As a member of the Austroasiatic family of languages, Vietnamese vocabulary originated from traditional Chinese characters. An older alphabet derived from Mandarin is called chữ nôm. Following the influence of French on Vietnamese, a modern alphabet was derived and is in use at present called quốc ngữ. This is a Latin-rich alphabet with accents and diacritics, along with the addition of certain letters. Most words are monosyllabic and there are six tones: mid, low-falling, high-rising, low-rising, high-broken and heavy tone. Each of these tones dictate the meaning of a word (as with the neighbouring language of Thai). Our Vietnamese Tutors can guide you through learning the Vietnamese language at all levels including towards the proficiency exams.
Vietnamese known locally as tiếng Việt is spoken in Vietnam and among expat populations especially in the USA, Australia and Europe. There are 75 million native speakers with over half of country aged under 30, this dynamic country is expected to grow along with its language. As a member of the Austroasiatic family of languages, Vietnamese vocabulary originated from traditional Chinese characters. An older alphabet derived from the mandarin is called chữ nôm. Following the influence of French on Vietnamese, a modern alphabet was derived and is in use at present called quốc ngữ. This is a Latin rich alphabet with the addition of accents, and diacritics, along with the addition of certain letters.
In Western countries, Vietnam is often only referred to in relation to the Vietnam War. Aside from this, the country has much to offer in its rich cultural history (dating back to the Bronze Age!) and its beautiful natural landscapes which include mountains, beaches, and cities. Due to French colonial rule in the 19th and early 20th centuries, French is the most prominent foreign language in Vietnam, although nowadays under 1% of the Vietnamese population speak French fluently.
The National University of Ho Chi Minh City offers the NLVT test (Năng lực Tiếng Việt) which translates to ‘Vietnamese Language Ability’. Upon completion students receive a Proficiency Certificate which is valid for two years and is widely accepted throughout Vietnam. The test has 6 levels from Elementary to Advanced. The NLVT can also be taken in South Korea and Taiwan.
Vietnamese Tutors, Courses and Tuition in London
Mayfair Consultants offers fully-qualified Vietnamese tutors for lessons, group classes and private tuition across London. Our tutors are either native or fluent Vietnamese speakers who use interactive and immersive approaches, focussing on extending clients’ vocabularies while perfecting their pronunciation and writing. Many of our tutors use literary materials, as well as online, journalistic and other non-fiction sources, as part of their instruction tools. We work with learners of all ages and abilities, including those preparing for Vietnamese IB exams, and those acquiring the language for research, travel or business purposes.
If you would like to arrange Vietnamese lessons or have any questions about our courses or tuition services, please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 207 665 6606 or you can send us an email via our contact form.
Useful Vietnamese Tutors & Students Language Resources
http://www.vns.edu.vn/index.php/en/71-tin-tuc/1337-thi-nang-luc-tieng-viet-2 – NLVT Vietnamese Language Ability Test at National University of Ho Chi Minh City
https://www.soas.ac.uk/sea/sealanguages/vietnamese/ – SOAS University of London Vietnamese Language Courses
https://www.soas.ac.uk/library/subjects/sea/country/vietnam/ – SOAS University of London Vietnamese Resources
https://vietnam.travel/node/1336 – Vietnam Tourism Authority
http://www.vns.edu.vn/index.php/en/ – Vietnam National University of Social Sciences and Humanities
https://vietnamembassy.org.uk/ – Vietnam Embassy in London
https://vietnamvisa.govt.vn/vietnam-travel-tips/the-ultimate-guide-to-customs-and-etiquette-in-vietnam/ – Guide to Vietnamese Customs and Etiquette
https://slhs.sdsu.edu/bdc/links/resources-for-learning-vietnamese/ – Vietnamese Language Resources
https://www.vietnamembassy.org.uk/culture.html – Vietnamese Cultural Guide
https://www.vietnamuknetwork.org.uk/ – Vietnam-UK Network
https://vis-ukandireland.org/ – Vietnamese Intellectual Society in the UK and Ireland
https://www.bl.uk/collection-guides/vietnam – British Library Vietnamese Language Collection