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Table of Contents

  1. Common Ways to Say Sorry in Vietnamese
  2. How To Refuse Something Politely in Vietnamese
  3. Audio Lesson - Survival Phrases “How to Say Sorry”
  4. Why You Will NOT Be Sorry For Learning Vietnamese through VietnamesePod101


1. Common Ways to Say Sorry in Vietnamese

3 Ways to Say Sorry

Nobody’s perfect, not anywhere in the world. Everybody makes mistakes, and does and says regrettable things. Then it’s time to apologize, as saying ‘I’m sorry’ is not in vain. It can be very healing! Did you know that hearing a sincerely-meant apology can have a noticeable effect on a person’s body? Research has shown that it slows down breathing and heart rate, and even causes a drop in blood pressure.

Sometimes we cannot fix what’s broken, but we can make the experience a bit easier for anyone who suffered on account of our thoughtless actions or words.

Here are a number of ways to say sorry in Vietnamese. In any language, just make sure you really mean it! An insincere apology will not go down well with anyone.

Woman Apologizing

Tôi xin lỗi.
I’m sorry

These words should precede anything else you have to say. Use them sincerely and whenever you are clearly in the wrong. Acknowledging your guilt and apologizing for any wrongdoing will lift your spirits too! Often, remorse can eat away at us, and a simple ‘I’m sorry’, in Vietnamese or any other language, can open the door for forgiveness and resolution of a bad situation. It can be a true gift!

Tôi muốn xin lỗi.
I would like to apologize.

This is a slightly more formal way to say ‘I’m sorry’ in Vietnamese. Use this phrase if you’re addressing your superiors and/or elders.

Tôi chân thành xin lỗi.
I sincerely apologize.

If you feel strongly about your apology, this is another slightly more formal phrase to use. Keep it handy for graver errors, or you might come across as insincere!

Tôi sẽ không làm việc đó một lần nữa.
I won’t do it again.

A promise you can only make if you intend to keep it! Few things feel as bad as having to hear repeated apologies from someone for the same behavior - it means the ‘sorry’ is not sincere. Don’t be that person!

Tôi sẽ đảm bảo không mắc sai lầm này một lần nữa.
I’ll make sure not to make this mistake again.

A beautifully strong phrase! Again, say this only if you mean it - not just in the moment, but always! A bit more formal, this is an especially good phrase to use when apologizing to superiors and/or elders. It will make an especially good impression at the workplace, where accountability is an excellent quality to display!

Tôi không có ý đó.
I didn’t mean that.

This is a tricky one… What did you mean, then?! Clear up any confusion with sincerity. Also, use this phrase only if the harm done or mistake made was due to an accident, and then admit to thoughtlessness on your part, if appropriate.

Đó là lỗi của tôi.
It’s my fault.

If the fault is really yours, own up to it. You will gain respect in the eyes of others! However, don’t take the blame when it’s not truly yours. It won’t be good for you, and ultimately you will not be respected much for it.

Tôi xin lỗi vì đã ích kỷ.
I’m sorry for being selfish.

This is a good phrase to keep handy, especially for your close relationships. It is difficult to admit you’re selfish, isn’t it?! However, it’s good to know when to be honest. We get used to our loved ones, which often means we forget that they need our good manners and unselfish behavior just as much as strangers do.

Tôi hy vọng bạn tha thứ cho tôi.
I hope you will forgive me.

This is a polite and gentle wish that can smooth over many harsh feelings. It also shows that the other person’s opinion and forgiveness are important to you.

Tôi xin chịu trách nhiệm đầy đủ.
I take full responsibility.

This strong statement is similar to admitting that an error or transgression was your fault. It speaks of courage and the willingness to take remedial action. Good one to use…if you mean it!

Tôi đã không nên làm điều đó.
I shouldn’t have done it.

This phrase is fine to use if you did or said something wrong. It shows, to an extent, your regret for having done or said what you did, and demonstrates that you understand your role in the mistake.

Xin lỗi vì đã trả tiền lại cho bạn muộn.
Sorry for giving your money back late.

It’s rotten to have to loan money! Yet, it’s equally rotten to have to ask for the repayment of a loan. So, do your best not to pay late in the first place, but if it can’t be helped, this would be a good phrase to use!

Xin đừng giận tôi.
Please don’t be mad at me.

Well, this is not a very advisable phrase to use if you are clearly in the wrong. If someone is justifiably angry with you, asking them not to be mad at you would be an unfair expectation. However, if you did something wrong by accident, and if the consequences were not too serious, this request would be OK.

Xin lỗi tôi tới trễ.
Sorry I’m late.

Punctuality is valued in most situations, but if you really cannot help being late, then apologize! This way you show respect for your host, and win their approval.

Tôi xin lỗi vì đã có ác ý với bạn.
I apologize for being mean to you.

Acknowledging your own meanness towards someone is no small thing, so good for you! Use this apology only if your intention is to seriously address your mean tendencies, or these words could become meaningless over time.


2. How To Refuse Something Politely in Vietnamese

Woman Refusing

Congratulations! Now you know how to apologize in Vietnamese! After you have apologized for a mistake, focus on fixing whatever you can, and don’t punish yourself over something that cannot be taken back or reversed. That’s healthy for you! Regret can eat away at the soul, and even destroy it. It is ultimately a useless emotion if it consumes you.

However, in language, we use apologies not only when we’ve transgressed or made mistakes. They come in handy in other situations too, when there has been no wrongdoing. Sometimes we need to express regret for having to refuse a gift, an offer, or an invitation. This can be somewhat tricky. Learn from specialists at VietnamesePod101 about how to use the correct Vietnamese words for this kind of ‘sorry’!


3. Survival Phrases “How to Say Sorry”

Say Sorry

On the run and need a quick lesson on how to say sorry in Vietnamese? Don’t fret, just listen and repeat! Click here for a recorded short lesson and learn how to give the perfect apology, with perfect pronunciation in Vietnamese. A little can go a long way, and you will sound like a native!


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The Vietnam National Day: Vietnamese Independence Day

As in any country, the Vietnam National Day is the most significant date in the history of Vietnam. This is the day in 1945 that Vietnam finally gained its independence after a long struggle.

In this article, you’ll learn about the National Day in Vietnam, including the history behind it, common traditions, and the unfortunate event that the Vietnamese also commemorate on National Vietnam Day.

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1. What is the Vietnam National Day Holiday?

The holiday marks the day in 1945 when Vietnam officially became its own country. On September 2, 1945, President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence in a meeting held at Ba Dinh square in Hanoi. In the declaration, President Ho Chi Minh declared the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam to the people of Vietnam and the world.

Ho Chi Minh was the leader of the Viet Minh Front, which was led by the Communist Party. He talked Emperor Bao Dai into abdicating his throne so that the country could become its own nation, and then Vietnam’s declaration of independence was made. At that time, the country was declaring freedom from France, but France wouldn’t give up control of the region so easily.

Shortly after independence was declared, Ho Chi Minh and the leader of some two-hundred-thousand Chinese Nationalists agreed to set up a coalition government instead of one that was completely communist. Just a few months later, a new agreement was signed with France declaring the nation an autonomous state in the French Union.

That agreement was designed to drive the Chinese out, which it did, although the Vietnamese then began fighting again with the French.
2. When is Vietnam National Day?

Vietnam's National Day

Vietnam’s National Day is observed each year on September 2, the date on which President Ho Chi Minh read the Vietnamese Declaration of Independence.

3. Vietnam National Day Celebrations

Celebration Fireworks

The National Day celebrations are usually held in a formal manner in Vietnam Embassies in many countries around the world. Diplomatic officials of the local countries are also invited to attend the celebration to forge closer ties between the two countries. On this day, the government of Vietnam receives many greetings from the authorities of other countries.

