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Learn Vietnamese Language in New Zealand

Vietnamese language course introduction

Vietnamese is the main language of Vietnam. It’s also spoken among expat communities around the world. And the number of mother-tongue speakers worldwide is about 85,000,000 (around 5,000,000 living outside Vietnam)!

Course features:

  • Taught by expert Vietnamese native-speaker teachers.
  • Curriculum specially designed for New Zealanders.
  • Delivered in small classes with no more than 10 people.
  • All Vietnamese course materials included.
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Why learn Vietnamese?

  • Vietnamese is a member of a family of languages known as Austro-Asiatic. It is by far the most prominent member of the family. It’s actually quite closely related to Khmer, the national language of Cambodia.
  • Vietnamese is the national language of Vietnam, and is spoken across the country. Although there are a number of dialects, standard Vietnamese is widely understood, and most people will be happy to communicate using it.
  • Vietnamese is also spoken among some quite large Vietnamese communities around the world.
  • After Indonesia, Vietnam is the most populous country in South-East Asia. Much like China, Vietnam has liberalised its economy in recent years, and it’s now expanding rapidly. For people with business interests focused on Vietnam, a knowledge of the language will be extremely valuable.
  • Many people living in English-speaking countries have Vietnamese partners – and even if the partner speaks English, the in-laws may not!

Is Vietnamese hard?

  • The first thing you will notice about Vietnamese is that, unlike its neighbours such as Chinese and Thai, it’s written using our Latin alphabet. Which is handy! There is also a close correspondence between the script and the pronunciation. You will see that there are various marks (“diacritical marks”) associated with many of the letters; these help to determine pronunciation.
  • Vietnamese pronunciation is a bit more of a challenge! It has a number of sounds which are unfamiliar to English speakers, and it’s also a tonal language. What this means is that the meanings of what may look like one word change according to the tone of voice in which the word is pronounced. Speakers of Vietnamese use five or six tones, depending on where they come from.
  • Vietnamese vocabulary is based on quite simple words of just one syllable. Initially, these may all seem rather similar, but you do get used to this kind of language after a while. Interestingly, about 60% of the vocabulary of Vietnamese is derived from Chinese. There are also words drawn from French, and more recently from English.
  • Vietnamese grammar is not as complicated as you might imagine! Although the ways in which words are put together is quite different from the ways we employ in English, there are probably fewer rules, and fewer exceptions, than you would find in many European languages which are generally thought of as easier!
  • At Euroasia, we really encourage you to speak Vietnamese, right from the first lesson. The basics are not that hard!
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