Official Report: Vietnamese Language Widely Used in Taiwan (China)

Taiwanese students have shown a marked interest in learning Vietnamese, with a much higher number of registrations compared with those from other countries in the area.

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The Taiwanese Ministry of Education’s Southeast Asian language program has successfully taught more than 700 classes and approximately 30,000 students over the past six years. This program aims to foster language skills for individuals interested in visiting, studying, or doing business in the region, according to an article in Taiwan News. Hsieh Li-chun, the Director-General of the Department of Technological and Vocational Education, emphasized the program’s expansion over the years, starting with 98 classes in 2017 and reaching 143 classes last year. Initially focusing on basic language skills, the program now includes instruction on professional terminology in various Southeast Asian languages such as Indonesian, Thai, Malay, Burmese, and Vietnamese. Notably, the number of Vietnamese-language students has surpassed those studying other regional languages. Schools have also developed a comprehensive teaching model for Vietnamese.

Vietnamese students at Taiwan (China). Source: thanhnien.vn
Vietnamese students in Taiwan (China).

According to Hsieh, a strong foundation in Vietnamese can significantly influence job prospects in the business sector due to increasing demand for Vietnamese in corporate settings. The program incorporates lessons on pronunciation, conversation, and practical skills like giving speeches or participating in “meetings” during meals to enhance students’ ability to express themselves. Additionally, schools encourage international students from the region to volunteer as language exchange partners. Hsieh recognizes that knowledge of Southeast Asian languages, coupled with professional expertise, provides Taiwanese individuals with a significant advantage in the global economic landscape and the global supply chain.

Recently, the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs reported that Taiwan (China) remained the second-largest recipient of 41,654 guest workers in the first eight months of 2023. The Taoyuan City Government also announced that Vietnamese and Indonesian services are now available on its 1999 citizen hotline. With a population of 2.3 million, Taoyuan is home to approximately 70,000 new immigrants and 130,000 migrant workers. The city’s Research and Evaluation Commission estimates that 57,000 Vietnamese individuals reside in Taoyuan. The introduction of these services aims to address language barriers and provide assistance for foreign workers and residents when needed. The 1999 citizen hotline offers information and support for various city affairs, including welfare, education, employment, healthcare, legal aid, naturalization, and recreational activities.

Hannah Nguyen