“Lets apply the 80 20 rule to our learning journey.”
Do you know what is the 80 20 rule?
It is the Pareto principle, saying that around 80 percent of what we achieve is from just 20 percent of what we have prepared/
What does it link to our vietnamese learning journey?
Lets apply what we learnt from this rule, that if we put in 20 percent of our time into practicing vietnamese learning, we will able to achieve 80 percent of being fluent in vietnamese soon!
And what doesn’t being fluent in 80 percent of vietnamese basics mean?
Let me encourage you by showing a few steps for being effective in learning vietnamese, to grasp 80 percent of vietnamese.
First step: try to get used to Vietnamese language: what is the same and what is different between vietnamese and English or Chinese that you learnt since young. When we are clear about what is different, we can move in the right direction while learning vietnamese.
Second step: Way of pronouncing: vietnamese language is based on tones. Try to put sometime aside, if you really want others to understand you, invest the necessary time to learn how to pronounce the tones properly from the start. The secret is that it should only take 4-5 hours to learn the pronunciations I kid you not! Ask your SingChao language partner to teach you how to pronounce vietnamese properly and they will be so glad to help you.
Third Step: What are the basic grammars and how do we construct basic sentences to tell people what we want: when you have a good foundation, which means knowing the grammar and how to construct sentences, you will be able to understand the more harder sentences soon.
Fourth Step: we want to learn the basic vocabulary, namely the 1000 basic words, dont worry its not really a lot, considering many words also sound like Chinese, and your mother tongue.
5th step: talk more often with your language exchange partner: lest you forget what you have learnt! It is easy and fun to just talk to your language exchange partner right now, then you can repeat and find the most common things to say in the conversation using what you have learnt, in everyday life.