My courses are designed based on my many years as a teacher and student of education and business. I hold a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and have been designing curricula for over a decade.
The business, language, and chess courses that I have built on Udemy are a reflection of this experience and dedication to education. My goal is to reach as many people as possible with my courses, which is why I have chosen the internet and the Udemy platform as my ideal mode of delivery.
The following is a little more about my expertise and background. I was born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho. I attended the University of Idaho where I earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2004. After a few years in the work force as an account manager I moved to Vietnam where I lived for over 5 years.
While in Vietnam I taught English as a second language for almost 2 years to students of all ages and backgrounds. For the 3 final years that I lived there I opened and ran a sports training company called Saigon Sports Academy. We coached sports such as soccer, tennis, and basketball as well as ran large sporting events such as tournaments and leagues. My positions while at the company included Director of Strategic Initiatives as well as Director of the Chess Program.
While living in Vietnam I became fluent in the Vietnamese language and developed a deep love for teaching and traveling internationally. I then came back in the United States to work on a masters degree in education so that I would be an even more effective teacher in the future. It is my wish to be a positive force for education in the world, and to inspire my current and future students to be the best that they can be in whatever they do.
I am now a full time real estate investor and online entrepreneur specializing in flipping properties, showing others how to do the same, and having a great time doing it!
Take your courses with you and learn anytime, anywhere.
Learn and practice real-world skills and achieve your goals.
This course is for anyone who wants to become fluent in the Vietnamese language or simply learn some conversational phrases and vocabulary before making a trip to Vietnam. It's also for anyone seeking to simply communicate with your Vietnamese friends or neighbors.
It is designed to teach you Vietnamese in the shortest possible time frame by using the same strategies that I used when I first learned the language while living in Vietnam. I'll teach you tricks and tips along the way that allow you to understand popular phrases and slang, as well as how to properly pronounce the difficult tones and accents of Vietnamese.
I have structured the course into short, instructional videos that allow you to focus on one subject at a time without getting overloaded with too much information. I have adapted some of the grammar and sentence structures from the very popular language textbooks used at the University of Sociology and Language Arts in Ho Chi Minh City which are the core building blocks of the language.
Everything in the course is useful in everyday situations so you will never be spending time studying something that is not totally applicable in the real world right away. Most language courses have a lot of this kind of superfluous material which is quite inefficient and waste a lot of time covering unnecessary vocabulary and grammar rules. Our course is designed for efficiency AND proficiency.
Learn why most people fail when trying to learn a language and why this course will help you succeed when others don't!
Correct pronunciation is critical Vietnamese. Learn this important fundamental building block of the language to be successful with the rest later.
Even more important than the letters is the correct pronunciation of the tones. The entire language hinges on this! Master the tricks to properly saying the tones and you will learn Vietnamese faster than you ever thought possible.
The key to learning a language is to use words and phrases that are the most common so that we are not wasting any time and energy on language that we do no actually use every day.
Pronouns are of critical importance in Vietnamese because we use a different pronoun for ourselves as well as the listener depending on whom we are speaking to. In this lesson we learn which pronouns to use in which situations.
Vietnamese grammar differs greatly from western languages. One of the main differences is the structure of questions which requires specific grammatical tools which we will learn in this lesson.
Since Vietnamese is a tonal language that uses "tag" words instead of verb conjugations, we need to know which tag words to use in order to make transitions in our sentences. In this lesson we learn some of the key transitional words that we will need to know in order to converse freely.
One of the most basic situations we need to know how to navigate is ordering food in a restaurant. In this lesson we will learn how to speak to our server in the most natural and conversational way, just like a native!
Riding in a taxi is another common practice while living in or traveling to Vietnam. Being able to easily give directions to the driver makes this any enjoyable experience. In this lesson we learn the basic phrases and words that are necessary to communicate effectively with a taxi driver.
With any language there are groups of words that are used frequently in many situations. This is certainly true for some of the main adjectives that we use in Vietnamese. In this lesson we learn these key adjectives that can be committed to memory and used on a daily basis.
Just as with the lesson on adjectives, in this lecture we will learn some of the critically important verbs that we will need to know in order to express ourselves well in Vietnamese in many types of situations.
Vietnamese food is one of the greatest aspects of the Vietnamese culture and heritage. In this lesson we will learn how to say the names of many of the most popular foods that are eaten in Vietnam every day.
In this lesson we will learn the names of various aspects of clothing as well as how to use them in a natural sentence.
One of the most common topics of any conversation is entertainment. In this lesson we will learn how to discuss such topics as movies, music, going to watch a play etc.
In this lesson we learn how to talk about travel and specifically how to get around inside Vietnam.
Slang is probably the last aspect of a language that you will learn in any normal language textbook or course. In this lesson I cover some of the most popular Vietnamese slang words and phrases which took me many years in the country to learn how to use properly. The content of this lesson will definitely set you apart from the crowd!
In this lesson we have a natural Vietnamese conversation that utilizes many of the words and phrases that we learned in this course. By the time you reach this point in the course, you should be able to understand everything in this conversation.
The secret to successful language learning is focusing on the useful and practical elements and ignoring the rest! Now go forth and speak Vietnamese!
I have tried very hard to learn Vietnamese from books and other software but this course is the first one that actually helped me improve quickly. I appreciate how practical everything is so we aren't wasting our time learning useless vocabulary that we'll never use!
As I thought about what I would write in this, I realized I would sound like I worked for udemy, because I have so many complimentary things to say. But the truth is I'm a regular user who has been thoroughly impressed with the Greg's lectures.