This is an official public holiday, so workers, office employees, and students are off on this day. Some companies also hold group tours for their staff. Some common festivities on this day include swimming, sailing, and boat racing festivals, which are held in many places. These attract many participants.

To celebrate National Day, families, stores, and shopping centers everywhere display Vietnam’s red flag with a yellow star. The streets are filled with flags and banners. Some people also hold meetings at the centers of big cities.

4. Another Observation

Do you know what else the Vietnamese commemorate on September 2?

September 2 is also the date on which President Ho Chi Minh died in 1969, at the age of seventy-nine.

5. Useful Vocabulary for the Vietnamese National Day

Plant Sprouting

Here’s some vocabulary you need to know for the Vietnamese National Day!

  • Hoa — “Flower”
  • Quốc khánh — “National Day”
  • Diễn văn — “Speech”
  • Cuộc diễu hành — “Parade”
  • Quốc kỳ — “National flag”
  • Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh — “Ho Chi Minh President”
  • Pháo hoa — “Firework”
  • Trò giải trí — “Entertainment”
  • Biểu ngữ — “Banner”
  • Bóng bay — “Balloon”
  • Quảng trường Ba Đình — “Ba Dinh Square”
  • Quốc ca — “Anthem”
  • Sự kiện — “Event”
  • Lịch sử — “Historical”
  • Quốc gia — “Country”
  • Sự khai sinh — “Birth”

To hear each vocabulary word pronounced, check out our Vietnam National Day vocabulary list!

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Vietnamese Holidays: Vietnam Memorial Day on July 27

Vietnam_Memorial_DayIn Vietnam, there’s a National Day of Remembrance each year. On this day, the country remembers and honors wounded Vietnam soldiers for their sacrifices during the country’s many wars.

Learning about Vietnam Memorial Day for the Martyrs and Wounded Soldiers, you’re uncovering many layers of Vietnamese history and culture. This, in turn, will make your language-learning endeavors that much more meaningful to you, and much more successful in the long run.

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1. What is Remembrance Day in Vietnam?

During the wars, many Vietnamese soldiers sacrificed parts of their bodies and even their lives for the protection of their country. In 1946 especially, the number of casualties who were Vietnamese soldiers was higher than when the war against French colonialists took place. At that time, President Ho Chi Minh signed a decree on policies for invalids and martyrs.

Vietnamese history has recorded many cases in wars where mothers lost all their children. In particular, there was a mother who lost all nine of her children because they all sacrificed themselves for their country. Those women had the title of “Vietnamese heroic mothers” conferred on them.

This is a day for the lost to be remembered, those who sacrificed to be honored and shown respect, and the mothers of the victims comforted. Of all July 27 holidays & observances around the world, this one is perhaps the most important.

2. When is Remembrance Day in Vietnam?

Group of Veterans

Vietnam observes its Day for Martyrs and Wounded Soldiers on July 27 each year. This July 27 holiday is one of the most important in the country, commemorating some of its most noble citizens. Read on for information on how the Vietnamese celebrate this July 27 national holiday.

3. Reading Practice: How is the Vietnam Memorial Day Celebrated?

Praying for the Dead

How does the country honor wounded Vietnam soldiers and their families? Read the Vietnamese text below to find out, and find the English translation directly below it.

Hàng năm, cứ vào ngày này, các nhà chức trách từ trung ương đến địa phương sẽ tham gia hoạt động tảo mộ, thắp hương cho các liệt sĩ tại các nghĩa trang. Trong chiến tranh, cũng đã có rất nhiều binh sĩ hy sinh mà không thể tìm thấy thông tin cá nhân nên sau này, các đài tuởng niệm các liệt sĩ vô danh ở nhiều địa phương cũng được xây dựng lên để thờ cúng những ngôi mộ không tên của các chiến sĩ.

Trong ngày Thương binh - liệt sĩ, cán bộ cơ quan Nhà nước không những đến thăm hỏi, tặng quà những thương binh mà còn đến thăm hỏi, động viên gia đình liệt sĩ và các Bà mẹ Việt Nam anh hùng.

Để tỏ lòng biết ơn, Nhà nước Việt Nam cũng có chính sách cộng thêm điểm trong kỳ thi vào đại học cho con của các thương binh và liệt sĩ. Tùy từng trường hợp mà số điểm được cộng sẽ là 0,5 đến 1 điểm trên thang điểm 10.

Annually, on this day, officials at every level of government down to the local level will take part in visiting, cleaning, and decorating graves and burning incense for martyrs in cemeteries. During wars, there were also many soldiers who fell without any personal information known about them, so later monuments to unnamed martyrs were built in many localities to commemorate their tombs.

On Vietnam’s Invalids and Martyrs Day, State officials not only come to visit and give gifts to invalids, but also have a visit and encourage families of martyrs and heroic Vietnamese mothers.

In order to show its gratitude, the Vietnamese State has also enacted a policy on increasing the marks on university entrance exams for the children of invalids and martyrs. The mark added is from 0.5 to 1 on a scale of 10, on a case-by-case basis.

4. First Celebration of Invalids and Martyrs Day

When was the first Vietnamese Invalids and Martyrs Day?

On July 27, 1947, the first Invalids Day took place in Thai Nguyen province, with 2,000 participants in the first meeting. In 1955, July 27 was renamed to Vietnam’s Invalids and Martyrs Day.

5. Vocabulary to Know for Remembrance Day in Vietnam

Burning Incense

Here’s some vocabulary you should know for Vietnamese Day for Martyrs and Wounded Soldiers!

  • Ngày thương binh liệt sĩ — “Day for Martyrs and Wounded Soldiers”
  • cựu chiến binh — “veteran”
  • lòng biết ơn — “gratitude”
  • đài tưởng niệm liệt sĩ — “patriotic-war-dead memorial”
  • thắp hương — “burning incense”
  • cầu nguyện cho người đã mất — “pray for the dead”
  • bảo vệ — “protect”
  • giải thưởng — “award”
  • vòng hoa — “wreath”
  • huân chương — “honors”

To hear each vocabulary word pronounced, check out our relevant vocabulary list!

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed learning about Vietnam’s Remembrance Day with us, and that you took away some valuable information from this article.

Does your country have a Remembrance or Memorial Day? Let us know in the comments, and feel free to tell us how your country celebrates it.

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Learn How to Confidently Introduce Yourself In Vietnamese

Start off the year by learning how to introduce yourself properly in Vietnamese! Learn easily with VietnamesePod101 in this four-minute video!

Table of Contents

  1. 10 Lines You Need for Introducing Yourself in Vietnamese
  2. Important Tips for Introducing Yourself
  3. Video - How to Introduce Yourself in Vietnamese
  4. Why VietnamesePod101 is Perfect for Learning all about Vietnamese Introductions

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1. 10 Lines You Need for Introducing Yourself in Vietnamese

”About

First impressions are absolutely everything! Right? No, wrong - who you are every day is much more important. But first impressions are definitely not unimportant either. Make sure to introduce yourself correctly, as it could mean the difference between getting a job offer or a polite refusal from an employer. VietnamesePod101 shows you how to read, write and pronounce these self-introductions and conversation-starters like a native speaker!

But first, a tip - wait to be asked before offering personal details such as your age. Good conversation is about unspoken reciprocity, and giving too many personal details too soon can be embarrassing for your Vietnamese friend. Rather use phrases that encourage your friend to talk about him or herself - most people like doing that! Also, it shows you take real interest in other people.

1- Hello, it’s nice to meet you.

Xin chào, rất vui được gặp bạn.

This phrase is an excellent way to start an introduction. It is a greeting that immediately expresses interest in the other person.

