The Hanoitimes - Vietnam is in the process of deepening international integration, the teaching of foreign languages is paid special attention to and the learners’ choice of language is well respected. Hanoi tightens control over foreign language centers Vietnam builds IT and foreign language center Making breakthroughs in studying foreign language Foreign language not considered to included in high school entrance exam First national Vietnamese language exam held in Japan The National Assembly (NA) on Friday gave passage to the amended Law on Education, but the proposal for English to become the second official language in Vietnam was not included. An English class in Vietnam. Photo: Internet The drafter argued that the 2013 Constitution stipulates the national language is Vietnamese and citizens have the right to use their native languages and select their communication languages, while there is no regulation on the second language. Besides, in … [Read more...] about English rejected to be second official language in Vietnam
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English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work? Opinion is not divided on the desirability of learning English, but making it an official language is easier said than done. Vietnam write history, win AFF championship Entire nation is going to have a sleepless night as Vietnam won the AFF cup after an excellent return game against Malaysia.. Anti-abortion campaign slammed as sexist, moralist in Vietnam The tenor and content of an anti-abortion campaign launched by two men has been slammed as sexist, clueless and patriarchal. Vietjet CEO becomes first Vietnamese Bloomberg game changer Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao is in Bloomberg’s list of 50 people who’ve been business game changers in 2018. Number of Chinese buying high-end Saigon apartments skyrockets Attractive prices and returns have seen the number of Chinese customers buying high-end apartments in HCMC soar this year. Quang Binh, the land of caves, has so much more The magnificent cave … [Read more...] about Weekly roundup: English language debate, football marvel, upbeat consumers and more
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?
Illustration image by Đỗ Minh ChíViet Nam News by Khánh Linh The clip is only three minutes long, but it has Vietnamese parents up in arms: it depicts young Vietnamese children who started studying English at a very early age, even before they fluently spoke their mother tongue, struggling to express themselves in either language. The clip immediately sparked a debate on the unforeseen impacts of early foreign language education among parents. The largest concern is that foreign language study for children under three can raise the risk of language disorders. Some children end up struggling with Vietnamese or need to work with a language therapist. Parents’ comments revealed their worries. They had considered it essential to teach their kids to sing English songs and learn simple words on Youtube or via learning software—but now they are trying to decide if there’s a downside. Some said they would keep their children from studying English … [Read more...] about Fears of language disorders dampen parents’ enthusiasm for English
First timers at “Pho Bo Ong Nam” (Mr. Nam's Beef Pho) are sometimes curious about a small red scale on the kitchen table. Their curiosity is replaced by surprise when they place an order. Nam, the restaurant owner, uses tongs to place beef slices or meatballs on the scale. This way, everyone gets equal servings, he explained. Pho is Vietnamese rice noodles served with beef or chicken slices, in broth made from simmered bone stock and herbs Located on Tran Quoc Thao Street in District 3, the restaurant has been running for nearly 10 years, and has a loyal following, both for the owner’s sense of fairness and the quality of the dish. “We only use veal from Cu Chi,” stated Nam. “I'm now old so my vision is quite poor. When the restaurant gets crowded, I would estimate the meat by instinct, and some servings would end up bigger than others. From then on I began using this scale to weigh the meat,” said Nam. Nam, who is more than 60 years old, buys … [Read more...] about A Saigon pho stall where justice is served