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Adventure in Fluency’s Guide to Planning Your Family Trip to Vietnam

It is hard to believe that we are leaving on our family trip to Vietnam in just a few days.  It seems like just yesterday that I started planning this adventure.  However, I started planning this trip in July of 2016, just after our return from Croatia.  For me, I love the challenge of planning a new adventure.  I am a planner and thrive on ironing out the details.  However, I recognize not everyone may enjoy this process as much as I do.  Therefore, I am going to share with you the steps you may want to follow if you want to plan a trip to Vietnam with your family. I am also going to share with you different websites and applications that have made planning this trip easier.

Learn Vietnamese (One Year in Advance)

Learning Vietnamese is a lot easier than you think.  According to George Millo Ayancan at Fluent in Three Months, the only thing hard about learning Vietnamese is the pronunciation.  In his article, 9 Reasons Vietnamese is Easier Than You Think, he will inspire you to give this language a try.

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Can You Teach Yourself Vietnamese?

Here I go, talking to myself again.  No, I’m not schizophrenic, I am learning a new language.  This time, it is Vietnamese, my first Asian language.  Sadly, although San Francisco is home to over 13,000 people of Vietnamese descent, the 11th highest number in the United States, I was unable to find a single Vietnamese language school.  The only school I could find was the Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center which offers Vietnamese language classes for kids between the ages of 5 and 12.  I don’t think being a kid at heart would qualify me.  Sigh.

Without a class or a tutor, I am learning Vietnamese exclusively through on-line or pre-recorded language programs.  I am using Rosetta Stone, Pimsleur, Duolingo and Mondly.  I will give you a summary of each program along with what I think are the pros and cons of each.

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