A new customer at Dom café in Hanoi might be surprised to see four non-Vietnamese sitting around a table and speaking to each other in Vietnamese. But the sight is hardly a surprise to frequent visitors to the café on Dao Tan Street, where many expatriates come every day for Vietnamese lessons. Daniel Nyilas, one of the four, has been learning Vietnamese from a private tutor for a year and was seeking to improve his language skills further with the group. "I just have a need to understand locals more instead of talking like a monkey with my hands," the Hungarian, 31, told VnExpress International. Nyilas is among an increasing number of foreigners striving to learn Vietnamese for their work or just daily conversation in a country that is steadily opening up its economy to the world. Vietnam attracts billions of dollars in foreign direct investment every year, and with it come foreign managers who need to learn Vietnamese to communicate with their local … [Read more...] about Expats flock to learn Vietnamese
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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?
After announcements that the format of the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) will be renewed from February next year, hundreds of students have been waking up early and lining up in front of the IIG Vietnam office in District 3 from 4 a.m. onwards over the past few days to register for the exam. Currently, IIG Vietnam is the only official representative of the U.S.-based Educational Testing Service, which has been authorized to organize the TOEIC exam in the country. Images and videos have gone viral on social media, showing scores of exam-takers standing in line from 4 a.m. during the weekends awaiting their turn to register for the TOEIC test and the crowds were still going strong until Monday. Candidates fill up the stair of the IMG Vietnam's office in District 3 waiting to take the exam. Photo by Nguyen Duc on Facebook Explaining the reason for the early exam registration, many students said that they were worried about the updates as they were familiar … [Read more...] about At 4 am, Saigon students queue up to register for English exam
The British Council in Vietnam officially opened the British Council English Language Teaching and Education Centre on the 1st Floor, Viettel Building, 285 Cach Mang Thang Tam Street in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, on October 4. Mr. Ed Vaizey, the British Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam, and Mr. Simon Hunt, Director of Business, English, British Council East Asia, along with senior managers of the British Council in Vietnam, distinguished guests, partners, and students were in attendance. British Council English Language Teaching and Education Centre opened on October 4 in HCMC's District 10. The grand opening also marks an important milestone during the British Council’s 25th anniversary in Vietnam. The new center, equipped with modern facilities and equipment, meets all the requirements of new teaching methods, providing an opportunity to effectively support students to develop and improve their English skills for their future education and careers. The … [Read more...] about British Council opens new teaching and education center in HCMC
The U.S. Embassy’s American Center and the GreenAms Robotics Team July 23 organized the camp where the participants also learned about how robotics can advance economic development. During the camp, students, aged 10 to 14, built and programmed robots using Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits. At the end of the camp, the students demonstrated new skills by competing to accomplish a series of obstacle challenges with their robots. The U.S. Embassy Robotics Camp 2018 is one of many free programs the American Center offering for local residents to learn skills in English, soft skills, entrepreneurship, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.By UYEN PHUONG Tags: Vietnamese students tech skills U.S. Embassy Robotics Camp … [Read more...] about Local students learn tech skills at U.S. Embassy Robotics Camp