There are many things you should know about the boat people, besides how it feels like to have been living all your life rowing and transacting all daily chores in a boat. You might be surprised to know that there are many of these boat people or the Vietnamese people who now live in the States. It is said that there are about 3 million Vietnamese people who now live overseas.
If you happen to have a friend or a partner in business who speaks Vietnamese and you are thinking of learning it as a second language, then maybe you should start researching about the Vietnamese language. The Vietnamese language used to go by the name Annamese. It is one of the Austroasiatic languages. It is the official language of the Vietnamese people who make up 86% of the country’s current population. It has been said that some of the Vietnamese language words are derived from the Chinese language. Even the written version of the Vietnamese language is based on the Chinese language. The Vietnamese language denotes a lot of abstractions as it took some words from the Chinese. This is the same way as the English got theirs from Greek and Latin. As a matter of fact, the current written language is a variation of the original Latin.
One thing that might push you to choose learning the Vietnamese language among the many languages that are available is that it is ranked as the seventh most spoken language in the whole United States. In fact, there are several states where it ranked first and third. In Australia, it is the most spoken language. So it seems that wherever you go, there appears to be a reason for you to learn the Vietnamese language.
Although Vietnam is just starting to regain its economic independence, the Vietnamese people remained loyal and steadfast in their regard for their leader Ho Chi Minh who fought for the country’s independence from the French rule. If you are going to check on the history of Vietnam you would know that there is something beyond the Vietnam War that became controversial during the 1970’s and that Vietnam’s fight against foreign rule has been there ever since 19th century.
There are many other aspects of Vietnam that are yet starting to be known in the world. An example of this is tourism, which has been experiencing a significant increase. The Vietnamese owe it to their getting popular beaches and the boat tours. So for you to learn the Vietnamese language fast and easy, you can make use of Pimsleur’s language learning audio programs that are available in The Talking Bookstore. With this, you can learn Vietnamese anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace.
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