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Vietnamese

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Quick Facts

 

Total Worldwide Speakers: 68,634,000

 

Language Family: Austro-Asiatic

 

Spoken in:
 
Vietnam, Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Laos, Martinique, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Norway, Philippines, Russian Federation (Asia), Senegal, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vanuatu.

 

 

History:
 

Vietnamese was originally written with a Siniform (Chinese-like) script. 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.

During the 17th century, Roman Catholic missionaries introduced a Latin-based orthography for Vietnamese, which has been used ever since. Until the early 20th century, the Latin-based orthography was used alongside the original script. Today only the Latin script is used.

 

 

 

Sources: The Ethnologue & Omniglot

DVDs

 
Journey from the Fall

 
Audio Tracks Vietnamese, English
Subtitles English
Running Time 135 min
Rating R

Web-Based Resources

Web-Based Software

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