Learning Vietnamese online is increasingly popular with foreigners living and working in Vietnam. With outstanding advantages, learning Vietnamese online is gradually becoming the most popular method of learning.
- 1. Advantages of learning Vietnamese online compared to traditional learning
- 2. Some notes when learning Vietnamese online for foreigners
- 3. Listening skills in learning Vietnamese online with foreigners
1. Advantages of learning Vietnamese online compared to traditional learning
With the development of modern technology, some traditional learning and entertainment methods have been changed. Following the modern trend, a very popular form of learning, in which learning Vietnamese online has many outstanding advantages:
1.1 Save time
This is probably the most obvious benefit. You won’t have to waste time and effort moving to a study site, online classes allowing you to study at home, or anywhere you want, as long as you have a computer or a connected Internet smartphone.
1.2 Comfortable learning space
When learning Vietnamese online you can bring the whole class to your home. Comfortable study space will help you study better. Quiet space, a cup of coffee, great for an online lesson.
1. 3 Flexible learning time
This is an advantage that no traditional classroom has. You can join the class at 11 am, or 6 am. Whenever you arrange a time, whenever you feel convenient.
1.4 Easily save learning materials
With just a computer you’ll feel a lot easier when you can sort documents into files, never having to worry about losing it. It saves both space and the cost of printing textbooks.
1.5 Save money
In addition to online learning, students can: have mock online tests, find exam papers as well as a huge archive of documents…
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2. Some notes when learning Vietnamese online for foreigners
Before starting to study and also during the process of learning Vietnamese, foreigners need to pay attention to the following rules for effective and accurate learning.
2.1 About Vietnamese alphabet
– Vietnamese alphabet consists of 29 letters. Vietnamese does not have w and z, j, as in English.
– Vowel System: There are 9 single vowels in Vietnamese: a, e, ê, i, o, ô, u, ơ, ư; 3 diphthongs: iê, uô, ươ, and 2 short vowels: ă, â
– Consonant system:
* Single consonants: 17: b, c, d, dd, g, h, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, x
* Double consonants: gh, kh, nh, ph, th, ch, tr, ngh, ng
2.2 How to read the Vietnamese alphabet
This is the first step to know when learning Vietnamese online, just like when we learn any language.
The purpose is for the reader to know how to pronounce the letters correctly, for example when seeing the letters with the “a” sound, the pronunciation opens “a”, combined with the previous consonant sound. Because just remember how to pronounce consonants and vowels to be able to read Vietnamese words correctly without knowing the meaning.
Note: Vietnamese online learners do not need to be too heavy about remembering the “names” of letters such as “mờ nờ, pờ, ….”.
2.3 About the pronunciation
– Vietnamese is a monosyllabic language so syllables (or called sounds) are pronounced separately. So there will be words with a syllable like sách (book), vở (notebook)… but there are many words that are composed of two syllables such as: vui vẻ (fun), hạnh phúc (happy) … Therefore, foreigners who learn Vietnamese online want to pronounce well first need to practice pronouncing each syllable, each syllable group.
For example, cảm ơn (thanks), you must clearly pronounce “cảm” and “ơn”. This shows that pronunciation is very important in Vietnamese because if one word is wrong, Vietnamese people do not understand while if they say wrong grammar, Vietnamese people can still understand.
While learning Vietnamese online, it is most difficult for a foreigner to speak. Vietnamese is one of the languages with the most tones in the world (6 tones) including horizontal, sharp, deep, asking, wavy, heavy. When pronounced the tones will lead to different meanings such as bàn (table) # bán (sell) # bạn (you) …
2.4 About the spelling
Foreigners do not need to spell-like Vietnamese students: For example, Huyen = hờ uyên huyên huyền huyền. They can’t remember that complicated rule and don’t need to. Therefore, teachers only need to introduce them to a Vietnamese syllable, which is always made up of words and rhymes. (Rhyme = vowel + consonant) is enough. This spelling learning has a pronunciation board for practice that is very effective.
3. Listening skills in learning Vietnamese online with foreigners
For Level A, it is advisable to start by listening to the teacher, as much as possible. After finishing level A, you have to listen to a short conversation with other people. Then you advanced with more difficult listening skills: listening to songs, listening to the conversation at level B. Level C needs to listen to long audio and radio.
3.1 Learning Vietnamese online helps you improve your ability to listen quickly
During listening practice, it is necessary to combine speaking and pronunciation practice as these are necessary supporting skills. If foreigners study for a certificate, they need to practice all 3 types of listening: listen – fill in the words, listen – choose true/false, listen – choose the best answer. But if foreigners learn to communicate, to attend seminars, the listening – comprehension skill needs to be focused.
3.2 Experience in listening while learning Vietnamese online
Record the audio file of the teacher and listen to it over and over again. And especially the more people you can communicate with, the more people can practice their language listening and reflection skills.
Thus, the article has provided useful information about the online Vietnamese learning method for foreigners. Hopefully, the information above will help readers quickly master Vietnamese and have a useful learning method.
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