Vietnamese is a challenging language to learn, not because of its grammar or script, but because of the variety and alienness of its sounds, as perceived by the English-ear. Students must learn to hear and comprehend its:
- tonal nature, whereby subtle pitch changes impact the meaning of words;
- extreme number of vowels (it doesn’t just have a-e-i-o-u-and-sometimes-y); and
- unusual consonants (like the infamous ng).
To whit, we are pleased to introduce our series of audio pronunciation guides to help students distinguish among the Vietnamese tones, vowels, consonants and digraphs.
Tell us what you think: what resources do you need to master the Vietnamese tones, consonants and vowels?