Teaching English in Vietnam: Everything You Need To Know | MOVE TO VIETNAM (2023)

You probably won’t believe me if I tell you that hundreds if not, thousands of expats are coming to Vietnam every year to teach English. Even though the demand is skyrocketing, there are loads of mistakes that they do and still doing. So, someone who has taught English in Vietnam will tell you what you need to know before signing a contract with someone who offered you a teaching job here or before youbook your one-way ticket.



Ugly Truths about Teaching English in Vietnam



Can I Work in Vietnam on a Business Visa






Via Facebook Groups


Teach Online


Dress code for women teachers

Dress code for men teachers



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Vietnam is one of thecountries with the highest demand for English teachers, which is good. It means that if locals speak English, the country can attract more tourists, businesses from different countries, more jobs for the locals, and competitive economic growth.

If you visit anyexpat Facebook groupsor simply Googling teaching English in Vietnam, it will surely overwhelmyou with unending posts about job offers. Whether you decide tolive in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), or even in smaller cities like Hoi An, Da Nang, or Nha Trang, you can get yourself a job easily.

Ugly Truths about Teaching English in Vietnam

There are loads of private English centres and public schools that are desperate to get their hands on a foreign teacher.However, there are a few ugly truths you need to know and prepare yourself:

  • Most of these schools are in favour of native English speakers, especially the schools that are focusing on specific accents to teach to their students. Unfortunately, even if you have the accent they are looking for; often, these schools would overlook this and still prefer to hire a Caucasian person regardless of your work experience and education.
  • This means that even if you are a native English speaker, your skin colour affects your chances. Many expats and even locals have voiced their concern about how wrong this is. Sadly, the change regarding this discrimination is still a long way to go.
  • Non-native English speakers and not white will have a little challenge in finding the job they are hoping for but still possible. If you are more than qualified, you should look into bigger companies and international schools, they are more professional and are more interested in your experiences and qualifications.
  • Racism in Vietnam in the field of ESL teaching is widely spread. People of colour are having a harder time getting an ESL job simply because of their skin colour or accent despite their years of experience in this field.
  • If you were offered a way less rate simply because you are not Caucasian but you know that you are a qualified one, don’t accept or sign the contract. There are jobs and students who are willing to pay you rightly,and know your value. If all aspiring ESL teachers coming to Vietnam will fight this massive race issue by rejecting low paid jobs, at some point, hopefully, Vietnam will see everyone’s value equally.


It is true if I tell you that work experience is not very much a requirement if you decide to teach English in Vietnam. This is sad on all levels, despite the cry out of the expat community for the Vietnamese schools to raise their standard in hiring a teacher, the demand is just too high to take this subject on top of the discussion.

However, there are schools with high standards that are strict in hiring ESL teachers in Vietnam. They require certain experiences and they always take the legal path.


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You won’t believe how many English teachers come here and work on a tourist visa. This is, in fact, illegal, if you plan to work here, you need to secure a business visa and/or awork permit. Working on a tourist permit or on illegal documents will result in serious trouble such as deportation and entry ban in the country.

If the school let you work on a tourist visa, this is a red flag and a sign of unprofessionalism. They are more likely to screw you over at some point. For example, not paying you in time for your last paycheck when you quit the job or simply firing you without any acceptable reason. They can also use this against you as you cannot ask for legal help regarding this matter.

Once you have a work permit, you can apply for a Temporary Residence Card valid for 1-3 years. Using this, you can exit and enter Vietnam without needing a visa. The process of obtaining a Temporary Residence Card is easy and quick but you will need a work permit which can take time depending on what documents you have ready,

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Can I Work in Vietnam on a Business Visa

You are legally allowed to apply for a job, stay in Vietnam, and work ona business visa. However, you areONLYallowed to work on a business visa while waiting for your work permit to be processed.

You will have to hold proof that you are or your employer is currently processing your work permit to avoid getting into trouble.

To explain it easier, you areNOTallowed to work on a business visa long-term, you are required to hold a work permit which your employer will help you get.

NOTE: As of 2022, English teachers must enter Vietnam either with a business visa sponsored by their employer or with a valid work permit.


