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Vietnamese is the national language of Vietnam, and the mother tongue of the Vietnamese people. It is the most spoken language in the Austro-Asiatic language family and is written using a modified version of the Latin alphabet with six tones.

Vietnamese speakers have emigrated all around the world, and nearly half of all overseas Vietnamese have settled in the United States. Vietnamese Americans are the fourth largest Asian American ethnic group in the country. Over five million tourists have visited Vietnam in the past year. Join us today in connecting with Vietnamese people and culture!


Courses Offered

  • Vietnamese 1: VIET 0101
  • Vietnamese 2: VIET 0102
  • Vietnamese 3: VIET 0103
  • Vietnamese 4: VIET 0104
  • Vietnamese 5: VIET 1901
  • Vietnamese 6: VIET 1901


Why Study Vietnamese?

Use Vietnamese in other Pitt Courses

  • General Education Requirements
  • Global Studies Certificate
  • Lingustics Majors/Minors
  • Asian Studies Certificate



Hahn Nguyen;

Vietnamese Outside the Classroom

  • Vietnamese Student Association

Useful Links

Did You Know?

The capital of Vietnam is Hoi

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The countries name was originally two words: "Viet Nam"

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Water puppetry is a popular art form in Vietnam

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Vietnam is home to the worlds largest cave

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When looking at a map, the country of Vietnam is shaped like the letter 'S'

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An estimated 10 million motor bikes travel the roads of Vietnam every day

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Vietnamese has 6 different tones. The tone changes the meaning of the word

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Vietnam is the worlds largest exporter of cashews

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Speed dating began in Vietnam