Learn Vietnamese as a child
As you may have someone told you, you should learn other languages the same way a child learn it. I do not discuss the efficiency of this method, but if you're willing to learn Vietnamese that way, you can use textbooks for elementary school students.
Elementary schools in Vietnam have 5 grades, each of which has Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt) as its main subject. On the first semester of grade 1 (lớp 1), Vietnamese focus on pronouncing each sound. On the next semester of grade 1 and the rest 4 grades, the subject is about comprehension reading (marked with "tập đọc" or "đọc hiểu"), primary grammar ("luyện từ và câu"), and writing ("tập làm văn", mostly story telling and describing). You can get free access to real Vietnamese texts and literature (which are also simple enough for beginners).
Each book has two part (tập 1, tập 2). Just google for "Sách tiếng Việt lớp 1 tập 1 2 pdf". You can get results like this and you can download the pdf books for free.
If you want to get more advanced, you can look for the subject on secondary and high school. The subject then is called "Ngữ văn" (literature) instead. For secondary school (g 6 - 9), the text is about 2 to 3 pages long, while for high school (g 10 - 12), it can be up to 6 to 7 pages long, or maybe even longer. Writing in these grades are generally concentrated on literature analyzing and criticizing. I don't recommend them actually, because I feel like unless you're terribly serious, you'd get rather intimidated by them. In addition, if you can solely use these books, I'd say you're quite fluent in Vietnamese already.
Thanks for reading.
These elementary school books sound very useful. I am in week one of a 6 month visit in Vietnam and getting a bit overwhelmed trying to follow conversations at normal speeds, especially when everyone is talking at once.
I think " trường tiểu học" is not used the word "elementary school", it's "primary school" :) If you want to say "cấp bậc tiểu học", you use "elementary level".
No, I'm pretty sure they're both used. That's just a dialectal difference in usage.
Primary school is the preferred term in the United Kingdom, Ireland and many Commonwealth nations, and in most publications of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Elementary school is preferred in some countries, especially in the United States and Canada. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primary_school hope this help:)