https://www.duolingo.com/Rowlena-L

What are your opinions on the Vietnamese course?

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Hi everyone,

I'm obviously not taking the Vietnamese course on Duolingo (at least not yet), but I was wondering what you think about it? I know that this topic was discussed a bit here: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/29340116

I just want to know if people still feel the same. If you're reading this, I'd love to know what you think about it, @Songve, because I think that you're one of the few people who doesn't completely hate the course.

Personally, I'm not sure how seriously I want to study Vietnamese, but I have a Vietnamese friend I talk with on skype a lot. We met on a language exchange site, and I've been helping her with her English for several years now, but previously I never had any interest in learning Vietnamese. Recently, I've started to learn a few words and phrases, and she's always so delighted when I attempt to write or speak in Vietnamese--and I suspect that she loves that the tables are turned and now gets to play the teacher :) She's from HCMC, so I know that the dialect is a little different than what is taught here on Duo.

Do you have any recommendations for me if think that I may want to give Vietnamese a try? Who knows, if I get into it, I might study it more seriously.

I've also seen Lingodeer recommended. Have any of you tried that and if so, what do you think?

Thanks a bunch!

-Rowlena

2 weeks ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Huy_Ngo
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Well, as there are many negative reviews already, I'd give a positive one: the audio itself seems quite good in terms of pronunciation, better than Google Translate imo.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

My reason here was to prepare for total immersion by living in Vietnam for six months, living and traveling with local folks. I made a few Language Adventure posts leading up to it and while I have been here in Vietnam.

I think it has a lot of good categories but I have put completion on hold while I am here. I’d recommend it as one of many tools in your language toolbox box

First noticeable thing was I got hit with Southern dialect while in Saigon. At the moment I am sitting in the Quang Ngai train station waiting for the Hogwart’s train to take me back to Saigon for Tet. Getting used to the Central dialect hard. Gotta go, a crowd from Song Ve showed up to see me off...

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bayoubougre

Do you find that most Vietnamese refer to the city as Saigon rather than Ho Chi Man?

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

Seems so. The airport, zoo and train station have always kept Saigon. But if you need an official address for anything, best to use TPHCNC. And watching a soccer game and Vietnam scores they shouted “ Vietnam Ho Chi Minh!”

BTW, I left Quang Ngai at 2 pm yesterday and it is 5pm when I got to Saigon. Apparently delays were caused by a derailment on the Saigon train to Quang Ngai.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/betarage
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I tried it in 2017 but typing Vietnamese is very annoying and i remember that the sound quality was poor i want to try it again in the future but i will have to use other apps and i will probably be lazy and copy paste answers if i get them wrong too often.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CirculaTed

I find it super useful. Before i started the DuoLingo course I found a PDF online that gives pronunciation guidelines for both the northern and southern accents. The Duo course is great for building vocabulary and is particularly useful for helping you read signs and such. My oral comprehension and pronunciation is definitely weak, especially in Saigon, but it's improving now that i feel competent enough to have at least a basic conversation in Vietnamese. One downside of the course is that it does take a while before you learn basic conversational phrases like "What is your name?". But it is quite well designed if you are prepared to spend a while working on it. Probably it's best to start a few months before going to VN if that's your plan. Also getting a decent keyboard app is probably very important. I use TouchPal, which has a decent VN entry mode and allows swipe-style input. I didn't use the swipe entry at first but it's very convenient to use after you have gained the ability to remember the various diacritics and don't need to focus so much on that any more.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/qjunk

I actually really like the course! My family speaks Vietnamese, and so I decided to take the course here. I'm at an advantage here, because I can learn the basics online, and then learn the cultural and social aspects of the language at home. But the course has so far provided a good start for me and has helped me a lot.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bingalicious

You're in my group!

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/qjunk

Yes!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bingalicious

I just wrote a massive essay but it didn't send! Long story short I really like the course. I'm currently living in Hanoi for a bit and I'm finding the app really useful. I have also watched a few youtube videos to get my head around the tones. I've also compiled a document which outlines the sounds each letter of the Vietnamese alphabet uses, plus how the tones are supposed to sound. I don't know how long I'll need the langue for, but I love learning it! I'd say go for it!!!

Bing.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rowlena-L
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If you have more details to add, please feel free to share them.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bingalicious

The document is on my phone, and it's written for me, by me, which might make it difficult to understand. I would be happy to submit though. The videos by a guy on youtube called Austen Mersereau have helped me loads, also the HK Vietnamese Language Center. Both are helpful to me because I'm in Hanoi and they are specifically for the Hanoian accent :)

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HvcI11
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I've been learning Vietnamese using Duolingo, and Duolingo isn't enough for learning. For example, lessons for the alphabets and tones should be added, some words or phrases are not correct, and so on. But I could learn facts that my book didn't contain: tư can be used in 24, 34, 44. Also, the overall context is good, including pronunciation, words, etc. So, if you are planning to study Vietnamese regardless of the dialects, give it a try.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rowlena-L
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Out of curiosity, do you speak Korean already though? That might have make it a bit easier. Still, thanks for the insight.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Huy_Ngo
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I don't see that could help much. I find little similarity between the two languages.

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https://www.duolingo.com/HvcI11
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Of course, I'm a native Korean speaker.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Geeza9
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I would not recommend to ONLY use duolingo for learning Vietnamese, but I for one think, it is quite helpful with practising vocabulary because it regularly reminds you to do so.

If you accept that duolingo makes mistakes and that you might adapt some and that you have to learn your grammar in a different way, why not? Vietnamese thankfully doesn't have as much in the form of grammar as my mother language (German). I really like that with duolingo you can listen to many sentences as for me the pronunciation is the hardest part of learning Vietnamese and you can't really learn that from books. Unfortunately, the language is not very popular (at least in Germany) and it is hard to find an actual language course. But I've had one before for which I am very greatful as it built a basic understanding of the language for me. And I've also had tandem partners. And I still have books and a friend in Vietnam with whom I regularly converse.

Really, you should NOT exclusively use duolingo to try to learn Vietnamese. I can't imagine that working well. Just think of "I" and "you". If you only work with duolingo, you will think that "I" is "toi" and "you" is "ban" when in reality it is so much more complicated! But as an addition and a way to keep you motivated it works fine for me!

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DziadSdzik
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I can only compare Vietnamese with Polish as we fight with each other's mother languages together with my gf for about seven months already. Both courses have enormous amount of inconsequences. Tons of phrases that are translated with errors or just completely unnatural and no one would ever use it as a native speaker. On the other hand I was living in VN for over two years and as I just can't hear any difference between all the tones and special vowels my progress in Vietnamese comes mostly from duolingo, where I can read and write instead. After all that time I don't think Vietnamese has any official form, and people seems to use it as they like without any real rules. It's absolutely chaotic language, as are Vietnamese people. If you don't mind that you can give it a go.

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