In fact, less than 1 percent of Vietnam’s 77 million people speak French with any degree of proficiency, and most people in that tiny percentage are older Vietnamese who remember French colonial rule.
Where is French spoken in Vietnam?
French is a foreign language in contemporary Vietnam, it plays no special role, it is not spoken natively by Vietnamese in Vietnam, it is a school subject that is learned by some students as a foreign language, but probably far more learn English than French.
Which language is closest to Vietnamese?
The Vietnamese language belongs to the Viet-Muong branch of the Mon-Khmer language family. The Mon-Khmer languages are spoken in a region extending from the Assam state of India on the west to Vietnamese on the east. It is the language family of mainland Southeast Asia.
Is Vietnam English friendly?
Frequent visitors to Vietnam report that you usually have no problems speaking English in any of the main cities like Hanoi, Sai Gon and Ho Chi Minh. The 50% English speaking proportion is over the country as a whole; it is actually much higher than this in the cities, and lower in more rural areas.
How safe is Vietnam?
All in all, Vietnam is an extremely safe country to travel in. The police keep a pretty tight grip and there are rarely reports of muggings, robberies or sexual assaults. Scams and hassles do exist, particularly in Hanoi, HCMC and Nha Trang (and to a lesser degree in Hoi An).
Is English widely spoken in Vietnam?
The Vietnamese language is difficult. … In tourist centres many Vietnamese will speak some English, but a lot will speak none. In more remote areas, English speakers can be very rare. Some older Vietnamese will speak more French than English.