“Prodigy” Do Nhat Nam wins first prize at presentation contest in the US

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VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese boy Do Nhat Nam who has excellent English and writing talent, recently ranked first in Dallas, USA at a presentation contest after only five months studying in the US. Related news 11 year-old boy makes two Vietnam’s recordsChild prodigy’s interview stirs up the publicJunior writer releases biography Nam, 14, went to the US last September to study at St. Paul Apostle in Texas. On February 10, Nam’s mother – Phan Ho Diep – told reporters that her son had won thefirst prize for the presentation competition for the entire general schools in the city of Dallas, after many challenging rounds. He got full marks from all eight judges. Nam told his mother that in the moment of glory, he thought of his parents in Vietnam. "When I received the cup, I looked down and I imagined that you (his parents) were sitting right there, smiling with me," he told his mother. Nam’s presentation was about "smile". Not long ago, Nam … [Read more...]

Vietnamese teen wins US oratory prize

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Child prodigy Do Nhat Nam has won another accolade, this time a prize for oration in the US where the 14-tear-old is now a student in Texas. Child prodigy Do Nhat Nam Nam won first prize in the Dallas Diocesan Speech League’s oratory category, representing his school St. Paul The Apostle, where he has been a student since September. Feted as a "Vietnamese child prodigy", Nam was recognised as the youngest translator in Vietnam at the age of seven. His book How I Learn English cemented his reputation. Nam’s mother, Phan Ho Diep, said he Nam had to go through a number of elimination tests to earn the right to represent his school in the contest, in which he talked about his dream of becoming a superman who can save the world. … [Read more...]

VN mothers wake up to early education gains

A class at the iSchool Kindergarten in HCM City's District 3. iSchool is one of schools applying the Montessori method of early childhood education. - Photo mamnon.ischool.vn by Chi Lan HA NOI (VNS) - Nguyen Bich Trang had become inured to the derisive or pitying laughter that she heard sometimes when she was reading out aloud from a book to her two-month old boy. "Everyone on my family thought I was doing something stupid. They kept asking how such a young baby could understand anything I told him," Trang recalled. … [Read more...]

Junior writer releases biography

Teenage mind: The cover of Do Nhat Nam's newly released biography Bo Me Da Cua Do To (My Parents Won My Heart).

HA NOI (VNS) - Noted young author Do Nhat Nam has recently released a new biography about being a teenager. Nam, 13, shares his psychological and physical changes in his book titled Bo Me Da Cua Do To (My Parents Won My Heart). … [Read more...]

Prodigy boy named chief editor of regional magazine

The Saigon Times Daily On July 25, Do Nhat Nam's mother published a status to express her happiness as her son, after a period of hard work applying and passing the interview rounds, finally got accepted to the chief editor position of the magazine. This is an international magazine, using writing pieces and photo essays sent in by secondary school students from all over the world with the purpose of inspiring young people of Asia to do artistic work. As revealed, Do Nhat Nam found out about the recruitment on a newspaper. In his application, he had to write an essay and sent in pictures that were taken by him. In his essay, which he has to write about what a person should do, Nam wrote about himself as a chef who "cooks" foods that constitute "himself" with "ingredients" such as: love, happiness, etc. … [Read more...]

Everyday life of child prodigies

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VietNamNet Bridge - Child prodigies have become famous, but their continued success is due to their hard work and effort. If you type Do Nhat Nam on Google, the search engine gives 691,000 results just after 0.27 seconds about the boy prodigy. Born in 2001, he received a Cambridge English exam certificate before he entered the first grade. After that, he got a Starter certificate and then Mover certificate after taking tests administered through the Cambridge English testing system (part of Cambridge University) when he was in the first grade. … [Read more...]

Vietnam media violate child’s right to privacy in reporting abuse: experts

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Many Vietnamese newspapers "rudely" violate children's right to privacy when reporting cases in which they are victims of domestic violence and rape, experts say. A recent study by the non-government Center for Community Development and Social Work found that every year at least 6,000 news articles fail to protect children's privacy, Infonet - the online newspaper of the Ministry of Information and Communication reported. Most of these articles dealt with violence and sexual abuse and carried details of affected children, mostly girls,. The articled mentioned where the victims lived, the school they studied in and even carried their photographs, lawyer Le The Nhan, chairman of the center, was quoted as saying. The study, which was conducted among five online newspapers that attracted most views in Vietnam last year, cited the case of a 13-year-old girl who became pregnant after being raped in the central town of Hue. It said that after many online newspapers reported her case … [Read more...]

