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Choose a grade to start with. The grades are sorted by frequency, so that you will be learning the most common characters in Grade 1 which covers about 35% of contemporary Vietnamese writing. With Grade 2 you can achieve about 60% coverage, and with Grade 3 it is about 75% with less than 500 characters.

Recent Changes

  • 10/18/2019 - IPA for northern and southern pronunciation added
  • 08/19/2017 - IDS data added
    Ideographic description sequences are now available for each character. All IDS data from https://github.com/cjkvi/cjkvi-ids.
  • 01/28/2017 - Phonetic annotation
    Pronunciations are now available as phonetic annotation, it can be used on flash cards for learning purposes.
  • 07/09/2015 - Handwriting on Mobile Devices
    The handwriting app now does work on smartphones and tablets, too.
  • 08/11/2014 - Type Chu Nom in Search Box
    You can now type Chu Nom in the search box. Use the number keys or click/touch on the character to select from the candidate list. This also works on android mobile devices.
  • 01/19/2014 - Radical Strokes Index
    You can now search by radical/strokes.
  • 12/18/2013 - Mobile Version of Online Editor
    On mobile phones you are now asked if you want to use the new mobile version of the online editor. It has fewer features but it allows basic writing of Nôm characters on mobile phones.
  • 12/12/2013 - Easier Compound Writing
    In the text fields it is now easier to write compounds. E.g. if you try to type "cảmơn" it does not become "camởn" as before. I had to hack into the awsome vietUni.js by nthachus.
  • 11/27/2013 - New Languages
    The website is now available with interfaces in Vietnamese and German. Additionally the Vietnamese interface exists in Latin script and in Nom-Script. Despite these changes the main language will remain English.
  • 11/27/2013 - Levels introduced
    As the number of characters on this site has increased I have introduced a level system. So the level pages are now smaller and load faster than the previous character index.
  • 11/24/2013 - New Frequency Data
    I have updated and improved the Frequency Data. The most frequent word is now "吧 " and not "羅 " as before. Some homonyms have been resolved to different frequencies instead of the same frequency for all characters with the same pronounciation. The frequency data is based on news articles of Vietnamese websites.

Page 1 of 3  New Dictionary Items

09/06/2020 plateau  cao nguyên
09/06/2020 [source, origin, root]  nguyên
09/06/2020 𤎜 light source  nguồn sáng
09/06/2020 source  nguồn
09/06/2020 to increase  gia tăng
09/06/2020 to increase, to augment  tăng
09/06/2020 buddhist temple bonze  thầy chùa
09/06/2020 buddhist temple bonze  chùa
09/06/2020 buddhist monk, clergy  nhà chùa
09/06/2020 Buddhist temple  chùa
09/04/2020 𨤔 style; polished, refined  văn vẻ
09/04/2020 𫥨 𨤔 to pretend  ra vẻ
09/04/2020 𨤔 to seem, to look, to appear  có vẻ
09/04/2020 𨤔 look, appearance  vẻ
09/04/2020 𢮪 to select, to choose  chọn lựa
09/04/2020 𢮪 to select, to choose  lựa chọn
09/04/2020 to choose, to select  lựa
09/04/2020 𢮪 to select, to choose  chọn
11/04/2019 final, finals  chung kết
11/04/2019 𥆾 as a whole, all in all  nhìn chung
11/04/2019 𧵑 public property  của chung
11/04/2019 to live together  ở chung
11/04/2019 generally speaking  nói chung
11/04/2019 together; to end, finish  chung
11/03/2019 to shout, to cry  la