Vietnamese Proverbs

The buffalo that arrives late will have to drink muddy water and eat dry grass.

When you eat, itís vegetables; when you are sick, itís medicine.

Itís better to have lots of children than to have lots of material goods.

Even if a mountain is high, there is always a way to reach the topóand although the way might be full of danger, there is always a way for someone to get through it.

No matter how sharp it is, a knife will never cut itís own handle.

A little food while hungry is like a lot of food while full.

Eating slowly is good for the stomach; plowing deeply is good for the fields.

A frog living at the bottom of the well thinks that the sky is as small as a cooking pot lid.

Make the amount of sauce you use correspond to the amount of rice you have.

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Vietnam has a population of about 80 million people. The Vietnamese are descendants of Chinese and Thai people, and the countryís most commonly used language is Vietnamese.

Vietnamese became a distinct culture around the 300s BC, and the Vietnam region was under Chinese control from about 100 BC to 1000 AD. After splitting into Northern and Southern regions in the 1600s, Vietnam was reunified in the 1800s.

The French took control of Vietnam in the mid 1800s until the Japanese occupied it during World War II. The French tried to take over again after that, but were defeated by Vietnamese troops in 1954.

Vietnam was soon split into a communist North led by Ho Chi Minh, and a US supported South led by Bao Dai. The division as well as US intervention led to the Vietnam War, which lasted until 1975 when the South surrendered. The country then united into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and resumed relations with the US in 1995.

Themes of Vietnam include Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, communism, strong family ties, rice, noodles, seafood, literature, dominoes, chess, soccer, wrestling, volleyball, musical comedy plays, and water puppet shows.