Fine Choices for the Best Translations

It is no accident that my students performed Soviet songs beautifully, many of which were translated into Vietnamese. Apparently, the long-standing friendship of our countries is affecting. We remember with what joyful surprise I listened to “Nights” and “Million Scarlet Roses” performed by them. In general, the Vietnamese does not tolerate those who, in childhood, “had a bear in their ear”. Make a visit to and have the best choices.

The Essential

When translating, it should be
borne in mind that in each dialect the same word can be pronounced differently.
So, the “fork” in Ho Chi Minh City is nĩa, and in Hanoi, dĩa.

  • Geographic names associated with the name of a
    historical figure, unlike personal names, are written together. For example,
    the name of the first president of Vietnam is Ho Chi Minh, and the city is
    called Ho Chi Minh City.
  • However, for all regional features, there is an
    official language that corresponds to the northern dialect (Hanoi dialect).
    Therefore, if the translator does not know what dialect the text refers to, it
    should be guided by the official literary language.

It is interesting that in the
Vietnamese language there are no sounds [w], [u], [q], and therefore, it is difficult
for Vietnamese students at the initial stage of education to distinguish
between [w] and [h], [s] and [q]. And when they train these sounds, often comic
situations arise. I recall a Vietnamese student who, uttering the proverb
“Every rose has thorns,” in the word “roses” said [s] like [w].

Truly English rigor

Words in the Vietnamese language
do not change by gender, persons, numbers, cases. Grammatical relations are
expressed in a certain order of words, as well as using service words. If you
change this order, you get a completely different statement.

  • Moreover, the same word can refer to different
    parts of speech (verb, noun, adjective) it all depends on
    its place in the sentence.
  • The structure of the proposal is strict.
    Formally, it resembles the word order in English – a subject, predicate,


When translating, it is important
to take into account that the definition should be after the word being defined
(“the flower is beautiful”). But the interrogative words (where?
Where? And others) are put by the Vietnamese at the end of the sentence (more
correctly, “where is the house?” Rather than “where is the
house?”). The translate can be the best choices there.

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