2- My name is Linh.

Tên tôi là Linh.

Self-explanatory - just replace ‘Linh’ with your own name! Also, pay close attention to what your new Vietnamese acquaintance’s name is. Remembering it will make them feel that you are really interested in him/her as a person!

Countries

3- I’m from Vietnam.

Tôi đến từ Việt Nam.

Sharing something about yourself is a nice conversation starter. It shows that you’re willing to engage meaningfully with the other person. In an informal setting, you can expect the other person to respond in kind. At work, this is probably information you need to volunteer only if asked. Again, remember to replace ‘Vietnam’ with your own country of birth!

4- I live in Hanoi.

Tôi sống ở Hà Nội.

Same as above - replace ‘Hanoi’ with your town or city of abode!

5- I’ve been learning Vietnamese for a year.

Tôi đã học tiếng Việt 1 năm rồi.

Say this only if it’s true, obviously. And prepare to dazzle your audience! If you have indeed worked faithfully at your Vietnamese for a year, you should be pretty good at it! Use this phrase after your introduction - it is likely to indicate that you wish to engage in Vietnamese conversation.

Two people talking

6- I’m learning Vietnamese at VietnamesePod101.com.

Tôi đang học tiếng Việt tại VietnamesePod101.com.

This will be the best reply if anyone asks (Very impressed, of course!) where you study Vietnamese! Simply volunteering this information, especially in a casual conversation, could make you sound like a salesperson, and you want to avoid that. Often, an employer will want this information though, so best to memorize and have this phrase handy!

7- I’m 27 years old.

Tôi 27 tuổi.

This is a line that may just get you a ‘TMI!’ look from a stranger if you volunteer it without being asked. He/she may not be willing to divulge such an intimate detail about him/herself right at the start of your acquaintance, so don’t force reciprocity. However, it’s a good phrase to know in a job interview; again, probably best only if your prospective Vietnamese employer asks. Also, remember to give your true age!

First encounter

8- I’m a teacher.

Tôi là một giáo viên.

You’re still offering information about yourself, which lends good momentum to keep the conversation going! Replace ‘teacher’ with your own occupation - and learn the related vocabulary with VietnamesePod101!

People with different jobs

9- One of my hobbies is reading.

Một trong những sở thích của tôi là đọc sách.

Your hobby is another topic with lots of potential for starting a good conversation! People are often eager to talk about their hobbies, and why they like them!

10- I enjoy listening to music.

Tôi thích nghe nhạc.

If you’re still talking about your hobbies, this would be a good line to go with the previous one. Otherwise, wait for your conversation partner to start talking about what they enjoy doing!

2. Important Tips for Introducing Yourself

Introducing yourself

A correct Vietnamese introduction will make a good impression upon meeting a person for the first time. Why is this first impression important? Simple - it gives an indication of who you are as a person. So, while you want to be truthful when representing yourself, you also need to be prepared to put your best foot forward!

First impressions are often lingering and difficult to change. In addition, it’s easier to make a negative impression than a good one, often without intending to. So, how can you make sure that your self-introduction will impress Vietnamese natives?

1- Research: First, research the culture! Different cultures have different social rules, and you will be halfway towards making a great first impression if you know the proper Vietnamese customs for self-introductions. It will also help you avoid social mistakes - sometimes, what is acceptable in one culture is insulting in another, such as making eye contact, or giving a handshake. In your culture, what is appropriate when a person introduces him or herself?

Also, be sure to distinguish between introductions in different situations, such as a formal and a social situation. There are bound to be differences in how you address people! The internet can be an important tool for this endeavor. Alternatively, you could visit your local library to search for books on this topic, or you could ask Vietnamese friends to explain and demonstrate their cultural habits for introductions. Honoring someone’s culture shows that you respect it, and as we know - a little respect can go a very long way in any relationship!

Someone studying

2- Study the Correct Phrases and Vocabulary: Be sure to learn Vietnamese phrases and vocabulary that tell people who you are, and that encourage them to engage in conversation with you. Each situation will determine how to address the person you want to introduce yourself to. Also, make sure your pronunciation is correct! It would be most valuable to have Vietnamese-speaking friends who can help you with this. Or read on for a quick phrase and video lesson on Vietnamese introductions right here at VietnamesePod101!

3- Appearance: This is pretty obvious - if you want to make a good impression introducing yourself to anyone for the first time, you need to be neatly dressed and well groomed! A shabby, dirty or careless appearance and bad body odor are to be avoided at all costs; in most cultures, these will not impress!

Also, make sure to dress appropriately, not only for the occasion, but also for the culture. For instance, bare shoulders or an open-necked shirt is an acceptable gear in many Western countries. Yet, in some cultures, dressing like this could deeply offend your host. No amount of good manners and properly expressed introductions is likely to wipe out a cultural no-no! So, be sure to know how to dress, and take care with your appearance when you are about to introduce yourself to someone for the first time!

Following are some neat phrases with which you can introduce yourself in Vietnamese, and get a conversation started too!

3. Video - How to Introduce Yourself in Vietnamese

Good, you read and perhaps even memorized the preceding phrases to successfully introduce yourself in Vietnamese! Watch this short video now to get a quick lesson on Vietnamese grammar for these introductions, as well as how to pronounce them correctly. You will sound like a native when you can copy the presenter perfectly!


4. Why VietnamesePod101 is Perfect for Learning all about Vietnamese Introductions

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  • Accurate and Correct Pronunciation & Inflection: Our hosts and voice actors are native Vietnamese speakers of the best quality! It is important for us that you speak Vietnamese correctly to avoid embarrassing misunderstandings and miscommunications. If you practice and can copy these presenters well, you will sound just like Vietnamese natives and your introduction will be easily understood!
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How to Celebrate President Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday

Ho Chi Minh (often called Uncle Ho or Uncle Ho Chi Minh), was a Vietnam President and one of the most influential people for the country. In honor of Uncle Ho, Vietnam celebrates his birthday each year.

In this article, we’ll be going over the Ho Chi Minh holiday, one of the most important and widely celebrated Vietnam holidays today. In learning about Ho Chi Minh (leader, President, and beloved fighter for independence), you’re also allowing yourself to gain a deeper understanding of what values Vietnam holds closest to its heart, as well as its history.

At VietnamesePod101.com, we hope to make learning about Vietnamese culture, like this Ho Chi Minh public holiday, both fun and informative!

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1. What is President Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday?

One of the great heroes who played the most important role in Vietnam’s history of fights to defend the country is Ho Chi Minh. He is venerated and loved by the whole population of Vietnam; therefore, the birthday of President Ho Chi Minh on May 19 is solemnly celebrated by the State and the Vietnamese people.

2. When is Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday?

Ho Chi Mihn

Each year, Vietnam celebrates Ho Chi Minh’s birthday on May 19.

3. Reading Practice: Celebrations of Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday

Ho Chi Mihn statue with flowers

How do the Vietnamese celebrate Ho Chi Minh’s birthday each year? Read the Vietnamese text below to find out, and find the English translation directly below it.

Vào ngày 19 tháng 5 hàng năm, rất nhiều các hoạt động tưởng nhớ về Hồ Chủ tịch được tổ chức trên toàn quốc. Các cuộc thi ảnh, triển lãm tư liệu về ông được hưởng ứng nhiệt liệt. Đồng thời vào dịp này, rất nhiều người dân từ khắp mọi miền đất nước về thăm Nam Đàn - Nghệ An để thể hiện tấm lòng biết ơn với vị lãnh tụ vĩ đại. Ngoài ra, Lăng Chủ tịch tại thủ đô Hà Nội cũng là nơi nhiều người đến viếng thăm và tưởng niệm ông trong ngày này.

