Hà Nội Scribbles

Travel & Living in Hanoi, Vietnam. Sometimes not.

Red river, pink river in Hanoi

Ever wondered why the Red River in Ha Noi is so called? In Vietnamese, the ‘Sông Hồng’, which creates the bend in which Ha Noi is built, translates confusingly as … Continue reading

August 3, 2019 · 1 Comment

Vietnamese numberology

One of the first things you should learn in Vietnam is how to count. Getting this sorted makes life a lot easier. With that in mind, here’s a little phonetic … Continue reading

June 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Learn Vietnamese on the streets of Hanoi

After discarding the idea of a 12 month stretch in a Vietnamese prison as the ultimate language immersion course, I have hit on a much better alternative…hanging out at lunchtime … Continue reading

August 10, 2018 · 6 Comments

English is a juggernaut

About two years ago, I wrote a blog post entitled “The real reason we speak English” which attributed the widespread popularity of the language to the success of the British … Continue reading

July 29, 2018 · 1 Comment