Chau Nguyen

Chau N.

Falls Church, VA
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Chau delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 7+

Teaching since:
September 2016

I taught Vietnamese language and culture to foreigners, English and Vietnamese to Vietnamese adults and students in Vietnam for 30 years before arriving in the United States in 2008. Then, I continued to instruct Vietnamese language and culture to Americans in Virginia and Washington DC.
I got an Associate degree in Pedagogy in Vietnam in 1977. I also was trained how to instruct U.S diplomats at Foreign Service Institute (FSI) and officers from Defense Language Institute (DLI). I have had enough calm and patience to deal with hard teaching conditions.

I received awards from The Department of State (FSI) and School of Language Studies (FSI) in 2014 and 2015.


Vietnamese Instructor
Sep 2016 - Present
At Washington Language Center(WLC), in Rosslyn; Dictyon Languages Services in Arlington, VA, and Arlington Public Schools, Syphax Education Center (ALC).Adult Community Education (ACE), Fairfax County Public Schools; International Communications Associates (ICA) in Rosslyn; Foreign Service Institute (FSI) in Arlington, VA; International Center For Language Studies (ICLS) in Washington DC.

Taught Vietnamese language and culture to U.S diplomats and professionals business.
Composed Vietnamese Sounds System, Vietnamese grammar and structures, Reading and Speaking lessons at all levels.
Trained U.S diplomats and professionals business to pronounce, speak, read, write, and understand Vietnamese language and culture.
Be able to use both Northern and Southern Vietnamese accents to teach.
Conducted field trips for them to visit local Vietnamese communities.

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Associates in Pedagogy
Jun 1975 - Sep 1977
College of Pedagogy, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certification of Appreciation
Jul 2015
Foreign Service Institute, United States Department of State.

27 Reviews

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loan Sep 10, 2017
Vietnamese · Online

My 3 girls (6, 8, and 10 yrs old) are taking Vietnamese classes online with Thay Chau. He is patient and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Thay Chau for all ages.

Andy Sep 5, 2017
Vietnamese · In studio

A year ago, I didn't know a single word of Vietnamese. Today, I'm sitting in a Hanoi cafe having taken a taxi, having had a conversation about the traffic, our families, and the weather, and having shopped for an hour for gifts for friends and family back in the US - all using Vietnamese I am constantly being complimented on.

Learning Vietnamese was the hardest thing I've ever done, but I had a patient and experienced instructor in Thầy Châu. His methodical curriculum and homework assignments complemented by oral communication rounded me out perfectly. He held me accountable for my shortcomings and built me up when I made mistakes. I wouldn't be where I am today without him and while he wasn't my first instructor, but was by far my best. If I could give him 6 stars, I would.

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Ana Aug 15, 2017
Vietnamese · Online

My first lesson with Mr. Chau was really interesting. He made a real focus on the vocal sounds and tones, I really liked his way of explaining and enjoy it.
In short Mr. Chau is an excellent teacher. If you want to take classes He is your best choice.

Ana Aug 13, 2017
Vietnamese · Online

Natalia Jul 28, 2017
Vietnamese · Online

Very patient and good teacher

Melissa B. Jul 14, 2017
Vietnamese · Online

Mailinda L. Jun 13, 2017
Vietnamese · Online

Paul Jun 5, 2017
Vietnamese · Online

Outstanding instructor with a wealth of experience. Expert teacher. Can easily make adjustments as to whether you're learning Northern/Southern dialect. Very patient. Keeps you engaged and challenges you to push yourself.

Dung Jun 1, 2017
Vietnamese · Online

I would highly recommend Professor Chau.

Kevin N. May 21, 2017
Vietnamese · Online

Pauline N. May 3, 2017
Vietnamese · Online

Chau is an extremely patient and knowledgeable language teacher. Would def recommend him to others.

Dung Apr 26, 2017
Vietnamese · Online

Janet Mar 7, 2017
Vietnamese · Online

Mr. Chau was very patient and kind, especially in teaching the word pronunciations that take practice for new learners. He was able to tailor his lessons to my goals of learning basic conversational skills for an upcoming trip. I feel like I can greet people, navigate, and order in restaurants. I highly recommend.

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Austin Feb 14, 2017
Vietnamese · Online

Angela Jan 9, 2017
Vietnamese · Online

Regan Nov 9, 2016
Vietnamese · In studio

I was a student in Mr. Chau Nguyen’s beginner Vietnamese class. Trying to speak a new language can be embarrassing, but Mr. Nguyen created an encouraging atmosphere and was very patient. He gives ample opportunity for students to ask questions and provides thorough explanations. Mr. Nguyen did a great job of breaking down the lessons in manageable segments that were appropriately challenging. He also used various teaching techniques so that each class was fresh and unpredictable.

