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Tram Nguyen

Language plays a critical role in defining a nation’s cultural identity in today’s interconnected world. Despite this, many Vietnamese people have become increasingly reliant on using loanwords from foreign languages, causing their national language to decline. As a result, even advanced translation tools like Google Translate may struggle to understand the daily conversations of some Vietnamese people. Meanwhile, native English speakers may be surprised at their ability to comprehend half of the language used. The global Vietnamese community must recognize the value of preserving their linguistic heritage and takes steps to preserve it for future generations.

1. A glimpse of Vietnamese:

As the first language of more than 80 million King people in Vietnam, Vietnamese belongs to the Viet-Muong branch from the Mon-Khmer group of the Austroasiatic language family.

It is one of a few languages from Asia that uses Latin script as its writing system rather than other symbols.

Research from Université de Lyon has found that Vietnamese has the highest information intensity index among widely spoken languages, allowing for more information to be conveyed with the same number of words and syllables. Additionally, the language is unique in its tonal system, with each of the six tones used to convey a different meaning for the same word. For example, the word “ma” can mean “ghost,” “” can mean “mother,” and so on. Despite this complexity, the Vietnamese language is rich and beautiful, making it a fascinating subject for linguists and language enthusiasts.

However, the purity of this language is being threatened by its native speakers, who often use excessive borrowing of vocabulary from other languages. This trend endangers the language’s linguistic heritage and cultural identity. Therefore, it is essential to use borrowed words with consideration and moderation to preserve the integrity and richness of this beautiful language.

2. A few factors that are affecting the purity of modern Vietnamese:

3. To preserve the purity of Vietnamese:

Purity means that there should be no impurity, and vocabulary borrowing should be made with consideration and moderation.

4. Summary:

Language is a fascinating aspect of human culture and history. It’s a communication tool and a window into a nation’s heritage and identity. By preserving the integrity of the mother tongue, we are preserving a rich cultural legacy that stretches back through time. We are showcasing our appreciation for our roots and honoring our ancient and modern traditions.

And that’s what makes exploring and learning new languages so exciting and fulfilling. You not only gain a new way of communicating, but you also gain a deeper understanding of the world and the people in it. Whether it’s Vietnamese, French or any other language, every word we learn is a step closer to bridging the gap between cultures and creating a more interconnected world.

So, if you’re passionate about language and want to keep exploring, follow Hansem Vietnam’s blog. We will continue bringing you the latest news, insights, and tips on Vietnamese and other languages, so you can keep your linguistic skills sharp and cultural knowledge up-to-date.


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