have a tonal difference. "Sua Chua" could be "repair" or "yogurt" depending on the tones. People need to understand this early on and RS should incorporate this into their software. Vietnamese is not Spanish or Tagalog. It's a bear and the fundamentals of pronunciation and reading need to be taught more up front. You don't get this in Level 1.
It is a really good program for teaching meaning. As it is though it needs to be combined with other methods of learning to be complete. If I were in the market again for a Vietnamese program at this time I'd shop around a bit more before I settled on RS. It's good but not fully developed.
April 8, 2012
Only if it taught the Southern Dialect
Where I live, there are many vietnamese people. Though I knew little vietnamese, I knew that they spoke the Southern dialect. Rosetta Stone Vietnamese only taught me the Northern dialect. I would like to speak the Southern dialect like my family and the vietnamese people around me. Back then I went to a Vietnamese School that was completely strict. However, if I compared Rosetta Stone to that school, Rosetta would win. Overall, it was Okay. I was not completely satisfied. If you are planning on buying this but want to learn the Southern dialect of Vietnam, I suggest you have someone that's native Vietnamese beside you to help you as you learn.
July 23, 2011
I'm so thrill about this program.I were born and raised in Vietnam so I can read and write fluency Vietnamese but when come to teach it to my son and family I don't even know how to start and make it understand able for them so we try Rosetta Stone...now only after two weeks both of my son can speak and understand so much more than I can believed in my own ears.We plan to surprise my family next time seeing them if financial allow. Thank you very much Rosetta Stone.
November 8, 2010
A great program, but give yourself 6 months!
I thoroughly enjoyed the Vietnamese Level 1 language learning program. I should have given myself 6 months to complete the program, however. The program is chock full of lessons. I anticipated that I'd be able to complete the program in a matter of 2 weeks. Two weeks was not enough time. Off I went to Vietnam with 2 weeks of study under my belt. I was fortunate to have a translator travelling with me, I felt lilke I hit the lottery whenever I recognized a word, written or spoken, and was thrilled when my communication skills resulted in, well, communication! I hope to go back to Vietnam, and will continue my Rosetta Stone studies if and when the opportunity arises. This time I'll give myself 6 months to study.
April 26, 2009
My husband bought me the Vietnamese version of Rosetta Stone for Christmas. As I progressed, the disc began to malfunction. I discovered a scratch that I know I didn't cause. I asked for a new disc. No problem. Except the so called new disc was worse than the first. The learning program is quality, but it doesn't do much good if the disc is not.
March 29, 2009
Learning Vietnamese... the easy way.
I recently purchased Rosetta Stone (Vietnamese Level 1), hoping to impress my fiancee's parents. Since I don't speak a word of Vietnamese and have no experience with tonal languages, I was very skeptical about how much I could actually learn from a computer course. To my surprise, Rosetta Stone has proven to be an amazing teacher. After just the first few lessons I found myself actually speaking phrases and more importantly remembering them! Rosetta Stone not only helps build vocabulary and comprehension, but also gives tone deaf people like me the skills to master a tonal language. In the end, my fiancee (and her parents) are very impressed, but more importantly, Rosetta Stone has helped me to develop a greater appreciation and curiosity about the culture of someone I truly love.
March 12, 2009
Not what I expected
When I purchased the program i expected the program to have video and cultural information to engage you in the experience. I would say that the experience isn't particularly engaging and it throws you into the deep-end (there is no build-up, e.g. vocabulary.) which is initially frustrating. However it is effective. The program has a lot of different ways of presenting information and challenging you. Nothing is more humbling than to think you have become proficient at a lesson and try the voice recognition portion of that lesson using the included headset and fail, Miserably, all night long. I thought maybe the program was mistaken until my native speaking wife tried it and passed with flying colors.
Long story short, this is not a magic bullet. You have to be passionate about the language to really get the most out of it.
March 11, 2009
The reason I purchased the Vietnamese Rosetta Stone CD is mainly for my 1 year old son. My son is half Vietnamese and half Caucasian. Unfortunately, his father is no longer with us. Despite that tragic fact, I wanted to keep his memory alive along with his heritage. I took it upon myself to teach our son his other native language. I am thankful that products like Rosetta Stone language CD's are available for people who need to learn another language quickly and most importantly, easily. At first I was skeptical because I thought it would be too hard to learn, especially when I dont have much time as it is. But after inserting the CD one night after my son went to sleep; I picked up so much in one lesson that the time flew by and I wanted to continue into the night.
Once again thank you for the opportunity to learn a language important to my family.
March 11, 2009
As a native English speaker, I assumed that an Asian "tonal" language such as Vietnamese would be very difficult for me to learn. Thanks to Rosetta Stone I have, thankfully, been proven wrong! Using the Rosetta Stone system I have made more progress learning the "exotic" language of Vietnamese than I have ever made on "easy" languages such as French, Spanish or German using traditional methods. It really does work!
March 11, 2009
I love this program. Not only does it provide me familiarity of the language, but is intellectually stimulating. I love how it just dives in - you have to use deduction to keep up. Perfect way to teach, perfect pace.
March 11, 2009
Fantastic Language Software
I am learning Vietnamese and this software has made it easier than I ever thought it could be. After just a few lessons, I was already able to pick up words and phrases in regular conversation and am well on my way to being able to converse and understand the language. I have used other products without much success. This is a phenomenal tool to learn a language.
March 11, 2009
I bought the Vietnamese version for my kids because I don't have time to teach them. I'm amazed at how fast they learned. Very user-friendly. Good job Rosetta Stone.
March 11, 2009
Amazing way to learn a difficult language
A few months before traveling to Vietnam, my wife and I purchased Vietnamese Level 1. At first, we just wanted to tune our ears to this unfamiliar tonal language, so different from English. But, as we patiently followed the lessons, a little bit each night, we realized that we'd be able say some simple things that would show our hosts that we cared about their culture and language enough to master the basics. Even if people in Vietnam speak English to us, our hope is that they will appreciate our willingness to learn their language as well. The Rosetta methodology makes sense. Without the translation and conjugation exercises we've all complained about in school, it allows you to build mastery around listening and speaking in a natural and more enjoyable way.
March 10, 2009