Why is Vietnamese so tonal?

How did Vietnamese develop tones?

Distinctive tonal variations emerged during the subsequent expansion of the Vietnamese language and people into what is now central and southern Vietnam through conquest of the ancient nation of Champa and the Khmer people of the Mekong Delta in the vicinity of present-day Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon.

Why do Vietnamese have so many accents?

Vietnamese is a tonal language. There are six tones (though some parts of the country don’t pronounce them all) and they are represented by symbols that actually quite closely match their sound. Remember this is a high, flat tone.

Can Vietnamese understand Chinese?

Because of the difference between Vietnamese and Chinese languages, a Vietnamese native speaker who was born in a Vietnamese family in Vietnam cannot understand nor speak Chinese as their first language. They can speak and understand Chinese as a second language if they learn Chinese.

Is Vietnamese related to Chinese?

Vietnamese contains a lot of words adopted from the languages of China as a result of centuries during which Vietnam was part of the Chinese Empire and as a result of trade and cultural ties of the Vietnamese with the Chinese. … The region in which Cantonese is spoken was called Viet Bei, meaning the northern Viet.

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