Hello, this is Fred; my name’s Fred. I’m an American English teacher in Vietnam. Now I also teach online at my website: EnglishTeacherFred.com.

Today I have something interesting here at my desk. I live in Vietnam so I’m learning Vietnamese and I’m also learning about Vietnamese culture. When you learn about English you also learn English, well, you know, Western culture. American culture, English culture- whatever. And so sometimes you learn about some new foods or new things you’ve never seen before.

What I have here is a strange drink that we bought on the street today. It looks like coffee but it’s not coffee. I’ve never tried it before! But my wife insists that it’s good for me so I must drink it.

I don’t know what to call it. I have the Vietnamese name. In Vietnamese it’s called “che dau den”. I didn’t know what it was when we bought it on the street but we brought it home and I see, inside- can you see that- it has beans. What are those, not kidney beans. What are they called- black beans? I’m not sure.

In English there would be no way to translate this. What would you call this in English? Because we don’t have it. So there’s no word for it. I would call this in English “a drink made from black beans and sugar.” You know, there’s no word for it. Black beans, okay.

Here- I’ll give it a try, see how’s it taste. I’m a little bit scared: new things, you know? New language, new culture…

Wow. That’s kind of good. It’s kind of good! Let me try some beans. My wife, she put it on ice because it makes it a little bit more umm… a little bit more tasty. Here, I’ll try some beans. It’s kind of sweet. There’s sugar and water and beans; I can’t taste much else. So maybe that’s all it is, is beans and water.

Actually, it’s kind of good. It’s tasty, because it’s sweet. Okay. I just wanted to show you my new drink. I would translate it into English but there’s no translation. Sometimes you just have to make up new words in your own language to describe something. It’s “a drink made from black beans and water and sugar.”


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