The vast majority of the population could not read or write in either script. Vietnamese has a richer sound inventory than the other Sino-xenic languages and was therefore unsuited to be written in Chinese characters but people kept coining new characters which made learning it even harder than Chinese.
Why is Vietnamese romanized?
It was not until Alexander Rhodes (a French missionary) came that he completed the system. The new writing system today is called “Quốc Ngữ”. So the reason why Vietnamese has Latin script is because some westerners were too lazy to learn a local language so they made stuffs up to make their lives easier.
Are Vietnamese Chinese?
The Vietnamese people or Kinh people (Vietnamese: người Kinh／ 京) 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 Old Chinese?
Vietnamese contains a lot of words adopted from the languages of China as a result of centuries during which Vietnam was part of the Chinese Empire and as a result of trade and cultural ties of the Vietnamese with the Chinese.
Is Vietnamese difficult?
Learning Vietnamese is neither hard nor easy. As we will see, many more aspects of Vietnamese grammar are dễ rather than khó. Realistically, it is more accurate to say that Vietnamese is mostly “an easy language” rather than “a hard language.” However, one aspect of Vietnamese, the pronunciation, is quite difficult.
What is the most common Vietnamese first name?
The most common are Le, Pham, Tran, Ngo, Vu, Do, Dao, Duong, Dang, Dinh, Hoang and Nguyen – the Vietnamese equivalent of Smith. About 50 percent of Vietnamese have the family name Nguyen. The given name, which appears last, is the name used to address someone, preceded by the appropriate title.