Want To Learn Vietnamese?
Vietnam, located in Southeast Asia, has a population of over 95 million. While many associate this country with its history, there is a lot more to see and do beyond that. With a very unique cuisine, chaotic traffic and a long coastline, Vietnam has so much for people to experience that can’t be found anywhere else.
Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam, where it is spoken by around 76 million people. It shares roots with Khmer, which is spoken in neighboring Cambodia. Due to the relatively long distance and divided history between the major population centres of Vietnam, there is some significant dialectal differences that affect vocabulary and pronunciation. However, between the five largest dialects, it is mutually intelligible.
Like other Southeast Asian languages, Vietnamese has a lot of vowels. The Vietnamese alphabet uses the Latin alphabet with added diacritics which help determine the tone. The tonal system is can be quite complex due to dialect differences, and differences in pronunciation can change the meaning of a word.
Vietnam has a very diverse culture, essentially being split between the Northern, Middle, and Southern regions. There is so much variety in the landscape, temperature, and food that visiting each area is very rewarding. This is not to mention the history that can be explored. In all of this, English will only get you so far, especially outside of the major cities. Learning Vietnamese would be very rewarding and help improve your stay in the country.