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Why did Vietnamese start using ABCs instead of 漢字?
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Posted 1/17/10
Why did Vietnamese start using ABCs instead of 漢字?
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Posted 1/18/10
Huuh? I don't get it?
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20 / F / Heaven of Love
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Posted 1/19/10
Do you mean when or how because your question is confused?
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24 / M / australia
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Posted 1/27/10 , edited 1/27/10
its simply because the French dominated us lol
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Posted 1/27/10

LeeJunKii wrote:

its simply because the French dominated us lol


lol
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Posted 1/31/10
I thought that they were using the abc....guess not...
Posted 2/6/10
It's because the Vietnamese people never thought about making up an alphabet or recording anything down in history. So the Arabians had to give them the alphabet. I know this is hard to believe, but that's what my Language teacher said, and I'll believe him if you don't!
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According to what my professor said, Vietnamese people was anti-alphabet at first when the French compiled it together because the French started to teach it to the illiterates, preaching religion (Catholicism). The French published books (bible, etc.), and the greater number of people who can read would help them convert more people). However, some Vietnamese scholars and almost all the anti-French people began to see the pros of it: more people became literate in such a short amount of time (learning the alphabet does not take as much time as learning thousands of Nom characters--which are Vietnamese-simplified version of traditional Chinese). Thus, they popularized the alphabet to help educate the people (in scholastic stuff and in politics--anti-French, etc). Then finally in the early 20th century, the alphabet became the national language ("quoc ngu").

Hope it explains your question "why...".
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Posted 2/9/10
@chocol4te: Which I think was a great idea!
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Posted 2/10/10
@doveshampoo What kind of subject did your teacher teach? not history, I hope.
Similar to Japanese and Korean, Vietnam's early language is an adapted form of Chinese (Han Viet aka Sino-Vietnamese). Vietnam's greatest literature work, "Tale of Kieu" by Nguyen Du was written in Han Viet. It was actually the Portugese Christain Missonaries that developed the alphabetical writing for easier trading, religious conversion etc. The French made this official during their colonial period. The writing popularized because, frankly, it's much easier to learn Anyway, the spoken sounds of the language never changed, only the writing system.
Posted 3/8/10
I blame the French :)

In Vietnam, there are still people including my grandpa who know how to write in the ancient scriptures.
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Posted 3/9/10
Because of french colonization. SO that how Viet's language are like abc.
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Posted 3/15/10 , edited 3/15/10
Early on, when Chinese characters were dominant in the way of writing, Portuguese missionaries came to Vietnam and influenced their way of writing. But the romanized type of writing did not become dominant until the french colonized Vietnam.
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Posted 3/17/10
because abs is easier
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Posted 3/19/10
Accurate appraisal
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