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  5. "Bà của tôi đang ăn trầu."

" của tôi đang ăn trầu."

Translation:My grandmother is eating betel.

January 26, 2017

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/poltakxu

I've always said "betel nut" rather than "betel" in English. Does just the single word "betel" sound odd for others?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JamesTWils

That would certainly sound more usual to me. I also question whether one eats betel. Doesn't one just chew it like gum and then spit it out? I have always heard "she is chewing betel nut."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/okorz001

I have no idea what betel is.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/canspeakonlyone

Betel is actually a leaf that grows on a vine. The areca nut is the nut!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julestheman

Agreed. "Chew" not "eat". Eating it would mean swallowing it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tan14142

Leaves are folded with a nut, tabacco or chalk inside, chewed, then spit out. Common across South and South East Asia, cheap, very addictive and give red stained teeth.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CeeCeeSong

you don't actually eat betel, do you? we've always heard/read "chewing" betel nut. Isn't it something you chew and spit out the juice, like some people here chew "chew"? (A special type of tobacco)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ethernal4

Betel is actually a betel leaf, a betel nut (from a different plant, a palm tree) and lime that you chew together.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nnnoel

Never heard of betel before


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alexobviously

what on earth is a betel

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