Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Learning English through Topic: Vietnamese Drinking Culture ( topic for 08/12/2013 Sunday evening club)

Vietnamese Drinking Culture
For drinks in Vietnam, Vietnam has most of the drinks. However, tea and coffee are traditional preference. Especially, drinking tea can be considered as both a normal habit and the art of drinking in Vietnam. Here are some other drinks.

·         "Chè” - Vietnamese Sweetened Porridge: Chè is a Vietnamese term that refers to any traditional Vietnamese thick, sweet dessert soup or sweetened porridge. Sweetened porridge is a kind of sugary flavored beverage which is protein-rich.

·         Nuoc mia, or sugar-cane juice: Sugar-cane juice is a type of drink commonly found in Vietnam as a refreshing drink during the hot Vietnamese climate.

·         Vietnamese wine: Rice alcohol. Alcohol has been called spirit because it symbolizes for men willingness in the old time. Besides tea, plain rice alcohol is also offered respectfully on the ancestor altar in rituals or ceremonies to show deep gratitude such as wedding parties, ground - breaking, Tet holiday... Vietnamese also drink alcohol to celebrate joy to reduce sadness or wish for blessings.

·         Bia hoi ( Beer): Cheap, cold, draft beer, sitting on a plastic stool on the side of the road.  That pretty much sums up the bia hoi experience.  Bia Hoi is a draft beer, made with no preservatives.  It is delivered in kegs to bars (generally referred to as Bia Hoi) around Hanoi. The bars are simple, with plastic chairs, and no frills.

Source: internet
cola / coke:         coca cola
squash:                nước ép
lime cordial:        rượu chanh
iced tea:               trà đá
milkshake:          sữa khuấy bọt
still water:           nước không ga
sparkling water:  nước xô-đa
mineral water    nước khoáng


  1. .       Can you name other drinks in Vietnam?
  2. .       What drinks do you like the most? Why?
  3. .       What are features of Vietnamsese drinking culture?
  4. .       It is said that Vietnamese people drink so much. Do you think so? Why?
  5. .       What drinks do you think the foreign tourists like the most in Vietnam? Why?
  6. .       How can we promote Vietnamese drinking culture?

Whether you’re at a wedding or eating snails, the Vietnamese are fond of a beer. Here’s some vocab that might come in handy if you find yourself drinking beer in Vietnam.

How to toast:

một, hai, ba, dô!
= 1, 2, 3, cheers!

Incase you can’t or don’t want to drink:

[Anh/Chị/Em/...] không uống bia được.
= I can’t drink beer.

Somebody may well clink glasses (cạn ly) with you and say:

một trăm phần trăm
= 100% (they want you to down the glass)

You may be able to get away with:

năm mười phần trăm (= năm mười)
= 50% (they want you to drink half of your glass)

Eating goes hand in hand with food and snacks vary from peanuts to seafood. You’ll be encouraged to eat, or you can invite others’ to eat with:

ăn đi!
= eat!, please eat

Or if you spend too much time eating, you may be told to: uống đi!



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