Each foreign language is worth learning for its own reasons, and different languages may seem attractive to different learners. In this article, we will take a look at Vietnamese and some of the good reasons that may make you want to learn it.
It is not as hard as it seems
Speakers of European languages stereotypically view such languages as Chinese, Japanese, or Vietnamese as hard. But as for the Vietnamese language, it is not as hard as it seems. The tones and the pronunciation are indeed tricky. But Vietnamese grammar is in many ways simple and predictable. For instance, you won’t have to learn noun cases, gender, or even distinct plural forms.
You also won’t have to learn a new alphabet. Chữ Quốc Ngữ, the Vietnamese alphabet, uses roman letters with special marks like accents to show additional sounds and tones. This writing system, unlike English, is very transparent, so when you read a word, you will know how to pronounce it.
It provides for amazing travel experiences
With breathtaking landscapes, delicious food, and friendly people, Vietnam is one of the hottest travel destinations in the world. And although you can get by speaking English in most tourist places, you can also miss out on a lot. Even basic knowledge of the Vietnamese language will allow you to have a more immersive travel experience and make real connections with the locals.
It is good for your career
Vietnam has great economic potential. In recent years, its impressive economic growth has made Vietnam a promising place for overseas investment. Knowing Vietnamese is a further step towards your success in doing business in Vietnam. Knowledge of the Vietnamese language will also look good on your resume, as many companies nowadays are looking to hire bilingual people.
It is a way to make new friends
Vietnamese people are very hospitable and friendly. And when they find out you are learning their native language, they will be happy to help. With over 90 million Vietnamese speakers all over the world, you will always be able to find someone to practice speaking with and even make some good friends.
It is one of the most spoken languages in the world
Vietnamese is the main communication method of a country with 90 million people. Moreover, millions of Vietnamese people live around the world so it is one of the most popular languages in the world nowadays. Although not as widely distributed as English, it does not reach the 1 billion mark as Chinese, but Vietnamese always shows its special and importance throughout the world.
It is fun
Learning a foreign language is never boring, and Vietnamese is no exception. The learning process itself is a lot of fun. Although mastering some aspects of the language may be challenging, you will also get a great deal of satisfaction from your achievements. Moreover, the new language will allow you to learn a different culture and give you access to a lot of new information, educational as well as entertaining.
It is good for your brain
Learning Vietnamese may present some challenges. But this is exactly what our brains need to stay ‘fit’ and healthy. Learning a foreign language improves one’s cognitive abilities and helps the brain stay young much longer. With all the other advantages it offers, Vietnamese seems like a good choice to challenge your brain!