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Wonder posted about 61 months ago to Culture. Viewed 2792 times. answered 43 times.
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Is it essential to study Vietnamese?

Do you think it is essential to study Vietnamese when you will stay here for over one year or just learn it for fun? I know some of people coming here and learn vietnamese for their works and others study it because of loving this country. How do you think? I know that learning Vietnamese seems much harder than english or any other languages. What is the most difficult when you do it?

Last answered by bonjourduvietnam about 2 days ago.
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baby posted about 32 months ago to Culture. Viewed 1483 times. answered 8 times.
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Contemporary Dance in Hanoi?

Very much interested in Contemporary Dance. Wondering if there is any where i could watch and attend to such class in Hanoi? Any response would be highly appreciated. Thank you!

Last answered by tvw1 about 1 month ago.
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travworld posted about 1 month ago to Culture. Viewed 452 times. answered 4 times.
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Typhoons Are you Prepared

How do people in Hanoi prepare for Typhoons? Do they buy extra food , or just wait and go to the market if its open ?

Last answered by thunderpussy about 1 month ago.
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unpaidbill posted about 2 months ago to Culture. Viewed 302 times. answered 6 times.
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World Cup Live

Are there any bars in Hanoi showing live World Cup?...esp 8/9 and 12/13 July?...there's gotta be somebar!

Last answered by benda about 2 months ago.
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jessiesmithh posted about 3 months ago to Culture. Viewed 264 times. answered once.
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Any sports clubs in Hanoi?

I just moved to Hanoi a week ago and am trying to meet people. I was wondering if there are any sports clubs or intramurals/open gym type stuff here -- basketball, volleyball, etc. Let me know!

Last answered by shmily rose about 3 months ago.
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opera posted about 3 months ago to Culture. Viewed 185 times. not yet answered.
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need book "Russians on the Red River"

Does anyone have the book "Russians on the Red River"? I have tried EFEO and Bookworm. thanks

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PopChomsky posted about 85 months ago to Culture. Viewed 3221 times. answered 13 times.
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Hair Dressers for Westerners

I've been picking alot of New Hanoians brains recently, and here I go again. I've been here long enough, but I have still never quite found a replacement for my trusted hairdresser from home. Any recommendations for a good one in Hanoi (with experience dealing with fragile western hair??) Cheers

Last answered by Newman about 3 months ago.
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redvelvetcurtain posted about 4 months ago to Culture. Viewed 374 times. answered 7 times.
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Ho Ngoc ha--The Hot Euphemism

Ho Ngoc Ha--the Hot Euphemism THN OI! As much as I love toilet bowls, I need to give a shout out to THN.Hanoi massive is a toilet bowl--everything disappears. Typically, I can find information on THN. So Im pro-THN. But I remember creating Ho Ngoc Ha threads, and they have disappeared. SO now Im angry. Also, Im a classical Deweyite. I believe that people do not need to be pumped full of information. They should follow threads of inquiry. And I will pretend to be apolitical for a sec...

Last answered by QUYDA about 4 months ago.
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nitebags posted about 16 months ago to Culture. Viewed 621 times. answered 3 times.
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Minyan in Hanoi

I am looking for Jews in Hanoi who wish to have a daily minyan service, I come often for business and would like to know if anything exists already

Last answered by Isaac and Chaya about 4 months ago.
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Nmee posted about 4 months ago to Culture. Viewed 1526 times. answered 48 times.
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Racist classified ad allowed: SHAME ON YOU TNH

I just flagged the following ad and requested it be removed because requiring only a white person is racist. This is equal to saying if you're black or Indian do not apply. TNH replied that it is "fine." REALLY? "A group of parents is looking for a native English speaker to teach a children's class on Sunday mornings. They are looking for a Caucasian teacher (their requirement, not mine) to teach a class of, at most 12 kids of about 7-8 years old. The class is 2 hours long with a 10 mi...

Last answered by ElemenoPea about 4 months ago.
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itisliz posted about 4 months ago to Culture. Viewed 300 times. not yet answered.
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Hanoi Ukulele Collective

There was a thread somewhere but it seems to have vanished... Anyone interested in starting a Hanoi Ukulele Collective? Get together somewhere and talk uke stuff? Swap good uke tunes, play some music together, badly but less noticeably because it's in a group... drink beer and talk about tiny guitars? Or coffee and fingering (so to speak). That's my vision, anyway. I'm not good enough yet to be happy playing in public, but I'd jam with others, or try to. Open to suggestions...

