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Old 04-20-2016, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by saibot View Post
No, the Vietnamese, as well as the Koreans and Japanese, used Chinese characters for their language because that's all they knew at that time, in terms of writing. These groups had NO system of writing before they were introduced to Chinese characters.

All of them eventually developed simpler scripts that were better suited to their native languages. The Japanese and Koreans created phonetic scripts and sharply reduced or eliminated the use of Chinese characters. The Vietnamese first invented many "Chinese" characters that were exclusively used in Vietnamese, and then switched to a modified Roman alphabet.

The point being that Chinese characters were used at first because speakers of these languages knew no other alternatives. When better options arose, they were taken advantage of. "Chinese occupation" had little or nothing to do with it.
Creation of Vietnamese via Chinese characters was called Chu Nom.

Had the Chinese invented a set of flexible of phonetics akin to something like Hangul or the Roman alphabet it could have survived till this day! Characters are just very specifically suited towards unifying all the Chinese dialects and not much else.

Imagine if Bopomofo was invented parallel to Chinese characters back then!
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Old 11-10-2018, 02:03 PM
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Come on guys, before 938 AD china ruled over Vietnam which at that point used nothing but Chinese characters. Soon after, the Vietnamese became free from china and created their own writing system using parts of Chinese characters, called"Chữ Nôm." The "Chữ Nôm" writing system flourished up until 1838 AD when the French invaded Vietnam and found that "Chữ Nôm" was to difficult to learn so a few French guys created the romanized writing version which you see today. If you study "Hán Việt" while studing "Chữ Nôm" along with Chinese you will understand how both languages Chinese and Vietnamese share similarities and sounds but are different.
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:23 PM
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Originally Posted by VRE332 View Post
China has the largest population of immigrants in the world. They export people.
The two are opposites. Immigrants come in and exports go out.
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