May 16, 2018 1:28am CST
Just a little. My fiancés extended family lives in Vietnam. We have a joint Facebook account exclusively for his extended family & immediate family. Family members we have never met, or members he's met but when he was very young & do not remember. Anyway, his parents' are currently vacationing in Vietnam and his aunt messaged us sending photos. Of course she wrote in Vietnamese, and I am not fluent in reading or writing, but I could sound it out and read 95% then guess the rest. When I got home, I asked my mom to translate what I wanted to respond back in Vietnamese. Now, his aunt just messaged me back saying, she's so happy we can communicate and that we can read/write in Vietnamese. I haven't responded yet.
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• Manila, Philippines
Haha I feel the same way when the family and friends of my husband would talk in their dialect and I am like clueless of what they are saying. Though my husband teaches but still English and Filipino are what we still use at home. If they message me, I would ask my husband to translate it for me.
• United States Minor Outlying Islands
You know, I believe your family in Vietnam will love the fact you and your mom are close and your fiance's Aunt might want to ask your Mother things too. It's like the family getting to be able to be one big happy family. How wonderful!
• United States
The fellow Vietnamese mom that I know has her kids in Vietnamese school through their church. I guess they can understand to a point, but they don't want to speak it (and writing is a bit hard with the accent marks and such?) - the alphabet and number of vowels is a lot? At least you found a way to communicate with them - even if your mom helps you . . . my relatves in Japan would fall over from shock if I reached out to them in Japanese. Now I recall when I was a kid and my parents had me write a letter to my grandma . . . yah, I had the ideas, but then they told me what to write . . . I am certain they knew a kid didn't write it .