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Old 05-02-2011, 09:37 PM
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Vietnamese, Thai and Tagalog would be fun languages to learn and quite useful not only when traveling overseas to South East Asia but in the bay area as well!
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:56 PM
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Originally Posted by daddiesgirl View Post
There is a reason why the instructors drill you with pronunciation and tones because it is the core of the language. Unlike English, a simple tone will change the word entirely. For example, the word "good" in English still means "good" whether you lengthen out the tone and pronounce it as "good" or "gooood."

In Vietnamese, you can say "di" (tonal would be "dee" [means "go" in English]). But if you raise the pitch and pronounce it "deeeee", the word becomes "hooker" or "prostitute."

The majority of words also only have one syllables so the pitch and tone is important. You can get by with ordering some food, but you won't be able to hold a conversation without being laughed at if you don't get your tones down right.


Wow, am wondering whether you are a real vietnamese native people or not? The way of your explanation is quite good

It's pretty nice!

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Old 09-21-2011, 01:29 AM
Location: Lincoln, CA
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Yeah, I'm Vietnamese although my upbringing is a little different. My family immigrated here when I was only a year old so I learned English first, then learned conversational Vietnamese through family and friends and only got formal training (learning how to officially read or write) in college at De Anza. So yeah, my English is better than my Vietnamese.
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