Tiếng Việt Progress

The following is log of time spent studying Vietnamese. Total: 40 hours (of 1100) 2019-05, – hours Deferring Study 2019-04, 10 hours Discovered some decent introductory courses on memrise, which is useful (although I still have concerns about automaticity). Pronunciation is still difficult although I am slowly improving. I find that I can pronounce things […]

Tiếng Việt Có Khó Gõ Không?

Is Vietnamese difficult to type? It turns out, no, Vietnamese is extremely easy to type. And it’s even easier to write. Vietnamese includes beautiful diacritics (accent marks), and while it can look intimidating, the writing is pretty easy to learn. Tones There are six tones in Vietnamese, they are written like this, a á à […]

Phát Âm Tiếng Việt

+ alphabet + syllable (initial + vowel + final) + tone + flashcards? phonemes Vietnamese pronunciation is much more difficult than I first anticipated. It is far more difficult than Chinese, and it’s not 100% phonetic to the writing (despite what many teachers claim). There are exceptions to the pronunciation rules, and regional differences that […]


cognados -ent -ant becomes -ente -ante diferente importante -ary becomes -ario necesario -ence -ence becomes -encia -ancia diferencia preferencia -tion becomes -ción condición posición situación reservación -ical becomes -ico politico SPECIAL = ESPECIAL Words beginning sp-, st- or sc- in English usually start esp-, est- or esc- in Spanish, ‘student’ estudiante; ‘school’ escuela. ENGLISH WORDS […]


Conjugations are sexy. The word “conjugation” shares the same latin origin as “conjugal” (as in “conjugal visit”), which in turn was a loan word from ancient Greek, meaning “to join” (or “to yoke”) together. You can learn conjugations via conjugation tables, and in fact conjugation tables are an excellent resource for looking up specific verb […]


a poem by 宋尚緯 你願意和我說些話嗎 (are you willing to speak with me?) 說些溫柔的話 (speak warm and gentle words) 讓我忘記死亡 (Let me forget about death) 忘記⽇常的鬼魅 (Forget the ghosts of everyday life) 在我身邊遊蕩 (Waiting beside my body) 看⾒躺下的樣⼦像字 (Lying down like a written word) 逐漸變⼩,才想起 (Slowly shrinking, it comes to me) 問你是否願意 (To ask you if […]

Tiếng Việt

My goal is to read and write in Vietnamese, understand native speakers, and speak well enough to have meaningful conversations with native speakers. [ Progress Log ] Những Việc Cần Làm + currently deferring study + pronunciation + Tiếng Việt numbers Khuyến Nghịm These are approaches that I have found the most useful, and would […]


tbd 做清單 + Three Character Classic, 1000 Character Classic 王旅星 (wang2 lv3 xing1) 龍旅星 (long2 lv3 xing1) 萬旅星 (wan4 lv3 xing1) 旅 travel (lv3) 星 star (xing1) 書法 + 練習書法: 待辦 Dài bàn (upcoming) 事項 shìxiàng (items) 列表 lièbiǎo (list) + … 做清單 Zuò qīngdān + … 藝術 Yìshù (art) + … 鍛煉習慣 Duànliàn xíguàn […]