After moving to Vietnam to work in the most vibrant city in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, in 2016, 30-year-old bank officer Ms. Sasaki Kaku has decided she will try to live here as long as possible. “I came to Ho Chi Minh City after graduating after finding a job a Vietnamese friend from university told me about,” she said. “I wanted to challenge myself with a new life away from home and with differences in culture.” Initial impressions Like other foreigners, Ms. Kaku’s biggest difficulty has been the language. Working for a foreign bank, it’s not a problem at the office as she communicates with staff and business partners in English, and most people she deals with are foreigners. But it’s a different story outside of the office. “Vietnamese is very complex in both vocabulary and grammar,” she said. “Vietnam is famous for its street food and culture, but the language barrier can be a problem.” But Ms. Kaku quickly adapted by making many Vietnamese friends. “I learn Vietnamese from friends or by chatting on Facebook,” she said “After just a year, though I wasn’t fluent, I was able to communicate and am now quite confident about my Vietnamese… Read full this story
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