Spring 2015 class schedules are here: Saturday *morning* classes for adult 102, 202; Mon 101 evening classes, Wed 201 evening classes

Dear Students,

On February 7, Saturday classes for beginner adults (102) and intermediate adults (202) are now held in the morning, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Tuesday evening classes have been moved to begin Monday nights, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., for Level 101.  Monday night classes start 2/9, and Wednesday night classes start 2/11.  Children’s classes will continue to be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  The full color-coded schedule can be found here:


Please contact vhc.school.info@gmail.com for any questions, comments or concerns.  Thank you!

Spring Semester 2015 Begins February 7!

Xin chào các bạn!

Thank you to everyone for expressing their interest in taking classes at the Vietnam Heritage Center Vietnamese School!  Your patience is greatly appreciated in this matter.  Here are answers to the most popular questions:

When do classes start? Saturday classes for Adult 101, Adult 202, and Children’s class begin February 7, Tuesday classes for Adult 102 begin February 10, and Wednesday classes for Adult 101 start February 11.  A more detailed calendar to come soon!

How do I know which class to take?  Fill out the registration form and you will see a more detailed description from each class.  If you are continuing your lesson from the Fall Semester, please use the same link to register this semester.  Apologies for previously stating that you do not have to register again; the records are all kept in one place this way.

How much is it and how do I pay?  The fee is $325 for adults, $275 for children.  You can pay via paypal by clicking on the “Donate” button (top right of this page) and write “Vietnamese School” in the memo, or you can write a check made payable to “Vietnam Heritage Center” with “Vietnamese School” in the memo.  Checks should be mailed to: Vietnam Heritage Center, c/o Thuy Q. Pham, 225 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011.  Please make the payment before February 7.  Late payments will incur a $25 administrative fee.

What if I have more specific questions about the semester?  You can write vhc.school.info@gmail.com with your questions.  You should receive an answer within 72 hours.  Thank you again for your interest!

VHC September Updates

Fall Semester for VHC Vietnamese Language School successfully started!

We have ~ 45 students and ~ 15 volunteer teachers and TAs. There are 2 children classes and 4 adult classes. We will not have the conversation class for this semester, and hope to explore it again for next semester. The conversation class will benefit anyone interested in learning and practicing their Vietnamese.

There will be a volunteer appreciation event this coming Saturday 9/27/14. If you are a volunteer and have not received the email invitation that was sent to the volunteer group, please let us know.

We have 4 days left for our Indiegogo campaign, and we are more than 50% there. Would you please consider supporting VHC and our activities by donating here? You will ensure the ongoing programs like the Vietnamese Language School, and special events like Tết Trung Thu and Tết in NYC to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Vietnamese traditions like Bánh chưng, Lì Xì, hái lộc with hoa mai hoa đào, and an Áo Dài fashion show.

We extend a warm “Thank you!” to those who already donated

Profile of Students: Renard Sexton & Mai Nguyen from our 101 class

Renard Sexton and Mai Nguyen of 101

Renard Sexton and Mai Nguyen of 101

Profile of students: Renard Sexton and Mai Nguyen from our 101 class
Q: Why are you learning Vietnamese?
RS: I’m currently a PhD student at NYU. I wanted to learn to not only be able to communicate with my girlfriend Mai’s family but also learn about the culture and the heritage in general. In fact, we’re going to Vietnam this summer, so we wanted to do some practice.
MN: I’m also a PhD student in Comparative Politics at NYU. My family all speak Vietnamese so I grew up around it. I spoke Vietnamese pretty well until elementary school. Now, I have to think in English and translate to Vietnamese, so I want to get better at naturally speaking Vietnamese. I also wanted to learn the rules of the language, so I’ve enjoyed that aspect of the class. I plan on doing some research in Vietnam, so I wanted to start learning my reading and writing skills.

Q: What’s the biggest challenge for you in learning Vietnamese:
MN:I think the challenges are relearning the words and pronouncing them properly too. I know how the word sounds but I’m still struggling with making it sound without mixing with the English accent. And again, I still formulate my sentences very slowly, and I want to be able to speak more fluently and quicker.
RS: Pronunciation is always tough. I know how it’s supposed to sound in my head, but then getting it to come out the same way is difficult. For example, using your teeth to make the “ư” sound, I can hear it when other people do it, but then reproducing it is going to take some time and practice.

Thank you to Thuan Nguyen for doing these interviews.