Nhân dịp kỷ niệm ngày sinh Hồ Chủ tịch, các kênh truyền hình Việt Nam như VTV1, VTV3, … cũng thường xuyên đăng tải phim tài liệu về con người - sự nghiệp và cuộc đời ông trong những năm tháng đấu tranh vì hòa bình dân tộc. Có những thước phim đã được chiếu lại nhiều lần, tuy nhiên, rất nhiều người Việt Nam vẫn luôn xúc động và cảm thấy tự hào khi xem lại những hình ảnh đó. Bạn sẽ có thể dễ dàng tìm thấy nhiều bức ảnh, biểu ngữ, câu nói nổi tiếng của Hồ Chủ tịch được treo khắp nơi trên đường phố và các quảng trường lớn.

On May 19 every year, many activities in memory of President Ho Chi Minh are held across the country. Photo contests and documentary exhibitions about the President receive warm responses. Also on this occasion, many people across the country visit Nam Dan in Nghe An to express their gratitude to the great leader. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi is another place where many people come and commemorate him on this day.

On the occasion of the anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh’s birthday, Vietnamese TV channels such as VTV1, VTV3, and so on also regularly broadcast documentaries on the character, career, and life of President Ho Chi Minh during his years of fighting for national peace. Some footage is replayed many times; however, many Vietnamese people are still moved and feel proud when they’re re-watching those scenes. You will no doubt see a lot of pictures, banners, and famous quotes of President Ho Chi Minh hung across the streets and in large squares.

4. Who was Ho Chi Minh?

Ho Chi Minh was born Nguyen Sinh Cung in 1890 in a Confucian family in a small village in Nghe An province, Central Vietnam. He played a decisive role in the fights of Vietnamese people against powers such as France and the United States. With his talented guidance, President Ho Chi Minh led the Vietnamese nation to winning and seizing independence, freedom, and unification.

The most famous quote of Ho Chi Minh is: “There is nothing more precious than independence and freedom!” This was extracted from his call to arms against American imperialism and for the defense of the country on July 17, 1966.

5. Useful Vocabulary for Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday

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Here’s some vocabulary you should know for this holiday in Vietnam!

  • Lịch sử — “History”
  • Kỷ niệm — “Celebrate”
  • Hoa — “Flower”
  • Lãnh đạo — “Lead”
  • Bác Hồ — “Uncle Ho”
  • Tổ chức — “Organize”
  • Tỏ lòng biết ơn — “Show gratitude”
  • Kính trọng — “Respect”
  • Quý giá — “Precious”
  • Ngày sinh của Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh — “President Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday”

To hear each vocabulary word pronounced, check out our vocabulary list for Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday. Here, you’ll find each word accompanied by an audio file of its pronunciation.

Conclusion

What do you think about the Vietnamese celebration of Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday? Is there a similar holiday in your own country that celebrates a leader or important figure? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Say I Love You in Vietnamese - Romantic Word List

Do you often feel lonely and sad? Do you long for romance and are willing to do whatever it takes to meet that special person? Speaking another language could revolutionize your love life! So, why wait? Learning how to say ‘love’ in Vietnamese could be just what you need to find it.

Or perhaps you were lucky, and have found your Vietnamese partner already. Fantastic! Yet, a cross-cultural relationship comes with unique challenges. Learning how to speak your lover’s language will greatly improve your communication and enhance the relationship. At VietnamesePod101, our team will teach you all the words, quotes and phrases you need to woo your Vietnamese lover with excellence! Our tutors provide personal assistance, with plenty of extra material available to make Vietnamese dating easy for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date
  2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date
  3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
  4. Vietnamese Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
  5. Vietnamese Quotes about Love
  6. Marriage Proposal Lines
  7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
  8. Will Falling in Love Help You Learn Vietnamese Faster?

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1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

So, you have met your Vietnamese love interest. Congratulations! Who knows where this could take you…?! However, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the Vietnamese word for love just yet. Great, it is better to get to know him/her first. Wow your prospective love by using these Vietnamese date phrases to set up a spectacular first date.

Vietnamese Date Phrases

Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

  • Bạn có muốn đi ra ngoài ăn tối với tôi không?

The important question! In most cultures, this phrase indicates: ‘I’m romantically interested in you’. Flirting in Vietnamese is no different, so don’t take your date to Mcdonald’s!

Are you free this weekend?

  • Cuối tuần này bạn có rảnh không?

This is a preamble to asking your love interest on a date. If you get an immediate ‘Yes’, that’s good news!

Would you like to hang out with me?

  • Bạn có muốn đi chơi với tôi không?

You like her/him, but you’re not sure if there’s chemistry. Ask them to hang out first to see if a dinner date is next.

What time shall we meet tomorrow?

  • Ngày mai chúng ta sẽ gặp lúc mấy giờ?

Set a time, and be sure to arrive early! Nothing spoils a potential relationship more than a tardy date.

Where shall we meet?

  • Chúng ta sẽ gặp nhau ở đâu?

You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

You look great.

  • Bạn trông thật tuyệt vời.

A wonderful ice breaker! This phrase will help them relax a bit - they probably took great care to look their best just for you.

You are so cute.

  • Bạn rất dễ thương.

If the two of you are getting on really well, this is a fun, flirtatious phrase to use.

What do you think of this place?

  • Bạn nghĩ gì về nơi này?

This another good conversation starter. Show off your Vietnamese language skills!

Can I see you again?

  • Tôi có thể gặp lại bạn không?

So the date went really well - don’t waste time! Make sure you will see each other again.

Shall we go somewhere else?

  • Chúng ta đi nơi nào khác nhé?

If the place you meet at is not great, you can suggest going elsewhere. It is also a good question to follow the previous one. Variety is the spice of life!

I know a good place.

  • Tôi biết một chỗ được.

Use this with the previous question. However, don’t say if you don’t know a good place!

I will drive you home.

  • Tôi sẽ lái xe đưa bạn về nhà.

If your date doesn’t have transport, this is a polite, considerate offer. However, don’t be offended if she/he turns you down on the first date. Especially a woman might not feel comfortable letting you drive her home when the two of you are still basically strangers.

That was a great evening.

  • Đó là một buổi tối tuyệt vời.

This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

When can I see you again?

  • Khi nào tôi có thể gặp bạn lần nữa?

If he/she replied ‘Yes’ to ‘Can I see you again?’, this is the next important question.

I’ll call you.

  • Tôi sẽ gọi cho bạn.

Say this only if you really mean to do it. In many cultures, this could imply that you’re keeping the proverbial backdoor open.

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2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

You learned all the Vietnamese phrases to make a date - congratulations! Now you have to decide where to meet, which can be tricky. Discuss these options with your lover to gauge whether you like the same things. Check out romantic date ideas in Vietnamese below!

Date Ideas in Vietnamese

museum

  • bảo tàng

If you’re looking for unique date ideas that are fun but won’t break the bank, museums are the perfect spot! You won’t be running out of things to say in the conversations.

candlelit dinner

  • bữa ăn tối dưới ánh nến

A candlelit dinner is perhaps best to reserve for when the relationship is getting serious. It’s very intimate, and says: “Romance!” It’s a fantastic choice if you’re sure you and your date are in love with each other!

go to the zoo

  • đi đến sở thú

This is a good choice for shy lovers who want to get the conversation going. Just make sure your date likes zoos, as some people dislike them. Maybe not for the first date, but this is also a great choice if your lover has children - you’ll win his/her adoration for inviting them along!

go for a long walk

  • đi bộ một vòng lâu

Need to talk about serious stuff, or just want to relax with your date? Walking together is soothing, and a habit you can keep up together always! Just make sure it’s a beautiful walk that’s not too strenuous.

go to the opera

  • đi xem opera

This type of date should only be attempted if both of you love the opera. It can be a special treat, followed by a candlelit dinner!

go to the aquarium

  • đi đến khu thuỷ cung

Going to the aquarium is another good idea if you need topics for conversation, or if you need to impress your lover’s kids! Make sure your date doesn’t have a problem with aquariums.

walk on the beach

  • đi bộ trên bãi biển

This can be a very romantic stroll, especially at night! The sea is often associated with romance and beauty.

have a picnic

  • đi dã ngoại

If you and your date need to get more comfortable together, this can be a fantastic date. Spending time in nature is soothing and calms the nerves.

cook a meal together

  • nấu một bữa ăn cùng nhau

If you want to get an idea of your date’s true character in one go, this is an excellent date! You will quickly see if the two of you can work together in a confined space. If it works, it will be fantastic for the relationship and create a sense of intimacy. If not, you will probably part ways!

have dinner and see a movie

  • ăn tối và xem phim

This is traditional date choice works perfectly well. Just make sure you and your date like the same kind of movies!