I put in the time to complete the homework and review the vocabulary and sentence structures that we'd covered each week. After a handful of classes, I went from practically zero language ability (aside from a few food terms) to being able to articulate some simple questions and answers in Vietnamese. I looked forward to attending the classes and found them to be rewarding.

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Marc Nov 6, 2016
Vietnamese · In studio

Mr Nguyen's course teaching introductory Tieng Viet to non native speakers is a very good course which demands close attention from students, but is a well built and practiced class to show people how to learn the language. It is far more useful than any RosettaStone course or online class, as Thay Giao Chau takes very good care to show how the language is structured, and with practice how you recognize the patterns in speech. Are you asking a question? Are you asking a 'leading question'? Do you want to know what a person is doing? All of these points are discussed. Even when I was not feeling as healthy as I could have been, Mr Nguyen's class is structured to be very participatory - don't think you will show up and not have to answer questions - and it is for this reason I believe the retention of the material is improved. I would commend anyone who is a non native Vietnamese speaker to work with him to learn how to learn the language. -Best, Anh Marc S.

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Andrew Nov 6, 2016
Vietnamese · In studio

Mr Chau was extremely patient with me as a student while providing the challenge I needed to excel. He understands and can explain the similarities and differences in words between regions and the differences in pronunciation. He understands the topics that need to be reinforced and has given the direction I needed to solve the very complex Vietnamese sentence structure. Very highly recommended.

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Vanessa Rafanan Oct 13, 2016
Vietnamese · Online

He's very friendly and motivating!

Charles Oct 4, 2016
Vietnamese · In studio

Anh (Mr.) Chau is a great instructor. He leverages his 30 plus years of experience and huge collection of lessons to custom tailor a study plan to match the unique needs of the student. If you're serious about learning Vietnamese and willing to put in thr work, he will help you meet your goals.

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Dan May 16, 2016
Vietnamese ·

I have had three Vietnamese teachers in the past year and Chau is definitely the most professional and organized. He has 30 years of experience as a Vietnamese/French/English teacher in Saigon and has taught Vietnamese to numerous US government employees (including myself) since moving to the US. He tailors each lesson to my needs and has his own personal repository of detailed lessons (i.e. topics like relations/actions in the South China Sea, diplomatic issues, government corruption, environmental pollution, etc). He can speak/teach using either a northern or southern accent as well. He also understands the origin of words, can explain variations in the language over time and between regions, and probably has a better understanding of English grammatical structure than I do. He is an excellent teacher that pushes me to improve every lesson.

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Derek Apr 19, 2016
Vietnamese · Online

Mr. Chau is an outstanding teacher with many years of experience teaching adult students. Mr. Chau is creative in his teaching style and is truly vested in the results of each student. Mr. Chau is always prepared but flexible to the learning needs of the student when issues arise. I would highly recommend Mr. Chau for learning Vietnamese, he is the best Vietnamese teacher I have had (I have had four).

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Neal Dec 25, 2015
Vietnamese ·

Mr. Chau is a dedicated, professional teacher with immense pedagogical experience who clearly puts a lot of time and effort into preparing his lesson plans. He can easily adapt lessons to the needs of his students and includes important cultural and historical information in his lessons. He is particularly skilled at preparing his students to operate in professional settings.

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Cameron Oct 8, 2015
Vietnamese · In studio

Thay Chau uses a philosophical approach to cozy students into the language then pushes you to apply it pragmatically. I enjoyed learning with him, especially for reading.

David Sep 30, 2015
Vietnamese · In studio

Mr. Chau Nguyen is a dedicated, experienced, and friendly Vietnamese teacher. He adapts readily to different types of students and is able to teach both beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. One of Chau's strengths is that he makes class interesting for the learner, by using a variety of different topics to keep things fun. For more advanced students, Chau will engage your mind and discuss a variety of political, economic, and cultural issues.

Chau has a long and impressive teaching resume, most recently as an instructor for U.S. diplomats going to Vietnam, at the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute. I highly recommend Chau as a Vietnamese instructor.

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Susan Sep 29, 2015
Vietnamese · In studio

Mr. Chau is a dedicated teacher who works hard to ensure the students really learn. He helped me to be able to analyze and understand complicated Vietnamese texts. He brought in materials to supplement the textbooks that helped me to expand my vocabulary and better understand Vietnamese culture. He is enthusiastic and has a sense of humor, so class is always challenging, but also fun.

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Lauren Sep 14, 2015
Vietnamese · In home

Chau Nguyen is methodical and patient. He breaks the words and tones down to their elements and helps the student build skills from there. I highly recommend his method and style of teaching, especially for those who find the pronunciation difficult to master.

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