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Lesson 2 - Learn Vietnamese through songs

Read the lyric translation of this song.

Lesson 2 will learn a sentence from the song Ngỡ that I introduced in lesson 1.

Anh bỗng thấy nhớ em nhiều.
(I suddenly missed you much.)

anh = I
bỗng = suddenly
nhớ = to miss
em = you
nhiều = much

Above are suggested meanings for all the words in the sentence. And now let's come to the common structure of Vietnamese language.
Subject + Verb + Object
Keep in mind that above is a common structure that Vietnamese people often use.

Anh nhớ em.
(I miss you)

"Anh" is a subject. (means I)
"Nhớ" is a verb. (means to miss)
"Em" is an object. (means you).

Anh ghét em.
(I hate you)

"ghét" is a verb. (means to hate)
At this very moment, please pick up the very simple structure of Vietnamese language.

2.c Learning the alphabet
Now you are required to know about the Vietnamese alphabet. The Vietnamese alphabet includes nearly all the letters in English alphabet. There are 2 letter in English alphabet that Vietnamese people do not use. They are "W" and "Z". However, there are many other letters that does not exist in English alphabet.

"F" "J" "W" and "Z" are the letters that will hardly be seen in Vietnamese language.

The Vietnamese alphabet:
a ă â b c d đ e ê g h i k l m n o ô ơ p q r s t u ư v x y
This link helps you to pronounce those letters.

a ă â e ê i o ô ơ u ư y are vowels
b c d đ g h k l m n p q r s t v x are single consonants.
Remember that y is a vowel and h is a consonant in Vietnamese language.

Click the link above to learn the Vietnamese alphabet before going further to our next lessons.

Besides those consonants above, there are some double and triple consonants that are used much in Vietnamese language as much as single consonants.
ch, gh, gi, kh, nh, ng, ngh, ph, qu, th, tr.
In this lesson 2, do not pay much attention to double consonants and triple consonants because this is just a brief introduction of double and triple consonants. We will go back to learn them in other lesson.