As I mentioned, being a native English speaker with white skin can land you a job easily but there are still a couple of job requirements you have to prepare. Thankfully, a lot of schools are getting wiser and more professional as the year comes by. Here are the common requirements when applying for an English teaching job in Vietnam:

  • a Bachelor’s degree– in 2021, it is announced that the teacher’s Bachelor’s degree must be related to teaching or English to qualify for a work permit/TRC
  • TEFL/TOFEL/CELTAGet your TEFL Certificatenow online and enjoy35% offif you usevietnam35as a coupon code – You can also get certified once you are in Vietnam
  • a valid passport and visa
  • other documents to prove your education and work experiences
  • criminal background check – from your home country or country of residence in the last 3 years
  • CV

TIP: Look for schools that will check not only your accent, and physical appearance, but also who will require you to have experience in teaching, a teaching certificate, a bachelor’s/master’s degree. These schools are more serious in the business, which is also concerned with the quality of teaching they provide to their students.

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Some schools will ask you to do a demo lesson at least for a minimum of 30-minutes, some demos are paid whilst the others are not. Remember to ask this before agreeing to perform one. Be aware that some schools invite a lot of aspiring English teachers and require a demo for free. While the truth is they basically get different teachers to teach their students without paying anything while they make money from it (because those students pay for a class).


Salary is quite attractive in Vietnam if you compare it to thecost of living. This section will give you a ballpark idea on how is the salary of an English teacher in Vietnam.

Per hour

The pay ranges from $15-$25 per hour whereas a full-time teacher works at least 20 hours a week, some work for 40 hours a week. If you prefer to work as a private tutor, this is less hassle but the pay varies. The rate also varies depending on your location, outside the city or in rural areas pay a little less but provide accommodation. Smaller cities and towns also pay less.

There are some schools that will hire you and start the pay at $18 with a chance of a raise depending on your performance. Always double check your contract before signing.

If you want a sneak peek at the budget for moving to Vietnam, you can read ithere.

Non-native English Speaker/Non-Caucasian

Sadly, despite your experience, if you are a non-native English speaker, often you will be offered a lower salary ($10-$15/hour). Another painful reality is even if you are a native English speaker if you are not Caucasian, there is a big chance that you will get paid lower as well.

In this situation, especially if you have the experience, you should work with well-known language centres or international schools that look past your physical appearance but rather value your skills and experiences.


There are a few schools or agencies that will offer you free accommodation or transportation allowance. Based on the stories I heard, it’s mostly a hit and misses, you can be offered a decent accommodation or a crappy one.Housing is relatively cheap in Vietnam, therefore, I suggest you find your own instead. Whiletransportation in Vietnamis cheap too, you won’t have a problem getting around. If you need a suggestion for a hostel in Vietnam while looking for an apartment, check ourrecommendation list.

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This is a very common question from aspiring English teachers in Vietnam. In my personal experience, I only start finding a teaching job when I arrived in Vietnam, this made all my interviews, demo lessons, and even getting tips from English teachers a lot more convenient. My friend started applying for a possible job before moving here, he scheduled interviews and demos beforehand and did it right away after he arrived.

Personally, I won’t accept an ESL job unless I’m in Vietnam, this is to avoid scams too but it’s a personal choice. I know many teachers who accepted job offers before arriving and it went well.


This is surely one of the questions that bother you a lot. Apart from searching online and using different sites that have job listings, there are other options as well like the following:

Via Facebook Groups

One of the most effective ways of finding an English teaching job in Vietnam is tojoin Facebook groupsdepending on your location. You will see that there are job offers popping up almost every day.

You can also upload your job posting, CV, contact details, and what you are looking for and ESL schools and centres will reach out to you. If you receive an offer but are in doubt about if it is legitimate or not, you can ask the expat groups, even though they can be rude, a lot of them are still helpful.


You can also directly find reputable schools in Vietnam online and then apply directly to their sites. We recommend you to be cautious as some job listings on other sites can be dodgy. Remember to never pay anything or anyone who promises to get you a job – this scheme is always if not, often a scam.

If you decided to teach in China instead which pays a better salary than in any Southeast Asian country, we recommend youcheck this siteto apply for a job.

Teach Online

Another way to earn money being an ESL teacher is to teach online. There are great benefits in doing this like you can teach while travelling, you don’t need to hustle through the traffic and spend money on transportation, you can teach comfortably at home to name a few.


Once you have found a teaching job and signed a contract, there are a lot of things that you still need to prepare. One of them is to pack the right work clothes. The dress code for teaching in Vietnam is not a lot different in other parts of the world. You are expected to dress at least semi-formal.

Depending on where you will be living and teaching, some schools have AC while others don’t. If you will be in the north, pack a good semi-formal jacket as it can be cold during winter, while in the south, make sure you pack comfortable clothes, the humidity can be very irritating.

Also see our more general guide to what to wear in Vietnam.

