At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
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Friday, July 01, 2016 - 16:41:06 (VOVworld) – Vietnam is home to many ethnic minority groups, each with a different languages. Linguists say unless effective measures are taken, ethnic languages will die out. At a recent workshop on audio digitization of minority languages hosted by the French Cultural Center in Hanoi, Vietnamese and French linguists introduced an audio library of ethnic minority languages in Vietnam. This project undertaken over the past 30 years is compatible with other digitized audio libraries in Southeast Asia. The audio library provides users with information concerning the origin of the language, the pronunciation, and even recorded folk verses and songs of that ethnic group. Recordings of 11 minority languages with very few speakers such as the Odu, the Ruc, the Arem, the Ma Lieng are also available. Prof. Dr. Tran Tri Doi, Director of the Center for Study and Development of Ethnic Groups and Mountainous Areas, stressed the urgent need to create these … [Read more...] about Preserving, developing ethnic languages in Vietnam Culture
Local Lowdown (01-09-2006) Book on De Tham to be published in French HA NOI — Le De Tham, a French-language book on Vietnamese national hero De Tham, will be published this October. The 14-chapter book by Claude Gendre talks about diverse themes, including relations between Viet Nam and France in the early 17th century; the Yen The region where he lived; the birth place of the Can Vuong movement; De Tham’s will as a fighter for national salvation; and his assassination by French colonialists in 1913. The book contains 50 photographs and some diagrams illustrating the actions of the patriot. Ballet to be performed at Opera House next week HA NOI — The ballet Mua Xuan Thieng Lieng (Sacred Spring) will be held at Ha Noi Opera House next Wednesday and Thursday. The ballet is part of the programme Dem Ballet (Ballet Night), co-organised by the French Cultural Centre and French Embassy in Ha Noi. Artists at the Viet Nam National Opera and Ballet Theatre and Military Art and … [Read more...] about Book on De Tham to be published in French
(Cinet)- On October 12, the Centre for Information and Documentation on contemporary Vietnam (CID-Vietnam) opened an exhibition titled “the presence of Vietnam in French books and newspapers from the 17th century to 1956”. The book covers and extracts taken from over 100 books printed and published in France over the past three centuries were collected by French researchers and scholars working for the CIV- Vietnam since 1984. The event helps visitors better understand about politics, history, geography as well as literature and artistic works marking different historical periods in the Vietnam-France relations, in which many documents have become immortal, attracted the attention of many readers such as “Ban an che do thuc dan Phap” by Nguyen Ai Quoc, “Bao Dai- nhung ngay cuoi cung cua vi hoang de An Nam” by Daniel Grand Clément. Exhibits also show the early presence of Vietnamese people in France , starting from Louis XIV King’s … [Read more...] about Exhibition highlighting the presence of Vietnam in French books and newspapers
PARIS (VNS) — An exhibition exploring the presence of Viet Nam in French publications has attracted visitors to the Centre of Vietnamese Culture in Paris. Entitled The Presence of Viet Nam in French Books from 17th Century to 1956, the exhibition showcases more than 100 books about Viet Nam which were printed and published in France over three centuries. Visitors can inspect documents outlining politics, history and geography in the country, as well as literature works on the relationship between Viet Nam and France. Among the publications at the exhibition are Le Proces de la Colonisation Française (The Trail of French Colonisation) by Nguyen Ai Quoc [an alias of President Ho Chi Minh) published in 1925, and the Bao Dai: Ou les Derniers Jours de l'Empire d'Annam (Bao Dai: Or the Last Days of the Empire of Annam) by historian Daniel Grandclement. To commemorate General Vo Nguyen Giap, who passed away on October 4, the exhibition also features French-language … [Read more...] about Paris book exhibition delves into Viet Nam’s identity in French culture