Vietnamese Language

Vietnamese Language

About Vietnamese Language

Vietnamese is the national and official language of Vietnam. It is the mother tongue of Vietnamese people, and of about three million overseas Vietnamese. It also is spoken as a first or second language by many ethnic minorities of Vietnam. It is part of the Austro-Asiatic language family of which it has the most speakers by a significant margin (several times larger than the other Austro-Asiatic languages put together). Much of Vietnamese vocabulary has been borrowed from Chinese, and it was formerly written using the Chinese writing system, albeit in a modified format and was given vernacular pronunciation. As a byproduct of French colonial rule, the language displays some influence from French, and the Vietnamese alphabet in use today is a Latin alphabet with additional diacritics for tones and certain vowels and consonants.

Contributions by Ish ishwar, DHN, and Le Anh-Huy.