by Van Dat
A boy of many words
Three years ago, he was named the youngest translator in Viet Nam. Now, when the student of the Le Quy Don Primary School in Ha Noi turns 11, he is setting yet another national record as the youngest ever author of an autobiography.
In his new, bilingual, 199-page book called To Da Hoc Tieng Anh Nhu The Nao? (How did I Learn English?), Nam tells the story of how he became a published translator just two years after he began learning English.
Eight-year-old Do Nhat Nam had grabbed headlines with his translations of two books for children – Mat Troi Moc, Mat Troi Lan (Sun up, Sun down) and Nap Dien (Charging) – into English.
With TOEIC test results of 940, TOEFL ITP of 617 and TOEFL iBT of 99 marks, Nam had earlier became the only seven-year-old to pass the Foreign Trade University's entrance exam in English.
His popularity soaring because of his special language skills, Nam has appeared on several television programmes recently.
Nam will also appear in public soon to talk about his translation work, language skills and hobbies, including at the upcoming book fair in HCM City later this month.
Driving 'em crazy
Unable to afford his college tuition and living costs, Adi decided to earn some money by being a part-time xe om (motorbike taxi) driver.
Since he did not look like the average xe om driver, he decided to advertise is service with a sign that would highlight his USP (unique selling point). He hung on his bike a sign that read: Xe om tay phuc vu (motorbike taxi service offered by Westerner).
In two days, Adi got just two customers, not anywhere near sufficient to make ends meet, but the service paved the way for his meeting many more people after his photograph with the bike and sign was posted on Facebook.
Suddenly, there were many people wanting to try the service, especially pretty women looking for a chance to connect with the handsome foreigner in dire straits.
But they were mostly disappointed because Zagrodski Adrian, a Polish student studying Vietnamese at the Ha Noi National University, had given up on his short but promising career.
It also turned out that he had become a xe om driver for a television programme studying the attitude of Vietnamese people to such a service offered by a foreigner.
But all hope is not lost for the women who are interested in meeting him. Adrian, who says he cannot believe he could achieve fame in just a couple of nights, has revealed that he will stay in Viet Nam after graduating. — VNS