Vietnamese is monosyllabic, where each single word is formed by one syllable. Words which contain two or more separate syllables, such as: bánh mỳ (bread), are called ‘compound words’. There is no prex or sux attached to the words to change its meaning as is done in English. It is also an amorphous language, which means words do not change their form to express their grammatical relation in a sentence. As Vietnamese is a tonal language, a lot of people approaching the Vietnamese language usually confuse the tones and the accents which are part of some letters (vowels), for example:
• Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese),
• Phở (the special noodle dish of Vietnam), etc.
As you can see, sometimes there is a word which doesn’t contain any accent marks or tones like ‘Anh’ in ‘tiếng Anh’ and sometimes there is a word containing more than one mark like ‘tiếng’. Nevertheless, you must remember that each word only has one tone in Vietnamese. The other marks are parts of the letters.
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