Myra Tran on the American Idol 2019 stage. — Photos courtesy of Myra TranViet Nam News Trần Minh Như, also known as Myra Tran has made a name for herself in the United States. This happened after her performance to try to enter this year’s American Idols competition did so well on social media. She now wants her singing voice to help do her country proud. She says that even if she is singing to the world, she will always be Vietnamese. Myra Tran or Trần Minh Như wowed American Idol 2019 judges and worldwide audiences during her audition, which was aired on March 3. Her performance has received almost 2 million views on American Idol’s Youtube page and more than 6 million views on its Facebook fanpage, surpassing all other contestants so far. Born in the southern province of An Giang and moved to the US a year ago, Myra is dreaming of bringing the name ‘Việt Nam’ to music lovers the world over. She shared with … [Read more...] about Rising star hits the idols scene
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Viet Nam News Myra Tran or Trần Minh Như wowed American Idol 2019 judges and worldwide audiences during her audition, which was aired on March 3. Her performance has received almost 2 million views on American Idol’s youtube page and more than 6 million views on its Facebook fanpage, surpassing all other contestants so far. Born in the southern province of An Giang and moved to the US a year ago, Myra is dreaming of bringing the name ’Việt Nam’ to music lovers the world over. She shared with Thu Hà her feelings and plans for the future. Inner Sanctum: In the auditions, Luke Bryan compared you to Kelly Clarkson while Lionel Richie said there was nothing to compare you to. How did you feel to get this kind of feedback from famous judges? It totally came as a surprise to me. My life has been turned upside down. I cried when I heard the judges’ comments and the support I received from both Vietnamese and foreign audiences. The comments … [Read more...] about A star is born: Vietnamese girl stuns the world with her voice
Learning English through apps is not a new idea in Vietnam, but in 2018 Vietnam’s startup community saw the arrival of the ELSA app, or “English Language Speech Assistant”, which raised $3.2 million for its AI-assisted language learning platform. This pre-Series A round of funding was led by Monk’s Hill Ventures, which invests in post-seed stage startups in Southeast Asia. One education startup applies AI technology to help English learners with their pronunciation. Photo: Viet Tuan Unlike other platforms that focus mainly on teaching grammar and vocabulary, ELSA uses AI and speech recognition technology to help language learners with their pronunciation. “Our main focus is always on making the best product possible with better technology and a more engaging experience for users, while continuing to grow user numbers around the world,” Ms. Van Dinh Hong Vu, Co-Founder and CEO of ELSA, told VET. AI app in 4.0 era ELSA’s … [Read more...] about App for English pronunciation wins over learners
Participants are seated in groups so everyone gets a chance to talk (Photo: VOV) The project’s cafes involve no registration, no attendance sheet, and of course, no homework, but still try to help students improve their English conversation skills. The “No name” café, which is part of the “Talks Café 100% English” project, is hidden in a small alley along Pham Van Thuan street in Bien Hoa, Dong Nai province. Like the other cafés in the project, “No name” is an ordinary coffee shop during the day, but turns into an English class at night. The participants are diverse in age, gender, and job, but all have to follow one basic rule: “No Vietnamese maybe spoken in class”. Through activities led by a qualified instructor, participants learn to make small talk and work effectively in teams while improving their pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. By creating a friendly environment where people can … [Read more...] about Talks Café, a learning English start-up project by Dinh Minh Quyen
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?