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Vietnamese language: An Introduction


Vietnamese is a tonal monosyllabic language. Its diverse range of vocabulary can help to express ideas in highly creative ways. Nevertheless, its grammatical principles are not systematic, let learners with difficulty.

CHÀO means "HELLO"

CHÀO = CH (consonant) + AO (dipthong) + `(tone)

  • Vowel "CH": pronounce similar to "TR" in "TREE" in English, but it is softer.
  • Dipthong "AO": prnounce similar to "OW" in "NOW" English, but it is more round.
  • Tone ` : is a decreasing line written above main vowel. The word with this tone is spoken with decreasing intonation.