Here I go, talking to myself again. No, I’m not schizophrenic, I am learning a new language. This time, it is Vietnamese, my first Asian language. Sadly, although San Francisco is home to over 13,000 people of Vietnamese descent, the 11th highest number in the United States, I was unable to find a single Vietnamese language school. The only school I could find was the Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center which offers Vietnamese language classes for kids between the ages of 5 and 12. I don’t think being a kid at heart would qualify me. Sigh.
Without a class or a tutor, I am learning Vietnamese exclusively through on-line or pre-recorded language programs. I am using Rosetta Stone, Pimsleur, Duolingo and Mondly. I will give you a summary of each program along with what I think are the pros and cons of each.