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Vietnamese Phonemic Chart

This is the Phonemic Chart for English:


It tries to show all the sounds that are used in English and is used quite a lot by classroom teachers...it's a little bit complicated at first, but once you get it, it can really help with pronunciation....if you've never seen it before, a good place to start is here:


Is there a similar chart for the sounds used in Vietnamese?

April 29, 2016



I couldn't find a Phonemic chart, but I found a chart that compares Vietnamese sounds with English, somewhat (note all vowels here a neutral):

And in case you need tones too:

These are both Northern Vietnamese, the kind Duolingo teaches us. Southern is distinctly different.


Brilliant, thank you!


how do you know what the symbols in square brackets mean?


The symbols in the brackets are from the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet


i would give you a lingot, except that we are unable to copy and paste this chart, so it is not much help unless you can keep this open in a window and hop back and forth...and back...and forth. Could you possible put a link for this? Thank you for at least taking the time to post all this information.


I gave you a lingot anyway! Three years later, lol! STILL trying to learn Vietnamese!!


Sorry for my bad English is it something like this? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnamese_phonology


Thank you, that's great.


Amazing guys...thank you so much! And so fast!

I learned to read phonetically back in the 70's and find this stuff really useful (I know lots of people look at it and scratch their heads and say "What?".....but it helps me!)

Thank you...It's 8.30 here in Vietnam.... Tôi đi bơi ! (I'm going swimming!)


The IPA chart will depend on the region, since there are different sounds for the different dialects. It is also noteworthy that several versions can be found, suggesting academic disagreement about several of the sounds (most in the upper right and lower left corners of the vowel chart). For Northern Vietnamese, I picked out some consonant sounds here and some vowel sounds here. Both contain pronunciation explanations. Another user explained the southern sounds in each respective thread.


Wikipedia is the most accurate and trustworthy in my opinion: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA/Vietnamese Similar pages exist for many other languages :))


I've yet to start the Vietnamese course so I may be no help here. I believe that chart is IPA, extremely useful for learning languages once you get your head around it. Here is the IPA for Vietnamese, may be what you're looking for.


Bang on the nail! Thank you!


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