Dress code for women teachers

Here are some ideas on what you can wear when teaching:

  • a dress that is knee-length or longer with a small sleeve or longer and has a standard neckline
  • dress pants and a button shirt with a sleeve on
  • a knee-length skirt or longer and button shirt sleeve
  • you can wear a sleeveless blouse but use a jacket cardigan
  • black shoes, high heel shoes or flat shoes are all acceptable as long as they are closed

Some schools allow a casual get up once a week, it’s best to ask your school coordinator about the proper dress code when teaching.

Dress code for men teachers

Here are some ideas on the dress code for men teachers:

  • dress pants and a button sleeve shirt
  • dress pants and a polo shirt
  • black shoes
  • it is not expected to wear a tie unless specified by your school

Some days, casual jeans and a shirt is allowed but it’s best to ask your school coordinator to explain to you the dress code.


The most important things to remember are; the demand for an ESL job, visa options, working experience, educational background, TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate, English centre vs Public School, salary, and job requirements. These are the things you need to know before you decide on teaching English in Vietnam or hopping on a plane heading to Vietnam or worse committing and signing a job contract.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comment section and we will do our best to answer them.


Do you need to know Vietnamese to teach English in Vietnam? ›

Requirements for Teaching in Vietnam

Native English proficiency: Native speakers will have a much easier time getting hired as an English teacher in Vietnam. If you're not a native speaker, don't rule yourself out; as long as you speak fluently, you should still find teaching positions.

Are English teachers in demand in Vietnam? ›

Every day dozens of job listings seeking native English teachers for part-time and full-time positions are posted in "English Teaching Jobs in Vietnam" and other Facebook groups. It has become easier than ever for applicants since there are so few of them.

Is it hard to get an English teaching job in Vietnam? ›

English teaching jobs in Vietnam

There's an abundance of work for TEFL teachers in the country, so it's easy to find jobs teaching English, from private tutoring to teaching English online. Teachers can find work year-round in language centres teaching a range of ages, as well as jobs in private and public schools.

What qualifications do I need to teach English in Vietnam? ›

To gain a work visa to teach English in Vietnam, an applicant must be a native English speaker with a bachelor's degree. A criminal background check is also required. A TEFL certificate or work experience is not mandatory to receive a visa but may be needed to qualify for more competitive jobs.

How much is the salary of an English teacher in Vietnam? ›

Typically, you should expect to earn between $1,200 to $1,800 per month as an English teacher in a public or language school in Vietnam. This is around $18 - $25 an hour for around 20 hours of in-class teaching per week.

Is Vietnam English friendly? ›

The short answer is absolute yes. Many people in Vietnam can speak English, most of them work in tourism sectors in almost big cities in Vietnam including Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Hoi An, Ninh Binh…

How many hours do English teachers work in Vietnam? ›

English language schools in Vietnam offer approximately 20 to 30 hours of work per week, allowing for plenty of time to travel and explore. Major cities for teaching English in Vietnam include Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

What do English teachers wear in Vietnam? ›

Generally, men are expected to wear trousers, a collared shirt, and dress shoes. A tie may or may not be required, though it's best to wear one during the interview stage for the purpose of professionalism. Shirt requirements can range from a simple polo to long-sleeved, button-up dress shirts.

What is the age limit for teaching in Vietnam? ›

Public schools, however, will hire into the mid-50s (especially those with teaching experience). Teachers older than 50 will find it much more difficult to find jobs. Other Asian countries, like China, Thailand, Vietnam maintain official retirement ages of 55-60 that have been increasingly enforced in recent years.

Are teachers respected in Vietnam? ›

Education is highly valued in Vietnam, and learning English is an important part of the education system. Teachers are typically respected and valued by both parents and students.

What skills are in demand in Vietnam? ›

87% of HR professionals selected “active learning” as the most needed skill for employees, followed by “ICT literacy” (77%), as well as “monitoring self and others” (77%). Communication skills such as verbal communication, writing and reading comprehension are no longer prioritized.

Can you work in Vietnam without a degree? ›

Foreigners who are the Board of Directors members of the joint-stock company or foreigners who are the legal representative of the company are people that do not have to submit degrees when apply for work permit. In most cases, a work permit is required when working in Vietnam for more than three months.

Do I need a TEFL certificate to teach in Vietnam? ›

One of the most important requirements of securing a job teaching in Vietnam is to have a TEFL certificate with at least 120-hours. Choosing a course with a TEFL practicum, or in-class teaching component, is also important.

