- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- 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.
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.
In the three months I started taking Vietnamese lessons from Mr. Chau, I have made a lot of progress, especially in my reading and speaking ability. Mr. Chau is an excellent teacher. He is very methodical in his teaching and meticulous in his preparation before each session. For example, for speaking lessons, the topics he chooses and the series of questions he asks during classes reflect clearly on the thought he has put into in his preparation before each class. I enjoy these practice sessions because I find them both challenging and rewarding. Similarly, the materials he uses for reading comprehension lessons are also very good and we usually end up having some very interesting discussions out of these lessons based on the materials he uses. I look forward to continuing my Vietnamese lessons with Mr. Chau in the coming months.+ Read More
I’ve taken Vietnamese classes with Mr. Chau for 2 months now. As a person just beginning to learn Vietnamese, I’ve seen vast improvement in my ability to speak and write in Vietnamese with Mr. Chau. Since Vietnamese is a tonal language, I’ve struggled at times with pronounciations of Vietnamese words. Mr. Chau’s methods work and my pronounciations have greatly improved. Highly recommended.+ Read More
My 9 year old son thoroughly enjoyed Thay Châu. He was caring yet strict. You can tell he is concerned that we understand and learn the Vietnamese language !
It was awesome!! We wasted no time and got A LOT accomplished. Chau was patient and I’m excited about next weeks lesson!
I am 3 months into my Vietnamese training with Mr. Chau. Hands down, if you want to learn Vietnamese, you want Mr. Chau as your instructor. I have developed a solid foundation to the Vietnamese tones, grammar and language structure, as he consistently able to tailor his over 30 years of teaching experience specifically to my learning ability and pace. Mr. Chau challenges me in all aspects of speaking, listening, and reading Vietnamese, on top of teaching me Vietnamese culture. He is a professional; a teacher who inspires his students to do well. 5 stars, easily.+ Read More
Chau is a great teacher who does a good job of building the basics of the language with you so that you have a strong foundation to learn on. He is very friendly and if you do the homework he assigns you then you will learn quickly and iron out your weak points.
I would definitely recommend him for anyone looking to learn Vietnamese!
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.
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.
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.
Very patient and good teacher
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.
I would highly recommend Professor Chau.
Chau is an extremely patient and knowledgeable language teacher. Would def recommend him to others.
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.+ Read More
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.
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.+ Read More
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.+ Read More
He's very friendly and motivating!
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.+ Read More
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.+ Read More
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).+ Read More
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.+ Read More
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.
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.
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.+ Read More
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.+ Read More