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.
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.
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).