Vietnamese is part of the Austroasiatic language family along with Khmer (Cambodian). It has more than 80 million native speakers, which puts it above Italian and Polish. Although spoken primarily in the country of Vietnam there is a sizeable diaspora community in many countries like the United States and Australia. The learner will have to confront tones but a lack of gender and no cases is nice gift for those more familiar with Germanic or Slavic languages. In regards to linguistic influences, a large part of northern Vietnam was a part of China during ancient history, so there has been some Chinese language influence which still persists. Vietnamese is a popular second language in neighboring countries and it is easy to see why, as Vietnam is the 15th largest country by population.
Duolingo is a popular language learning platform and they offer Vietnamese. Check out the review here.
Pimsleur Vietnamese Conversational Course
Pimsleur is an all audio program for language learning. The Vietnamese Conversational course has 16 lessons, each 30 minutes long, for a total of 8 hours. If you like the method you can graduate and buy the full version, which is significantly more expensive.
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Ho Chi Minh
The capital of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, is named after this revolutionary leader.
Culture Smart: Vietnam
The people of Vietnam were dealt a tough hand in the 20th century but have bounced back fantastically. This book covers the culture, history, traditions and way of life of the Vietnamese in addition to talking about on-going social changes.