Vietnamese Alphabet

Vietnamese Alphabet

If you're trying to learn the Vietnamese Alphabet you will find some useful resources including a course about pronunciation, and sound of all letters... to help you with your Vietnamese grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and memorize the sounds. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Vietnamese. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

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Vietnamese Alphabet

Learning the Vietnamese alphabet is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. Without it, you will not be able to say words properly even if you know how to write those words. The better you pronounce a letter in a word, the more understood you will be in speaking the Vietnamese language.

Below is a table showing the Vietnamese alphabet and how it is pronounced in English, and finally examples of how those letters would sound if you place them in a word.

Vietnamese AlphabetEnglish SoundPronunciation Example
aα:'a' as in father
âɜ'u' as in but
ăα'a' as in hat
bɓ'b' as in big
ck'c' as in cat
cht∫, c'ch' as in church
dz, j'z' as in zoo (north), 'y' as in yes (south)
đɗ'd' as in done
eε'e' as in get
êe'a' as in mate
gɣ'g' as in good
ghɣ'g' as in good
giz, j'z' as in zoo (north), 'y' as in yes (south)
hh'h' as in house
ii'i' as in machine (north), 'b' as in bit (south)
kk'c' as in cat
khkh, x'ch' as in the German Bach
ll'l' as in life
mm'm' as in man
nn'n' as in nice
ngŋ'ng' as in singer
nghŋ'ng' as in singer
nhɲ'ny' as in cranyon
oɔ'o' as in hot
ôo'oa' as in boat
ơɜ:'u' as in fur
ppwatch video below
phf'f' as in find
qukw'qu' as in queue
rz, ɹ'z' as in zoo (north), 'r' as in ring (south)
ss, ∫'s' as in sore (north), 's' as in sure (south)
tt't' as in stop
thth't' as in top
trt∫, ʈɽ'ch' as in church (north), 'tr' as in tree (south)
uʊ'oo' as in boot
ưɨ'oo' as in boot
vv, j'v' as in van (north), 'y' as in yes (south)
xs's' as in sore
yiwatch video below

Vietnamese Pronunciation

You saw how a letter is written and might be pronounced, but there is nothing better than hearing the sound of the letters in a video or audio. Below you will be able to hear how the letters above are pronounced, just press the play button:

Vietnamese Pronunciation

The alphabet and its pronunciation have a very important role in Vietnamese, therefore they need very special attention. Once you're done with Vietnamese alphabet, you might want to check the rest of our Vietnamese lessons here: Learn Vietnamese. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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