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"language" Vietnam Local Custom Tip by TomorrowsAngel

Vietnam Local Customs: 196 reviews and 202 photos

  people in HCMC
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The official language is Vietnamese, a mix of mostly Mon-Khmer elements with some Tai and Chinese. The language is tonal and monosyllabic. Most minorities continue to retain their languages.
Today's main foreign language, especially among the young, is English. In the north, French and Russian are still quite widely spoken. The script of modern Vietnamese is based on Latin with accents, and was formed and created by the Jesuit priest Fr. Alexander De Rhodes in the 19th century.

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  • Written Mar 16, 2004
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