Chị Kayla

Kayla Nguyen is a YouTube sensation who is well loved by both young Vietnamese and second generation Vietnamese. Kayla and her channel Vietglish Fun are famous for humorous videos that translate famous English songs into Vietnamese. At the moment, Vietglish Fun has more than 220,000 subscribers. Some famous videos from the channel are, “What Do You Mean” by Justin Bieber – Vietnamese Style by Chị Kayla (with 8 million views) and “Hello” by Adele in Vietnamese (with 1.4 million views). Besides translating videos, Kayla also produces a series called Learn Vietnamese with Vietglish Fun, which shares how to use Vietnamese words in a fun way. This helps make learning Vietnamese less stressful, especially for second generation Vietnamese. Born in New Jersey, the 28-years-old young woman says that she always wants to give back to the community.

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You became popular thanks to yourfun and informative videos on YouTube about Vietnamese. What made you decide to start creating those videos?



I LOVE the Vietnamese language.I think the language itself has a lot of character and it allows me toexpress myself more in some aspects. Itreally breaks my heart when I see peers or children not knowing Vietnamese whocannot talk to their relatives. There’sa huge disconnect because of the language and culture barrier and it kills mebecause they are missing out on the community connection. I am really blessed to be able to connect tothe adults around me and I’ve been able to gain so much wisdom from them, so Iwant to do whatever it takes to help my Vietnamese American community do thesame.



To be honest, I am really blessed that my mom forced me to speakVietnamese at home and I actually enjoyed Vietnamese dubbed dramas. It was nothard at all since I used it everyday with my family. Now, reading and writing is anotherstory. I think for that I had toreconnect with family in Vietnam and make friends with Vietnamese peopleoverseas who did not know how to write English. This forced me to read andwrite Vietnamese. Praise the Lord forvoice-to-text… that helped me tremendously.

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Do you have any tips to makestudying Vietnamese easier?

In everything, you have to know why you are learning in the first place. What is your purpose in learning and practicing Vietnamese? Is it to impress your friends? Is it to connect to your family members? Or is it to pass a class to get your elective credits? If someone is really serious about learning Vietnamese, they need a community. If you are never practicing it or forced to use Vietnamese, it will be almost impossible to fully master the language. So my tip is to find a community and use it, maybe even watch a few movies that are Vietnamese. I learned my Vietnamese through constantly watching Vietnamese dubbed Hong-Kong dramas.

What message do you want to sharethrough your videos?



Appreciate the Vietnamese language and culture. I know a lot of non-Vietnamese speakersreally enjoy my videos, but if you read the comments, you will find many peoplecomment things like, “This is so much funnier if you understand it,” or “Thismade me laugh so hard because I actually know Vietnamese.” So I want toencourage all people to explore the language and culture because it really isbeautiful and something I want everyone to be proud of.


What message do you want to sharethrough your videos?

Appreciate the Vietnamese language and culture. I know a lot of non-Vietnamese speakersreally enjoy my videos, but if you read the comments, you will find many peoplecomment things like, “This is so much funnier if you understand it,” or “Thismade me laugh so hard because I actually know Vietnamese.” So I want toencourage all people to explore the language and culture because it really isbeautiful and something I want everyone to be proud of.

What is one thing you likethe most about the Vietnamese culture?

I appreciate the strong family andcommunity that comes with being Vietnamese.There is a deep respect for older people and the language reflectsthat. Everyone is basically family inthe Vietnamese language. Myname is “Chi Kayla” because I am a big sister to everyone.

Can you share your future plans?

I want to start bringing more people onto Vietglish Fun and starta short series called, “Let’s Go!” It’s a passion project of mine that lets meteach Vietnamese in a fun way. There aresome animation and a lot of fun characters that will be created. I hope that many around the world willappreciate this project and everyone can learn Vietnamese in a Vietglish Funway!

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