Learning Vietnamese with Assimil and Tuttle

And why not learning Vietnamese?

There you go!

I am barely starting but I want to share what I found and I think they are both good:

Easy Vietnamese – Tuttle publishing (224 pages, ISBN 9780804851961) by Bac Hoai Tran

I am combining these 2 books at the moment. This one is great because they give examples sentences with variation and ask you to do the same. They emphathize also on the Kinship terms with easy explanations. The audios are going on a normal path, which doesn’t help much to understand the tones or so. But clear book, I recommend it.

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vietnamien assimil

Le vietnamien – Assimil 2019 (732 pages, ISBN 2700581121) by Do the Dung

I like the slow and good quality audio and easy vocabulary from the beginning. I am not far so I can’t tell more from now.

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Learning Brazilian Portuguese with Assimil, Routledge, Hoepli…

It’s been around 4 months that I am learning Brazilian Portuguese. That’s fun and easy when you speak French and learned Spanish at school.  All of the books can help you reach A1 and sometimes A2.

Le Brésilien tout de suite! – Langue pour tous, Pocket. (160 pages, ISBN-10: 2266173693) by Sylvie Colin

First, I learned the basics with this book, which helped me a lot to learn Polish too. Every lesson you have one page to say “I like…, I don’t like”, with different examples for everyday life. Seeing different examples with the same structure, helps, more than one  example for one verb, in my opinion. I recommend, it is clear, usefull, full of cultural tips.

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Corso di brasiliano vol.1 – Hoepli (272 pages, ISBN: 9788820366131) by Giulia Lanciani, Salvador Pippa and Carla Valeria de Souza Faria

This book is in italian, which doesn’t help a lot even if I can guess part of what’s going on. But a really good book, dialogue, vocabulary, exercices, grammar. It is well done, maybe a bit scholar (but I like). Here you can find some pictures of the book (click on the picture to enlarge):

They also have a second book for B1-B2: ISBN: 9788820367183.

My regret, not speaking italian lol. But I recommend definately! And the book is  A4 format, the others are pocket.

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Le portugais du brésil – Assimil (600 pages, ISBN: 270057107X) by Juliana Grazini dos Santos, Monica Hallberg and Marie-Pierre Mazéas

I almsot finished that book (lesson 66 out of 100), fisrt time I go this far with an Assimil method. I think that the recent books or updates that Assimil is making, are better than before. The old ones I could put my hands on have too much(pointless?) vocabulary too fast and the exercices by Assimil are always super short. But the recents have easier lessons for a beginne: you start with greetings, how are you… and not directly “oh where is the underground station, I am late”. I would reproach this one to be a bit boring after a while (I would guess the exercices aren’t helping compared to Corso di Brasiliano or Colloquial which are various) but you learn everyday life vocabulary or expressions that you can use fast (I tried it myself hehe). I recommend this book as well. And almost a cultural tip or anecdot for every lesson, never seen it before, that’s amazing and keep yourself motivated.

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Colloquial Portuguese of Brazil – Routledge (366 pages, ISBN: 9780415743969) by Viviane Gontijo

I am starting this book now, on chapter 3. I noticed some mistakes (one audio sentence missing, exercice mistake) but overall, it reminds me of the Corso di brasiliano, with a more everyday life conversation to it. Easy from the beginning, the grammar is easy to understand and usefull for everyday life.

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Now, if I had to put an order on which one is the best to start and followed by the others (always good to mix ressources): 1 Le Bréilien tout de suite (easy first steps), 2 Colloquial and Assimil, 3 Corso di Brasiliano (they give a lot of vocabulary fast and I think it is good as a 2nd book or to be sure of what you learned)

Méthodes pour apprendre le cantonais

(à compléter)

Le cantonais –  2014, Assimil [100 leçons; 673 p.]  – Christie Wong

ISBN: 978-2-7005-0420-0

Transcritpion Jyutping

Corso di lingua cantonese 2017, Hoepli [16 leçons; 228 p.]Jimmy Kin-Wah Lam and Luisa M. Paternicò

ISBN: 978-88-203-7557-7

Transcription Yale

A shortcut to Cantonese (an innovative approach for English and Putonghua speakers) 2013, Greenwood Press HK [10 leçons; 168 p.] – Yin-Ping Cream Lee and Shin Kataoka

ISBN: 978-962-279-293-7

Transcritpion Jyutping

Decoding Chinese Characters, an introduction to reading and writting2016, Greenwood Press HK [10 leçons; 287 p.] – Bun-Ching Chow

ISBN: 978-962-279-299-9

Transcritpion Jyutping + Yale

Assimil Islandais

Apprendre l’islandais (Assimil):

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Je tiens à saluer l’initiative d’Assimil pour avoir fait une méthode pour apprendre l’islandais car il y très  peu de matériel disponible, encore moins si on est francophone. Bien pour débuter car c’est pour atteindre le niveau A2. Je regrette le manque d’exercice pour la grammaire mais il est très complet de ce côté et clair.

Méthodes pour apprendre le turc

Le turc sans peine (Assimil):

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Les fichiers audio sont super, parfois je trouve le vocabulaire assez complexe ou peu commun même en français (sauf dans un contexte littéraire). Cette méthode est sans doute plus utile avec un niveau un peu plus avancé.

Türkisch mit System (Langenscheidt):

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Ma méthode préférée, mais en allemand. Explication détaillée de la grammaire, excercices, tests. Bon pour débutant mais devient assez vite complexe je pense.

45 leçons pour parler turc (Ellipses):

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Très bon pour commencer à apprendre la grammaire turque, simple et claire. Je n’ai pas trouvé les enregistrements audio très bon cependant.

Sprachkurs Türkisch (Cornelsen)(de) / Teach yourself (eng) / Harrap’s méthode intégrale (fr)

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J’aime Teach Yourself en générale mais après avoir découvert les éditions Langenscheidt, j’ai du mal à y revenir. Mais je recommande !