It's my birthday in 2 days, and, sad though it may seem, I can think of nothing I'd like to do better than learn some of the lingo here in Vietnam.
I'd really like to go to a class or tutor that somebody can recommend, hopefully for more than one session. Can anybody help?
Even better would be to be able to get lessons or tutelage somewhere nearby my current location - the Mekong Delta, preferably in Can Tho?
Any help greatfully received!
I gave up trying to learn any SEA language other then the very basics like numbers, how much, hello, good morning, thank you etc.
Their languages are just so much different then English that I found them extremely difficult to learn/remember, much more difficult then say Spanish or French. Add in that many people speak English and I felt like I was just fighting a losing battle/wasting my time. At least Vietnamese has a somewhat similar alphabet though so maybe it will be easier then Thai was for me.
If you are planning on being in Vietnam for a long time working/volunteering or something like that it would probably be worthwhile, just be prepared to put in a lot of time and effort to learn even the most basic parts of the language.
As for a school, a quick google doesn't show anything but if you went and asked around the Can Tho University you might find someone that would be willing to teach you. Otherwise it looks like HCMC is probably your best bet.
Easy way to find a tutor is to stick up a flyer with your number at the University somewhere.....
Either offer to pay or English conversation in exchange.
If you have access to a printer, make sure you do colour and put UK & Vietnam flags on it.