Teacher parodies Vietnamese pop song to teach English idioms
A still photo taken from the parody music video by Nguyen Thai Duong
Nguyen Thai Duong, a 25-year-old English teacher in Ho Chi Minh City, became popular on the Internet after his parody music video surfaced on Sunday.
Incorporating 19 everyday English idioms into an eye-catching dance routine and the popular tune of Vietnamese hit ‘That Bat Ngo’ (What A Surprise), Duong’s video was quickly shared by tens of thousands of viewers on social media.
Idioms like ‘a piece of cake’, ‘under the weather’, and ‘go the extra mile’ were cleverly mixed into Vietnamese lyrics explaining their meaning while encouraging the young to start learning English “for a world without English illiteracy.”
The dance steps featured in the video were performed by Duong and a student dance troupe from Le Hong Phong High School for the Gifted, which is the teacher’s alma mater, in Ho Chi Minh City.
“The video captivates viewers who are all eyes and ears right from the first watch, making the lessons easier to remember for a longer time,” Le Thanh Nhan, 32, commented on the video.
“I’ve remembered the lyrics already,” 19-year-old Tran Tuan Anh said. “It’s just as catchy as any other song that I like.”
Duong has a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology, but he has decided to devote his time to his passion for teaching English at a local English center.
The teacher said he had written the lyrics for the song in only a day, though finding a song with a matching and suitable melody took him over a week.
Duong’s group spent another two weeks filming the music video at iconic venues in Ho Chi Minh City.
The passionate teacher also disclosed his intention to produce more similar videos to introduce a more captivating way of learning English to young people.
The parody music video teaching 19 English idioms by Nguyen Thai Duong
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