Just reading the pronunciation pages in the Berlitz Vietnamese Phrase Book & Dictionary is making me feel light headed. I quote: ‘There are 6 tones used in Vietnamese. It is critical to get the intonation right as different tones indicate different meanings.’ Not just ‘desirable’ to get it right but ‘critical’ – no pressure there then!
I have found a couple of great blogs written by ladies living in Hanoi and am beginning to get a feel for what we might expect on a visit. The power of the internet is amazing when used positively eh!
An update on my reading: Wide Sargasso Sea – completed, discussed at reading group and unanimously voted a fabulous read. Remember Me – a light hearted read that I confess to really enjoying. A clever outcome/explanation to Lexi’s amnesia and an ‘ahhh’ ending to keep me happy. When Will There Be Good News? – completed and really enjoyed.
And now I’m reading: A Palestine Affair by Jonathan Wilson. My husband found this in the library and figured it would be right up my street. And he was right, I’m enjoying the language, pace and glimpse of life in British-occupied Palestine just after WW1. Has anyone read this book or anything else by Jonathan Wilson? I’m also about to start Giles Tremlett’s Catherine of Aragon having just watched the BBC series The Tudors (Bit of a travesty in some ways but hey, Jonathan Rhys Meyers is well worth watching!) and realised how little I knew about Queen Catherine and how incredibly influential and strong she was.
As always, if you’ve read any of the books I’ve mentioned, or have any suggestions or recommendations for future reading – get in touch please!
See you soon.