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Welcome to today’s lesson where we focus on mastering the 11 basic vowels in Vietnamese. Understanding these vowels will greatly simplify your journey in learning Vietnamese pronunciation. Let’s dive in!

The First Vowel: “a”

The first vowel we have is “a.” When pronouncing this vowel, we open our mouths wide, similar to the English word “father,” but even wider. Let’s practice it together:

  • “a”
  • “a”

For example, we have the word “ba.”

The Second Vowel: “ă”

Next, we have another vowel that looks like “a” but with a little smile above it, making it “ă.” This vowel is shorter. It is always used with a final consonant or another vowel. Repeat after me:

  • “ă”
  • “ă”

Examples include the word “ăn.”

The Third Vowel: “â”

Moving on, we encounter another version of the letter “a,” but with a hat on it, pronounced “â.” This is also a short vowel and doesn’t stand alone. For example, we have “cần.”

The Fourth Vowel: “e”

Next is the vowel “e,” pronounced like “e” in the English word “let.” To pronounce it, widen your mouth a bit. Repeat after me:

  • “e”
  • “e”

An example is the word “bê.”

The Fifth Vowel: “ê”

The vowel “ê” looks like “e” with a hat and is pronounced “ê.” Drop your lower jaw to make this sound. Repeat after me:

  • “ê”
  • “ê”

An example is “kê.”

The Sixth and Seventh Vowels: “i” and “y”

In Vietnamese, both “i” and “y” sound the same as the “ee” in “see.” Let’s practice:

  • “i”
  • “i”

Examples include “mi” and “my.”

The Eighth Vowel: “o”

The vowel “o” is pronounced “o,” similar to “saw” in English. Let’s listen and repeat:

  • “o”
  • “o”

An example is “có.”

The Ninth Vowel: “ô”

The vowel “ô” with a little hat is pronounced “ô,” with your mouth smaller than for “o.” Repeat after me:

  • “ô”
  • “ô”

An example is “cổ.”

The Tenth Vowel: “ơ”

Next, we have the letter “ơ,” pronounced “ơ.” Stay neutral and relaxed when pronouncing this vowel. Let’s practice:

  • “ơ”
  • “ơ”

An example is “cờ.”

The Eleventh Vowel: “u”

The vowel “u” is pronounced “u,” similar to “oo” in “moon.” Move your lips forward. Repeat after me:

  • “u”
  • “u”

An example is “bù.”

The Twelfth Vowel: “ư”

Finally, the vowel “ư” has a hook on it and is pronounced “ư.” Move your lower jaw forward slightly. Repeat after me:

  • “ư”
  • “ư”

An example is “từ.”

Practice Time

Now it’s time to practice! Listen to the words and choose the correct one from the options provided. Comment your answers down below, and we’ll check them out.

Conclusion

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