Youngsters enjoy learning less known foreign languages these days with an eye on jobs in the future.

Viện Anh Vy, a student of journalism and communication at the HCM University of Social Sciences and Humanities, said she has been studying Thai for over six months. 

“I’m impressed by Thai culture as well as the creativeness of its advertising industry. Knowing the Thai language will support my future career.” 

Nguyễn Thị Công Thảo, a Norwegian teacher in HCM City, said: “There is an increase in the number of people studying less known languages in recent years. However, most of my students have a specific purpose such as studying abroad and immigrating for learning Norwegian.” 

The flip side of this is that there is a shortage of reference books and few chances to practise speaking with native speakers. 

Thảo said she has to order textbooks online from Norway and provide teaching materials to her students. 

“I often make an online version of those books and share them on Facebook with others because they are not sold in Việt Nam.”

Because few people study Thai, Vy has to make use of every chance to practise like watching Thai TV shows and following Thai public figures on social networks.

To enhance their speaking skills and revise lessons, she and her friends try to communicate with others in Thai in their free time.  

“Only frequent practice can help people learn.

“If you don't take it seriously from the beginning, it's easier to give up.” 

Trần Minh Thuận, a student at the HCM University of Social Sciences and Humanities (VNUHCM – USSH), said he used to be worried about the writing system when he began attending Arabic classes. 

However, after learning with determination and his interest in Saudi Arabia, he now can use Arabic in daily conversation.  

Phan Thanh Huyền, acting head of the university’s Arabic department, said Arabic companies are increasingly in Việt Nam these days.

“With the internet and other technological support, learning less known languages is easier for young people.” 

Source: VNS