Learning Vietnamese Culture
February 9, 2004 9:59 PM Subscribe
Recommended sources for learning the Vietnamese language and culture, please?
posted by Soliloquy to Writing & Language (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My uncle married a lovely Vietnamese woman a few years ago, and on our last visit my family got the impression that we may have committed a cultural gaffe or two around the in-laws. (Specifically, her mother clearly disapproved of our chopsticks skills, though we've all lived in other Asian countries and thought we were pretty good with them...)
We also want to be able to communicate a little with the non-English-speaking members of the family when the bilingual members aren't available. So, in an effort to bridge the gap, we've decided as a family to learn some Vietnamese and brush up on culture before we do anything really dumb. I found some Pimsleur tapes at the library, but the library set didn't include any written materials, so we're finding it hard to follow along. Any suggestions?