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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.


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!!


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

cảm ơn (thank you!)


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.


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


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 ;)


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


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

Aah, just looked it up.

I get it. XD


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

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

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


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

No, sorry

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


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


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

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


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. ^-^


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

like a Duolingo for-kids? :)


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

Sort of. ^-^

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


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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).


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mu6OVm

    In Spanish usually the children mispronounce a lot when learning to speak. I.e., my niece used to say "tosa" to mean the sofa.

    I can only guess the Vietnamese children get the tones incorrectly in the beginning and learn later to adjust them to be understood.


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

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


    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!


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

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


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

    "nguoi" not "ngoui" :v


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

    sorry xD I'll learn eventually!


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

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


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

    No, i not so good English :))


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

    I don't have good Tieng Viet.

    Maybe I can help you, and you help me?


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

    Ok, do you have hangouts ?


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

    No,

    but I will get it :)

    EDIT - I have it!


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

    This video should answer your Qu':

    https://youtu.be/KGGwZI9PCaY

    Learn Vietnamese in just 5 minutes a day. For free.