by Eloise Levesque (VNS) I have been settled in Ha Noi for two months now and my adaptation is progressing well. Every day though I live a new adventure filled with a lack of linguistic understanding that almost matches my cultural inability to understand. Count on your fingers: A Dao ethnic vendor speaks in sign language with tourists in the town of Sa Pa in the northern province of Lao Cai. If foreigners speak to local people in Vietnamese, the Vietnamese will connect with them and make them feel even more welcome. — VNS Photo Tran Le Lam Let me give you a few examples. It is Saturday and I decide to take a taxi to go to the city centre. The driver doesn’t speak a word of English and as we progress to the address in question, I become a little apprehensive. Does he know the way? Is he going to the place directly, or thinking about deliberately taking a long way round to inflate the bill? As we approach Hoan Kiem Lake, I spot the left turning we should be taking. He drives straight past and begins to circle the lake until he reaches the other end of… Read full this story
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