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Language Knowledge Becomes More and More Important for Taiwanese and Vietnamese As Their Relationship Is Getting Closer

<p><font face="Arial">By Sabrina Lin<br /> Campus Reporter</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Language comprehensive ability in both Mandarin and Vietnamese are getting more and more important as the relationship between Taiwan and Vietnam is getting closer and closer, Dean of International Affairs Chuang Kun-liang (莊坤良) said during the Vietnamese Cultural Festival at the International Lounge this noon.</font></p> <p>&quot;<font face="Arial">Vietnamese can be a hot and popular language for Taiwanese people, too, if you are interested in working or doing business in Vietnam,&quot; Chuang said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Chuang said that more and more Taiwanese visitors would visit Vietnam while there are also more and more Taiwanese businessmen would work there as well.&nbsp; Being able to speak the language will help understand and merge into local culture.&nbsp; He mentioned that in Vietnam these days, a college graduate who is able to speak Mandarin would become a hot candidate for many companies to recruit for competitive positions, now that there are more and more business activities between two countries.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;In Taiwan, most students would choose Japanese, French, Spanish, etc. to be their second languages in addition to English.&nbsp; Why not learn Vietnamese?&nbsp; This would be a brand new alternative and fresh idea for sure,&quot; Chuang said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Following Japanese culture activity last week, a group of Vietnamese students were introducing their homeland to their friends here at National Taiwan Normal University, as Vietnamese culture was the highlight of this week's international cultural activity, a weekly event which&nbsp;was hosted by the Office of International Affairs(OIA).&nbsp; Traditional Vietnamese costumes, food, and local&nbsp;scenery attractions in Vietnam were presented&nbsp;or shown by pictures during the gathering at the lounge this noon.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;People usually see us as an undeveloped country but it is not as what they think,&quot; said&nbsp;Tran&nbsp;Thi&nbsp;Viet&nbsp;Hoa (陳氏越華), a sophomore from Department of Chinese.&nbsp; &quot;I would sincerely invite them to Vietnam and experience the life there.&nbsp; For those who have been to Vietnam before, I would like them to see the difference between now and what we were in the past.&quot;</font><font face="Arial"><br /> </font>&nbsp;</p>