Summer book fests blossom in HCMC

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A number of book festivals have been organized in Ho Chi Minh City, offering a lot of choices for local book lovers, especially kids in their month. Nha Nam Publisher in collaboration with Kim Dong and Woman publishers as well as the Vietnam Women's Museum on May 29 opened its Summer Book Festival at the museum, attracting many local book lovers. Also, from May 31 to June 30, as part of the Month of Kim Dong Summer Book, hundreds of book titles at Kim Dong Publisher's bookstores as well as Fahasa and Phuong Nam bookstore system across the country will be 30% discounted. Meanwhile, Tre Publisher is holding a namesake festival at 161B Ly Chinh Thang Street in District 3, offering more than 2,500 book titles. 40 of them enjoy 10-50% discount. Moreover, a number of science and literature books will be displayed at the festival to celebrate the 8th birthday of Hanoi Book Center from June 8 to 16 at the HCMC Workers' Cultural Palace at 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in District 1. … [Read more...]

Child prodigy’s interview stirs up the public

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VietNamNet Bridge - Do Nhat Nam, 11, called a "Vietnamese child prodigy" for his brilliant achievements obtained so far, has raised a big controversy in the society after giving an interview to a local newspaper and talking about his dreams and sharing his experience in learning English. Do Nhat Nam At the age of 11, Nam has become very well known in Vietnam for the achievements that no one could imagine could be made by an 11-year-old boy. He was the MC at a VTC program for children. He is now the English teacher for the children who suffer from cancer. Nam is the youngest translator who has published his own book. He got high results at the international English tests. The title of the "youngest autobiography writer in Vietnam" has been granted to the boy for the bilingual book "To da hoc tieng Anh nhu the nao?" (How do I learn English?). When asked about the books Nam likes reading, he said he likes politics, science and informatics books. He also said that he doesn't like comic … [Read more...]

Child prodigy faces Facebook outrage

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An 11 year-old Vietnamese prodigy has been criticised for boastfulness by fellow Facebook users. Hanoian Do Nhat Nam worked as television presenter and also taught English for many children living with cancer. He is also regarded as Vietnam's youngest translator. He recently had his "How have I learnt English" book in both Vietnamese and English published. Nam recently gave an interview in which he talked about his hobbies, saying that he liked books on politics and science, but didn't like comic books because his mother said that comic books were "a worm which could damage your soul". After the interview clip was posted online, many Facebookers slammed him and his parents, saying that he had lost his childhood and appeared boastful. By April 7 a rash of Facebook and Youtube pages had been established mocking the boy. Psychologist Nguyen Hoang Khac Hieu from HCM City Teachers' University called on people to stop attacking Nam. "He has the right to be proud of what he has … [Read more...]

Kaleidoscope (13-01-2013)

by Phuong Mai A boy of many words Three years ago, he was named the youngest translator in Viet Nam. Now, when the student of the Le Quy Don Primary School in Ha Noi turns 11, he is setting yet another national record as the youngest ever author of an autobiography. In his new, bilingual, 199-page book called To Da Hoc Tieng Anh Nhu The Nao? (How did I Learn English?), Nam tells the story of how he became a published translator just two years after he began learning English. Eight-year-old Do Nhat Nam had grabbed headlines with his translations of two books for children - Mat Troi Moc, Mat Troi Lan (Sun up, Sun down) and Nap Dien (Charging) - into English. With TOEIC test results of 940, TOEFL ITP of 617 and TOEFL iBT of 99 marks, Nam had earlier became the only seven-year-old to pass the Foreign Trade University's entrance exam in English. His popularity soaring because of his special language skills, Nam has appeared on several television programmes … [Read more...]

Child translator has the world at his feet

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Do Nhat Nam is well known in the literary world for many of his translations, most recently the translation of Mat troi moc, mat troi lan – cau chuyen ngay va dem (Sun Up, Sun Down – The Story of Day and Night). His special talent has also led to several appearances on children's shows, including Qua chuong nho (Little Bell) and Chuc be ngu ngon (Good Night, Baby!) … [Read more...]

11 year-old boy makes two Vietnam’s records

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VietNamNet Bridge - Every minute of Do Nhat Nam's day is scheduled, but the boy still has time for relaxation, talking with his parents or taking exercise. Nhat Nam and his parents. Nam was recognized as the youngest translator in Vietnam at the age of seven. He has just won the second record: the youngest autobiography author for the book "How I learn English?" Many people think that this boy is very busy with studies, translation and writing, and has no free time, but it is a surprise that his daily schedule is very easy. Apart from studying at school, Nam always gives priority to talking to his parents and doing exercise. He does exercise in the morning and afternoon. He likes playing badminton the most. In the evening, he finishes studying before 9pm and talks with his parents for one hour before going to bed. Like other kids, Nam's dream changes all the time. At the age of six, he wanted to become the US Secretary of State to solve big issues of the world. When he was nine, he … [Read more...]

