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Extinct: no
Family: Austro-Asiatic
Branch: Viet-Moung
Continent: Asia
Country: Viet Nam
Region: The entire country. 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, Vanuatu.
Countries Where Spoken: 65,795,718 in VIet Nam (1999 census). Population total all countries: 67,439,139. China.
Countries Where Official: Viet Nam
Native Speakers: 65,795,718
Speakers Total: 67,439,139
Phrasebase members who speak Vietnamese at a native level: 798
Phrasebase members who speak Vietnamese at a conversational level: 798
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Vietnamese: 946
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Vietnamese: 1,531
Three Letter Code: VIE
Summary: Numerous dialects, including the principal ones listed above. People are called "Kinh." National language. Grammar. SVO; prepositions; genitives, articles, adjectives, numerals, relatives before noun heads; question word initial. Literacy rate in first language: 65%. Literacy rate in second language: 80%. Roman script used. Buddhist, Christian. Bible 1916-1994.

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