How to speak Vietnamese with ease.
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How to speak Vietnamese with ease.

Useful colloquial expressions, informal ways of speaking Vietnamese to reinforce your Vietnamese knowledge.
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Last updated 10/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Confidently speak to any Vietnamese person
  • Speak with fluency and naturally
  • understand what Viet people are rumoring about
  • understand the slang they use.
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  • Intermediate level of Vietnamese.

So, you already have a decent level of Vietnamese. What's next?

You have been spending several months learning the language, having learned a lot of vocabulary, but it still feels like you are making no progress at all.

You bought a lot of learning materials, loads of books and learning apps, but still have difficulties saying what you really want to say?

Sometimes you heard local Vietnamese people talking with each other or with you, using some slang and you can't make out what it means?

If it's what you feel, you've come to the right place.

As you already know, informal spoken language is radically different from the formal written version of it. This 2-hour course is built with a focus on the most colloquial part of Vietnamese, something that rarely shows up on textbooks. It covers phrases used in different situations such as encouraging, calming someone; expressing both joy, excitement as well as doubts and hesitation; showing agreement and disagreement... The last part of the course also lists out some most common slang/proverbs used widely by local people, so that you can understand what they really mean! 

Have fun!

Who is the target audience?
  • People with intermediate level of Vietnamese, especially those who are interested in Northern Vietnamese
  • This course is not heavily grammar-oriented. That said, it's not suitable for those preparing for official academic Vietnamese examination.
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14 Lectures
Short commonly-used Phrases
8 Lectures 01:00:04

Get bored with saying "Chào" for "Hi"? Here you can learn new ways to call someone up, these are the most common expressions Vietnamese people usually use. 

Preview 04:48

As the name of the session suggests, in this session you will learn different ways to say yes or no, instead of a blunt "" or "Không".

Have fun!

Session 2: Saying yes or no

In this session, we will learn how to express out opinion, both politely and..... impolitely. Hehe

Session 3: Showing agreement or disagreement

For sure sometimes you have met someone who is having a bad day or going through difficulties. Wanna know how to cheer them up in Vietnamese? 

Cố lên!

Join me!

Preview 08:22

How about meeting someone who is worried? We need to know how to calm them, right? 

Đừng lo, bài này không khó lắm đâu.

Let's do it.

Session 5: How to calm someone in Vietnamese

In this lesson, we will learn how to excuse ourselves if there is something we forget to do. Học xong, ta sẽ không quên nói như thế nào đâu nhé. Let's start!

Session 6: How to say that you remember or forget something.

You want to reject someone but don't want to hurt them? In Vietnamese we have some ways to say it like this... 

Session 7: How to express doubts and hesitation.

As the name suggests, in this lesson we will learn different expressions of how to say that you are happy or angry. I hope you use these expressions frequently! 

Session 8: Saying that you are happy or frustuated.
6 Lectures 39:16

How to say if someone is filthy rich or dirt poor, or to rake it in, or someone is ripping you off...We will learn of these expressions about money in this session.

Session 9: Talking about money money...

"Chuẩn men", "trình cao", "ky bo" ...used to describe people... Have you seen or heard these slang before? 

In this session, we will see what they mean!

Session 10: Colloquial ways to describe people.

to be continued...

Session 11: Colloquial ways to describe people (2nd part)

In this session, we will learn how to say something is good or bad quality, high end or low end,... etc. All the most common slang used in spoken Vietnamese will be covered here.

Preview 06:23

"Chém gió" 1 lúc nhé! 

Session 13: Some more very common slang phrases.

If only..., I'd rather do something..., It turns out that... In this last session, we will learn how to say these.

Have fun! and I will see you on the next course!

Session 14: Grammar (extra)
0 Lectures 00:00

In this section, we will practice what we have learnt. 

You will be required to think of a best way to respond to a person when they tell you something. 


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About the Instructor
Pham Bao Thanh Huyen
4.4 Average rating
17 Reviews
99 Students
3 Courses
Teacher, Curriculum developer

Hi, my name is Huyen, Vietnamese. I'm currently working as a curriculum developer and language instructor. My job involves creating materials for study, training modules, teaching aids, order to improve students' engagement and performance. In short, I look at what's educationally ugly and beautify it. Also, having taught students from many countries around the world... and being a constant language learner myself, I understand what difficulties learners usually have to face.

I am passionate about languages and different cultures in the world. After graduated from university, I spent sometime travelling around Europe and teach Vietnamese to British, Spanish and German people. For now, I can speak 5 languages (Vietnamese, English, Spanish, Catalan and German) and I am studying the 6th one.