VietNamNet Bridge – Ly Khanh Quynh, a 9th grader of the Thoai Ngoc Hau Secondary School in An Giang Province, has won a major competition to join the Global Forum of Young Leaders to be held in New York this August. She spoke with Ha Nguyen about her experience and expectations. Achiever: Ly Khanh Quynh of An Giang’s Thoai Ngoc Hau secondary school will represent Viet Nam at the young leaders forum in New York. Photo courtesy of EF Viet Nam Congratulations! You have been chosen from more than 10,000 Vietnamese students to participate in the Global Forum for Young Leaders (GFYL) to be held in New York in August. How do you feel? How have you prepared for the trip? My trip to representing our country at the GFYL will be the journey of a lifetime. It feels incredible. It felt like a dream to me when I was announced … [Read more...] about Disney cartoons a great way to learn English
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I'm a bookworm and proud to admit it. It was a habit formed in my early years, and when I was a student, I regularly visited the book shops on Ngo Thi Nham and Nguyen Xi streets to escape the demands of a heavy curriculum. On a recent visit to one of my old haunts, I was taken aback by the number of "best-sellers" on display. On closer inspection I realised, almost without exception, they were all potboilers. In an attempt to appeal to the lowest common denominator, themes such as sex, love, betrayal abounded. To underscore this dumbing down of literature, they were poorly written, full of spelling mistakes and poorly bound, as if the publishers themselves didn't care about the dross they were churning out. Speed was clearly paramount, low-brow appeal the name of the game with a bid to rake in as much money as possible. It seems sensationalism has become the mantra of the publishing in general, and the old adage that sex sells is as true today as ever. Whatever happened to the likes of … [Read more...] about Whatever happened to the written word?
“Let me have one more of your bo bia (a kind of Vietnamese roll),” said Michel Roux Sr., one of the Europe’s most renowned and revered master chefs, after finishing a bowl of meatless pho (Vietnamese noodle soup). “Let me have one more of your bo bia (a kind of Vietnamese roll),” said Michel Roux Sr., one of the Europe’s most renowned and revered master chefs, after finishing a bowl of meatless pho (Vietnamese noodle soup). French master chef Michel Roux, who is among the 10 richest chefs in the world (three of the others are his former students), has declined many offers to co-open restaurants. He has only opened the world-famous Le Gavroche and Waterside Inn restaurants in the UK, the latter of which is the longest-running three Michelin-star restaurant in Britain, at 28 years. The iconic chef recently opened a French restaurant, called La Maison 1888, at the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, in the central city of Danang. “I … [Read more...] about European haute cuisine godfather comes to Vietnam
VietNamNet Bridge – Four students from Ha Noi University of Technology designed an app that helps parents stay present in their young children's lives with recorded story-telling and messages. Hoang Lien Hoa reports.Quality time: Four students from the Ha Noi University of Technology have invented a new mobile phone application called Mom&Kids. — Photo www.chungta.vnModern life has negatively impacted the parent-child relationship. Busy parents cannot always spend as much time as they want looking after their little children.To help parents come closer to their children, a group of four students from Ha Noi University of Technology have invented a new mobile phone application.With the help of the voice-controlled interactive app, users can speak to a robot or send it messages.Le Cong Hau, head of the university team taking part in the project, said: "Our idea comes from the reality of modern life today. Due to the pressures on family life, parents spend less and less … [Read more...] about App brings busy parents closer to children
John Balaban has been known among American poets as one whose many works are best-sellers. These books are not about America, but of his English translations of wellknown Vietnamese poems, including a collection of poems in Nom scripts by famous poetess Ho Xuan Huong (in the 18th century) and “The Tale of Kieu” by the great poet Nguyen Du (in the 18th century). Sitting on a bench near Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi , John Balaban told me why he chose poems by Ho Xuan Huong and Nguyen Du to translate into English. “I am a professor of English, and an American poet to be present in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. That might be the reason why I am encouraged to translate Vietnamese poems,” he said. Balaban said 20,000 copies of his translation of Ho Xuan Huong’s poems published in 2000 were sold. It was such a “phenomenon” that the American press spent much time and effort studying it. President Bill Clinton, during his visit to Hanoi in 2000, also … [Read more...] about Poet loves Vietnamese poems