Southern Vietnamese

Resources and vocabulary

References Vietnamese typography Vietnamese phonology - see comparison of initials Slang chời ơi - Oh man biết chết liền - know die immediately hên xui - bad luck (said when dealing with uncertainty: you don’t know if I did well in that exam) bó tay - give up (I/you give up, lost cause) cũng thường thôi - it’s OK Magic words Buồn Sad Ticklish Feel like [doing] something Feel like… cười - to laugh buồn cười - funny ngủ - to sleep buồn ngủ - sleepy nôn - to be sick buồn nôn - nauseous tè - to pee buồn tè - bursting (for a pee) ị - to poop buồn ị - bursting (for a poop) Single letter words See TVO [Read More]


Learning Sanskrit through Yoga

Forward I originally began learning ગુજરાતી (Gujarati) around 2001 as a means to better understand my family heritage. But it has since expanded into an appreciation of other Indic languages and even right-to-left writing systems such as Arabic and Urdu. Whilst ગુજરાતી (Gujarati) came first for me but it wasn’t a huge leap to हिन्दी (Hindi) and संस्कृतम् (Sanskrit). In the first part of the book I will break down selected yoga poses as a “way in” to the language. [Read More]