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Theme: Languages of the World
Vietnamese (tiếng Việt), formerly known as Annamese, is a member of the Mon-Khmer branch of the Austro-Asiatic language family. With 76 million speakers, it is the 16th largest language of the world. It is spoken by 75 million people in Vietnam . It is also spoken in Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Finland, France, Germany, Laos, Martinique, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Norway, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA, and Vanuatu.
It is thought that the ancestor of Vietnamese originated in the area of the Red River in what is now northern Vietnam and that it eventually spread into central and southern portions of the area.
After the revolution that ended the French colonial rule, Vietnamese became the national and official language of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam where it is spoken by the majority of the country’s population. It is used in Vietnam throughout all levels of the educational system, including higher education, for all official and non-official communication, in the media, and in publishing.
Fascinating facts about Vietnam
Vietnamese cuisine is considered amongst the healthiest in the world. Featuring fresh herbs, a lot of vegetables and seafood combined with traditional cooking techniques that avoids frying and oils in their food, this cuisine is considered amongst some of the healthiest in the world.
They have half-hatched eggs for breakfast. Balut, a developed bird embryo that is boiled and eaten from the shell, is a common Vietnamese breakfast.
Vietnam is the world’s leading exporter of cashew nuts and black pepper, exporting 348,000 tons of cashew nuts and 180,000 tons of black peppers in 2016.
Giving handkerchiefs, anything black, yellow flowers, or chrysanthemum is considered unlucky.
Ruou ran, also known as snake wine is a pickled snake in rice wine that is commonly drunk for health, vitality and restorative purposes.
They are the second largest producer of coffee in the world and own approximately 20% of the coffee market share.
Bargaining is considered a way of life in Vietnam. Merchants frequently put an additional markup on their products in order to give buyers the opportunity to bargain for a better price.
15. The Binh Chau Hot Natural Springs get so hot, reaching temperatures of up to 82°C which is hot enough to boil eggs!
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