3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

Valentine's Day Words in Vietnamese

Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship all year round. Yet, on Valentine’s Day you really want to shine. Impress your lover this Valentine’s with your excellent vocabulary, and make his/her day! We teach you, in fun, effective ways, the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. You can also copy the characters and learn how to write ‘I love you’ in Vietnamese - think how impressed your date will be!

4. Vietnamese Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

So, you now have the basic Valentine’s Day vocabulary under your belt. Well done! But, do you know how to say ‘I love you’ in Vietnamese yet? Or perhaps you are still only friends. So, do you know how to say ‘I like you’ or ‘I have a crush on you’ in Vietnamese? No? Don’t worry, here are all the love phrases you need to bowl over your Vietnamese love on this special day!

Valentine's Day Words in Vietnamese

I love you.

  • Tôi yêu bạn.

Saying ‘I love you’ in Vietnamese carries the same weight as in all languages. Use this only if you’re sure and sincere about your feelings for your partner/friend.

You mean so much to me.

  • Bạn rất có ý nghĩa với tôi.

This is a beautiful expression of gratitude that will enhance any relationship! It makes the receiver feel appreciated and their efforts recognized.

Will you be my Valentine?

  • Em sẽ là Valentine của anh chứ?

With these words, you are taking your relationship to the next level! Or, if you have been a couple for a while, it shows that you still feel the romance. So, go for it!

You’re so beautiful.

  • Em đẹp quá.

If you don’t know how to say ‘You’re pretty’ in Vietnamese, this is a good substitute, gentlemen!

I think of you as more than a friend.

  • Tôi coi bạn hơn một người bạn.

Say this if you are not yet sure that your romantic feelings are reciprocated. It is also a safe go-to if you’re unsure about the Vietnamese dating culture.

A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

  • Một trăm trái tim sẽ là quá ít để chứa tất cả tình yêu của anh dành cho em.

You romantic you…! When your heart overflows with love, this would be the best phrase to use.

Love is just love. It can never be explained.

  • Tình yêu chỉ là tình yêu. Nó không bao giờ có thể giải thích được.

If you fell in love unexpectedly or inexplicably, this one’s for you.

You’re so handsome.

  • Bạn rất đẹp trai.

Ladies, this phrase lets your Vietnamese love know how much you appreciate his looks! Don’t be shy to use it; men like compliments too.

I’ve got a crush on you.

  • Tôi có cảm tình với bạn.

If you like someone, but you’re unsure about starting a relationship, it would be prudent to say this. It simply means that you like someone very, very much and think they’re amazing.

You make me want to be a better man.

  • Em làm cho anh muốn trở thành một người đàn ông tốt hơn.

Gentlemen, don’t claim this phrase as your own! It hails from the movie ‘As Good as it Gets’, but it is sure to make your Vietnamese girlfriend feel very special. Let her know that she inspires you!

Let all that you do be done in love.

  • Hãy để tất cả những gì bạn phải được hoàn thành bằng tình yêu.

We hope.

You are my sunshine, my love.

  • Em là ánh nắng của tôi, tình yêu của tôi.

A compliment that lets your lover know they bring a special quality to your life. Really nice!

Words can’t describe my love for you.

  • Không từ ngữ nào có thể mô tả tình yêu của của anh dành cho em.

Better say this when you’re feeling serious about the relationship! It means that your feelings are very intense.

We were meant to be together.

  • Chúng ta sinh ra là để dành cho nhau.

This is a loving affirmation that shows you see a future together, and that you feel a special bond with your partner.

If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

  • Nếu bạn đang nghĩ về một ai đó trong khi đọc điều này, bạn chắc chắn đang yêu.

Here’s something fun to tease your lover with. And hope he/she was thinking of you!

5. Vietnamese Quotes about Love

Vietnamese Love Quotes

You’re a love champ! You and your Vietnamese lover are getting along fantastically, your dates are awesome, your Valentine’s Day together was spectacular, and you’re very much in love. Good for you! Here are some beautiful phrases of endearment in Vietnamese that will remind him/her who is in your thoughts all the time.

6. Marriage Proposal Lines

Vietnamese Marriage Proposal Lines

Wow. Your Vietnamese lover is indeed the love of your life - congratulations! And may only happiness follow the two of you! In most traditions, the man asks the woman to marry; this is also the Vietnamese custom. Here are a few sincere and romantic lines that will help you to ask your lady-love for her hand in marriage.

7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

Vietnamese Break-Up Lines

Instead of moving towards marriage or a long-term relationship, you find that the spark is not there for you. That is a pity! But even though breaking up is never easy, continuing a bad or unfulfilling relationship would be even harder. Remember to be kind to the person you are going to say goodbye to; respect and sensitivity cost nothing. Here are some phrases to help you break up gently.

  • We need to talk.
    • Chúng ta cần nói chuyện.

    This is not really a break-up line, but it is a good conversation opener with a serious tone.

    I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    • Tôi chưa sẵn sàng cho mối quan hệ kiểu này.

    Things moved a bit fast and got too intense, too soon? Painful as it is, honesty is often the best way to break up with somebody.

    Let’s just be friends.

    • Chúng ta hãy chỉ là bạn bè.

    If the relationship was very intense, and you have sent many ‘i love u’ texts in Vietnamese, this would not be a good breakup line. Feelings need to calm down before you can be friends, if ever. If the relationship has not really developed yet, a friendship would be possible.

    We should start seeing other people.

    • Chúng ta nên bắt đầu gặp gỡ người khác.

    This is probably the least gentle break-up phrase, so reserve it for a lover that doesn’t get the message!

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • Chỉ là chúng ta không phải là để dành cho nhau.

    If this is how you truly feel, you need to say it. Be kind, gentle and polite.

    It’s for the best.

    • Đó là để tốt nhất cho cả hai.

    This phrase is called for if circumstances are difficult and the relationship is not progressing well. Love should enhance one’s life, not burden it!

    We’ve grown apart.

    • Chúng ta đã quá khác nhau.

    Cross-cultural relationships are often long-distance ones, and it is easy to grow apart over time.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • Không phải em mà là ở anh.

    As long as you mean it, this can be a kind thing to say. It means that there’s nothing wrong with your Vietnamese lover as a person, but that you need something different from a relationship.

    I think we need a break.

    • Anh nghĩ chúng ta cần tạm dừng.

    This is again honest, and to the point. No need to play with someone’s emotions by not letting them know how you feel. However, this could imply that you may fall in love with him/her again after a period of time, so use with discretion.

    You deserve better.

    • Em xứng đáng với điều tốt đẹp hơn.

    Yes, he/she probably deserves a better relationship if your own feelings have cooled down.

    I need my space.

    • Anh cần có không gian riêng.

