Cool tools: Mechanic Nguyễn Văn Hùng says he loves working on his street corner. — VNS Photo Paul Kennedy Viet Nam News By Paul Kennedy After a little over six months living in Việt Nam I think I have learned a fair old chunk of the language. Certainly enough to get me by. I can ask for a beer, two beers and even three. I also know how to tell a Grab driver to turn left, right, and even carry on straight ahead. Another phrase I’ve mastered is “không, cám ơn”. For those of you not as linguistically proficient as me, it means “no, thank you”. This is a much needed phrase when politely declining the services offered by those who ply their trade on the streets. It could be to the guy who wants to clean your shoes, the woman offering to sell you gum or the cyclist hoping to give you a tour of the city. In other countries I’ve visited and lived in, hawkers are a complete pain in the backside. Constantly in your face trying to sell you whatever it is they are selling. Bitter taste: Tea seller Phùng Thị Lý struggles to make ends meet in bad weather. —… Read full this story
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