The treasure of a senior citizen in Hoi AnBy Nhan Tam Nguyen Dinh Cu and his special bookstore which he treasures - PHOTO: NHAN TAM A bookstore in the ancient town of Hoi An in the central coastal province of Quang Nam is rather special. The books on offer there are all in foreign languages. The store also stands out for its unique way of selling and exchanging books: its customers can take out any book they like, but they have to leave behind two of their own books. The bookstore is peacefully sandwiched by rows of fashion stores, picture galleries, cafés and general stores on Phan Boi Chau Street. It has no name, but has a a sign that reads “Books for sale and exchange.” The bookshop’s owner is Nguyen Dinh Cu, an octogenarian. The house No. 43 where his bookstore is located, like other houses on the street, is typical of Hoi An, with its ancient, yellow walls and classical architecture. In 1969, Cu bought this house where his family lived, without any … [Read more...] about The treasure of a senior citizen in Hoi An
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At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
Back to English Comments News - October 8, 2018 | 09:20 am GMT+7 National Geographic photojournalist Catherine Karnow’s unique works are well known, but not many know why she’s drawn so much to Vietnam. American Catherine Karnow has been a household name in Vietnam for sometime now, but what kept her returning to the country for almost three decades has not drawn much attention. “It was literally because of General Giap that I came to Vietnam for the first time. I think it was ‘duyen’,” Catherine said, using the Vietnamese word for fate.She was already a professional photographer working on assignments and editorial and corporate projects when she first came to Vietnam in 1990, but it was not until she began photographing General Vo Nguyen Giap that she rose to stardom in Vietnamese eyes. She had the privilege of getting close to Giap thanks to her father, Stanley Karnow, a journalist and a Pulitzer-winning author whose … [Read more...] about It was destiny: How Catherine Karnow became a household name in Vietnam – VnExpress International
Language as extreme sport: Youngsters square off in U.S. spelling bee Robert Foster of Kensington, Maryland, reacts after correctly spelling a word during the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Maryland, U.S. May 29, 2018 - PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - At the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee this week, hundreds of youngsters will compete in a uniquely American contest that has been likened to an intellectual extreme sport, involving one of the world’s most tricky languages. The competitors, some as young as 8 years old, face a three-day obstacle course through the English language, a mash-up of Germanic and French words laced with borrowings from tongues around the world. Any of 470,000 entries in the “Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary” is fair game. Their challenge is to outlast the field by coming up with the correct spelling of obscure words that often feature any one of a number of letter combinations that form identical … [Read more...] about Language as extreme sport: Youngsters square off in U.S. spelling bee
Viet Nam News While pushing his caddie around the streets of Việt Nam for three months, Nicolas Queune took the time to observe its landscapes and its people. Queune stands out in the crowd because he always wears a red T-shirt and a straw hat like his favourite comic character named Luffy, from the Japanese popular manga comic, One Piece. He started his journey on foot around the world in 2013. Although the manga takes place in an imaginary world, the author is inspired by real places. He started his trip five years ago in Asia. He first flew from France to Japan, and from there he walked around New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. His adventures will then take him from South East Asia to Europe, then probably to Central America. He arrived in Việt Nam in March and has been travelling around the country on foot until now. He is currently in the centre of the country. Falling in love with Việt Nam Upon arriving in … [Read more...] about Man walking around world enjoys Việt Nam