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SOAS Language Centre

Introduction to Vietnamese

A ten-week course aimed at those who wish to acquire a basic conversational ability in Vietnamese

Duration: 20 hours (2 hours a week for 10 weeks)


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Mode of Attendance: Part Time

This SOAS Language Centre course in Vietnamese is designed to give participants with no previous knowledge of the language a basic ability to make themselves understood in a small number of everyday situations. The course takes the form of a series of situational contexts in which participants will be asked to understand what is taking place around them and to respond in comprehensive and clear Vietnamese.


The course is taught in English and Vietnamese. Class size is normally limited to fifteen to allow intensive practice.

Summary of course contents
  • Tones, pronunciation and greetings
  • Introductions and simple questions
  • Occupations; talking about your job
  • Counting; questions; adjectives
  • Numbers; talking about your family
  • Days of the week; dates; more on numbers; comparisons
  • More questions: ‘what time?’, ‘when?’ and ‘how much?’
  • Describing produce and goods; shopping
  • Travelling around and asking for directions
  • Revision and overview of grammatical points

Continuing your study

Subject to demand, the Language Centre may be able to schedule Introduction to Vietnamese 2 later in the academic year. Speaking and comprehension skills continue to be developed, as do reading and writing, allowing students to progress with confidence.




The following has been prescribed as the set text for this course:
Healy, D. (2010) Complete Vietnamese. London: Teach Yourself Books.

Course materials are not included in the course fee and can be purchased from the SOAS bookshop bookshop@soas.ac.uk You are advised not to purchase course materials until your course has been confirmed.


The course is taught in small groups with a maximum of fifteen students per group. Classes will be held at the Bloomsbury or Kings Cross Campus of SOAS in central London on one evening a week. Participants receive 20 hours of language tuition over a ten-week period (with additional weeks where public holidays and/or cancellations through staff sickness displace a session).

See our online store to book a place for this course.

Language Centre How To Apply

You can enrol:

Not a complete beginner?

If you are not a complete beginner, you will need to complete an assessment for course placement, allowing us to decide which course is right for you.

To apply for an assessment please complete our Needs Analysis Form (pdf; 187kb) and send to the relevant email inbox where a Course Officer will contact you for scheduling.

Course Fees and Discounted Rates

An overview of our Short Course Fees and Discounted Rates.

If you are eligible for a discount, you will not be able to complete your transaction on the Online Store. You will need to bring a paper Application Form (pdf; 462kb) , including your Staff/Student card for us to make a copy of, after which we can process your application at the discounted rate.

Returning students

If you are a returning student, you will have received a letter informing you of the procedures for rejoining prior to the start of the registration period. You can pay using any method indicated above. Returning students, if they are continuing onto the course indicated as the progression course, do not need to be assessed.