The relationship that Americans have with Vietnam, Vietnamese culture, and the Vietnamese language has come a very long way in the past 50 years. The Vietnam War left scars on many American families that have still not healed, but that does not mean that we have not incorporated Vietnam into the American melting pot. In fact, Vietnamese is actually the third most common language after English and Spanish in four states, including Washington, Nebraska, Texas, and Oklahoma. In my personal experience, I was first exposed to Vietnamese food through the food, specifically through the deliciousness of the Vietnamese soup dish, pho. As someone that really loves to eat ramen, this Vietnamese dish that has similar composition hits the spot. It is also indicative of the biggest problem that Americans have with the Vietnamese language. I might say that word like it is spelled and it would be like four without the r, but the Vietnamese pronunciation is like duh with an f. To be fair, it does make for some pretty fun names of restaurants that make use of the word play. Ultimately, pronunciation is key to learning Vietnamese and that is something you can focus on with your private Vietnamese tutors.
I think that a lot of Americans immediately think of the complex characters of Chinese or Japanese when they think of Asian languages, but one of the best things about Vietnamese for English speakers is that they use the same letters that we do. Similar to Spanish, the only real difference are symbols above the letters that change the tone. Once you get used to the rules of the symbols, you can pick up reading the language pretty easily. You might not know what it means, but you could verbalize it, which is almost half of the battle. One of the other great features of the language is that there are no gendered words. Spanish is a bit problematic in a non-binary gender landscape since the language is so rooted in a binary idea of gender, but Vietnamese just has words for everybody. How progressive! They also get rid of some of the tiny things that our language has that just add to words, like plurals, articles like a and the, and odd verb endings. They really make it easy on you. Much more than some of the complex romance languages.
Vietnamese can also be easier than other languages because the grammar is bare bones simple. When you hear a Vietnamese person speak broken English and laugh, realize that they are coming from a place where the complexity of grammar has been simplified. They are not dumb. They understand each other just fine and that is the point of language, so I think that they are winning on that one. There is a great episode of The Office where Kevin tries to argue for a simplified grammar system. He is quickly shown an example of how we need some grammar, but he might have been onto something. The Vietnamese seem to have figured it out forever ago, so maybe we should take a page out of their books.
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