The State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese (SCOV) and the Vietnam Education Publishing House (VEPH) collaborated to organize an activity aimed at promoting the use of the Vietnamese language among overseas Vietnamese communities.

Dr. Nguyen Thuy Anh, author of the book series, directly instructed approximately 50 Vietnamese trainees who had returned from various countries such as England, Germany, France, Thailand, Laos, Taiwan, and others.

Many of these trainees have been teaching Vietnamese for over five years, either as school teachers or as volunteers at cultural centers for both adults and children.

One of the main challenges faced by Vietnamese language teachers abroad is the lack of resources and teaching methods for teaching Vietnamese as a foreign language to Vietnamese individuals who grew up abroad with limited exposure to their mother tongue and Vietnamese culture.

The series called ‘Hello Vietnamese’ addresses this challenge and is designed around the story and journey of the character ‘Miu Nguyễn.’ It consists of six books (levels one to six) named ‘Ra Khơi’ (Out to Sea), ‘Khám Phá’ (Discoveries), ‘Thử Thách’ (Challenges), ‘Kết Nối’ (Connection), ‘Cống Hiến’ (Devotion), and ‘Trưởng Thành’ (Maturity).

Feedback from the trainees highlighted the attractive design of the books, making the process of learning Vietnamese enjoyable through interesting stories. The books also help Vietnamese children connect with their heritage and develop a love for their homeland by featuring lessons on family love, Vietnamese communities, beautiful landscapes, delicious traditional dishes, and national cultural characteristics.

During the activity session, the SCOV, VEPH, and the Consulate General of Vietnam in Fukuoka, Japan, jointly announced the establishment of a Vietnamese bookcase located at the consulate. The bookcase houses over 50 Vietnamese titles with approximately 450 books catering to both overseas learners and teachers of Vietnamese, as well as researchers of the Vietnamese language abroad.

These books, published by VEPH, have reached Vietnamese communities in numerous countries worldwide, including Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Russia, Qatar, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, and China.

According to official statistics, there are currently around 5.3 million Vietnamese individuals residing and working in 130 countries and territories. The United States is home to the largest Vietnamese community abroad, hosting approximately 2.2 million Vietnamese individuals.

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