Vietnam Smiles

We can find smiles everywhere in the world, its meaning is entirely different from culture to culture. The Vietnam smile is a proper response to saying inappropriate things in most situations.

When Vietnamese smile, they can show happiness, agreement, acceptance, desire, and tolerance. But the same smile can show disagreement, embarrassment, confusion, anger, and contempt. Vietnamese smile is easy to understand, it also causes misunderstandings sometimes. So the Vietnamese smile can be classified into “simple smile” and “implied smile”.

Vietnam Smile – A friendly way to bring us closer

The simple smile has no implied meaning. Because of their happiness so they smile.  For example, someone won a contest, others may succeed in finding a job, and friends see each other after a long time, etc.

Vietnamese believe that smiles give them a better life even they are not rich now. A smile expresses their wishes in life and makes them stronger to overcome difficulties.

For example, a farmer smiles looking at their field, a businessman smiles as he get a lot of customers, etc. Sometimes, Vietnamese also smile as a crowd smiles or they do not know what to do. For students, they smile because they do not know how to reply to a hard question from their teacher. Simply, they smile to express their emotions.

The implied smile has a specific meaning in each context. Vietnamese rely more often on nonverbal communication than other countries, so it is possibly a source of confusion. For Vietnamese, relying on a smile is not always because he or she is happy. It would be to express sadness. They occasionally smile when sad or miserable because they don’t want to drop their tears and not want to hurt others.

They want to keep it themselves and smiles make them stronger. Similarly, nervousness is indicated by a smile. It is due to hiding their nervousness which helps them to be more confident before doing something such as joining an exam, or an interview, etc.

While Westerners usually say “thank you” or “sorry” , Vietnamese smiles instead of thanks or apology. They do not expect a “thank–you” for trivial things such as picking something for someone, giving up one’s seat to women, children, elderly people, etc. Similarly, a smile can reduce someone’s anger as you unintentionally make a mistake.

In Vietnam, people usually use non–verbal communication, so smiles a way of greeting. A smile can be used instead of saying “hello, hi, good afternoon, good evening, etc.” In some cases, a smile is used to ridicule someone. People use a scornful smile for contempt instead of saying out.

For example, a student who gets a good result in the exam smiles scornfully at his friend. However, this smile was not appreciated in Vietnam because of moral standards. These are just some specific meanings of smiles in Vietnam. To know what a Vietnamese smile means, it’s very necessary to understand its culture and people.

Smile is the best medicine. When we smile, the body makes facial gestures and sounds which help us relax during a smile. Vietnam is famous for smiles.

No matter what it means, smile is always a symbol of happiness, fun, and friendliness. We satisfy our lives by smiling, and people worldwide will be satisfied within our country. People said, “A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it lasts forever”.

Here are some Vietnam smiles photos

Vietnamese smiling lady

Smiling lady in Vietnam

A Vietnamese lady wearing a conical hat looks back briefly while flashing a radiant and authentic smile

Grand Father and Grand son on the motorbike in Vietnam

Grandfather and grandsons on motorbike

Vietnam Smiles

A cute girl stops to pose and briefly smiles before getting off on her bicycle

Old Smiling Vietnamese lady

An elderly Vietnamese lady is as friendly as can be

A smiling doll in Vietnam

A smiling doll found in a handicraft section of a tourist market

Vietnamese man enjoy swimming with a big smile

A Vietnamese man enjoys splashing in the water as the waves come crashing in

Vietnam kids swimming

Two kids are happy while swimming in a river

Vietnam smile is the best way to connect you guys to Vietnam-friendly locals.

Hanoi Eco Tour’s team hopes to bring a great smile to travellers to Vietnam by offering outstanding travel services to Vietnam

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