Vietnamese is an Austroasiatic language that originated in the north of modern-day Vietnam, where it is the national and official language. It is the native language of the Vietnamese people, as well as a first or second language for the many ethnic minorities of Vietnam. As the result of Vietnamese emigration and cultural influence, Vietnamese speakers are found throughout the world, notably in East and Southeast Asia, North America, Australia and Western Europe. Vietnamese has also been officially recognized as a minority language in the Czech Republic. Vietnamese has been the official language of Vietnam since the country gained independence from France in 1954.

It is part of the Austroasiatic language family of which it has by far the most speakers. Vietnamese vocabulary has borrowings from Chinese, and it formerly used a modified set of Chinese characters. The Vietnamese alphabet in use today is a Latin alphabet with additional diacritics for tones and certain letters.

Vietnamese was originally written with a Siniform (Chinese-like) script known as Chữ-nôm. At first most Vietnamese literature was essentially Chinese in structure and vocabulary. Later literature developed a more Vietnamese style, but was still full of Chinese loan words. The greatest literary work in Vietnamese is Kim Van Kieu, the ‘Tale of Kieu’, a romance written by Nguyen-Du (1765-1820).

Chữ-nôm was used until the 20th century. During the 17th century, Roman Catholic missionaries introduced a Latin-based orthography for Vietnamese, Quốc Ngữ (national language), which has been used ever since. Until the early 20th century, Quốc Ngữ was used in parallel with Chữ-nôm. Today only Quốc Ngữ is used.


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Vietnamese Proverb: “Đánh chết cái nết không chừa.” – You can’t kill someone’s habit.

Meaning: Old habits die hard.


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