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Vietnam's official language, is a tonal language that can be compared to
Cambodia's official language, Khmer. With each syllable, there are six
different tones that can be used, which change the definition and it often makes
it difficult for foreigners to pick up the language. There are other languages spoken as
well such as Chinese, Khmer, Cham and other languages spoken by tribes
inhabiting the mountainous regions. Although
there are some similarities to Southeast Asian languages, such as Chinese,
Vietnamese is thought to be a separate language group, although a member of the
Austro-Asiatic language family.
written form, Vietnamese uses the Roman alphabet and accent marks to show
tones. This system of writing called quoc ngu, was created by
Catholic missionaries in the 17th century to translate the scriptures.
Eventually this system, particularly after World War I, replaced one using Chinese characters (chu nom),
which had been the unofficial written form used for centuries
(official), English (increasingly favored as a
second language), some French, Chinese, and Khmer;
mountain area languages (Mon-Khmer and
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