American Vietnam Veteran Teaches Vietnamese Language
American Vietnam Veteran, Bud Brown, thought other English speakers might be interested in learning Vietnamese, so he made a simple video and posted it on YouTube. To his surprise, he began to receive hundreds of positive comments, from both English speakers and native Vietnamese speakers. He now has almost 1000 subscribers to his videos.
In 1968 the United States Navy assigned Brown to the prestigious Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, California, to learn Vietnamese. After a year of study, Brown was stationed in Vietnam and served as an interpreter. “It was a great assignment,”Brown states. “Unlike most other servicemen, I really enjoyed myself. I was so glad I took the time to learn Vietnamese.My job was mostly to smooth the cultural differences between the Vietnamese and the Americans.”
The “Learn Vietnamese” videos became so popular that I eventually made 20 more and created a website to give resources to others that want to learn Vietnamese. “The website www.Vietnamese101.info is now getting more and more popular,” says Brown,”especially since Vietnam has opened its doors to the world. The people and culture are just fantastic. I encourage everyone to go and experience Vietnam. But first, try to learn some Vietnamese so you can enjoy the experience even more!”
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