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mattnnz posted about 34 months ago to Culture. Viewed 1936 times. answered 12 times.
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Why is

It seems that to call someone crazy is a very common insult here. It also seems that it isn't one that you can issue jokingly.

Last answered by Rammel25 about 4 months ago.
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TscTempest posted about 42 months ago to Culture. Viewed 2257 times. answered 21 times.
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Canine as Cuisine

I've been around for a while, and read several threads, and this question doesn't quite fit anywhere else. Is/Are there specific breeds of dog bred for eating? If so, what are they called? How are the dogs bred and harvested? Do they need any special treatment before they are ready for use as food? If so, what's done? Is dog cooked only by bbq, or are there other methods? (recipes?) I've not been game to buy dog of the small street sellers on account that the dogs look like the've been b...

Last answered by Rammel25 about 4 months ago.
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nicoamano posted about 5 months ago to Culture. Viewed 551 times. answered 7 times.
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Title of the Morning loudspeakers song in Tay H...

Hi, I used to live in the Tay Ho district, Au co Ward (124 Ngo Au co). Loudspeakers were playing a song, EVERY single morning! This was pretty annoying on saturday (and sometimes on sunday). But since I don't live i Vietnam anymore...I miss it! Would someone be able to recognize the song and tell me the name of it? it might not have change since last year. I have a poor quality recording of it but even Shazam doesn't recognize it... Thx! Nicolas

Last answered by Agent004 about 4 months ago.
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pippasweetie posted about 47 months ago to Culture. Viewed 2744 times. answered 25 times.
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Selling your Pet ie. your beloved dog friend

Is there a cultural reason why people try to sell their (ordinary) dogs in the Classifieds and other channels? I understand dog breeders breed puppies of particular types to sell to people who are seeking a particular type of dog. What I don't understand is why people who are moving, are finding their lifestyle too busy etc would want to sell their beloved pet, rather than give it to someone (hopefully nice) who will take care of it.

Last answered by Rammel25 about 4 months ago.
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ltmagnificent posted about 6 months ago to Culture. Viewed 676 times. answered 19 times.
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Chilean wine

I don't know the first thing about wine... well I guess the first thing is that it is an alcoholic beverage made from grape, so I do know that, but definitely not the second thing. Anyway, I noticed when I was living in Hanoi there was quite a bit of Chilean wine sold at Fivi Mart and the like. I also noticed that many individuals on here deem Chilean Wine to be sub par. That begs the question; why, exactly, do the Vietnamese like Chilean wine so much?

Last answered by QUYDA about 6 months ago.
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travworld posted about 7 months ago to Culture. Viewed 1261 times. answered 13 times.
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Weight is such a issue

Why do people have to be so cruel when it comes to someone's weight?

Last answered by JHuyen about 6 months ago.
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Tevis posted about 21 months ago to Culture. Viewed 2709 times. answered 48 times.
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Xe May/Motorbike Rules

A new rule went into effect yesterday. Under the rule, motorbike drivers who are driving their bikes will be fined 1 M Dong. Thius applies to all, of course, mostly important to VN but also to Tay expats here as well, unless you properly own your xe may. Anyone get a ticket yet?

Last answered by Rammel25 about 7 months ago.
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unpaidbill posted about 32 months ago to Culture. Viewed 1369 times. answered 4 times.
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Woodblock Prints

I'm looking for woodblock prints by Tran Cong Dung. Does anyone know where I can find any, or the artist himself? Thanks

Last answered by hanoikiwi about 7 months ago.
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LiluFaery posted about 7 months ago to Culture. Viewed 605 times. answered 6 times.
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Tet 2014

Hi, everyone! I will be staying in Hanoi for Tet and was wondering if there would be fireworks over Tay Ho this year, as there were last year. They would be on January 30th, right? In addition, someone told me that Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) would be open on the first. But I did not get whether it was on February 1st or the first day of the first lunar month. Does someone know? Thanks!

Last answered by CharlesH about 7 months ago.
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