Inauguration of Vietnamese Language Class for Overseas Children in Denmark

On May 4, 2024, the opening ceremony of a Vietnamese language class for Vietnamese children in Copenhagen, Denmark took place at the headquarters of the Vietnamese Embassy in Denmark.

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This is the first Vietnamese class held at the Embassy. Nearly 20 students, from 7 to 15 years old, are children of Vietnamese families, born and raised in Denmark.

In his remark, Vietnamese Ambassador to Denmark Luong Thanh Nghi highly appreciated the efforts of the organizers, teachers, and parents to hold the class for the children. Quoting the lyrics of the song “Thuong ca Tieng Viet”: “Vietnamese lives in everyone. My Vietnamese soul is still unchanged. Keep the Vietnamese language for life. The language of the homeland the language of faithfulness”, the Ambassador said that this is a meaningful activity to help children keep their mother tongue and understand the homeland’s traditions and history. The class also strengthens family connections and maintains community connections.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Denmark Luong Thanh Nghi spoke at the opening ceremony.

Ambassador Luong Thanh Nghi hopes parents will pay attention, especially in creating a Vietnamese language environment in their own families so that their children can practice Vietnamese daily. The Ambassador also recommended that teachers spend time communicating in an easy-to-understand way, thereby introducing the national culture, history, and language. He hopes that the children can contribute to the local society and visit the homeland when they grow up.

On this occasion, Ambassador Luong Thanh Nghi said, in recent times, the State of Vietnam has considered teaching and learning Vietnamese as one of the focuses of the work on Vietnamese people abroad. From 2023, to encourage teaching and learning, and preserve the Vietnamese language, September 8 is chosen to be the day to honor the Vietnamese language in the Vietnamese community abroad. The State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese organizes annual summer camps for overseas Vietnamese youth and training classes for Vietnamese language teachers abroad.

Representing the class organizing committee and parents, Le Thanh Hung said although he has lived and worked in Denmark for years, he and many Vietnamese people want to maintain the tradition, the Vietnamese soul. Children learn Vietnamese to speak their mother tongue. Hung expressed his deep gratitude for the support and assistance from the Vietnamese Embassy in Denmark to successfully organize this class.

Children at the class inauguration.

After the ceremony, the teachers had their first class, getting to know the students and giving a basic introduction to Vietnamese.

The Vietnamese community in Denmark has more than 16,000 people, who have been integrating deeply into the local society and is highly appreciated by the government for its contributions to the economic, cultural, and social development of Denmark.

Valerie Mai