Look Through the Heat

As I remember, it’s been extremely hot for about a month now in Saigon. Not only in this part of the country has the problem that the people is  getting burnt and exhausted every time they head the roads. In other areas in the Central and North of Vietnam, the temperature has reached 40 degree Centigrade, and there are people got fainted while they were working or learning.

You can get this hell not only when you’re outdoor. You can feel like you would be having a sauna at home when you have just fans for the air circulation. You can see you’re sweating more when you have to get out of the blowing wind from the fans. Never before have Vietnamese had this heat. And everyone’s not feeling okay and it’s very easy for them to get excited because of some problems.

People started to get the the coffee shops and restaurants with A.C to hide away from the burning and enjoy the cool air there. People with the habits of going to cafés and eating out started to take it as a must for these catering businesses to have air-conditioning systems. And that’s when these businesses have more customers than they do in the rainy seasons.

And so do the AC suppliers in this freaking season in Vietnam. A couple who haven’t quarreled so far began to pour out to each other just because the woman wanted to install an air-conditioner for their rental home. She complained that she has to stay at home, also her own home hairstyle business to sweat and expect no clients coming. When the man refused her request with the reason that they don’t just buys things when they want them. In addition, it’s not a small amount to them. The wife continued that because her husband works in an office with cool air for every minute he feels hot, so he couldn’t understand the hell she is in all day and also at night. She thinks that’s the problem brought by the weather to everyone; everybody can recognize this except her husband. They will buy AC for their homes soon.

What Some Giants Have and Don’t

After the Doi Moi Policies passed in Vietnam in 1986, the Vietnamese, after about ten thousand days suffering from the wars, then have had a chance to experience a new breeze of life.  Private businesses have been permitted. That means that people since then have been allowed to make money by running businesses and the others could go work for them.

People started to crush to language centers to study foreign languages, especially English, although Russian and French had been taught long ago. Vietnamese have know that English has become an International language because of certain reasons. They just didn’t care about the reasons very much. They only want to know that knowing English meaning having a chance to improve their lives and those of their children. If you had been in Vietnam at that time, you would have learned that everyone from a kid to a senior citizen went to English classes three times a week in the evening between 6 and 9.

And that was the time for the businessmen to think seriously about the growing need of study English, though it might have taken them long enough to give up that business idea to take care of the paperwork to have a permit for a language center at that time. Most state’s schools wanted to keep that cheese for themselves, for they already had more advantages about education and influence over their newly joining opponents.

But times went by the procedure of obtaining a permit of teaching languages and an educational business license have been made easier. More education businesses have been brought into life. You may heard somewhere that with little or no investment, you could still have a business, but it’s not the story here in education. You’re required to have a premise with at least five classrooms and some others for a library, the staff and the principle and, of course, you ought to about five English teachers with the copies of their qualifications.  They’ve tried to reach out for more students as well as more profit, for it was not really the time to think of educational targets or quality.

Apparently, you can figure out this truth by listening to some people learning English. Most of them would confess that they can speak English, and when you start a conversation with them in English you would recognize that they wouldn’t get, answer and respond to your second or third sentences. The thing is how good you are at a language, not whether you know it or not. I wonder where they are learning English.

Nowadays, you can still see this mindset from some language training businesses. Having a required building on some main streets with colorful and imposing signs on top and on its two sides, course consultants in beautiful uniform sitting at the front desks on which there are some cliché brochures, some teachers – Vietnamese and foreign, and some other workers and  tools and equipment, you can own a language center. You don’t need to know which lessons the teachers and their students are learning. You don’t need to care how interesting their classes are to the students, how satisfying the students are with the material and the teacher with the center. You don’t need to pay the teachers if they don’t sign their names after each class – that’s their business. You just need to run some ads frequently enough. Anyway, you have a language center and some foreign teachers. Forget about quality and satisfaction as long as you make profit!