Kaleidoscope (18-03-2012)

by Van Dat A boy of many words Three years ago, he was named the youngest translator in Viet Nam. Now, when the student of the Le Quy Don Primary School in Ha Noi turns 11, he is setting yet another national record as the youngest ever author of an autobiography. In his new, bilingual, 199-page book called To Da Hoc Tieng Anh Nhu The Nao? (How did I Learn English?), Nam tells the story of how he became a published translator just two years after he began learning English. Eight-year-old Do Nhat Nam had grabbed headlines with his translations of two books for children - Mat Troi Moc, Mat Troi Lan (Sun up, Sun down) and Nap Dien (Charging) - into English. With TOEIC test results of 940, TOEFL ITP of 617 and TOEFL iBT of 99 marks, Nam had earlier became the only seven-year-old to pass the Foreign Trade University's entrance exam in English. His popularity soaring because of his special language skills, Nam has appeared on several television programmes recently. Nam will also appear … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 16/3

Vietnam-Philippine friendship concert in Hanoi A Vietnam-Philippine friendship concert will be held at the Hanoi Opera House on March 19 by the Vietnam Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Philippine Department of Tourism and Cebu Pacific. The concert is organized on the occasion of the three sisters of President Aquino's visit to Vietnam and Cebu Pacific's opening of a direct air route between Manila and Hanoi. It will attract famous artists from the two countries, including pianist Raul Sunico, singers Joanna Ampil and Rachelle Gerodias, violist Bui Cong Duy, singer Duc Tuan, other artists from the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, and also Japanese conductor Honna Tetsuji. A similar concert will also be held in Ho Chi Minh City on March 21. World's top dancesport duos to perform in Vietnam Dancesport duos from Denmark, Troels Bager and Ina Jeliazkova, will perform at a "Dance with stars" show held at Quan Ngua Sports Palace in Hanoi on March 18. The duos … [Read more...]

HCMC’s book fest to kick off

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The 7th bienial book festival, one of Vietnam's biggest such events, will kick off in Ho Chi Minh City on March 19 with the participation of around 160 local book producers featuring roughly 20 million books. Themed "Book - Knowledge - Integration and Development," this year's event will gather about 500 booths displaying around 200,000 titles of all varieties. One of the highlights of the festival is a 200-page novel telling the history of math titled "Ai va Ky O Xu So Cua Nhung Con So Tang Hinh" (Ai and Ky In the Land of Invisible Numbers), written by well-known Professor of Math Ngo Bao Chau and blogger Nguyen Phuong Van. Also, a large number of books written by famous local authors like Viet Linh, Duong Thuy, Nguyen Van Hau and Vuong Hong Sen, released by Tre Publishing House, promise to bring many choices for book lovers attending the event. The festival is expected to attract teenagers and youths in town with many interesting books introduced by Kim Dong Publishing House, a … [Read more...]

Nation’s youngest translator to meet fans

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Do Nhat Nam, 11, will meet fans as he sets a record as the 'youngest autobiographical published writer' by Vietnam Record Books (Vietking) at 7:30 p.m. on March 23 at the HCMC Book Fair at Le Van Tam Park in District 1. Nam is the nation's youngest translator and the program aims to inform parents on how to teach their children English using Nam's experience as an inspiration. Do Nhat Nam - Photo: Courtesy of the organizers … [Read more...]

HCMC’s book fest to kick off next week

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The 7th annual book festival, one of Vietnam's biggest such events, will kick off in Ho Chi Minh City on March 19 with the participation of around 160 local book producers featuring roughly 20 million books. The gate of the HCMC's 7th book festival has been finished. The event will kicked off on March 19 and run until March 25Photo: Tuoitre Themed "Book - Knowledge - Integration and Development," this year's event will gather about 500 booths displaying around 200,000 titles of all varieties. One of the highlights of the festival is a 200-page novel telling the history of math titled "Ai va Ky O Xu So Cua Nhung Con So Tang Hinh" (Ai and Ky In the Land of Invisible Numbers), written by well-known Professor of Math Ngo Bao Chau and blogger Nguyen Phuong Van. Also, a large number of books written by famous local authors like Viet Linh, Duong Thuy, Nguyen Van Hau and Vuong Hong Sen, released by Tre Publishing House, promise to bring many choices for book … [Read more...]

Thousands flocked to book festival on first day

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Around 80,000 thousand book lovers in Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring areas flocked to the 7th biennial book festival on the opening day, March 19. Around 80,000 thousand people flocked to the 7th biennial book festival on the opening day, March 19Photo: Tuoitre Themed "Book - Knowledge - Integration and Development," this year's event gathers about 500 booths displaying around 200,000 titles from 160 local book publishers. The biggest draw on the first day of the festival is Nha Nam Publisher's 200-page novel about the history of math titled "Ai va Ky O Xu So Cua Nhung Con So Tang Hinh" (Ai and Ky In the Land of Invisible Numbers), co-written by well-known Math Professor Ngo Bao Chau and blogger Nguyen Phuong Van. Other best-selling books on the festival's opening day include "Cung Duong Vang Nang" (The Road Dyed With Sunlight) by Duong Thuy, "I Am Gifted, So Are You" by Adam Khoo, "Hieu Ve Trai Tim" (Understand The heart) by Minh Niem, "Toi Thay … [Read more...]