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Eisenmann Translations provides technical translations by experienced translators of Vietnamese specialising in all technical fields including engineering, chemicals, IT and operating instructions.
All texts are translated by experienced specialist translators of Vietnamese into their mother tongues (Vietnamese or German), as per the native speaker principle.
Vietnamese is spoken by 72 million people in Vietnam, where it is an official language. In addition to this, there are approximately 3 million Vietnamese emigrants living in Poland, Germany, Canada, Australia and the USA.
Vietnamese is part of the Austro-Asiaic language group, under which it is classed under the Proto-Mon-Khmer language. This means that Vietnamese is classed as a non-tonal language, despite it being a tonal language. This is based on the theory that Vietnamese was originally a non-tonal language in which 6 tones developed over time.
Under one linguistic theory, in the past there existed a type of Proto-Vietnamese which was similar to the other languages in the same family. Over time, Vietnamese developed further and assumed characteristics of the Thai languages. This took place in northern Vietnam, before spreading to the south.
After Chinese rule, Vietnamese began developing towards the Romance languages and away from Chinese. Old Vietnamese was still characterised by a slightly edited Chinese typeface, while Middle Vietnamese (which developed from the 1600s) was greatly shaped by French - even more so in the late 1800s when Vietnam became a French colony and French was installed as the official language and the working language.
Ever since Vietnam gained independence, Vietnamese has used the Latin alphabet with several additional characters.
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Updated 18 May 2014.