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Learn Vietnamese through conversations

Good morning, Vietnam! Greet a new day in Vietnam by escaping into its lush natural landscapes, sunbathing on the beaches of Nha Trang, or taking a trip down the Mekong Delta. Spend the day among the rice terraces with local mountain people or get away to Phu Quoc for an island getaway on one of the world’s most pristine beaches. The options are endless in Vietnam – and with 75 million native speakers, you’re bound to strike up an interesting conversation while traveling around this exquisite country.

Grammar Notes

No interpretation is created equal. Grammar Notes, color-coding, and features that focus on specific grammatical nuances between target and source language strengthens your understanding of Vietnamese language structure.

Culture Notes

Etiquette, body language, gestures — set the mood. Culture Notes provide a backdrop to learning material and let the Vietnamese culture come alive, setting you up to forge deeper connections with Vietnamese culture and make a positive impression.

Vocabulary

Critical thinking and memory-building exercises blend new vocabulary into lesson progress, allowing you to pick up on the structure of your target language so you can apply new content that will be presented in various contexts throughout the course.

Pronunciation

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Course Overview

Learn Vietnamese language basics, from common phrases all the way to more advanced concepts

Vietnamese

Main Units

Our main language course that contains the core content.

  • 1Basics
  • Chapter 1 - Salutations and Small Talk
  • Chapter 2 - Languages and Origins
  • Chapter 3 - Names and Introductions
  • Chapter 4 - Places and Directions
  • Chapter 5 - Currency and Counting
  • Chapter 6 - Food and Drink Culture
  • Chapter 7 - Transportation and Payment
  • Chapter 8 - Help and Requests
  • Chapter 9 - Compliments and Corrections
  • Chapter 10 - Clarification and Explanation

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Salutations and Small Talk

Conversational Goals

  • Express Gratitude
  • Greet People about Your Age
  • Make Small Talk with Strangers
  • Say Goodbye

Grammar Goals

  • Learn Adjectives
  • Learn Terms of Address
  • Learn to Form Simple Sentences
  • Use Tag Questions

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Languages and Origins

Conversational Goals

  • Ask and Tell If Someone Speaks a Language
  • Ask and Tell Where Someone Is from
  • Get Someone's Attention

Grammar Goals

  • Form Negative Sentences with Không
  • Form Questions with Nào
  • Learn How to Form Yes/ No Questions

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Names and Introductions

Conversational Goals

  • Ask Someone's Name
  • Introduce Yourself and Others
  • Recognize Vietnamese Names
  • Respond to Introductions
  • Say That You Are Not Someone or Something

Grammar Goals

  • Construct Possessives
  • Give Short Answers to Phải không Questions
  • Learn More Terms of Address
  • Learn the Negative Form of Là
  • Use the Question Word Gì

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Places and Directions

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for Directions
  • Get Help Finding Places Using a Map
  • Identify Important Places and Facilities Around Town
  • Understand Directions as They Are Given to You

Grammar Goals

  • Form Questions with Ở đâu
  • Learn Adverbs That Describe Places
  • Learn the Word Order in Noun Phrases
  • Use Imperative Sentences

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Currency and Counting

Conversational Goals

  • Deal with Vietnamese Currency
  • Negotiate Basic Transactions at Stores
  • Recite Vietnamese Numbers

Grammar Goals

  • Form Questions with Có... không?
  • Use the Classifier Cái
  • Use the Question Word Hả

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 6 - Food and Drink Culture

Conversational Goals

  • Gain Insight to Vietnamese Food Culture
  • Order Drinks and Meals
  • Understand Common Phrases Used at Restaurants

Grammar Goals

  • Learn When to Use the Word Cho
  • Learn When to Use Ơi
  • Practice the Word Order in Noun Phrases and Questions
  • Use the Question Word Thế nào

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 7 - Transportation and Payment

Conversational Goals

  • Deal with Large Numbers
  • Handle Vietnamese Currency with Ease
  • Ride a Taxi and Pay the Fare
  • Tell Whether You Can Use Something

Grammar Goals

  • Form Imperatives with nhé
  • Form Questions with Bao Xa
  • Use the Question Word Được không
  • Use the Term of Address Chúng tôi

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 8 - Help and Requests

Conversational Goals

  • Accept or Decline Help
  • Ask for or Offer Help
  • Expressing Gratitude for a Past Deed
  • Gain Knowledge of Emergency Services
  • Tell What the Trouble Is

Grammar Goals

  • Form Questions with Sao vậy
  • Form Simple Suggestions or Requests
  • Use Bị to Express Loss or Suffer
  • Use Rồi to Emphasize the Past Deed
  • Use Đã to Express Appreciation

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 9 - Compliments and Corrections

Conversational Goals

  • Ask and Answer What a Word or Phrase Means
  • Ask and Answer What a Written Word or Phrase Says
  • Ask and Tell How Your Performance Is
  • Ask and Tell What Something Is
  • Give and Respond to a Compliment

Grammar Goals

  • Learn How to Form Adverbs
  • Learn the Classifiers cái , con , món
  • Learn the Uses of Adverbs Rất , Lắm and Quá
  • Practice the Demonstrative Adjectives Này and Đó
  • Use the Conjunction là

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 10 - Clarification and Explanation

Conversational Goals

  • Ask / Answer How to Write / Pronounce / Say Something
  • Ask or Tell Someone You Are Learning Something
  • Communicate Your Ability to Understand Something
  • Request or Agree to Speak in a Particular Language
  • Request to Repeat, Slow Down, or Speak Up

Grammar Goals

  • Express Continuous Actions with Đang
  • Use the Comparative Particle Hơn
  • Use Chưa in Sentences
  • Use Mới in Sentences
  • Use Đã for Past Actions

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