    When a person is too clingy or demanding, this would be an suitable break-up phrase. It is another good go-to for that lover who doesn’t get the message!

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • Anh nghĩ chúng ta đang đi quá nhanh.

    Say this if you want to keep the relationship, but need to slow down its progress a bit. It is also good if you feel things are getting too intense for your liking. However, it is not really a break-up line, so be careful not to mislead.

    I need to focus on my career.

    • Anh cần tập trung vào sự nghiệp.

    If you feel that you will not be able to give 100% in a relationship due to career demands, this is the phrase to use. It’s also good if you are unwilling to give up your career for a relationship.

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • Anh không đủ tốt để dành cho em.

    Say this only if you really believe it, or you’ll end up sounding false. Break-ups are usually hard for the receiving party, so don’t insult him/her with an insincere comment.

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • Chỉ là anh không còn yêu em nữa.

    This harsh line is sometimes the best one to use if you are struggling to get through to a stubborn, clingy lover who won’t accept your break up. Use it as a last resort. Then switch your phone off and block their emails!

  • 8. Will Falling in Love help you Learn Vietnamese faster?

    Most people will agree that the above statement is a no-brainer - of course it will! Your body will be flooded with feel-good hormones, which are superb motivators for anything. VietnamesePod101 is one of the best portals to help help make this a reality, so don’t hesitate to enroll now! Let’s quickly look at the reasons why falling in love will speed up your learning of the Vietnamese language.

    Three Reasons Why Having a Lover will Help you Learn Vietnamese Faster!

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    1- Being in a love relationship with your Vietnamese speaking partner will immerse you in the culture
    VietnamesePod101 uses immersive methods and tools to teach you Vietnamese, but having a relationship with a native speaker will be a very valuable addition to your learning experience! You will gain exposure to their world, realtime and vividly, which will make the language come alive even more for you. The experience is likely to expand your world-view, which should motivate you to learn Vietnamese even faster.

    2- Having your Vietnamese romantic partner will mean more opportunity to practice speaking
    Nothing beats continuous practice when learning a new language. Your partner will probably be very willing to assist you in this, as your enhanced Vietnamese language skills will enhance the relationship. Communication is, after all, one of the most important pillars of a good partnership. Also, you will get to impress your lover with the knowledge gained through your studies - a win/win situation!

    3- A supportive Vietnamese lover is likely to make a gentle, patient teacher and study aid!
    With his/her heart filled with love and goodwill for you, your Vietnamese partner is likely to patiently and gently correct your mistakes when you speak. This goes not only for grammar, but also for accent and meaning. With his/her help, you could sound like a native in no time!

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    1- All the Resources and Materials Will Help Both of You
    Falling in love with a man or woman speaking Vietnamese is an opportunity for both of you to learn a new language! For this reason, every lesson, transcript, vocabulary list, and resource at VietnamesePod101 is translated into both English and Vietnamese. So, while your partner can help you learn Vietnamese faster, you can potentially also help him/her learn and master English!

    2- Lessons Are Designed to Help You Understand and Engage with Vietnamese Culture
    At VietnamesePod101, our focus is to help our students learn practical vocabulary and phrases used by everyday people in Vietnam. This means that, from your very first lesson, you can apply what you learn immediately! So, when your Vietnamese partner wants to go out to a restaurant, play Pokemon Go, or attend just about any social function, you have the vocabulary and phrases necessary to have a great time!

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    Vietnamese New Year: How to Celebrate Tet Holiday in Vietnam

    The Vietnamese Tet Holiday is one of the country’s most important holidays and one of the most greatly celebrated. Tet Holiday is the Vietnamese celebration of the lunar new year. Even the days leading up to this holiday are full of Tet Holiday traditions, and many people use this time of Tet celebrations to relax and reflect upon the coming year.

    By learning about the Asian holiday Tet, you’re allowing yourself to discover so much about the country of Vietnam which will both help you learn the language and give you a greater appreciation for it.

    In this article, we’ll be going over Tet Holiday traditions, answering the question “What is Tet?” and even go over Tet Holiday vocabulary so you can learn the language in context.

    Let’s get started!

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    1. What is Tet Holiday?

    Tet Holiday, or Tết m lịch in Vietnamese, is Vietnam’s celebration of the lunar new year. It’s one of the most important holidays that the Vietnamese observe, complete with lavish festivities, fireworks, and good food.

    Tet Holiday celebrations are similar to other Asian New Year celebrations, but also reflect the individual values, history, and culture of Vietnam. From eating bánh chưng or “chung cake,” to visiting the chùa or “Buddhist temple,” you’ll soon see the significance of the Tet Holiday in Vietnam to its people and what makes it distinct from similar celebrations.

    2. When is Vietnamese New Year?

    The New Year

    The Tet Holiday is the Vietnamese celebration of the New Year. On the “lunar calendar,” or m lịch, it takes place from December 28 to January 3. This usually falls somewhere around late January or early February on the solar calendar.

    If it happens to fall before or after a weekend, the total number of days off for this holiday may be from seven to ten, giving a long, relaxing break to everyone in Vietnam.

    For your convenience, here’s a list of this holiday’s date on the Gregorian calendar for the next ten years:

    • 2019: February 5
    • 2020: January 25
    • 2021: February 12
    • 2022: February 1
    • 2023: January 22
    • 2024: February 10
    • 2025: January 29
    • 2026: February 17
    • 2027: February 6
    • 2028: January 26

    3. How is it Celebrated?

    Red envelopes

    1- Days Leading up to Tet Holiday

    On the days leading up toTet, families all over Vietnam are busy with shopping and preparing for the occasion. They often organize and remodel their houses so that they’re neat and warm. They also decorate their living rooms with flowers such as apricot, cherry, or cranberry blossoms. In Vietnamese, “apricot blossoms” are called hoa mai, and “cherry blossoms” are called hoa đào.

    Lunar New Year’s Eve is also a popular time for family reunions. Families often prepare two trays of food to worship their ancestors and the Earth gods at the stroke of midnight. This kind of tradition is referred to as cúng Giao thừa.

    Right at the turn of the new year, “fireworks” or pháo hoa, are set off from city centers, and people all over the city rush to the top of high buildings to watch them. Those who live far from the center often go and reserve spots to watch the event several hours before the fireworks begin, or may simply just watch fireworks live on TV.

    After the fireworks end, many people pick young leaves at “temples,” or in Vietnamese chùa, as they believe these leaves bring good luck to their houses. This custom is called “picking buds for luck,” or hái lộc.

    2- Tet Holiday Traditions

    On day one of the Tet Holiday, Vietnamese people have a custom of wishing everyone a Happy New Year. Young people will wish happy new year to their grandparents and parents, and adults often give money to children, wrapped in red envelopes. On the envelopes, you can find text saying, Hay ăn, chóng lớn, vâng lời cha mẹ, which literally means, “Eat well, grow fast, and obey parents.”

    On New Year’s day, people greet each other by saying Chúc mừng năm mới!, meaning “Happy New Year,” or Chúc vạn sự như ý!, meaning, “Wish you everything to your liking.”

    Many Vietnamese people also believe that the first person to step into their house (người xông nhà) on the first day of the Lunar New Year will be the one who brings either good luck or bad luck for the year.

    4. Additional Information

    Among the many New Year dishes, sticky rice cakes and steamed Gac rice are two dishes specially served on Tet Holiday. Also, boiled chicken, lean pork paste, and fried rolls are presented on special trays for the occasion.

    5. Tet Holiday Vocabulary

    Celebrating with chung cake

    To help you fully understand the Tet Holiday and how it’s celebrated, we’ve prepared a list of the most useful words to know for this occasion with their definitions.

