Vietnamese is one of the few languages of Asia to use a modified version of the Latin alphabet, with its own digraphs and accents. If you're travelling in the country, you'll notice a huge difference between the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh accents. uTalk will get you started and grow your confidence.§Learn Vietnamese with uTalk
Over half the vocabulary comes from Chinese. There are also many French borrowings e.g. chocolate is 'so co la'.
The phrase 'nồi cơm điện', meaning 'electric rice cooker', is also a slang term for a motorbike helmet.§
Motorcycle taxis are known in Vietnam as xe ôm, which literally translates as 'hug vehicle'.
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