Profile of a student: John Merson

john merson

This is one of our student in our Beginners 101 class, John Merson. When asked why he’s taking Vietnamese, this is his answer: “I have been traveling to Vietnam every year since 1995 to see friends, meet with people in business and government, and visit the many different regions of Vietnam. When I finish my work in the US, I would like to do something in Vietnam, perhaps as a math teacher.”

When we asked what he liked most about the class, he responded: “It’s how much difference a class makes. First of all, it is very lively and fun. We have so many TAs checking and correcting what we’re doing. It’s also motivating! If you’re just on your own, you’ll think “maybe I’ll do it tomorrow.” But if you’re in a class, you think “Oh, tomorrow is the class! I have to be ready.” You know if your teacher calls on you in class, you don’t want to make a mistake. You want to do the best you can. I think taking a class is better structure and better motivation than doing it on your own.”

Fall 2014 Registration for Vietnamese Language Classes is currently open. 

VHC Vietnamese Language Classes Fall 2014

Fall Vietnamese classes starts this coming Saturday 9/13/2014. Have you registered?

We will have 6 Vietnamese Classes this Fall Semester in YMCA Chinatown/University Settlement (273 Bowery, NY, NY 10002).

Each semester is 12 weeks, each classes are 2 hours, and tuition for the semester is $325. Children classes are $275. **

We hope you can join us in learning Vietnamese.

·      Beginners Vietnamese 101 *Tuesday Evenings 6:30-8:30PM This class focuses on the letters, tones, alphabet, dipthongs, tripthongs, pronunciation, reading, and practicing phrases for every day use. Class 1 of 2 in Beginners Vietnamese Series. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH A, Ă, Â OR /, \, ?, ~, .

·      Beginners Vietnamese 101 *Saturday Afternoons 4:30-6:30PM This class focuses on the letters, tones, alphabet, dipthongs, tripthongs, pronunciation, reading, and practicing phrases for every day use. Class 1 of 2 in Beginners Vietnamese Series. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH A, Ă, Â OR /, \, ?, ~, .

·      Beginners Vietnamese 102 *Wednesday Evenings 6:30-8:30PM  This class focuses on the letters, tones, alphabet, dipthongs, tripthongs, pronunciation, reading, and practicing phrases for every day use. Class 2 of 2 for Beginners Vietnamese. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS IF YOU ARE ALREADY FAMILIAR WITH THE ALPHABETS, TONE MARKS, PRONOUNS, AND CAN PRONOUNCE BASIC WORDS

·      Intermediate Vietnamese (201) *Saturday Afternoons 4:00-6:00PM This class will focus on expanding vocabulary, practicing conversation, expressing thoughts in writing, and reading different topics of interests for analysis and discussion.

·    NEW  Conversational Vietnamese (C-101) *Saturday Mornings 10:00AM-12:00PM  (Link to syllabus)    This class is for anyone who have passed 101, and is interested in developing vocabulary and conversations in Vietnamese. MUST KNOW THE ALPHABETS, TONES, PRONOUNS, AND BE ABLE TO READ/PRONOUNCE BASIC WORDS

·      Children (001 & 002) *Saturday Afternoons 4:00-6:00PM* This class will teach kids the alphabets, colors, numbers, songs, folklores, stories, and games. 6 years old and above

*Please note children classes are $275.

**We do not want to take your time away from the first class, so we ask that payment must be made prior to or on the 1st day of class. Late payments will incur a $25 administrative fee. We accept credit cards and checks on the first day, but please, before class starts.

Vietnamese School Year 2014-2015 flyer

Thank you! Vietnamese Moon Festival/Tết Trung Thu Recap

The 1st ever Vietnamese Moon Festival/Tết Trung Thu in NYC  was a huge success thanks to almost 50 volunteers and from your support!

Throughout the day, we were able to draw in about 400 people – kids, parents, and adults alike – to experience and enjoy Tết Trung Thu. The laughter from participants and spectators of the games could be heard throughout the park.  About 140 lanterns were made, at least 100 artfully made balloons were created and distributed, and 100 moon cakes of different flavors were consumed. 

Everyone who came had a great time, especially the children!  Children were mesmerized by the storytelling team and their level of creativity and concentration at the lantern making station was truly inspirational. 

It was a moving sight to see rước đèn, or the lantern procession led by a giant star lantern right here in NYC.  Videos are coming, but here are some preliminary pictures:


We would love to be able to achieve our goals of raising $3000 here on Indiegogo. Please help us spread the words to your friends.