Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam, one of the fastest growing countries in Southeast Asia and in the world. Vietnamese is a beautiful and interesting language, using the Latin alphabet and tones. It is spoken among 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam and millions of Vietnamese abroad. Knowledge of Vietnamese is a helpful tool for conducting research into the long history and interesting people of Vietnam. Students of Vietnamese heritage can communicate and connect with family, relatives, and friends to understand and appreciate Vietnamese people and culture.