Regarding the closest cousin of Vietnamese language, it is Mường one, which is called by the same ethnic as “thiểng Mường”.
Is Vietnamese similar to 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.
Is Vietnamese closer to Mandarin or Cantonese?
Cantonese is much closer to Mandarin than to Vietnamese in grammar and vocabulary and clearly Chinese, though with some Taic substrate. However, pronunciation-wise, Cantonese is much closer to Vietnamese.
Is Vietnamese language similar to French?
Vietnamese French is based on standard French, but contains words that have been influenced not only by Vietnamese but also by Chinese and English, the latter due to U.S. presence in the south during the Vietnam War.
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.
Can Vietnamese understand Chinese?
Because of the difference between Vietnamese and Chinese languages, a Vietnamese native speaker who was born in a Vietnamese family in Vietnam cannot understand nor speak Chinese as their first language. They can speak and understand Chinese as a second language if they learn Chinese.
Do Vietnamese speak English?
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.
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.
Which is harder Thai or Vietnamese?
Vietnamese has more tones and dipthongs, so pronunciation is harder. Also some of the word order is swapped, so Vietnamese grammar is harder than Thai. Thai is harder to read and write, because of the script and multiple consonants.