Learn Vietnamese for Beginners

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Learn to speak Vietnamese with our Vietnamese language courses in Sydney.

Interested in learning Vietnamese? Then this beginner’s course is the perfect course to start your journey and build a solid foundation. In this course, you’ll learn how to communicate in Vietnamese in a relaxed, practical, and interactive class.

Explore how to have conversations with simple vocabulary and basic sentences while being introduced to the beautiful Vietnamese culture. Vietnamese is a tonal language, so our professional tutor will help you to train your ears so you can recognise the different tones that can change the meaning of a word.

At the end of this course, you will have acquired several essential language skills, enough to have a basic conversation with someone from Vietnam. You’ll also be able to continue your Vietnamese language skills with our Vietnamese level 2 and Vietnamese continuers courses.

Please note, the online class is a live and interactive but modified online version of the face-to-face class previously offered by the College. Some outcomes may not be achieved. The length of the session has also been adjusted


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • recognise and speak the different tones, and understand how they correspond to the letters in the Vietnamese alphabet
  • understand the differences between the North and South Vietnamese accents
  • greet people and introduce yourself and others
  • ask for and give directions
  • ask for information about travel, places and people’s professions
  • count in Vietnamese, including lower numbers, as well as the larger numbers used in currency
  • talk about modes of transport, travel times, distance, etc
  • use the past, present and future tense
  • ask the price of an item or service
  • use prepositions to describe things
  • tell the time and talk about different times of the day, mealtimes and routines, etc.
  • say the days of a week and months of the year
  • use the rules of simple grammar to ask why, when, where questions
  • understand the Vietnamese culture and use appropriate etiquette when communicating in Vietnamese

You will also have the opportunity for plenty of practise in pronunciation and listening.

Ideal for

  • Absolute beginners, students with no previous learning in Vietnamese.

Course content


  • Numbers and alphabet
  • Introducing and greeting
  • Places, directions, and transportations
  • Times and seasons
  • Hobbies and activities
  • Vietnamese culture


  • Recognise and speak different tones
  • Recognise and understand different accents
  • Simple sentence structure
  • Ask questions
  • Preposition
  • Past, present, and future tenses
  • Describe things using adjectives


Please purchase the course textbook for level 1 and level 2

Colloquial Vietnamese – The Complete Course for Beginners
ISBN: 9781138950238

You can purchase the textbook from Abbeys Bookstore (131 York Street, Sydney).
It is close to the CBD campus and offers a 10% discount to Sydney Community College students.

We recommend purchasing your textbook after your course has been confirmed (usually within three working days of the proposed start).
The textbook is not included in the enrolment fee.
If you would like to inquire about the current price, please call Abbeys Bookstore on: (02) 9264 3111

Please bring to class

  • Textbook
  • Notebook and pen

Other Information

  • Enrol now in two courses and save 10%. Use our promotion code ‘GROUP10’ at the checkout. Please visit our Concessions and Discounts page for more information.

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This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

Course testimonials:

  • said: Great introduction into the Vietnamese language. Learnt a lot more than expected. Glad we didn't just read from the book but had custom material. Would like weekly homework but other than that no complaints. Looking forward to attending Level 2!

  • said: I like the nice group and the teacher was very funny. I liked the listening activities. What U didn't like about the course was that I had to miss the last 2 classes as it was dragged along for 2 weeks. I had already plans. Maybe you should work on bringing a replacement teacher if that happened again cause it is really inconvenient for some students who have everything prepared beforehand

  • said: Bao was good at explaining sentence structure, and presenting the information, and gave us a good amount of time to practice saying the words etc. and was honest with his feedback to us. I'm happy to study further, and join Bao again for the intermediate class. I gave the venue rating a 3 as in the first 3-4 lessons in class the air con was broken, and the room was really hot. We did get a fan eventually, but it was uncomfortable until the air con was fixed.

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