Vietnamese Level 1, 2 & 3
Better than ever
I am a Vietnamese-American which lost my ability to speak Vietnamese while I was growing up. I am now very motivated to get my Vietnamese back so I decided to get the totale levels 1-3.
I started Rosetta Stone with Vietnamese version 2 and it was good for what it was. However, in the totale version, the learning is much more detailed. I really like the progression of the lessons and how everything ties together throughout the units. The mix of reading, listening, and speaking through each lesson makes learning so much easier. Also, I really like the pictures they use. The pictures in version 2 can be confusing at times. The games are simple but effective. The audio companion is words and phrases from the lessons but it's up to you to make the most out of it. I haven't tried to have a session with a native speaker because I'm not confident in myself yet to speak in Vietnamese ;)
However, I wish there are more speaking lessons because I think those are the most fun (in my opinion!). Some of the pronunciations the narrators say is off at times on certain diacritic marks. The pronunciation on version 2 is more accurate but it's not a deal breaker.
Overall, they advertise Rosetta Stone is the best way to learn a new language. I would have to agree with them because I have learned more than ever, quicker, and hope to be having conversations in Vietnamese in the near future.
April 2, 2012
Learn Vietnamese for future family
I have used the previous Rosetta Stone Tieng Viet and find this version to be more comprehensive and worth every penny. My Vietnamese wife doesn't care for the speakers' accents, but thinks it's good enough for me to learn Vietnamese for our future family.
I really want to have a good basic understanding of Vietnamese and feel Rosetta Stone is providing that and more. Thank you.
April 10, 2011
Everyone was totally psyched when i bought the Rosetta Stone it hasn't been easy getting myself to go on but i've learned so much and I can't wait til I can finally talk to someone. me and my dad are having a blast learning this together and act like dorks when we start looking at things then try to remember how to say them :) I'm further than him so I get a kick outta knowing I'm better than him......for now :D
April 7, 2011
Good Learning Process
I am quickly learning Vietnamese. The biggest problem I have found is that there are no native speakers online to learn with and no online training sessions available for Vietnamese. I would guess that this works great for common languages, but not so good for unique languages.
While I learn quickly I hit roadblocks with this style of training. A mistake on my part can go for a couple of lessons without realizing my mistake. By that time I have burned an error into my brain. Overall it is good.
November 15, 2010
learning a lot
Really enjoy this product and I am picking up more of the language. Just wish you would have the south dialect also. My husband and family are from the south and when we go visit with the family in Vietnam I want them to be able to understand me. Please come out with a south dialect because they do pronounce words differently!
November 11, 2010
Well Worth It
To be honest I had no idea what to expect. I was concerned about the price, but decided to give it a shot anyway when I heard about the excellent reviews in regards to Rosetta Stone software. And now that I have it I think it's a great piece of software.
The exercises force you to think about what is being said and how it's being said. They cleverly intertwine grammar, speaking, and vocabulary in nearly every exercise to give you a full language "work-out". The exercises are various, and scoring is given after each lesson to help the user determine if he/she needs to go back and review the lesson.
The only thing that I wish could come with it is a straight forward explanation of what certain grammar rules are. However, it's understandable that this is missing from the package since this defeates the purpose of Rosetta Stone. I would strongly recommend practicing what has been learned through somebody who can speak the language. Because no matter how good Rosetta Stone is nothing beats real practice in real conversation.
Overall it is well worth it.
November 5, 2010
waiting for version 4
This is my third rosetta stone product. I was completely disappointed and returned the product for a refund.
As a Vietnamese American who came to the United States at 7 years of age, I bought Rosetta Stone Vietnamese version 3 to help me teach my children how to speak Vietnamese. This is my third Rosetta Stone product. A couple of years back, I bought RS version 3 Mandarin to learn to communicate with my in-laws who are originally from Taiwan. I also bought Vietnamese Version 2, the latest version at the time, for my kids. From personal experience, the methodology of RS version 3 works very well in teaching the language. I was able to pick up Mandarin and understand my in-laws (and kids). Version 2 was not as good with teaching my children Vietnamese. There is not enough repetition and clues as to what words mean. My kids, 4 ands 6 years old, already speak the language but I wanted to improve their vocabulary beyond what I usually use with them in everyday communications. Being a native speaker, I double checked Version 2 and found it to be correct in pronunciation and definition. As a matter of fact, they speak the same Northern dialect that my family speaks but more importantly they pronounce the words properly. I eagerly awaited the arrival of version 3 because I know its methodology works in teaching language.
