on June 12, 2000
This is an excellent approach to learning a language: listen to the word, phrase, or sentence in English; hear it pronounced twice in Vietnamese, and then repeat it. Listen to the tape while following the booklet. The booklet follows the tape exactly with the English phrase, phonetic spelling, and Vietnamese spelling with diacritical and accent marks. Learning to hear and pronounce the six tones is difficult at first, but the male and female speakers make the distinctions quite clearly. On the downside: The booklet does not have an English to Vietnamese or a Vietnamese to English dictionary. There are a few inconsistencies in pronouncing the same words in different places.