A poem for kids in Vietnamese by Nguyễn Lãm Thắng
Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
Photography: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


Sweets! Sweets!
A tasty treat!
But remember
To brush your teeth!

It won’t be so cool
If you lose a tooth!
Don’t blame the sweets
It’s your teeth
Your responsibility!

May 2023

Kẹo ngọt

Kẹo ngọt! kẹo ngọt!
Ngậm hoài thích ghê!
Nhưng bé hãy nhớ
Đánh răng kỹ nè!

Kẻo không răng sún
Xấu lắm bé ơi!
Đừng trách kẹo ngọt
Tại mình đó thôi!

Nguyễn Lãm Thắng

Born August 14th, 1973, writes under many pseudonyms: Nguyễn Lãm Thắng, Lam Thuỵ, Trà Thị Kim Xuyến and as a children’s author: Nguyễn Trần Bảo Nghi, Du Lãm, Nhật Quang, Nguyễn Trần Khải Tú…

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the blogger, poet, and translator, was born in 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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


  1. Yes, we all like sweet tasty things but we have to take care of the teeth so that we can continue to enjoy them, and the more sweet things we like, is the more we have to take regular care of our teeth LOL. The younger this lesson is learned, the better ✌️✌️😄

    By the way, I also replied to your recent comments:

    I decided to update you just in case you may not realize lol

    Liked by 1 person

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