How closely related are Vietnamese and Chinese?

Yes, Vietnamese is quite similar to Chinese in many ways. No, the two are not historically related (so your “grouping” of Vietnamese with Mandarin and Cantonese is not correct). Yes, people tend to find it easier to learn languages that are more similar to their native language.

Originally Answered: Is Vietnamese and Chinese the same thing? No. Vietnam and China are two different countries, each with its own culture and language. In the past, China ruled Vietnam for over a thousand years, and there is a great deal of Chinese influence in Vietnamese culture and society.

How similar is Vietnamese and Chinese?

Vietnamese has borrowed a lot of Chinese vocabulary, like Korean and Japanese have as well, and that might help a fair bit. But ultimately, Vietnamese and Chinese are completely unrelated and the gap is probably not much smaller than between that of English and Chinese or Swahili and Nahuatl.

Does Chinese and Vietnamese sound similar?

Actually, Vietnamese sound nothing like Cantonese or Mandarin, but it’s the borrowed words that make things look similar or almost alike. Same goes to Korean and Japanese, if you listen close enough, all of them are different but you can tell certain words/concepts are almost identical.

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What race are the Vietnamese?

The Vietnamese people or Kinh people (Vietnamese: người Kinh) are a Southeast Asian ethnic group originally native to modern-day Northern Vietnam and South China. The native language is Vietnamese, the most widely spoken Austroasiatic language.

Is Vietnamese or Chinese harder?

Originally Answered: Which is harder, Vietnamese or Chinese? Vietnamese, hands down. As a South-East Asian Chinese who speaks 3 main languages, one of which is Chinese that breaks down to a further 3 more sub-languages/dialects (or you could say altogether 5 languages), none are as hard as Vietnamese.

Which Chinese dialect is closest to Vietnamese?

They’re not widely off the mark; some 60 per cent of Vietnamese vocabulary is of Chinese origin and the parts of China that are closest to Vietnam are the Cantonese-speaking regions of Guangxi and Guangdong.

Is Chinese easy for Vietnamese?

Vietnamese grammar is quite similar to Chinese, and quite simple as well. The difficulty will probably be tones, but Mandarin has 4, so Vietnamese just has 2 more. It shouldn’t be too difficult. Vietnamese also has over 70% loanwords from Chinese, some so ancient that you probably won’t recognize.

Is Vietnam a poor country?

Vietnam is now defined as a lower middle income country by the World Bank. Of the total Vietnamese population of 88 million people (2010), 13 million people still live in poverty and many others remain near poor. Poverty reduction is slowing down and inequality increasing with persistent deep pockets of poverty.

Can Vietnamese understand Chinese?

Originally Answered: Can Vietnamese and Koreans read and understand Chinese characters? For most cases, no. Vietnamese alphabet is made purely with Latin characters which sound wise similar to some extend to Chinese.

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Can Japanese understand Chinese?

Japanese and Chinese are totally and non mutually understandable languages. They have totally different phonology (sounds), lexicon (words) and grammar. But because the japanese script partially uses chinese characters (Kanji) japanese people can sometimes get a rough idea of what a chinese text means and vice-versa.

Which language is closest to Vietnamese?

Originally Answered: What language is most similar to Vietnamese? Mường language. Vietnamese and Mường are the only two languages in the linguistic sub-branch that they both occupy under the Vietic branch of the Mon-Khmer language family.

Is Vietnam still communist?

Government of Vietnam

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a one-party state. A new state constitution was approved in April 1992, replacing the 1975 version. The central role of the Communist Party was reasserted in all organs of government, politics and society.

What do you call a person from Vietnam?

A person from Vietnam and/or a citizen of Vietnam is called Vietnamese.

Why are there so many Chinese in Vietnam?

One year after the state of North Vietnam was established, a mutual agreement was made between the Communist Party of China and Communist Party of Vietnam to give ethnic Chinese living in North Vietnam Vietnamese citizenship. This process was completed by the end of the 1950s.

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