    • kẹo — “candy”
    • Tết Nguyên đán — “Lunar New Year”
    • rượu nếp — “glutinous rice wine
    • hạt dưa — “watermelon seeds”
    • dưa hành — “pickled onion”
    • tiệc — “party”
    • giao thừa — “New Year’s Eve”
    • hoa đào — “peach flower”
    • tiền mừng tuổi — “lucky money for happy new age”
    • cây quất — “kumquat”
    • lời chúc — “greeting”
    • hoa quả khô — “dried candied fruit”
    • câu đối — “couplet”
    • bánh chưng — “chung cake”
    • chùa — “Buddhist temple”
    • người xông nhà — “the first person to enter the house on the first day of the year”
    • mâm ngũ quả — “five fruits tray

    To hear the pronunciation of each Tet Day vocabulary word, visit our relevant vocabulary list. Here, you’ll find an audio pronunciation alongside each word.

    Conclusion

    As you can see, the Tet Holiday is an important holiday to the Vietnamese people and is celebrated whole-heartedly! What New Year traditions are there in your country? Let us know in the comments!

    For more information on Vietnamese culture and the language, visit us at VietnamesePod101.com. We offer an array of insightful blog posts, free vocabulary lists, and an online community where you can discuss lessons with fellow Vietnamese learners. You can also download our MyTeacher app for a one-on-one learning experience with your own personal Vietnamese teacher! We’re here to make learning Vietnamese fun and efficient.

    We wish you the best as you delve deeper into Vietnamese culture and continue practicing its language. Continue studying and practicing, and you’ll master the language before you know it!

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    Secret Revealed: The Best Way to Learn a Language on Your Own

    Learning A Language on Your Own

    Can You Really Learn Vietnamese Alone?

    Learning a language on your own or without traditional classroom instruction may seem quite daunting at first. What if you run into questions? How do you stay motivated and on track to achieving goals?

    Don’t worry, not only is it possible to learn Vietnamese or any language without traditional classroom instruction: VietnamesePod101 has created the world’s most advanced and extensive online language learning system. Not only is VietnamesePod101 specifically designed to help you with learning a language on your own, it’s actually faster, more convenient, and less expensive than traditional classroom options!

    Let’s look at some of the benefits of learning Vietnamese or any language alone.

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    3 Reasons to Learn a Language Alone

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    1. Learn at Your Own Pace and On Your Schedule

    In today’s fast-paced world, there just isn’t time for traditional classroom instruction. Between getting to class and studying on some professor or teacher’s schedule, traditional classroom learning is simply impossible to fit in. But when you learn Vietnamese alone, you can study in bed if you like and whenever suits your schedule best, making it far easier to actually reach your goal of learning and mastering the language.

    2. Learning a Language on Your Own Reduces Stress and Anxiety

    Speaking in front of a class, pop quizzes, and tests are just a few of the stressors you will encounter when you learn a language in a traditional classroom setting. Specifically, these are external stressors that often derail most people’s dream of learning a new language. But when you learn Vietnamese alone, there are no external stressors. Without the external stress and anxiety, it becomes much easier and more exciting to study Vietnamese and reach your very own goals—all on your own!

    3. Learning Vietnamese Alone Helps Improve Cognitive Function and Overall Success

    Learning a language on your own is indeed more challenging in some ways than being taught in a traditional classroom setting. In fact, while classroom instruction requires more rote memorization and following instructions, studying a language on your own requires more problem-solving and higher cognitive function to self-teach lessons and hit goals. So while it’s more challenging and requires higher levels of cognition, teaching yourself a language pays dividends throughout life by better preparing you for social/work opportunities that arise.

    How to Learn a Language on Your Own with VietnamesePod101

    Learning with VietnamesePod101

    1. Access to the World’s Largest Collection of Vietnamese Audio & Video Lessons

    The best way to learn a language on your own is to study from native speaking instructors. Ideally, you want audio and/or video lessons that teach vocabulary, grammar, and provide actual Vietnamese conversations and dialogue to help you with pronunciation. VietnamesePod101 has hundreds of hours of HD audio and video lessons created by real Vietnamese instructors and every lesson is presented by professional Vietnamese actors for perfect pronunciation. Plus, all lessons can be accessed 24/7 via any mobile device with Internet access. And, if you download the PDF versions of each lesson, you can even study without Internet access once the lesson is stored on your device!

    2. “Learning Paths” with Vietnamese Courses Based Upon Your Exact Needs & Goals

    Although VietnamesePod101 has more than thousands of video and audio lessons, you need not review each and every one to learn the language. In fact, VietnamesePod101 has developed a feature called “Learning Paths”. You simply tell us your goals and we will identify the best courses and study plan to help you reach them in the shortest time possible. So even though you are technically learning a language on your own, our team is always here to help and make sure you reach your goals FAST!

    3. Advanced Learning Tools Reduce Learning Time and Boost Retention

    When you have the right tools and Vietnamese learning resources, it’s actually easy to teach yourself a language! In the past 10+ years, VietnamesePod101 has developed, tested, and refined more than 20 advanced learning tools to boost retention and reduce learning time, including:

    • Spaced Repetition Flashcards
    • Line-by-Line Dialogue Breakdown
    • Review Quizzes
    • Voice Recording Tools to Help Perfect Pronunciation
    • Teacher Feedback and Comments for Each Lesson
    • Vietnamese Dictionary with Pronunciation
    • Free PDF Cheat Sheets
    • And Much More!

    Armed with our growing collection of advanced learning tools, it’s truly a breeze to learn Vietnamese alone and reach your goals!

    Conclusion

    Learning a language on your own is not only possible, it’s actually easier and more beneficial for you than traditional classroom instruction. In fact, when you learn Vietnamese on your own you can study at your own pace, eliminate stress, and actually increase cognitive function.

    VietnamesePod101 is the world’s most advanced online language learning system and a great resource to help you teach yourself a new language. With the world’s largest collection of HD audio and video lessons, more than 20 advanced learning tools, and customized “Learning Paths”, VietnamesePod101 makes learning a new language easier, more convenient, and less expensive than traditional classroom instruction.

    And the best part is: With VietnamesePod101, you can study in bed, your car, or wherever you have a few spare minutes of time. Create your Free Lifetime Account now and get a FREE ebook to help “kickstart” your dream of learning a language on your own below!

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    Language Learning Tips: How to Avoid Awkward Silences

    Avoid Awkward Silences

    Yes, even beginners can quickly learn conversational Vietnamese well enough to carry on real conversations with native speakers. Of course, beginners won’t be able to carry a conversation the same way they could in their native language. But, just knowing a few tips like which questions to ask to keep a conversation going are all you need to speak and interact with real native speakers! But before we get to specific suggestions, let’s first take a closer look at how having real Vietnamese conversations is so vital to your mastery of the language.

    Learning to Carry a Conversation is Vital to Mastery of Any Language

    Communicating with other people is the very point of language and conversation is almost second nature in our native tongue. For beginners or anyone learning a new language, conversations aren’t easy at all and even simple Vietnamese greetings can be intimidating and awkward.

    However, there are 3 vital reasons why you should learn conversational Vietnamese as quickly as possible:

    • Avoid Awkward Silences: Nothing kills a conversation faster than long periods of awkward silence, so you need practice and specific strategies to avoid them.
    • Improve the Flow of Conversation to Make a Better Impression: When you know what to say to keep a conversation going, communication becomes much easier and you make a better impression on your listener.
    • Master the Language Faster: Nothing will help you learn to speak Vietnamese faster and truly master the language than having real conversations with native speakers. Conversations quickly expose you to slang, cultural expressions, and vocabulary that force you to absorb and assimilate information faster than any educational setting—and that’s a great thing!

    But how can you possibly have real conversations with real Vietnamese people if you are just starting out?

