A little girl has become an Internet sensation on Vietnamese social media after a video capturing her translating for her mother and a Vietnamese taxi driver went viral.
In the video posted on Facebook by her mother last weekend, Swar Mnemosyne Ricafort, 6, translated her mother’s instructions for a Vietnamese taxi driver to reach a destination on Hai Ba Trung Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Gigi, her mother, is a Filipina who has been living in Vietnam for almost six years.
“The taxi driver did not understand what I said so I asked her to translate. Otherwise we would not have been able to go anywhere. She knew that and had no option," Gigi told Tuoi Tre News on Wednesday.
But even Gigi was surprised by her daughter’s ability.
“Then she started to speak in long Vietnamese sentences. I was so surprised that I thought I should film it. The video I uploaded was just part of their long conversation,” she recalled.
Gigi did not expect her video to attract 107,000 views in just one day.
So far, the footage on Gigi’s personal Facebook alone has received more than 280,000 views, been shared almost 3,800 times, and attracted 1,700 comments.
Copied versions of the original video have also flooded social media over the last few days.
|Swar Mnemosyne Ricafort poses at her home. Photo: Duyen Phan/Tuoi Tre|
“I am proud of her,” Gigi said on Facebook. “I've been here for almost six years and I still can't speak the language.”
People left comments under the video praising the little girl for her fluent Vietnamese, cute conversational skills, and lovely reactions.
The litter ‘interpreter’ is a first grader at an international school in Ho Chi Minh City.
According to her mother, the half Filipino – half American girl has been learning Vietnamese at school since August this year and has recently had a Vietnamese tutor for reading and math.
Her conversational skills have probably improved so quickly from her speaking with classmates, Gigi guessed.
“I like her to learn Vietnamese because I think it will benefit her as we’ll stay here for longer,” the mother explained.
“If she can’t speak Vietnamese, she will stay on one side and her classmates will be on the other.
“If she speaks Vietnamese well, she will have a good social life, not feel alienated from other classmates, and have the freedom to talk to anyone she likes.
“I want her to be able to go to the park and make friends."
During her meeting with Tuoi Tre News at her home, the little girl seemed to be a little afraid of strangers at first, but quickly warmed up to new faces.
|Swar Mnemosyne Ricafort is now an Internet sensation in Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan/Tuoi Tre|
The young girl shyly said she could speak “a little” Vietnamese, especially simple words.
She revealed her favorite Vietnamese food is cháo (porridge) while “laughing” at her mother as she pronounced her favorite food bún chả (rice noodles with grilled pork and meatballs) the wrong way.
With her lovely face, the girl has walked in a fashion show and sometimes does photoshoots for children’s clothing brands.
She loves learning ballet, she said.
|Swar Mnemosyne Ricafort loves learning ballet. Photo: Duyen Phan/Tuoi Tre|
|Swar Mnemosyne Ricafort. Photo: Duyen Phan/Tuoi Tre|