How to improve my Vietnamese as a Viet-American?
I'm about as fluent in Vietnamese as you can get growing up in the US and learning the language almost entirely from my parents. I can hold a conversation just fine. I've even worked as a Viet interpreter at a call center.
Still, my Vietnamese is pretty subpar. I can read and write, but not well enough to read a novel or write an essay. Also, my vocab is patchy, and I have a thick Quảng Nam accent (which I learned to hide working at the call center).
I thought I'd improve my language skills on DL. I tested into a really low level because I suck at spelling (I can't distinguish hỏi and ngã to save my life) and I'm not used to the Northern accent. It's a slog getting through the lessons. I already intuitively know how to form grammatical sentences. I don't need to learn how to say basic stuff like, "I drink water." The sentences lack nuance (everyone is "bạn" regardless of age or gender).
DL is okay for beginners, but I'm looking for more intermediate to advanced resources, maybe with an emphasis of writing skills. Does anyone have any suggests?
Our local library here in Florida used to have a nice Vietnamese section with books, newspapers, CD's, DVD's etc. After a few years absence, I returned and found it is gone. Budget cuts. Maybe you will be lucky and your local library may have such a section. Digging into that and practicing reading, listening etc would help. Best help would be a good teacher. What about monks at a temple near you?
Assuming you don't want to learn the Northern accent, do you have any resource of Vietnamese books? Or do you subscribe to any Vietnamese online newspapers?
I think you just learn new vocabularies and listen to Vietnamese dialogues on Youtube !
I also try hard to learn E. I have learned for many years until now i went to college but my English skills is still medium. Honestly, i'm really lazy thought i am learning many things at academy. I only know that i will try to learn E on the Duolingo. I hope that it helps me to improve grammar and also vocabularies.