Scotland – the home of Golf

Scotland – the home of Golf

3/31/2017 - 18:36

(VOVworld) – When it comes to golf, some people may think it is only a sport for rich people with luxury and expensive services. But in Scotland, everybody can easily play golf. In today’s VOV24/7’s Culture Rendezvous, we’ll talk to Peter Yarrow of Scotland to find out why Scottish people love playing golf and how Scotland becomes the home of...

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US Culure: Melting pot or Salad Bowl

US Culure: Melting pot or Salad Bowl

3/30/2017 - 14:20

(VOVworld) – American history began with waves of immigrants, bringing their own cultures and traditions to a vast new country. With such a diverse population, some people compared the US culture to a melting pot while others said it was a salad bowl. What do those metaphors mean and which comparison is more accurate? Today we’ll talk once again with...

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Having a farm in the US

Having a farm in the US

3/30/2017 - 14:04

(VOVworld) – Hobby farms – also known as “lifestyle” or “retirement” farms, are on the rise in the US. Many small-scale farmers are raising horses, cattle, livestock, and other animals, in addition to growing their own fruits and vegetables. In fact, 36% of all farms in the US are considered “hobby farms” – with an additional 21% of farms considered...

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Transportation in London

Transportation in London

3/30/2017 - 13:12

(VOVworld) - London has one of the largest urban transportation networks in the world, with integrated bus, river and road systems. It’s estimated that more than 3 million passengers travel on the Underground each day. Today we’re talking with Stella Ciora of the UK to learn why London people prefer to travel by tube.

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Scottish kilts – most recognizable symbol of Scotland

Scottish kilts – most recognizable symbol of Scotland

3/8/2017 - 11:42

(VOVworld) – Have you ever seen a Scottish man wearing what appears to be a “skirt”? If yes, don’t say that word to him. You may get punched in the face. This article of clothing is called a “kilt”. The kilt is one of the most recognizable symbols of Scotland and something modern-day Scots are very proud of. Today on...

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Britain’s Tea Culture

Britain’s Tea Culture

2/20/2017 - 13:46

(VOVworld) - The British are known for their habits of drinking tea. According to the Tea and Infusions Organisation, the British consume 60 billion cups per year. That’s more than 900 cups a year for every citizen. Tea has become entrenched in the British way of life. Today we meet again with Stella Ciorra, a volunteer from Britain, to learn...

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Eating and cooking habits of the US

Eating and cooking habits of the US

2/20/2017 - 12:43

(VOVworld) - A research by Dosomething.org suggests that at least 1 in 4 people in the US eat some type of fast food every day and cooking at home is dying. Is it true? Do American really prefer packed than fresh food? Today VOV’s reporter Dieu Ha will talk to Charles Jensen, an English teacher from the US, to learn...

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Valentine’s Day in the US

Valentine’s Day in the US

2/19/2017 - 18:07

(VOVworld) – Valentine's Day, celebrated on February 14, is a festival of love and many people give cards, letters, flowers, or presents to their spouse or partner. They may also arrange a romantic meal in a restaurant or a night in a hotel. Today we will talk with Joseph Fitzsimmons, an English language teacher and a photographer of the US...

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Canada’s Demolition Derby – the fighting cars

Canada’s Demolition Derby – the fighting cars

2/8/2017 - 16:08

(VOVworld) – For some people, having a car is a dream. But in Canada, people use cars in a game called The Demolition Derby, where cars are crushed until they are wrecked and going nowhere. Let’s hear more from Doctor Brian McNaul, who has lived in Hanoi for eleven years, to find out more about this thrilling game.

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Scottish Royal Military Tattoo – iconic and spectacular

Scottish Royal Military Tattoo – iconic and spectacular

2/8/2017 - 15:22

(VOVworld) – Each year, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in the capital of Scotland attracts thousands of visitors to enjoy the talents of musicians and performers in spectacular cultural troupes. The Tattoo, accompanied by iconic Scottish bagpipes and drums, has been the pride of Scottish people for years. Let’s hear more from Peter Yarrow, a Scottish teacher working in Hanoi.

