Vietnamese Slang and Colloquial Southern Speech
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Vietnamese Slang and Colloquial Southern Speech

Understanding and Using the Vietnamese Language in the South
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Created by Greg Vanderford
Last updated 9/2017
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Use Southern Slang When Speaking
  • Speak Naturally in the Southern Accent
  • Understand slang when it is used by others
  • Understand the Southern Accent
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  • Basic knowledge of the Vietnamese language
  • Understanding the Vietnamese Tones
  • Understanding the Vietnamese Alphabet

Once beginning to study, Vietnamese Language Learners (VLL) quickly discover that there are two dialects of Vietnamese: Northern and Southern.

While most language teachers will tell you that the Northern dialect is "correct" or "standard" and that the Southern dialect is "wrong", this would be news to the MAJORITY of Vietnamese speakers in Vietnam who mostly live in the South in major cities such as Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Nha Trang, Dong Nai, Da Nang and others.

The truth is, although Vietnamese people from all parts of the country understand each other, it makes sense for a VLLs to study in the dialect that they will be using in the place in which they live. 

Unfortunately, almost ALL Vietnamese language textbooks and materials use the Northern so-called "standard" Vietnamese, which makes it very difficult for someone living in Ho Chi Minh City (AKA Saigon) to learn the language to fluency.

In this course, YOU WILL LEARN:









I have been studying the Vietnamese Language for over 10 years and have helped hundreds of expats become fluent because I had to learn from scratch while living in Saigon and understand the difficulties of learning Vietnamese, especially with a SOUTHERN ACCENT.

I also have a Teaching Certificate, Master's Degree of Education, and many years of professional language teaching experience.

If you are serious about learning Vietnamese and are either planning a trip to the southern part of Vietnam or even planning to move here permanently:


Who is the target audience?
  • Vietnamese Language Learners
  • Vietnamese Language Learners with Basic Knowledge of the Language
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
1 Lecture 11:21

Vietnamese is a difficult language to learn made even more difficult by the fact that most learning materials are in the Northern so-called "standard" dialect. In this course you will learn how to speak Vietnamese the way they speak it in the country's largest metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City (AKA Saigon), and throughout the southern parts of Vietnam where most people in the country actually live. In this lesson we will preview what you are going to learn in the course.

Preview 11:21
Southern Vietnamese Pronunciation
5 Lectures 01:01:04

In this lesson we will do a brief review of the alphabet to make sure you have a solid grasp on this very important foundation of the Vietnamese Language. In the lesson, we will be looking at a few different charts to provide a variety of ways to help you correctly pronounce and understand the Vietnamese alphabet.

Vietnamese Alphabet Review

In this lesson we will do a brief review of the all-important Vietnamese tones. Since Vietnamese is a tonal language, understanding and being able to correctly pronounce the tones is critical to attaining any level of fluency. In this lesson, we will be looking at a few different charts that will provide a variety of ways of looking at the tones so learners of different styles are easily able to understand how the tones work and how to correctly say them.

Vietnamese Tones Review

In this lesson we will do a brief review of the most natural ways to greet people in the south. One of the most important aspects of becoming conversational in any language is being able to strike up a conversation with anyone and ask basic question without having to stop and refer to your notebook or dictionary. In this lesson, you will learn everything you need to have a basic introductory conversation in Vietnamese while also taking a look at the very important relative pronouns of the Vietnamese Language.

Natural Vietnamese Greetings Review

In this lesson, you will learn how to correctly pronounce some of the trickiest southern words in the Vietnamese Language. Since clear pronunciation is so vital to being able to speak the language well the successful student must practice constantly and have the tools to be able to create the sounds of the language correctly. In this lesson you will learn not only how to say some of the most difficult words to pronounce but also how to shape your mouth in order to build the necessary muscle memory to speak Vietnamese clearly.

Difficult Vietnamese Words to Pronounce

In this lesson you will learn how to say some particularly difficult but common southern Vietnamese phrases. By practicing these phrases over and over you will be building important automaticity that will help your brain assimilate the sounds of the language as well as the muscle memory in the mouth necessary to build fluency.

Difficult Phrases and Sentences to Pronounce
Southern Vietnamese Slang
3 Lectures 30:14

In this lesson you will learn common southern slang that will set you apart from the average foreign Vietnamese speaker and help you easily make friends wherever you go. You will not find these slang words and phrases in any textbook or language course.

Common Southern Slang

In this lesson, you will learn more southern slang that is slightly less common and will induce plenty of laughs and surprised smiles from the people you meet throughout your travels in Vietnam.

Slightly Obscure Southern Slang (to get laughs :))

In this lesson, you will learn the common ways to swear in the Vietnamese Language in order to understand if there is cursing going on around you or directed directly at you. It is important to understand some, if not all, of these words and phrases in order to recognize if you are in a negative environment so you can leave or otherwise address the situation appropriately.

How to Swear in Vietnamese (warning: explicit!)
Southern Vietnamese Conversational Speech
5 Lectures 33:56

In this lesson you will learn how to speak naturally in the southern dialect including some of the most common colloquial words that are used on a daily basis in the south.

Common Southern Words

In this lesson, you will learn some of the most common and colloquial southern Vietnamese phrases in order to increase your overall fluency and make friends naturally wherever you go. These phrases can be used immediately upon arriving in Vietnam so you can start communicating and making friends from day one.

Common Southern Phrases

It is important to understand some of the major differences between the northern and southern dialects in order to differentiate between northern and southern speaks as well as to make sure that if you're living or traveling in the south, that you are using the correct dialect. In this lesson, you will some important distinctions between northern and southern Vietnamese.

Major Differences Between Northern and Southern Vietnamese

In this lesson, you will learn more colloquial southern speech including common words and phrases as well as how to correctly pronounce them.

More Southern Pronunciation Practice

In this lesson, you will learn a lot of general advice, tips, and tricks that will help you on your journey toward fluency in the Vietnamese Language. It's not enough to simply study and practice. You also need to use effective language acquisition strategies and tactics that have been proven to be effective in accelerating the learning process while minimizing the chances of burnout and ultimately giving up on the language.

General Vietnamese Language Tips & Tricks
1 Lecture 06:43

In this concluding lesson, we recap what we learned in the course and I leave you with some parting words of encouragement so that you will ready to embark on the great journey that is learning the Vietnamese Language. Living in southern Vietnam, or just traveling through, is an amazing experience and those that successfully learn how to speak Vietnamese have a much richer and deeply satisfying experience than those that never learn the language. Let's make sure that you are the former!

Now Go Out There and Practice!
About the Instructor
Greg Vanderford
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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, chess, 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.