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Name Your Favorite Flower! Posted by on Aug 30, 2021

A long summer day is not only bright from the full sun, but also with a splash of colorful summer flowers. Flowers come in all shapes and shades of colors. Some carry special meaning and are only used on some special occasions. A bouquet or a basket of flowers is a versatile gift for all…

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Vu Lan & Ghost Festivals Posted by on Aug 23, 2021

Originating from China, the Lễ Vu lan and Cô hồn (Vulan and Ghost festivals) are always on the full moon of the seventh lunar month (July 15) of the year. This year, it falls on Sunday August 22 in the Gregorian calendar. Lễ Vu lan is one of the major Buddhist holidays. Lễ cúng cô…

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Double Seventh Day Festival Posted by on Aug 16, 2021

Looking at the lunar calendar, July 7th falls on Saturday, August 14th in the Gregorian calendar. In Vietnam, this date is called Thất Tịch, which literally means evening of sevens. It is known as the “Asian Valentine Day”. The origin of Lễ Thất Tịch (Double Sevens Festival) is from China, the Qixi festival. Similarly, the…

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Tenses & Verb Conjugations in Vietnamese Language Posted by on Aug 9, 2021

Văn phạm tiếng Viêt (Vietnamese grammar) is pretty simple. When it comes to verb tenses and conjugations, it’s like a piece of cake. Guess what? There are NO VERB CONJUGATIONS (Không chia động từ) in the verb, no matter of what tenses! No such thing like regular or irregular verbs that you have to worry…

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The Chocolate World Posted by on Aug 2, 2021

It would be hard for me to believe if you said you have never had a piece of chocolate or a hot chocolate drink in your entire life. Chocolate is a very addictive treat and has a large pool of dedicated fans around the world, especially in western countries. Chocolate pairs well with wine. Chocolate…

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English-Borrowed Words in Vietnamese Language Posted by on Jul 27, 2021

Just like any other language, Vietnamese vocabulary includes many borrowed words from different countries that have influenced Vietnamese culture throughout its history. The majority of the borrowed words are from Chinese, French, and English. It’s easy to understand why there are so many Chinese, French, and English borrowed words in the Vietnamese vocabulary. Looking at…

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The Dog Says Woof! Woof! Posted by on Jul 19, 2021

Last week, I wrote a blog about cats. It’s not fair for dog lovers if I don’t give equal attention to dogs. Thus, this post is dedicated to the word “dog”. Like cats, dogs also are one of the twelve animals of the Vietnamese zodiac. DOG WORDS Con chó (The dog) Gâu gâu! (Woof woof!) Giống…

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