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

Is Vietnamese easy to learn for English speaker

I want to learn it, but is it really difficult like the other languages in Asia?

July 19, 2019

17 Comments


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

Try and see if you like the language. A major advantage is that VN is the asian country with roman letters... no ideogram, which is the only country typing this way ! Maybe a bit difficult as there are no common words except the new ones like tivi (TV).

July 19, 2019

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

It's not easy to learn at all, but it's fun to speak because the tones makes the language seem to bounce.

July 19, 2019

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

Hi, hope you are doing fine ! I was wondering how come people get more than 10,000 XP even if they don't reach level 25... ? Crazy at exercising ?

July 19, 2019

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

Re-doing lessons and getting an updated tree will give you a lot of XP, especially if it’s easy for you.

July 19, 2019

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

There are really easy aspects and really hard aspects. Words do not change form but do change meaning with paired with other words. The tones are challenging to hear when you first start.

I highly recommend YouTube vid on tones. This one really helped me a lot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mjYHhicIDA&t=131s

Go through a bunch of these vids on Vietnamese before you start and you will be far less frustrated. The course here is undergoing improvements but the further you go the more frustrating things are due to inconsistencies. Also, I suggest you peruse the Sentence discussions during lessons, and the section here on Sentences to get a sneak preview. A dictionary is helpful to have and a pocket travel book like the Lonely Planet series. They give you an excellent overview of the language and a lot of prep information

I would not recommend the course here without outside resources.

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WilliamRen156570

I have not found the DuoLingo version to be as good as with other languages. When it gives you 3 images to choose from, my other languages will audibly speak the word when you click on an image. The Viet Namese does not. Working through the lessons is also not as quick for me as it is with French, German, Spanish or Russian. Personally, I need to know a certain set of verbs and their conjugations along with some nouns to start off and do well. I'm still working on VN but the Duo course is very slow and I don't retain much.

July 19, 2019

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

It will get worse the further along you go. Just when you think you understand word usage you get marked wrong from what you've learned. There are even at least spoken sentences that omit one word and if you translate perfectly you are marked wrong. And many have an added sound that is not written but if you do you are wrong. Translations are being cleaned up but it is like it is still in beta.

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PhngAnh54196

Vietnamese is a little bit difficult because of the tones but I've seen lots of English speakers speak Vietnamese fluently so you don't have to be worried.

July 19, 2019

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

The pronunciation and grammar are not that hard. My German boss knows some words in Vietnamese (and he is not actively learning it, as far as I know). We also use Latin-based letters, so the time needed to learn is cut down. There is no clear distinction between past, present and future (well, we do, but we do not always use "keywords" showing that) - it fully depends on the context.

Pronouns, on the other hand... that is something even Vietnamese are afraid of. Oh, and wordplays.

July 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/linhali1412

I'm a Vietnamese. If you want to learn, I will teach you.

July 19, 2019

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

How would you do that here?

July 19, 2019

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

Tandem is a good app for learning to each other... Lots of VN/US people to teach and discuss of whatever passion !

July 19, 2019

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

The grammar isn't that bad because there are no conjugations and case markings. The word order is also very similar to English. When it is different, it's still logical.

If you have never studied a tonal language, pronunciation is almost impossible without a lot of tutored practice. I have a lot of Vietnamese students and I try to talk with them, but they have no idea what I'm saying most of the time. Reading and writing is a lot easier.

July 20, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IzaacChann1

I've been learning it through immersion. Subconsciously my comprehension is really high. I am surprising my friends one guy said (How can he understand my words) So even though I don't hear 'it' in english, I still know what it means.

July 22, 2019

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

No foreign language is easy, unless it has a large degree of intelligibility with your native language. Vietnamese is definitely easier for an Eng speaker than CHN, JPN, KRN.

July 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gerrenn02

At least it doesn't have characters like most Asian languages but it's very fun learning, for me anyway. Despite the many tones which make pronunciation difficult for now, you should definitely try it out!

August 6, 2019

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

What Songve said. It's easier in some ways than Western languages (simple verb tenses, fewer articles, no genders, etc) but the tones/pronunciation/listening is harder. It's probably easier than other Asian languages just because it uses a Romanized alphabet. However, the DL course you will find very increasingly frustrating as you proceed down the tree.

August 7, 2019
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