Viet Nam News The đàn bầu is a very special instrument that has been around for a long time in Việt Nam's history. There are some similar musical instruments like it that are used in other parts of the world. Its sounds often make people remember things and places close to their hearts, especially when they are far away from home. Back in history, music was played on the đàn bầu to soldiers as they marched off to war. By Hồng Vân The magnificent sound of the đàn bầu, Việt Nam's indigenous monochord zither, fascinates locals and foreigners and is an important part of the nation's musical legacy. The one-string zither has been long associated with Vietnamese culture and identity. The instrument once aided blind buskers to earn a living and escorted artist soldiers to war-torn battlefields. Now it accompanies artists on world stages and charms local and international audiences alike. "Many international audiences use the phrase "đàn bầu country" or "đàn bầu's homeland" when they … [Read more...] about Viet Nam’s special musical instrument
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According to IBM 50% of their remote workers are more productive than their office-bound counterparts! In the past two decades, the working habits of people have changed dramatically compared to the habits of workers who came before them. Just to mention one of these habits… 3 out of 5 millennials now expect to work remotely. Following this trend, teachers are now changing their teaching style. Besides offline classes, they often stay at home and instruct students online (E-learning) via different platforms. The popularity of E-learning cannot be denied. By 2014, EdX alone had at least 2.7 million users; Udacity 1.6 million; Alison 3 million; and Coursera had amassed 10 million users. Now nearly one-third of all students in higher education are taking at least one online course, and 50% of the worlds population now have online access. Being a home based online teacher, everyone can work from the comfort of their own home withflexible teaching locations and schedules. For … [Read more...] about Home-based teaching – Alternative to school?
Many people in Viet Nam are football fans, especially now that the World Cup is on in Brazil.Artist Nguyen Thanh Tam is not a football fan but he is enjoying the World Cup season making little models of Fuleco, the World Cup mascot.He makes them from clay and eggshells.The character Fuleco is an armadillo, which lives in the wild in Brazil. by Van Dat … [Read more...] about World Cup brings pleasure to artist
An art teacher in Ho Chi Minh City has a very special way of making little statues.He makes them from eggs and then he adds colours.When he was young, he made one for a girlfriend and decided to carry on making them for the rest of his life.He uses different types of birds' eggs for his different little statues. by Duong Kim Thoa … [Read more...] about HCM City’s egg artist
An athletics coach has started to train children to swim in a village. They do not have a swimming pool, so they train in a canal. They also do some running before jumping in to the water. From these small beginnings, they have had some success at sports competitions. By Luong Thu Huong Every late afternoon after school, about 15 children in An Minh District in the southern province of Kien Giang gather to do swimming warm-ups. After running for the required distance, they return to the starting point to rest for a while. Then they do the warm-ups again before finally jumping into the Xeo Ro canal to swim. On the bridge over the canal stands trainer Nguyen Quoc Phi. After Phi counts from one to three, each group of children rushes to line up. The 34-year-old founder of Hamlet 11A's Sports Club came up with the idea of setting up a club for local children after he returned to his hometown to work. "Children in rural areas like my hometown are at a disadvantage compared with … [Read more...] about Swimming training in a village canal