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Children & Vietnamese (The Learning Process)

Although it may vary from household to household, what are the first words that Vietnamese children learn to speak? In what way do they learn the tones? The syntax?

I ask the question because I find it so interesting ones native language (that is 'easy' to them), can be a non-natives nightmare.

Also, I'd like to help my dad learn a few basic survival phrases before he leaves, because he is no language man.

October 10, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chou117

Hi! I'd say that children see the adults around the house as role models and imitate their behaviors, the way they dress/walk/talk. Vietnamese grows naturally inside the babies as they listen to grown-ups communicate. Also, I think children "feel" the tones as they listen to folklore, poems, lullabies, fairy tales, etc. Different tones convey different emotions. Usually, parents teach them to call "bố" (Dad), bà (Grandma), ô tô (auto/car), gấu (teddy bear), bế (the act of pick up and hold the baby), those are easy to pronounce. Then they learn to convey their needs (eat, drink, toilet, etc.). My answer is a bit long, but I hope it helps. Thank you for supporting the course.

November 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lilyanne_Matsuda

My friend DragonSoul is a native Vietnamese speaker, so he might be able to help you. ^-^

Here is his profile: https://www.duolingo.com/DragonSoul64

Hope this helped!!

October 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HistoryCulture

cảm ơn (thank you!)

October 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lilyanne_Matsuda

Anytime! ^-^

October 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HistoryCulture

I mean, I don't understand why languages are not taught to non-natives in the same process - like native children.

October 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lilyanne_Matsuda

Hm....maybe it's because children learn by watching their elders, and it's a different process?

I mean, learning a new language is different from learning your first, right? ^-^

If you don't mind me asking, how old are you? I'm 14. XD

October 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HistoryCulture

I can't tell you exactly, but I'll give you a hint - I can go to Octoberfest and drink legally (UK ) next year ;)

October 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lilyanne_Matsuda

Octoberfest? I've never heard of that before, and don't know much about the laws in the UK as much as in the US. XP

But I guess I could safely say that you're older than me? XD

October 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HistoryCulture

yes. You + Drei.

October 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lilyanne_Matsuda

Aah, just looked it up.

I get it. XD

October 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lilyanne_Matsuda

I was wondering, do you have Google Hangouts? ^-^

If you don't, that's fine. XP

October 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HistoryCulture

No, sorry

Now, let''s get this back on track.

October 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lilyanne_Matsuda

Okay. Sorry for the digression. XD

I wonder what a course that teaches languages like native children would be like. : P

October 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HistoryCulture

@HFM2402 - I think a course like that would be cool

October 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lilyanne_Matsuda

But it would require a lot of pictures, sounds, and audiovisual materials, considering that kids learn through that. ^-^

October 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HistoryCulture

like a Duolingo for-kids? :)

October 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lilyanne_Matsuda

Sort of. ^-^

Sorry for the delayed response - this got hidden among my many notifications. XD

October 12, 2016

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    Well, children don't need to take any more afford in tones than in vocabulary, tones are a natural part of the language, we don't need to "try" to pronounce tones. Some children are even surprised when they find out that English isn't tonal.

    To the question "what are the first words that Vietnamese children learn to speak?". It's usually mẹ (mother) or bố/ba (father).

    October 10, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HistoryCulture

    cảm ơn!

    October 10, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/White_Cats

    1 like for you, i am Vietnamese. Hello, where are you from ?

    October 10, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HistoryCulture

    sorry for my lack of tones. (cannot assess my keyboard at school)

    Xin Chao! toi la ngouri Anh. (I am English)! cảm ơn!

    October 10, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/White_Cats

    sorry, you read wrong : ngouri = nguoi. Oh, i like England, because in England is very beautiful.

    October 10, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HistoryCulture

    *toi la ngoui Anh.

    October 10, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Do_Nhi

    "nguoi" not "ngoui" :v

    October 10, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HistoryCulture

    sorry xD I'll learn eventually!

    October 12, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HistoryCulture

    you seem to type good English :) I wish I could type as good Tieng Viet!

    October 10, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/White_Cats

    No, i not so good English :))

    October 10, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HistoryCulture

    I don't have good Tieng Viet.

    Maybe I can help you, and you help me?

    October 10, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/White_Cats

    Ok, do you have hangouts ?

    October 10, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HistoryCulture

    No,

    but I will get it :)

    EDIT - I have it!

    October 10, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JCMcGee

    This video should answer your Qu':

    https://youtu.be/KGGwZI9PCaY

    October 17, 2016
    Learn Vietnamese in just 5 minutes a day. For free.