    3 Conversation Strategies for Beginners

    Conversation

    1. Ask Questions to Keep a Conversation Going

    For beginners and even more advanced speakers, the key is to learn to ask questions to keep a conversation going. Of course, they can’t be just random questions or else you may confuse the listener. But, by memorizing a few key questions and the appropriate time to use them, you can easily carry a conversation with minimal vocabulary or experience. And remember, the more Vietnamese conversations you have, the quicker you will learn and master the language!

    2. Learn Core Vocabulary Terms as Quickly as Possible

    You don’t need to memorize 10,000’s of words to learn conversational Vietnamese. In fact, with just a couple hundred Vietnamese words you could have a very basic Vietnamese conversation. And by learning maybe 1,000-2,000 words, you could carry a conversation with a native speaker about current events, ordering in restaurants, and even getting directions.

    3. Study Videos or Audio Lessons that You Can Play and Replay Again and Again

    If you want to know how to carry a conversation in Vietnamese, then you need exposure to native speakers—and the more the better. Ideally, studying video or audio lessons is ideal because they provide contextualized learning in your native language and you can play them again and again until mastery.

    VietnamesePod101 Makes it Easier and More Convenient Than Ever to Learn Conversational Vietnamese

    Learning Vietnamese

    For more than 10 years, VietnamesePod101 has been helping students learn to speak Vietnamese by creating the world’s most advanced online language learning system. Here are just a few of the specific features that will help you learn conversational Vietnamese fast using our proven system:

    • The Largest Collection of HD Video & Audio Lessons from Real Vietnamese Instructors: VietnamesePod101 instructors have created hundreds of video and audio lessons that you can play again and again. And the best part is: They don’t just teach you Vietnamese vocabulary and grammar, they are designed to help you learn to speak Vietnamese and teach you practical everyday topics like shopping, ordering, etc!
    • Pronunciation Tools: Use this feature to record and compare yourself with native speakers to quickly improve your pronunciation and fluency!
    • 2000 Common Vietnamese Words: Also known as our Core List, these 2,000 words are all you need to learn to speak fluently and carry a conversation with a native speaker!

    In all, more than 20 advanced learning tools help you quickly build vocabulary and learn how to carry a conversation with native speakers—starting with your very first lesson.

    Conclusion

    Although it may seem intimidating for a beginner, the truth is that it is very easy to learn conversational Vietnamese. By learning a few core vocabulary terms and which questions to ask to keep a conversation going, just a little practice and exposure to real Vietnamese conversations or lessons is all it really takes. VietnamesePod101 has created the world’s largest online collection of video and audio lessons by real instructors plus loads of advanced tools to help you learn to speak Vietnamese and carry a conversation quickly.

    Act now and we’ll also include a list of the most commonly used questions to keep a conversation going so you can literally get started immediately!

    How to Transform Your Daily Commute Into Learning a Language

    Learn a language during your commute!

    Today, classrooms are no longer the only or even best place to learn a new language like Vietnamese. More and more people are finding that they can easily learn a language just about anywhere they have a few minutes of spare time, including their daily commute to work. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American spends over 50 minutes a day commuting to and from work, or over 300 hours a year.

    Rethinking Your Daily Commute to Work

    But rather than simply sitting in traffic and wasting the time, you can instead use your daily commute to literally learn Vietnamese in just a few short months! VietnamesePod101 has developed specialized learning tools that you can use on your commute to work (and home again) to master the language in your spare time. Keep reading to learn how to get your free audiobook to use on your next commute so you can see for yourself how easy it is to transform “dead time” into realizing your dream of learning a new language!

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    But before we look at how to transform your commute home into a mini-classroom, let’s take a closer look at 4 reasons why traditional classroom settings just aren’t the best option for most people in today’s fast-paced world.

    • Difficulty Getting to and From Class
    • Learning on Someone Else’s Schedule
    • Very Expensive and May Cost $1,000’s to Complete
    • Can Take Years to Finally Complete Classes and Learn the Language

    The simple truth is that traditional classroom instruction is simply not a viable option for most people in today’s very fast-paced, time-starved world. Now let’s examine how you can learn a language faster, more easily, and at far less expense than traditional classes—all during your commute to work and back home again!

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    3 Reasons Your Daily Commute Can Help You Master a Language

    1. The Average Commute Time is More than 300 Hours Per Year

    Between the commute to work and getting back home again, over 6 hours a week is completely wasted and not helping you reach any goals or objectives. But thanks to online language learning platforms with audiobooks and other resources that you can access during your commute, you can easily transform wasted time into tangible progress towards learning a new language. With over 300 hours available annually, your daily commute could provide you with enough time to literally master a new language each and every year!

    2. Increase Your Earning Potential While Commuting to Work

    How would you like to transform all those spare commuting hours each week into more money for a new car, house, or even a dream vacation? According to research, someone making $30,000 per year can boost their annual income by $600 or more per year by learning a second language. Added up over the course of a lifetime, you can boost your total earnings by $70,000 or more while achieving your dream of learning a new language during your daily commute!

    How? From work-at-home translation jobs to working overseas, there are many ways to leverage your second language into more money in your bank account! So instead of wasting your precious time, you can make your commute more productive and profitable and the more languages you learn, the higher your income potential.

    3. Repetition is Key to Mastering a New Language

    Not sure if it’s practical to learn another language while commuting to and from work each day? Well not only is it possible—learning in your car on the way to and from work each day can actually help you learn and master Vietnamese or any language much faster! The simple truth is that repetition is absolutely vital to truly internalizing and mastering any language. So, if you listen to audiobooks or even audio lessons on your commute to work and then repeat the same lesson on your commute home, the information is more likely to be “locked-in” to your long-term memory!

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    5 Ways VietnamesePod101 Makes It Easy to Learn a Language On Your Commute

    VietnamesePod101 has been helping people just like yourself learn and master Vietnamese in the comfort of their home, during their daily commute, or any place they have a few minutes of spare time. Here are five features provided by VietnamesePod101 that make it easy to learn a new language while commuting to and from work:

    1. The Largest Collection of Audio Lessons on Planet by Native Speaking Instructors
    Every single week, VietnamesePod101 creates new audio lessons by native speaking instructors. All lessons are short, to the point, and guaranteed to improve your mastery of Vietnamese.

    2. Word of the Day
    Simply exposing yourself to new information and vocabulary terms helps increase your fluency and mastery of Vietnamese. So every single day, VietnamesePod101 adds a new Word of the Day for you to learn and memorize during your commute.

    3. Daily Dose Mini-Lessons
    Have a short commute to work but still want to make progress towards learning and mastering Vietnamese? Not a problem! Our Daily Dose Mini-Lessons are 1-minute or less and designed to improve your grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.

    4. All Content Available on a Convenient Mobile App
    You don’t need a PC or tablet to learn Vietnamese during your daily commute. At VietnamesePod101, all of our lessons, tools, and resources are available 24/7 via our Mobile App. That means you can access all of our audio lessons and other tools during your commute to work or any time you have a few spare moments!

    5. Audiobooks and Other Supplemental Resources
    In addition to the world’s largest online collection of HD audio lessons, VietnamesePod101 has also created several audiobooks to enhance your understanding and make it more convenient than ever to learn a language during your commute!

    Conclusion

    The average commute time of most Americans is over 300 hours each year and it’s the perfect opportunity to learn and master a new language. In fact, you can use the “dead time” during your daily commute to learn a new language and potentially boost your lifetime earnings by up to $70,000 or more! Whatever your motivation, VietnamesePod101 has the tools and resources necessary to help you learn a new language each year during your commute to and from work. Act now and we’ll even provide you with a free audiobook to try out on your next commute!

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