Chau Nguyen
Falls Church, VA
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Chau Nguyen

Chau N.

Falls Church, VA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have instructed Vietnamese language and culture to Americans for 6 years after my arriving in The United States in 2008. I always consider teaching foreign languages is not only a career but an art of inspiration. My expertise is how to conduct and train students to pronounce, speak, read, write and understand Vietnamese language and culture accurately. All of my students reached their goals after 26, 32 or 44 weeks of learning Vietnamese. I received good feedback form them too.

About Chau N.

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.

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Kelvin J.
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Very good instructor

Posted Sep 20, 2020
Amanda
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Incredibly patient and efficient at helping you make progress with the language.

Posted May 17, 2020
Travis
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Very good

Posted May 2, 2020
Kari L.
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Very experienced. Really great at teaching the foundational basics.

Posted Apr 25, 2020
Kari L.
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Good at laying down the foundation

Posted Apr 8, 2020
Cassandra P.
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Mr. Chau works well with my 12 year-old to learn how to interact in real life situations in the most appropriate and polite ways. My son likes meeting with him and is learning!

Posted Mar 10, 2020
Dylan
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Posted Feb 17, 2020
Sonya C.
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Chau was very patient and helpful. Customized my learning experience to best fit my goals.

Posted Feb 8, 2020
Mike
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Posted Feb 6, 2020
Cindy N.
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Posted Dec 30, 2019
Renee
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Posted Nov 6, 2019
Jenney L.
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I have been taking Vietnamese lessons with Chau for several months and he has been great! Professional, patient, and teaches in a way that allows a student a better understanding of a very difficult language! If it wasn’t for my new work schedule, I would have done many more lessons but I feel like the lessons I have had with Mr Nguyen has given me the foundations of the language! 5 stars!

Posted Nov 5, 2019
Jenney L.
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I have been taking vietnamese lessons with Mr Nguyen for several months and he has been great! Professional, patient, and teaches in a way that allows a student a better understanding of a very difficult language! If it wasn’t for my new work schedule, I would have done many more lessons but I feel like the lessons I have had with Mr Nguyen has given me the foundations of the language! 5 stars!

Posted Nov 5, 2019
Ron L
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As someone with no previous history of or propensity for learning a foreign language, let alone a tonal language far removed from the Germanic/Romance languages of Europe, I can not recommend Thầy Châu enough. All current progress and any future success in Vietnamese that I should enjoy is a testament to not only his propensity for Vietnamese and philology, but his mastery of pedagogy. Simply put, with his experience, uncompromising standards, and uncommon patience, the student’s own effort is the only hurdle to be overcome in order to accomplish one’s goals in this language.

Posted Oct 24, 2019
Gavin S.
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Thay Chau teachers grammar, vocabulary, listening and speaking skills in a systematic way that will force you to start thinking in Vietnamese. He is very patient and tailors his teaching towards what the student needs. He is the most patient teacher you will ever meet and he genuinely cares about your learning. If you are considering learning Vietnamese, look no further than Thay Chau.

Posted Oct 23, 2019
Steve
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Wow, I have attended Vietnamese class for Westerner's many times at our temple. I never understood until now that the names and pronunciations are two entirely different things. With this knowledge I will progress in my studies more quickly. Chau gave me plenty of study materials to practice. Super happy and excited to learn more after our first lesson. He is very patient with my Midwestern US accent while teaching me the Vietnamese Tonals. Thank so much Chau!

Posted Oct 19, 2019
Chip K.

Great lesson with Chau!

Posted Oct 17, 2019
Regina D.
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Posted Oct 16, 2019
Amanda D.
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It was only my first lesson and he has already taught me so much! I have alot of trouble with pronunciation and the way he explains to me is very clear and helpful.

Posted Sep 22, 2019
Mike
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Posted Jul 25, 2019
Tom S
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Thầy Chau is one of the best instructors I’ve had in 27 years of government service. His patience, coupled with his superior methodology, create a unique, productive, and highly enjoyable one-on-one atmosphere. He is extremely capable of preparing students for required examinations, using video, oral, written, and live interactive experiences with native speakers. Just as important, he provides the unique historical, cultural, geographic, and geopolitical aspects of Vietnam which infuse each lesson with rich discussion and dialogue. Thầy Chau is also very flexible, and will modify his instruction to meet the student’s specific personal or professional requirements. This includes creating new lessons from whole cloth if necessary. An exceptional instructor.

