9 Reasons Vietnamese is Easier Than You Think
Just how difficult is the Vietnamese language?
Pretty much impossible, if you ask the Vietnamese themselves and even people who are currently learning Vietnamese in Hochiminh City. The supposed difficulty of Vietnam’s official language is a point of national pride amongst its 90 million inhabitants, and locals are happy to tell you “tiếng Việt khó!” (Vietnamese is hard) at every possible opportunity.
So if you’re learning Vietnamese, or thinking about learning, it’s likely that all you’ve been getting so far is discouragement! In this article, I want to give you an alternate perspective, and offer you some encouragement, because chances are that Vietnamese is easier than you think.
It’s true that, with six tones and a plethora of strange vowel sounds that we don’t have in English, pronouncing Vietnamese can be tricky. But most expats in Vietnam (of which I was one for a year) fail to realise that the pronunciation is just about the only difficult thing about Vietnamese. Every other aspect of the language is extremely easy – far easier that what you might expect, especially compared to most European languages.
Don’t believe me? Here are nine reasons why Vietnamese is easier than you think:
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