Vietnamese Culture and Language

Vietnamese Culture and Language - Vietnamese Culture and...

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Vietnamese Culture and Language Vietnamese uses the alphabet system rather than scripts like Chinese or Japanese, though it used to use written classical Chinese until the 13th century when a different system, but still quite similar to Chinese writing system, called Ch Nôm was invented. Ch Nôm developed until it was used extensively in 17th - 19th century. Although Vietnamese was the native language, education and government used Chinese as the official language. Around 17th century, an alphabet system was developed in order to facilitate trade from Western countries, by a Portuguese priest called Alexander de Rhodes. As the French invaded Vietnam in the late 19th century, French gradually replaced Chinese as the official language in education and government. Alphabet system pervaded the country, and Chinese scripts were gradually abolished. After gaining independence from France, Vietnam officially decided to use the alphabet as its writing system. Which was a shame really, considering that Chinese would be quite useful nowadays, but of course nationalism prevailed at the time. Vietnamese, like many other Asian languages, features tones in its phonology. There are only
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