Random Thoughts 10.08.2015

Bob threw out the question
during our trip to Denver
what I miss most about Vietnam
and I responded right away
Vietnamese language

I love my mother tongue
I have loved it since
the day I was born
My mother tongue
four thousand years of joy and sorrow
crying and laughing thru the ups and downs
My mother tongue
the language of my soul
the language of my heart
the language of my mind

I can never stop loving a language
that sounds like singing when it is spoken;
its intonation and music
make it intrinsically poetic;
and remember to stress the right accent
when conversing
otherwise yêu (love) will turn to yếu (feeble)

I hope my words don’t buffet you but rather
serve as a buffet of ideas

*words in italics are lyrics from the song “Tình ca tiếng nước tôi” (“A love song of my mother tongue”) composed by the talented late musician Phạm Duy.

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