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

How good is the Vietnamese course?

I'm concerned about how good this course is because I only saw a few bad translations... Should I wait for an update or is it really not that bad? Any other free resources I can use along with Duolingo?

April 24, 2019

14 Comments


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

I'm an active contributor currently (That can probably change in the future). I can fix those bad translations. But, you need to be patient because it's a lot of work

When you see a bad translation, what you should do to report it to me:

  1. Click report "This translation should be accepted". This way, you will receive an email notifying that your suggestion is accepted when the problem is fixed.
  2. Take a screenshot, just to be sure.
  3. Comment your suggestion on the sentence, so that I will see it in the discussion. If the suggestion is correct, I will approve. If I think it's not correct, I will discuss it with you (and probably in other forums) - my English is not perfect, and sometimes I need some more discussions to be sure if a translation is fitting.

Not only V to E translation. Feel free to comment on any Vietnamese sentence you have trouble with. I'm willing to answer.

April 25, 2019

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

Thanks much for your continuing help with the course. You make a big difference.

April 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shea603077

Seconded. Thanks to both of you, actually.

July 30, 2019

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

The farther you make it in the course, the worse the English translations become. I think those errors are being fixed, but I'm not sure about that though. I recommend the LingoDeer Vietnamese course

April 25, 2019

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

Huy_Ngo is fixing things up. I received Duolingo notifications about accepting my translations. He is making a huge difference. His valuable responses in Sentence Discussions were the only reason I stayed around. My purpose here was to prepare for a 6 month total immersion by living in Vietnam with Vietnamese. I have posted several "Language Adventures" about my preparation for the trip and a few during my trip. Soon I will post the conclusion of the series to comment about how effective Duolingo was in the real world and my goal of becoming fluent at the end of my adventure. I hope to finish the course by next month and conclude my impression of the course.

Preliminarily, I recommend the course due to involvement of Huy. No language course here alone will suffice if your goal is fluency. Duolingo is one of many tools in your language tool box.

Meanwhile, get involved by reporting questionable sentences and leaving comments in Discussions. I learned a lot through Huy and others there. It is an essential feature of this course for clarifications.

April 25, 2019

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

You're right. I am Vietnamese and I also see it. Sometimes when I do the test, I get a wrong answer although I do it right. Even the structures which we do in the test are silly, I have never seen it before.

For example, "các con gà", in Vietnam, nobody says that. Although "các" and "những" are the same, Vietnamese people only say "những con gà" or "mấy con gà". "Các con gà" is not wrong, but strange sound. And more and more...

I hope Duolingo will fix it.

April 25, 2019

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

BTW, as a beginner, how did you determine bad translations?

April 25, 2019

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

I already know a little vietnamese because my parents are vietnamese. I just don't know how to read and write. I can speak and understand others pretty decently.

April 25, 2019

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

Then how come you are not fluent? Just kidding...I am impressed that you are motivated to learn the language. When I first got involved with the Vietnamese community in the US, I assumed every child learned Vietnamese and was surprised that some did not for one reason or another. But I note many of the kids want to learn and parents helping them.

April 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/belstar128

Its not the worst but its not great.

April 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ed.Chan

Like anyone, I wish they would complete the audio to the Duolingo Vietnamese Course. But I still enjoy the course, and the people on Duolingo. I have have FREE access to Rosetta Stone, Lingodeer, Memrise, and Mango Languages. I feel like Duolingo Vietnamese, got me started (interested enough), to look into it. The only thing holding me back is motivation, not Duolingo Vietnamese.

April 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cerez00

I use Lingodeer instead for Vietnamese. I had a conversation with my Vietnamese friend. and I had to ask how to pronounce 60% of the sentences. I also had to ask for help when we in a discord call and it was confusing for both of us.

April 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nanase4367

When I looked at it, some sentences and words were missing audio. I heard of people complaining about bad translations or answers in the course, but I never completed the first lesson so I can't provide a full opinion on the course. Lingodeer has Vietnamese and it teaches it better than on Duo with more detail, but Lingodeer is a paid app and it doesn't have most of the features and extensions that Chinese, Japanese, and Korean have. You can learn the Vietnamese alphabet on Lingodeer properly since they give full audio of the letters.

In the future I hope to learn Vietnamese on Lingodeer first before trying Duo's Vietnamese course and when most of the bad translations and missing audio are fixed. It is one of the languages I am interested in (like most East and Southeast Asian languages) but can't learn at present as I still need to work on my priority and current languages I am currently learning here.

May 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amplifymysound1

My only thing is that it needs more audio. im like 7 courses in and it's lacking a lot of audio.

May 5, 2019
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