Can I teach English without qualifications? ›

The simple answer is: yes! The honest answer is: still yes, but be aware that it's going to be more of a challenge than it is for teachers who do have a degree.

How much is rent in Vietnam? ›

Vietnam's most expensive city is Ho Chi Minh City, followed by Hanoi. Even in these two places, a couple can enjoy a comfortable, middle-class lifestyle for less than $1,300 per month.
Cost of Living in Vietnam.
ExpenseU.S. $
Apartment rental (one bedroom)$400 to $900
Electricity$60 to $80
Cell phone with unlimited data$3
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Which country pays teacher the most? ›

Luxembourg. According to an OECD report, Luxembourg (a European country) has the highest-paid teachers in the world. Another source indicates that a bachelor's degree holder is entitled to an initial salary of €67,000 (US $70,323.20) per annum at the start of their teaching career.

Can you save money teaching English in Vietnam? ›

Many teachers in Vietnam generally save around $500 USD or more a month. To earn even more money, some teachers will take on private students looking to learn English or will even teach English online a few hours a week to pad their pockets.

Are Vietnamese nice to foreigners? ›

The Vietnamese people are welcoming, generous, and curious about foreigners, which makes this an ideal place to make local friends. It's not unusual to meet a stranger, only to find yourself being invited to their home or to their village just a few hours later.

Is living in Vietnam safe? ›

Yes, living in Vietnam for expats is relatively safe. The country rarely experiences horrible natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis. The security, especially in large cities, is acceptable.

Is Vietnam easy to live in? ›

Vietnam has everything an expat could want. It offers beautiful beaches, mountains, a great expat community, amazing local people, delicious food, and an affordable cost of living. In fact, Vietnam is one of the best places to live in Asia.

What is a good monthly salary in Vietnam? ›

Average Salary
CareerAverage monthly salary (VND/USD)
Medical/healthcare28 million VND ~ $1,100 US
Air hostess/Air host18-30 million VND ~ $800-1200 US
Secretarial job18-30 million VND ~ $800-1200 US
Engineer (Construction)20-30 million VND ~ $750-1100 US
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How much salary is good in Vietnam? ›

Which city pays the highest salaries in Vietnam? The median salary is highest in Ho Chi Minh City at ~10 million VND/month (~$440 USD/month).

What is the highest paying job in Vietnam? ›

VietNamNet Bridge – Banking officers and air stewardesses are believed to have some of the highest incomes in Vietnam. VietNamNet Bridge – Banking officers and air stewardesses are believed to have some of the highest incomes in Vietnam.

What is consider rude in Vietnam? ›

Vietnamese Values

The Vietnamese people value humility, restraint, and modesty. Avoid being boastful or showing off wealth. Public displays of affection are generally frowned upon so try to avoid touching people of the opposite sex. Dress conservatively and keep your body covered.

What do girls wear in Vietnam? ›

The national traditional dress in Vietnam is the ao dai, a silk tunic with pants worn by women and men. Ao dài are worn for special occasions including Tet, the new year celebration. Since the twentieth century, Vietnamese people have also worn contemporary clothing that is popular in many places in the world.

What things are not allowed in Vietnam? ›

In addition, there is also a prohibition on items packed in your cabin luggage such as sharp objects (knife, sword, box cutter, dart, scissors, etc.); firearms and other weapons (all types of firearms, parts of firearms, ammunition, stun guns, imitation firearms, toy guns, etc.); other dangerous items (crowbar, shovels ...

What country needs English teachers? ›

Our list of the countries that need English teachers might surprise you! There are many countries with high demand for English teachers.
Finding meaningful, profitable work as an ESL teacher abroad.
  • Brazil. ...
  • Cambodia. ...
  • China. ...
  • Colombia. ...
  • Mexico. ...
  • Morocco. ...
  • Russia. ...
  • South Korea.
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Who is the best English teacher in the world? ›

Kenyan Peter Tabichi, who has been teaching for 12 years, was recently named the best teacher in the world.

Is a TEFL certificate worth it? ›

Is TEFL Certification Worth It? Yes. If you want to get a good teaching job and be an effective teacher for your students, then it is definitely worth it. Remember, most schools worldwide require a TEFL certification; and once you're certified you can the ball rolling on applying and interviewing for jobs.

Is 50 too old to teach English abroad? ›

Yes—You can teach English abroad when you're 50's+!

Teaching abroad requires nothing but your presence and dedication. Although most program's target people fresh out of college or in their twenties, there are no age restrictions for teaching English overseas.

