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eodmatt :

And along the way I always managed to pick up a smattering of the language of whatever country I happened to be working in at the time.

But there came a time in 2011 when I was working in Laos, I became ill with stress, very ill in fact. And one day at a meeting where the spoken language was German, I realised that I couldn't understand a word of what was being said. It was all just noise. That night I packed up and went to Vientiane, caught a flight to BKK and thence to London.

My German speaking ability has come back, but its still patchy.

After almost three weeks here on several Greek Islands, I'm comfortable with daily greetings (good morning; good afternoon; goodnight; thank you; we really appreciate your help; may I have extra tomatoes, please?, etc.). No one has corrected my pronunciation, so either they're very kind people or I'm not doing too badly.

Today, I've learned to say, "You're so cute.  I absolutely would adopt you as my grandson."  That was the second compliment to the handsome young bartender where we're staying.  The first compliment I gave him yesterday was, "I love your hair!").  All afternoon long today, he supplied us (spouse and me) with endless munchies on the house, so I assumed he understood and appreciated my garble. (He did blush once or twice.)

We've also got free Greek coffee twice,  free raki (anise flavoured alcohol drink) once, and free Mythos beer twice.  Whatever we've been doing must have impressed the locals enough for the good treatment they gave us.

I'll miss this country when we leave at the end of the month.  This is our 3rd time here but the first time I'm feeling at home in these tiny villages.

Ciambella :
eodmatt :

And along the way I always managed to pick up a smattering of the language of whatever country I happened to be working in at the time.

But there came a time in 2011 when I was working in Laos, I became ill with stress, very ill in fact. And one day at a meeting where the spoken language was German, I realised that I couldn't understand a word of what was being said. It was all just noise. That night I packed up and went to Vientiane, caught a flight to BKK and thence to London.

My German speaking ability has come back, but its still patchy.

After almost three weeks here on several Greek Islands, I'm comfortable with daily greetings (good morning; good afternoon; goodnight; thank you; we really appreciate your help; may I have extra tomatoes, please?, etc.). No one has corrected my pronunciation, so either they're very kind people or I'm not doing too badly.

Today, I've learned to say, "You're so cute.  I absolutely would adopt you as my grandson."  That was the second compliment to the handsome young bartender where we're staying.  The first compliment I gave him yesterday was, "I love your hair!").  All afternoon long today, he supplied us (spouse and me) with endless munchies on the house, so I assumed he understood and appreciated my garble. (He did blush once or twice.)

We've also got free Greek coffee twice,  free raki (anise flavoured alcohol drink) once, and free Mythos beer twice.  Whatever we've been doing must have impressed the locals enough for the good treatment they gave us.

I'll miss this country when we leave at the end of the month.  This is our 3rd time here but the first time I'm feeling at home in these tiny villages.

Greece is a wonderful place. a little like Croatia but without the arrogance.

Hi Julien, I'm going to be running a blues harmonica for absolute beginners workshop in HCMC in November, and expats I've met tell me they are always looking for interesting English speaking events to attend.

I don't want to fall foul of your guidelines re advertising, so thought I'd drop you a line to get your opinion.

Do you think this could be something the community would go for?

I'ts certainly unusual, don't reckon anyone has ever run one like this in HCMC.

Cheers

Kelvin Carlsson

Any one can let me know if ATM's in Vietnam give more than 8 million dong at once?/
And what is the exchange rate into Canadian dollars.
Very important as here in Vancouver they exchange dollars into dong at a really low exchange 1CD = 14000 dong. terrible when in the open exchange is at 18,300.
Thanks

ATM give you 2 to 6 million VND. Some you can find give up to 10 mil. but very rare???
Rate about 18200 VND/CAN$

donjuan1962 :

Any one can let me know if ATM's in Vietnam give more than 8 million dong at once?/
And what is the exchange rate into Canadian dollars.
Very important as here in Vancouver they exchange dollars into dong at a really low exchange 1CD = 14000 dong. terrible when in the open exchange is at 18,300.
Thanks

What Austria said, plus, you can get up to date currency exchange rates here: http://www.xe.com/?r=&cn=global

Thanks for your reply.
I need this information as I will be travelling around Vietnam and taking out money here and there.

Most give 2,3,4 Million dong, but you can take out multiple times, I have taken 3 Mil at a time x 8 to my card limit of almost 22,000,000.  Same machine, my credit card gives me back the bank charges for overseas withdrawals.

IN my case, every withdraw will cost me 5 dollars from my bank plus whenever the local bank charge me. So that's why I need to take as much out as possible

donjuan1962 :

IN my case, every withdraw will cost me 5 dollars from my bank plus whenever the local bank charge me. So that's why I need to take as much out as possible

Look for foreign banks ATMs like Citigroup and HSBC, there's a few in Saigon D1 that give up to 8M. Their fees are incredibly high (60KVND+???) but still better than widthrawing many times.

There are a lot of people who have never been involved in any type of forum before or been a member of any online community like me so we have no real idea of what these forums consider spam like me when I meet someone for the first time my response is usually Hi nice to meet you and for responding to someone for the first time on this site is Hi nice to meet you here but you are calling it spam what the hell how to do respond to someone the time

@Supertaper:  A greeting is not spam,  but a greeting with veiled introduction for Ye Ole Rental Agency, Your Friendly Landlord, Your Trusty Language School, or any other kind of for-profit enterprises is definitely spam. 

If a greeting includes sensitive personal information, then the mods will also remove it.  It's simple common sense.

WillyBaldy :

Look for foreign banks ATMs like Citigroup and HSBC, there's a few in Saigon D1 that give up to 8M. Their fees are incredibly high (60KVND+???) but still better than widthrawing many times.

Withdrawals from Citibank ATM in Vietnam (or in any country in the world) are free of charge if you have an account with "bigger" banks (my term) in Citigroup.

Ciambella :
WillyBaldy :

Look for foreign banks ATMs like Citigroup and HSBC, there's a few in Saigon D1 that give up to 8M. Their fees are incredibly high (60KVND+???) but still better than widthrawing many times.

Withdrawals from Citibank ATM in Vietnam (or in any country in the world) are free of charge if you have an account with "bigger" banks (my term) in Citigroup.

Ah yes I'm sure if you're a client, but I'm talking from a foreigner perspective who wants to do international ATM witdrawal though the Cirrus or Plus networks, you'll get hammered with fees.

supertaper :

There are a lot of people who have never been involved in any type of forum before or been a member of any online community like me so we have no real idea of what these forums consider spam like me when I meet someone for the first time my response is usually Hi nice to meet you and for responding to someone for the first time on this site is Hi nice to meet you here but you are calling it spam what the hell how to do respond to someone the time

As Ciambella said, it's more related to the local real estate agents and business owners using it as a ploy to get friendly.........then BAM, out comes the real reason for posting such a nicety.

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