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Words Indicating “Black” in the Vietnamese Language Posted by on Nov 15, 2021

How many Vietnamese words have you learned that indicate the color black? The answer should be: A LOT. Let’s see how many words you might have learned… The primary Vietnamese word for black is màu đen. However, there are many Sino-Vietnamese words to use in lieu of màu đen such as hắc, huyền, ô, mun…

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The Use of Lemongrass in Vietnamese Cuisine Posted by on Nov 8, 2021

If you are familiar with Vietnamese cuisine, you would know that they use all different kinds of herbs in daily cooking. One of the most versatile herbs that I use very often in my kitchen is lemongrass. Today, I would like to share with you the love I have for this very wonderful, useful, yet…

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The Watershed Moment in The Vietnamese 20th Century Posted by on Nov 1, 2021

More than half a century has passed since the deaths of tổng thống (president) Ngô Đình Diệm (Diệm) of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), and John F. Kennedy (JFK), of the USA. Each November, on the anniversary of their deaths, discussions resume about “what if”, “the conspiracies”, “the unknown”, “the untold,” etc. Both these…

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Does Vietnam Celebrate Halloween? Posted by on Oct 25, 2021

Influenced by văn hóa Tây phương (Western culture), the Vietnamese are starting to get more familiar with major western “commercial” holidays, including Halloween. Thus, in recent years, the lễ hội (festival) Halloween has become more popular in major metropolitan and tourist areas, especially among young people. People pour onto certain designated streets or entertainment venues…

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Welcome Fall! Posted by on Oct 11, 2021

Chào thu (Welcome fall)! Mùa thu (Autumn/Fall season) is a beautiful season. Its beauty has inspired many artists and writers to create many masterworks depicting this season. Common conversation topics in mùa thu are completely different than other seasons. These are the things you often hear and discussed at least once in this season. Sự…

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Happy Cat Month Posted by on Sep 27, 2021

September is the Happy Cat Month, designated by the CATalyst Council to raise awareness of cat welfare. Although cats have recently been embraced by many families in Vietnam, whether as a pet or a mouser cat, the brutal treatment of cats through the illicit meat trade by trafficker in recent years has continued to rise…

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Mid-Autumn Festival Posted by on Sep 20, 2021

It’s the full moon again. Step outside this evening to view the round and bright moon. Better yet, set a table in a yard and sip some tea while munching on moon cakes and watching the moon with your loved ones. Yes, it’s a special time of the year, especially for children in Vietnam. It’s…

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