Can I teach at 70? ›

Students and schools need all kinds of teachers. Your experience will most likely be an asset: part of what makes your teaching and your classroom uniquely valuable to your school community. In short, it's never too late to teach!

Is eye contact rude in Vietnam? ›

Vietnamese people typically avoid direct eye contact and may gaze downward when talking. Avoiding eye contact demonstrates respect to elders, people of higher status or of the opposite sex. Speaking in a loud tone with excessive gestures is considered rude, especially when done by women.

What are the disadvantages of living in Vietnam? ›

Cons of Living in Vietnam
  • Complicated Work Visa Process. ...
  • Language Barriers (Unless You're Fluent) ...
  • Crowded Place (Too Many People) ...
  • Too Much Littering And Pollution. ...
  • Noisy Construction. ...
  • Chaotic (But Calculated) Driving. ...
  • Unstable Electrical Power Performance (Some Areas) ...
  • Nightlife Noise Could Keep You Awake.

Is Vietnam a place worth living in? ›

Vietnam is one of the best places in Asia for expats to live abroad, and there are plenty of reasons as to why. For pennies on the dollar, you get a year-round tropical climate and access to modern comforts and conveniences. Here are the best cities in Vietnam for expats to live.

What jobs are in demand in Vietnam? ›

527 Demand Jobs in Vietnam (34 new)
  • Senior Business Development Manager. ...
  • Business Unit Head - Consumer Healthcare. ...
  • GM, Regional Cluster - Consumer Healthcare. ...
  • Head of Operations Customer Service. ...
  • General Trade Channel Planning Manager Vietnam & Cambodia. ...
  • Head of Operation - Northern - Online Platform. ...
  • General Manager, Vietnam.

What is the most common job in Vietnam? ›

The Vietnamese job market and prospects. Compared to other countries in the region, the Vietnamese unemployment rate is incredibly low. The majority of Vietnamese people living in the countryside work in the agricultural sector.

Is quality of life in Vietnam good? ›

Vietnam's quality of life index in 2021 is 78.49 points, holding the position of 62/165 countries on the ranking of the world's best quality of life index of CEOWORD.

Can I just move to Vietnam? ›

Applicants need to get an official entry clearance from their sponsor, usually their employer. This visa allows for multiple entries and lasts for up to one year. If you plan to apply for a business visa, you have to obtain approval from the Vietnamese Immigration Department through your sponsor.

How long can I live in Vietnam without a visa? ›

No visa is required for travel to Vietnam within 05 years. Those people having a 5-year Vietnam visa exemption certificate are allowed to stay in Vietnam for 180 days at maximum for each visit. If they want to stay longer than 180 days without leaving the country, they can extend visa in Vietnam.

What business can a foreigner do in Vietnam? ›

Can Foreigners Own a Business in Vietnam? Foreigners may own businesses in Vietnam. Some industries such as tourism, advertising, and entertainment require a local partner. But most businesses can be 100% foreign-owned.

Can I do TEFL without a degree? ›

If you're looking to TEFL abroad, but don't have a degree, it's no problem! Even though a number of countries want a university degree in order to qualify for a working visa, there are still some amazing destinations for those that don't have a degree but want to find a TEFL job abroad. Read on to find out more!

Is TEFL worth it without a degree? ›

While the value of a Bachelor's degree speaks for itself, you don't necessarily need one to teach English abroad. With a great TEFL certification, you might just have all you need to get started teaching overseas!

Should I teach English in Thailand or Vietnam? ›

Winner: Vietnam

You also don't have to do any unpaid work like in Thailand with things like English camps, events at school and so forth. The downside of Vietnam though is that you'll work at language centers. That means your hours will evenings and weekends.

Do you need a degree to teach English in Vietnam? ›

The most important thing you need to know is that you cannot be issued a work permit without a degree. It's a legal requirement in Vietnam for foreign English teachers to have a bachelor's degree. So with that being said, the answer is, yes, you do need a degree to teach English in Vietnam.

How much is a TEFL certificate? ›

You know you need it, but how much does TEFL certification cost? Prices vary depending on some key factors, but expect to pay about $200 for very minimal online certification and closer to $400-$500 USD for online certification of enough hours (at least 120) to qualify for most TEFL/TESOL jobs.

What level TEFL do I need? ›

If you look at any TEFL jobs board, most entry level positions will simply require a TEFL certificate from an accredited TEFL course provider. Therefore, a level 5 TEFL certificate, the CELTA and CertTESOL should all fit the bill.