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Christmas celebration in the US

Christmas celebration in the US

12/29/2016 - 15:38

(VOVworld) - Christmas is an occasion that has been celebrated across the world. People from the US particularly have developed their own Christmas traditions and observances, and these have changed greatly over time. So today we will talk to Charles Jensen, an English teacher from the US, to see how his family prepares for Christmas now and then.

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Rugby – the pride of New Zealand

Rugby – the pride of New Zealand

12/22/2016 - 15:55

(VOVworld) – If football players around the world sing their national anthem before a match, rugby players in New Zealand perform the Haka, their traditional war dance. Rugby and Haka have become the pride of New Zealand thanks to their uniqueness and vigor. Let’s learn more about this legendary dance with Amber Harris, a New Zealand teacher, who has been...

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Hangi - New Zealand’s traditional specialty

Hangi - New Zealand’s traditional specialty

12/20/2016 - 17:53

(VOVworld) – Have you ever eaten food that is cooked under-ground with no pan, no fire, and no spice? New Zealand people do that with Hangi - their traditional food. Let’s find out more about this special style of cooking with Amber Harris, a New Zealand teacher living in Vietnam, in this week’s Culture Rendezvous edition.

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Bonfire Night traditions in Britain

Bonfire Night traditions in Britain

11/30/2016 - 13:20

(VOVworld) – November 5th is the day when Britons everywhere celebrate Bonfire Night or The Guy Fawkes Night. The event is accompanied by firework displays, the lighting of bonfires and the ceremonial burning of Guy Fawkes. What is the meaning of the event and why is it so widely celebrated across Britian? Today we will talk with Stella Ciorra from...

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New Zealand water rafting – adventurous in the most exciting way

New Zealand water rafting – adventurous in the most exciting way

11/22/2016 - 11:53

(VOVworld) – Do you want to be in a raft going down an angry river, with water splashing on your face? Do you want to experience a sky full of stars inside a dark cave? If yes, we’ll take you on a tour to New Zealand, the capital of adventure, in VOV24/7’s Culture Rendezvous segment. This week, we’ll meet Amber...

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Photographer Tewfic El-Sawy on hầu đồng, a practice of spirit mediumship in Vietnam

Photographer Tewfic El-Sawy on hầu đồng, a practice of spirit mediumship in Vietnam

11/17/2016 - 16:44

(VOVworld) – Hầu đồng, or "going into trance" ceremony, is a ritual of spirit mediumship practiced among followers of Đạo Mẫu - a Vietnamese indigenous mother goddess religion. Captured by its artistic elements, New York based photographer Tewfic El-Sawy has spent the last 2 years to do a photo project about this ancient tradition of Vietnam. In today’s Culture Rendezvous,...

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Bungy jumping – the craziest in New Zealand

Bungy jumping – the craziest in New Zealand

11/7/2016 - 14:38

(VOVworld) – If you feel that horror films are not scary enough, if you are bored of the air glider in the park, just go to the top of the tallest building and jump off. You will definitely feel awesome. I’m not kidding. I’m talking about Bungy jumping, the most famous adventure sport from New Zealand. Let’s find out more...

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Halloween Eve: when the fun is not limited to children

Halloween Eve: when the fun is not limited to children

11/3/2016 - 16:05

(VOVworld) - Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. Thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic people, Halloween has evolved from a set of customs to ward off roaming ghosts into a community event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. Today we will talk...

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Movies: A Connection To The American Culture

Movies: A Connection To The American Culture

10/25/2016 - 15:22

(VOVworld) - The American film industry, often referred to as Hollywood as the name of its birthplace, is considered the most dominant force in the world’s modern cinema industry. Just the word “Hollywood” itself conjures up visions of movie stars, Oscar nights and huge blockbusters. It’s believed that films can be an interesting and fun way to learn about the...

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Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann– the biggest festival of music in Ireland

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann– the biggest festival of music in Ireland

10/25/2016 - 10:10

(VOVworld) – Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the biggest festival of music in Ireland where musicians, singers, and dancers, compete to achieve the recognition of being the All-Ireland Champion. It is an event full of fun to be enjoyed. Today VOV will talk to Stein Carpenter, an Irish teacher who lives in Hanoi, about this fantastic festival.

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