FSI - Vietnamese Familiarization Course

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Foreign Service Institute Vietnamese  - Image This volume of the FSI Vietnamese Familiarization course contains twelve lessons, all of which have the same basic pattern and involve the same procedures. Each lesson requires many hours of study, in class and/or with recordings of the Vietnamese material.
The method underlying these lessons is guided imitation; the aim is automaticity.

Ideally, there are two teachers: under the supervision of a scientific linguist, who talks ABOUT Vietnamese, the student learns to speak the language in direct imitation of a tutor who is a native speaker of Vietnamese. The tutor drills on the Vietnamese in the text, providing an authentic model for the student to imitate. Statements on how the language is manipulated are included in the explanatory notes in the text, which may be supplemented, if necessary, by further discussions on the part of the linguist. As a supplement to class hours with a tutor - or even, if necessary, as a replacement for them -students work with tape recordings which approximate the classroom situation.

Language learning is overlearning. Through memorization of whole utterances, and substitution within and manipulation of these utterances, a student achieves the fluency and automaticity that are necessary for control of a language. Language learning involves acquiring a new set of habits, and habits must be automatic. Just as the experienced driver performs the mechanics of driving unconsciously -turning on the engine, shifting gears, applying the brakes, etc. - and concentrates on where he is going, so the fluent speaker of a language is concerned with what he is saying rather than the mechanics of how he is saying it.

Vietnamese is the national, official language of Vietnam. It is the native language of Vietnamese people (Kinh), and of about three million Vietnamese residing elsewhere. It also is spoken as a first or second language by many ethnic minorities of Vietnam. It is part of the Austroasiatic language family of which it has, by far, the most speakers (several times that of the other Austroasiatic languages combined). Much of Vietnamese vocabulary has been borrowed from Chinese, and it formerly used a modified set of Chinese characters called ch n?m given vernacular pronunciation. As a byproduct of French colonial rule, Vietnamese was influenced by the French language; the Vietnamese alphabet in use today is a Latin alphabet with additional diacritics for tones, and certain letters.

Vietnamese is spoken in: Vietnam

Vietnamese is also called: nnamese, Ching, Gin, Jing, Kinh, Viet

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