Mother Tongue: Vietnamese

Mon 29 July 2019

Xin Chao means hello in Vietnamese. Sirine is joined by Nally whose parents are from Vietnam. The Vietnamese language has some special tones that give words different meanings and Nally shares her favourite snack. 

Here are the Vietnamese words you'll learn in this episode:

Xin Chào- Hello
Sáo - A Vietnamese bamboo flute
Áo Dài - A traditional Vietnamese gown
Kìa Con Bướm Vàng - There Is Yellow Butterfly (the name of a popular Vietnamese song)
Nem Nuong - A Vietnamese snack (a type of grilled sausage on a stick)
Ngon Moo - Yummy
Chào - Bye

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This is what the Vietnamese flag looks like:

And this is what the Vietnamese snack Nem Nuong looks like:


Mmm! Looks delicious - especially when served with all those noodles and yummy vegetables!

Learn the Spanish song you heard in this episode, Kia Con Buom Vang:

Sing along in Vietnamese:

Kìa con bướm vàng
Kìa con bướm vàng
Xòe đôi cánh
Xòe đôi cánh
Tung cánh bay năm ba vòng
Tung cánh bay năm ba vòng.
Em ngồi xem
Em ngồi xem.

English translation:

There, yellow butterfly,
There, yellow butterfly
Spreads its wings
Spreads its wings,
Takes its flight
Takes its flight,
We sit and watch
We sit and watch.

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