How hard is Vietnamese for English speakers? ›

Why it's hard: Vietnamese is a tonal language with six different tones that dictate the meaning of a word. The high number of vowel sounds also prove difficult for English speakers to nail down.

Is Vietnamese easy for English speakers? ›

Generally speaking, Vietnamese can be hard to learn for English speakers for its grammar, vocabulary and even alphabet are completely different from what you are used to. However, the language is very basic in structure and its rules are straightforward.

Is English easy for Vietnamese speakers? ›

REASONS WHY LEARNING ENGLISH IS A PROBLEM FOR STUDENTS IN VIETNAM. Learning another language is not easy and English is a difficult language to learn as it is a mixture of many different languages. Vietnamese learners can have a hard time trying to learn it as there are not many similarities between the two languages.

How long does it take an English speaker to learn Vietnamese? ›

According to the US's Foreign Service Institute (FSI), for a native English speaker to be proficient in Vietnamese, it would take approximately 1,110 class hours. This means that if you dedicate 1 hour every day, 7 days a week to learn Vietnamese, you will be proficient after 40 months (~3 years).

Is Viet harder than Chinese? ›

Which Is Easier To Learn Chinese Or Vietnamese? To English speakers, Vietnamese seems to be easier to learn than the Mandarin language. FSI put Mandarin in the category 'super-hard languages' that requires a native English speaker 2,200 hours to be fluent, while the Vietnamese just requires 1,100 hours.

Which is harder Thai or Vietnamese? ›

Vietnamese is easier than Thai. The use of the Latin alphabet is easier to learn and start reading. The pronunciation and grammar are similar and take an equal amount of time to learn. The Thai alphabet has a more significant learning curve and therefore takes longer.

What might be the hardest thing about learning English for someone from Vietnam? ›

Students lack the confidence to use the English language

Many Vietnamese learners face the common problem that although they spent six or seven years studying English at school, they can't pronounce and English sentence correctly, and they are not confident enough to communicate in the English language.

Are Vietnamese friendly to foreigners? ›

Generally, Vietnamese attitude towards foreigners is hospitable and warm-hearted. A random question in Quora was “are Vietnamese people friendly?” This question garnered positive answers from people saying they are hospitable and helpful.

What's the hardest language to learn? ›

Across multiple sources, Mandarin Chinese is the number one language listed as the most challenging to learn. The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center puts Mandarin in Category IV, which is the list of the most difficult languages to learn for English speakers.

What language is Vietnamese closest to? ›

More than half of the Vietnamese vocabulary can be traced back to Chinese. Thai has also taken some loan words from the official language of China. This is why the two languages have shared vocabularies. There are plenty of terms that are the same in both languages.

Which country has the easiest English accent? ›

Option 1: the American accent

The most popular English accent of them all. Spread around the world by American cinema, music, television and more than 350 million North Americans (including Canadians, eh), this is the easiest accent for most people to understand, whether native speakers or non-native speakers.

What language is easiest to learn? ›

15 of the easiest languages to learn for English speakers - ranked
  • Frisian. Frisian is thought to be one of the languages most closely related to English, and therefore also the easiest for English-speakers to pick up. ...
  • Dutch. ...
  • Norwegian. ...
  • Spanish. ...
  • Portuguese. ...
  • Italian. ...
  • French. ...
  • Swedish.
24 Oct 2021

What percentage of Vietnam can speak English? ›

Countries on the list are the easiest for English speakers to visit, according to the UK's Daily Mail newspaper. More than half (53.81 per cent) of Vietnam's population can speak English, behind just two regional countries: Singapore with 61.08 per cent and Malaysia with 60.3 per cent.
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Which language is easiest to learn for Vietnamese speakers? ›

Vietnamese, like many languages in Southeast Asia, is an isolating language. So about theory, the easiest languages to learn for an Vietnamese speaker are isolating languages. Such as Thai, Laos, Hmong, Hokkien, Hakka, Teochew, Cantonese...

Is 30 minutes a day enough to learn a language? ›

Learning a language has a lot of similarities to learning to play an instrument, and many music teachers advise practicing for about 30 minutes per day. Shorter periods of learning have the added bonus of making you more likely to stick with it and keep up a consistent schedule.

How many words do you need to know to be fluent in Vietnamese? ›

Fluent: 10,000+ words.

At around 10,000 words in many languages, you've reached a near-native level of vocabulary, with the requisite words for talking about nearly any topic in detail. Furthermore, you recognize enough words in every utterance that you usually understand the unfamiliar ones from context.

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