“Sometimes I feel lonely when sitting at a café with friends in Vietnam, because they mostly engage in idle talk,” said Nguyen Hoang Giang, 27, who has returned to Vietnam after six years of studying overseas.
Giang had a $230,000 scholarship for four years of studying at Haverford College in the US, $47,000 scholarship for two years at Royal School Wolverhampton in the UK, and $40,000 scholarship for two years at Ruthin School in the UK and a full scholarship ASSIST for one year in the US.
Nguyen Hoang Giang
The young man said he found many differences in education and culture between Vietnam and the western countries where he studied. They were as follows:
Saying ‘thank you’
Ad a customer, Giang always says ‘thank you’ whenever he takes a taxi or buys goods, and the behavior surprised service providers and sellers in Vietnam. In the US, ‘thank you’ is a popular saying.
Sometimes I feel lonely when sitting at a café with friends in Vietnam, because they mostly engage in idle talk,"
Nguyen Hoang Giang, 27
In the US, when meeting friends at a café, people talk business. ‘Eric, how is your project going?” “I have some problems and I need your advice. ”
But, in Vietnam, “Why does the girl break up with her boyfriend?” or ‘Where to go to have desert?” are more common.
Drinking beer on the street
In the US, on public transport, people cannot use food and water. At restaurants in the UK, people are not allowed to smoke. Alcohol is also prohibited when people are on the street.
In Vietnam, people drink beer and alcohol any time and anywhere. Giang hesitates to go unfamiliar restaurants because the air there might be not as fresh as he wants.
In the UK, when taking an escalator, peoplestand on the right, so that the people behind can pass. But in Vietnam, people elbow others everywhere.
Vietnamese people, after meals, throw waste on the spot because they don’t want to take away and dispose of the waste.
In developed countries, plagiarism is taboo. If you are discovered plagiarising, you will be heavily disciplined or even dismissed. Therefore, foreign students are creative and they always try for new discoveries.
Giang knows a Vietnamese student in the US who was expelled from school because he ‘copied and pasted’ when preparing his thesis.
Story about diligence
A Vietnamese student came to meet Giang, saying he wanted to go studying in the US. Giang told him that he needed to try harder to succeed.
The student replied that he was really diligent. It took him only one month to read a book to prepare for an exam. This is not diligence, but laziness.