The Vietnamese language is an Austro-Asiatic language that was developed from the Champa and Khmer people in the area. However, the Chinese language was prominent throughout the land during the early part of the Common Era due to the Chinese dominance in the area. Still, the Vietnamese began to develop their own language through the mixture of native languages and Chinese while eventually adapting to European influences. Much of this particularly came in the nineteenth century after France invaded Vietnam. Today the Vietnamese language uses its own particular alphabet that is loosely based off of the Latin alphabet.