Vietnamese Version 3 has been a big disappointment. After much frustration and effort to "make it work," I'm returning the product. While the methodology is great, same as Mandarin version 3, their pronunciation of words is INCORRECT! Vietnamese is a tonal language and their use of tones is incorrect even though they use native speakers who most likely currently live in Vietnam. How is this possible? For this we need a bit of a history lesson.
My parents emigrated south from Hanoi in 1954, when the country was divided into two, North and South Vietnam. We were Northerners who lived in the south. We are familiar with both the Northern and Southern dialect. These dialects generally differ in some vocabulary words and pronunciation of certain consonant but their use of tones is the same as dictated by the written language. In 1975, when the country fell, we left for the United States. From 1975 until recently, as a generalization, most people who could leave Vietnam did so. This is especially true for the intelligentsia. Hence, the Vietnamese people left behind who ran the country (into the ground I might ad) were communists and their version of the Vietnamese language came from "the village." Their Vietnamese, the same in Rosetta Stone Version 3, is incorrect in its pronunciation of the written language because of its incorrect use of tones. If you know what to look for, even the different speakers in version 3 are pronouncing some words differently from each other because of the tones. Version 2 was correct and consistent in its use of tones.
I tried using the Version three for almost a month, always sitting with my children and pointing out the "mistakes," i.e. improper tones each time they used the program. The methodology of Rosetta Stone Version Three is very good at teaching my kids their version of the Vietnamese language. I, unfortunately, do not want my kids to speak Vietnamese this way. It is incorrect. As stated above, I will be returning this product and reluctantly going back to using version 2. If Rosetta Stone corrects this problem I will be the first in line to buy their new product.
August 30, 2010
Only Northern Vietnamese Dialect Taught
I agree with the other reviewer. The methodology for Rosetta Stone is great, however the Vietnamese modules only teach the Northern dialect.
My family is from South Vietnam (when it was 2 countries), and I wanted to learn more Vietnamese to better touch base with my roots. However, I was very disappointed when I demoed RS and found that the "teachers" all spoke the Northern dialect.
Not only can the Northern and Southern dialects be quite different in sound (when reading the same word), but the Southern dialect integrates both Chinese and French words in its everyday vocabulary which the Northern dialect does not.
It would be great if RS used speakers who were representative of ALL of Vietnam. This would allow customers to get a realistic view/ear for how all Vietnamese people really speak (especially when over half the country is being overlooked). Also, one of my Vietnamese teachers from Saigon pronounced Vietnamese in a more neutral way. It would also work if RS had a speaker who was dialect neutral.
April 28, 2010
Great learning tool but not for South Vietnamese
I found the software very easy to use, install and operate. However, the Vietnamese taught is NORTH Vietnamese. My best friend is from South Vietnam and was laughing at my accent because she said I sounded exactly like I was from the North. I was learning the language easily but only one dialect. It's the same as English where we have southern accents, New England accents, etc. It has made me stop using the software because talking to her family and friends has become awkward. Apparently not only is the accent different, the tonality and meanings of words are different and some phrases don't even exist in the South. This is very disappointing for me because I was having fun learning. Not to mention, I feel like I wasted $500+ on something I can't really use. It would be nice if RS offered a choice, just like with Spanish and other languages.
April 9, 2010
Best language product
In my early Army years I learned Vietnamese fairly fluently. Over the years the skill was lost and in retirement it was time to start again. Rosetta Stone gave me the chance. The lessons are easy to follow and the reviews cement the language skills. Even at 63 and having been out of school for years, the learning curve is wonderful.
Aside from learning the language it also keeps my mind working during the retired years. For seniors learning a language is a great mental exercise. The best way to keep mentally active.
Once I have master the Vietnamese lessons, it is on to French. The language of my parents.
Thank you for this opportunity.
April 7, 2010
The Vietnamese Rosetta Stone system is the best language-learning system I've seen. I learned more in the first 10 minutes of using this software than I did in weeks of trying other methods (audio CDs, books, etc) and more importantly, I remember the information after I finish a session. I would highly recommend this product to anyone trying to learn a new language!
April 7, 2010
It's a great learning tool at first I'm trying to study learning at first I'm saying well I'm seeing the picture but don't know what they are talking about but having to say the words.But further down the line I see what the word I was saying and the meaning of the picture it like sticking it in your brain it's pretty cool the way it works I'm still learning but still have long way to go.
April 7, 2010
Trying to learn a difficult language so I can converse with me Vietnamese friends. Rosetta Stone software is working. I am surprising everyone with my progress
April 7, 2010
Fun and engaging
I bought Rosetta Vietnamese for my 7 year old daughter. She enjoys using the computer while learning to speak and read Vietnamese. I like the variety of material packed into each lesson.
It is definitely more intuitive and interactive than taking traditional language classes.
April 7, 2010