Resources for learning South Vietnamese

Hi, I am a second generation Vietnamese American who is trying to relearn his native tongue. I have just started this course and I found that what I learn here is Northern Vietnamese. I would like to ask the native speakers here, Where I can find resources for learning vocabulary from South Vietnamese?

April 30, 2016


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I believe 'Vietnamese for Beginners' by Jake Catlett (Paiboon Publishing, ISBN 1887521844) deals with the Southern dialect (I don't have it myself, but I have the Burmese and Cambodian books from the same series and they're not too bad). Apart from that one, as you say, every Vietnamese textbook seems only to teach the Northern dialect.
You can find it on amazon for not too much money; there is also an accompanying set of CDs.

April 30, 2016

Have you checked out your local community? In my experience, outside the US, the common dialect is Southern, so many of the teachers necessarily teach that. Granted, you might be sitting in a class with young-ish kids, but there should be classes. Check out churches/temples if you don't have a local Vietnamese association.

Otherwise, there's always the "deep end of the pool" approach (not one I like but I've known many who do) and just start watching movies/TV shows/etc in Vietnamese. Check out any of the US-produced stuff, and you're more likely than not going to run into the Southern dialect. Almost all dubbing of asian serials will use the Northern dialect, unless they're old or you've somehow stumbled upon an import.

There's a program on SBTN (a California-based Vietnamese-language channel) that teaches English. With a bit of industriousness, I think you might be able to use that as a resource. The man who teaches that speaks with a Northern accent, but much of his terminology is Southern. His name is Bùi Bảo Trúc, but I don't know the name of the English program in particular.

May 1, 2016

The creators of this course reported that they tried to avoid using a northern focused vocabulary, might be helpful to clarify that first.

May 1, 2016

Best resource is find a native who speaks Southern dialect. Beyond that there are several sources I've come across (I'm focusing on Southern but I'm also learning Northern just so I know the differences).

This guy pumps out a lot of videos and blog posts, all southern.

Learn Vietnamese with Annie is another great resource. She also have a website of the same name with more goodies.

A catch all resource filled with tons of material. She does sort between southern and norther or mixed.

As for books, as someone already mentioned, Vietnamese for Beginners by Jake Catlett is southern. I have the book and it's useful as a starting point. Even better with the CDs, but they're bought separately and cost more than the book... >_> Most other text books I have (and I have over a dozen) focus mainly on northern dialect, even those printed in Hồ Chí Minh city. Be prepared to learn a swath of both for vocabulary.

May 3, 2016

how is your Vietnamese getting? if you need some help. I am native South Vietnamese, I can help you.

February 15, 2018

The accent is northern, but I've found it still useful since 95% of the words are all the same. I live in the south, but I used Rosetta Stone to learn a lot even though it was all northern too. The easiest way I've found is to go teach English in Vietnam. That's how all of the Vietnamese-Americans I know got fluent (I'm not Vietnamese-American but I'm fluent now too.)

May 6, 2016
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