Vietnamese language resources
Vietnamese is spoken on a daily basis in: Hong Kong SAR, Cambodia, Norway, Viet Nam
Additional background on
Vietnamese (ti?ng Vi?t, or less commonly Vi?t ng?), formerly known under the French colonization as Annamese (see Annam), is the national and official language of Vietnam. It is the mother tongue of Vietnamese people (ngu?i Vi?t or ngu?i Kinh), who constitute 86% of Vietnam's population, and of about three million overseas Vietnamese, the bulk of whom are Vietnamese Americans. It is also spoken as a second language by some ethnic minorities of Vietnam. It is part of the Austroasiatic language family, of which it has the most speakers by a significant margin (several times larger than the other Austroasiatic languages put together). Much vocabulary has been borrowed from Chinese, and it was originally written using the Chinese writing system. The Vietnamese writing system in use today is an adapted version of the Latin alphabet, with additional diacritics for tones and certain letters.
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All data is derived from UNESCO.