It’s fairly easy to learn how to read Vietnamese words aloud. It’s a bit trickier spelling them due to letters which can sound similar like a and ă, or are essentially the same like gi- and d-.
However you can improve your spelling with practice.
Tip #1: Write more
Because I learnt a lot of my basic Vietnamese by talking to friends, my spelling used to be awful.
By getting your writing corrected and learning how to spell the words you got wrong, you can drastically improve your spelling.
Sometimes you’ll be able to remember these corrections right away. Sometimes you’ll have to practice spelling the words until you can consistently get them right.
Tip #2: Use Memrise or Anki with an input box
Learn how to spell the words you get wrong
If you’ve done some writing and made a list of the words you got wrong, add them to a flashcard program so that you keep reviewing their spelling over time.
Do this often and you’ll learn to spell common words correctly.
Learn to spell words correctly before you need them
Even now, there are a lot of Vietnamese words that I can say but can’t spell or can’t remember the tones for.
A good way to learn spell to familiar words like this is to download a deck in Anki or select a Memrise course with vocabulary you’ve already studied.
Practice the vocabulary through the Memrise system.
If you can spell the word correctly – great!
If you get it wrong, take note of the correct spelling and continue revising it in Memrise.
By reviewing words before you need them, you’ll improve your spelling and cut down on the number of words you have to look up in the dictionary.
Over to you: Do you struggle with spelling? How do you practice?