Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | Aren’t you afraid – Bạn biết sợ không sao! (17)

I want nothing but to drown in your vernacular,
since here I’m like a thief

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


I don’t like to bull shit,
since it’s all sorts of indiscretions


I want nothing but to drown in your vernacular,
since here I’m like a thief


Aren’t you afraid!

Tôi không thích chém gió,
vì nó là một nguồn tội lỗi


Tôi chỉ muốn chết đuối trong ngôn ngữ của bạn,
vì ở nơi đây tôi như là một kẻ trộm


Bạn không biết sợ sao!



By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

There's magic in translating a body of work from one language to another.

2 replies on “Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | Aren’t you afraid – Bạn biết sợ không sao! (17)”

Who are they? Just some people you saw on the street or is this even your photo? 🙂
And hey I finally got myself to a level of learning again.
Is the following (at least here) somewhat correct?
Tôi/tội = I = Ich/ich
không = not/no = (e.g.) nicht | (negating something)
Bạn/bạn = You/you = Du/du
But maybe I just assumed something because I am not sure about “tội” or anything.
In case I got at least one of the three somewhat right, I would be happy.
And please don’t make me say them out loud, I already know how weird speaking chinese can be, from a german perspective. Because one man who came from China to Germany as a kid told me once about a german – chinese misunderstanding problem. Because the word “Mama” which is just “mom” or “mommy” in german, could cause some trouble, since there are five different words in chinese related to this, while one of them could actually mean the same, I think. But the others would be like river or horse or something. But on the other hand the past tense was only done through adding one word or sign, which seemed way easier in a way. And yes, it is Chinese and has nothing to do with Vietnamese.
And it is interesting what kinds of people sometimes drive around in trains and busses and what they talk about. I have seen business people (probably) from China because there are some companies here who are owned or related to it. And also americans who want to see other countries and such things. I even once sat near some people who knew one of top tier business owners of car manifatories and such things. Or heard about million euro software projects going on. Or someone who helped building the train system support with Wifi and automation. It is really weird what one can hear, see and so on. Especially while I was going to work by train driving to the airport of the city and such things. I even once had a Philippine neighbour (at least I think he was from the Philippines) across the street and played with his daughter when we were kids. I think her mother was from Germany and we just spoke german. Man, all the memories…
And I was just letting it all go…
As I once wrote, I felt mostly like a camera or something like that.
Recording everything around me, while not really being part of anything (beyond my own partially safe space).

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It’s a photo of radom people, and yes most of the photographs are mine.

Trust your instinct when it comes to languages, “tội” = sin.

Watching people, or a study of people, anthropology, can be rather fun. People’s stories are unique and yet feel very much the same.

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