Once again, I’m packing up the kids and sending them my parents for the summer. Or as I joking call it Camp Grandparents. I’m heading to Louisiana with the kids tomorrow and will return next week without kids in tow. While I’m down there I plan on consuming some beignets and stocking up on Community Coffee. Plus I’ll get to hang out with my family and see a good friend.
It’s our third summer doing this and the kids are very excited to stay with my parents for several weeks. It’s become a tradition. This summer they’ve already requested to learn how to cook pho, make steam buns and other Vietnamese dishes. I know their grandmother will have fun passing down our food traditions and family recipes to them, even if I haven’t managed to teach the kids how to speak Vietnamese fluently. My parents don’t see the kids very often throughout the year (except through Skype) so they love having them in the summer.
Hubby and I are looking forward to cramming in as many date nights as possible before he flies down to pick up the kids. I know it’s a luxury to be able to send my kids to their grandparents for so long and I won’t be wasting the opportunity either!
Another project I hope to start when I return next week is to work on my Vietnamese. Tuttle Publishing sent me a stack of Vietnamese language resources and I plan on cracking open Elementary Vietnamese, Third Edition: Moi ban noi tieng Viet. Let’s Speak Vietnamese. It’s a college textbook, but I’m going to use it as a self-study. It comes with a mp3 CD, which is super important because Vietnamese is a tonal language and the tones can be subtle to untrained ears. My goal is to be able to read children’s books in Vietnamese to my kids so we can all hear the language as much as possible while we’re away from my family. I’ll report back to you on this textbook after I’ve tried a few lessons.
Tuttle also sent me Making Out in Vietnamese and Instant Vietnamese: How to Express 1,000 Different Ideas with Just 100 Key Words and Phrases! which I will use to help teach my husband more Vietnamese phrases. THe Making Out in Vietnamese is pretty funny. It teaches you how to say, “I am a virgin” and “I wanna kiss you” which seems very culturally forward. But I have no idea how the young singles in Vietnam flirt. Take these with a grain of salt as “I am a virgin” is only translated as a woman telling a man that and offers no translation for the reverse.
Of course I don’t mind teaching my husband to say in Vietnamese, “You have a beautiful voice.”
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