For many expatriates, living in a foreign country involves a change of lifestyle and culture and it is often useful to learn the language of the host country to communicate better with the local population and, above all, to facilitate its integration. It is undeniable, speak the language, communicate and understand people and more prosaically knowing what to order at the restaurant, watch movies without subtitle or only doing your shopping without a dictionary is certainly a plus and a pass for a better integration into the local life. And always keep in mind that in terms of human contact, trying to express yourself, even awkwardly, will definitely be better than not speaking at all!
How to learn?
There are many ways for an expatriate to learn the language spoken in the country. Watching TV, listening to the radio, or reading newspapers in the local language is one of the best ways to progress while keeping you up-to-date on what you can discuss with your new friends.
You can also use new technologies to help you learn the basics and move forward in your study. Whether they are Internet sites or applications on smartphones, these technological innovations offer the advantage of facilitating your learning
Taking classes in a language school or with a particular teacher is all about the best way to learn. This way, your evolution will be followed on a regular basis and you will be sure to obtain a palpable result after a few weeks or a few months.
Where to learn Vietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City?
Faculty of Literature – Ho Chi Minh City University of Education
Course for Vietnamese speaker has started in 1998 at the faculty of literature of HCMC. Today the faculty present 2 different training programs.
Short-term training for the people who want to learn Vietnamese to improve their communication skills. Different level and duration are proposed but the course is based on each learner’s requirements. A certificate is issued by the university upon course completion.
Training for advanced learners who want to use the languageThis course is on for 4 years. Students receive a bachelors degree at the end of their studies.
Ho Chi Minh City University of Education HERE
Faculty of Vietnamese Studies – University of Social Sciences and Humanities – Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City
You can study there the language according to your level. The university also offers short-term training programs for international students. It’s also possible to learn there another language as Japanese or Korean.
University of Social Sciences and Humanities HERE
Saigon Language School
Named in the top 30 educational organization by Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Education and Training from 2010 to 2013, the school provides Vietnamese training course for foreigners and Japanese course for Vietnamese students. They propose an Elementary course, intermediate and advances course. Learners can choose to study in a group or in a private class.
Saigon Language school HERE
123 Vietnamese is recognized as one of the leading institutions in Vietnam. Courses include 16 main lessons, six cultural lessons, and six revision modules. Learners can improve their Vietnamese skills while learning about Vietnam’s culture, people, and attractions. The school proposes flexible course as namely conversational Vietnamese, elementary Vietnamese, intermediate Vietnamese, advanced Vietnamese, and Vietnamese for overseas Vietnamese. If you cannot attend classes at the center, you also have the possibility to learn via the website at www.123vietnamese.com. 123Vietnamese currently has branches in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hai Phong and Da Nang.
La Petite Maison
La Petite Maison offers “tailor-made” and original French courses, but also Vietnamese and English courses.
La Petite Maison HERE
Learn Vietnamese In Saigon
Learn Vietnamese In Saigon (LVIS) is a Vietnamese language tutor group based in Saigon. They offer individuals and small groups private Vietnamese lessons with flexible time and location.
Learn Vietnamese In Saigon HERE