Posted Jun 11, 2019
Joshua
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Always a great lesson!

Posted Jun 4, 2019
Trammy
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Posted Apr 29, 2019
Michael
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Great overall instructor! Mr. Châu will tailor his class to fit your needs. He is dedicated to teaching and seeing his students progress to their fullest potential. I’ve had 4 Vietnamese teachers who taught me in the past and Mr. Châu was the best. A++

Posted Apr 3, 2019
Chris
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Chai got right to work and gave me some useful tips immediately! I am excited to practice what was learned and get ready for the next session.

Posted Mar 30, 2019
Callie T.
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Posted Feb 3, 2019
Mike
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Chau is a wonderful instructor who will help you build a strong foundation from the bottom up. I started lessons with him a few months ago having absolutely zero experience with the Vietnamese language and since then we have made great progress. He is very thorough and patient with students, and makes sure to take the time to fully explain everything that he teaches to help you progress.

Cant recommend him enough!

Posted Dec 27, 2018
Keiichiro
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Posted Nov 19, 2018
Nancy
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Posted Nov 12, 2018
Joseph
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Chau is an amazing language teacher! He pushes you to do your best each and every class. His lessons plans are very effective and consistent. I think almost anyone would greatly improve their Vietnamese language skills if they're under Chau's tutelage. Highly recommend!

Posted Sep 9, 2018
Mike
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Posted Aug 23, 2018
Phuong H.
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Posted Aug 17, 2018
James
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He is hands on and very knowledgeable, I look forward to our lessons together

Posted Jul 23, 2018
Francine
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Chau was great! I took 10 lessons with him, within those 10 weeks I have learned so much! He structured the lesson plans to fit my needs in learning the Vietnamese language.

Posted Jul 12, 2018
James
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Posted Jun 17, 2018
Eric
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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.

Posted Apr 1, 2018
Mike
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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.

Posted Mar 14, 2018
Steven
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Posted Mar 11, 2018
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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 !

Posted Jan 27, 2018
Nathalie
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Posted Jan 26, 2018
D.
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It was awesome!! We wasted no time and got A LOT accomplished. Chau was patient and I’m excited about next weeks lesson!

Posted Jan 21, 2018
Kevin N.
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Posted Jan 21, 2018
Kelly J.
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Posted Jan 4, 2018
Amy
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Posted Nov 13, 2017
Jay
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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.

Posted Oct 29, 2017
Kevin
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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!

Posted Oct 22, 2017
loan
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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.

Posted Sep 10, 2017
Andy
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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.

Posted Sep 5, 2017
Ana
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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.

Posted Aug 15, 2017
Ana
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Posted Aug 13, 2017
Natalia
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Very patient and good teacher

Posted Jul 28, 2017
Melissa B.
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Posted Jul 14, 2017
Mailinda L.
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Posted Jun 13, 2017
Paul
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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.

Posted Jun 5, 2017
Dung
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I would highly recommend Professor Chau.

Posted Jun 1, 2017
Kevin N.
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Posted May 21, 2017
Pauline N.
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Chau is an extremely patient and knowledgeable language teacher. Would def recommend him to others.

Posted May 3, 2017
Dung
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Posted Apr 26, 2017
Janet
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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.

Posted Mar 7, 2017
Austin
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Posted Feb 14, 2017
Angela
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Posted Jan 9, 2017
Regan
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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.

Posted Nov 9, 2016
Marc
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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.

Posted Nov 6, 2016
Andrew
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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.

Posted Nov 6, 2016
Vanessa Rafanan
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He's very friendly and motivating!

Posted Oct 13, 2016
Charles
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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.

Posted Oct 4, 2016
Dan

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.

Posted May 16, 2016
Derek
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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).

Posted Apr 19, 2016
Neal

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.

Posted Dec 25, 2015
Cameron
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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.

Posted Oct 8, 2015
David
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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.

Posted Sep 30, 2015
Susan
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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.

Posted Sep 29, 2015
Lauren
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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.

Posted Sep 14, 2015

Experience

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.

Education

Associates in Pedagogy
Jun 1975 - Sep 1977

College of Pedagogy, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Languages

English

Professional Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

Vietnamese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Certification of Appreciation
Jul 2015

Foreign Service Institute, United States Department of State.

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