Vietnamese 101: Beginner level.
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Vietnamese 101: Beginner level.

[Hanoi accent] Learn basic, practical Vietnamese with a native Vietnamese speaker
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  • 12 Articles
  • 17 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • impress anyone for being able to speak one of the most difficult languages in the world!
  • self-introduce
  • order the right food at the restaurant and tell them NOT to put spices in it.
  • ask for and understand directions
  • go shopping without the fear of being ripped off
  • understand if the local people bad-mouth you or fall in love with you
  • ask for others' phone number
  • and many more other things!
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  • Notion about tonal language can be very helpful.
  • A good dictionary!
  • and simply, passion.

Travelling or living in Vietnam? Looking for a comprehensive, easy way to communicate with local people in Vietnamese? Then you just get to the right place! 

Taking this course, you will master how to have a fluent conversation with local people and...

- Sound natural, pronouncing all the tones correctly
- Making questions and answering them
- Expressing your opinion
- and understanding even the most colloquial expressions, and some slang too!

Of course, we will also cover the most important and daily-used vocabulary, the pronouns, and culture-related facts. At the end of this course, you will certainly be able to express yourself very well in Vietnamese! 

I am a Vietnamese native speaker, with northern accent, and Vietnamese language teacher for more than 5 years. Students from many countries all around the world (Australia, United States, Germany, Spain, China, among others) have achieved high-intermediate to advanced levels after learning the contents that I collected in this course for you!

Trust me, Vietnamese people LOOOOVE it when you can speak their language. All the smiles, handshakes, laughs and beautiful friendship you can make with Vietnamese people for being able to speak this language is more than enough to enroll in this course, which is unique and has a great value!

Who is the target audience?
  • Basically anyone, form the language enthusiasts to someone who just wants to find out how beautiful and at the same time "chaotic" this language can be!
  • This course is not heavily grammatically oriented, so if you are interested in complex syntax or something like that, this is not the one.
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Curriculum For This Course
33 Lectures
28 Lectures 02:14:53

An introduction to Vietnamese. Find out the similarities and differences between Vietnamese and English, or between Vietnamese and other tonal languages. In this lesson, we will cover some differences between Southern Vietnamese and Northern Vietnamese too. Hint: there are a lot of differences between them. 

Have fun!

Preview 13:05

In this lesson, we will learn how to properly address people in Vietnamese... As a matter of fact, there is no clear translation for English's "hello" or "sorry"... in Vietnamese. It all depends on the age and the gender of the people we are talking to. In this lesson, I will explain you why. By the time you finish this lesson, you will see how beautifully complicated the Vietnamese language is!

Have fun!

Lesson 2: How to properly address people

What's the most suitable pronoun?
10 questions

In this lesson, we'll learn how to say "he/she/it/we/they" properly in Vietnamese ;)

Lesson 3: Pronouns (second part)

Reading practice: Họ Nguyễn

The so-called "survival phrases" such as "where are the toilets", "sorry"... We can use those phrases to get familiar with the Vietnamese pronunciation and tones. Be prepared to get your tongue tied and twisted! Let's do it.

Lesson 4: Basic phrases

Game: Ý nghĩa tên của bạn là gì (What's the meaning of your name?)

In this lesson, we will cover the numbers. This is very important as it can be used to talk about prices, date and time...

Have fun!

Lesson 5: Talking about numbers, questions with "how much/many"

Vietnam's interesting figures

In this lesson, we will learn some vocabulary about health and mood, express if we are happy or sad... By the end of the lesson, you will know how to make and answer yes/no question. It is not as easy as you might think. Let's find out.

Have fun!

Lesson 6: Talking about Health, mood, and making "yes/no" questions

Exercise: Health & mood

In this lesson, we will learn some small vocabulary about food and drink, learn to ask people what they like to eat, or tell them if we like what we drink or not... By the end of the lesson, you will be confident to go to any Vietnamese restaurant to order your own food and comment about them in Vietnamese! 

Have fun!

Preview 07:10

What's the most suitable response?
8 questions

Fun facts about Vietnamese food.

Practice: Order food and drinks

"Where are you?" - the most common question to be asked over the telephone. In this lesson, we will learn how to answer them!

Have fun!

Lesson 8: Talking about places; making questions with "where"

Reading practice: Một ngày ở Hà Nội nên đi đâu?

"What day is today? When is your birthday?"... we will tackle this type of question and how to answer them in this lesson. Have fun!

Lesson 9: Talking about time, making question with "when"

Important dates in the Lunar Calendar for Vietnamese people

What's the most suitable response?
8 questions

In this lesson we will learn vocabulary to describes things or people, such as "beautiful", "tall", "ugly"... By the end of this lesson, we will know understand what people think about you, or know how to give compliments, . Isn't it nice? Let's start!

Lesson 10: Learning common adjectives, making questions with "how"

Fun facts about Vietnam's travel destination.

In this lesson we will study how to tell people what we do, what we like to do (we will cover some verbs such as read book, listen to the radio, surf the internet...).

Lesson 11: leaning common verbs, making questions with "why"

Reading practice: Một ngày làm việc của Bác Hồ

In this lesson we will learn vocabulary to talk about people that matter to us. 

Lesson 12: Talking about people around us, making question with "who" and "whose

What's the most suitable answer?
10 questions

Fun facts about Vietnamese gods (Táo quân)

In this lesson, we will review about every questions we have cover so far. Let's recharge our batteries!

Lesson 13: Let's review!

Good news is: we Vietnamese people don't have many verb tenses and we do not always use them (lazy us!). However, it is still good to know. In this lesson, I will cover just the most useful you need to know. Join me!

Lesson 14: Introduction to verb tenses

"I should do this or not? I have to do this or not?" ... ok, in this lesson, we will learn how to say these. 

Lesson 15: Modal verbs (part 1)

This is the second part of the last lesson (about modal verbs). Wont be difficult. I promise!

Lesson 16: Modal verbs (part 2)

Vietnamese superstition list - the DOs and the DONTs
5 Lectures 12:57

In this section, let's learn how to comment if the food is too salty or too spicy, or tell people that we are vegetarians...

Extra: Expressions to be used at the restaurants

In this lesson, we will learn some small basic to talk about the weather. As you know, it is always a good way to break the ice and start a good conversation with local people!

Extra: Talking about the weather

In this extra lesson, we will talk about transportation.

Extra - Talking about transportation

In this lesson, we will learn to express what we feel. Wanna know how to say: "It's driving me crazy!", or "it's stressful", or "I envy you"...? We will cover them in this extra lesson. Have fun!

Extra - Talking about your own emotions!

In this lesson, we will learn some small basic to ask for directions. Very helpful especially when you are in Vietnam!

Extra: Asking for direction
About the Instructor
Pham Bao Thanh Huyen
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Teacher, Curriculum developer, Polyglot

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. 

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. And I always try my best to help people overcome those difficulties and master their language skills.

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