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Year of the Tiger – Talk about “Tiger” Posted by on Feb 7, 2022

In the Vietnamese lunar calendar, 2022 is called the Year of the Tiger or năm Nhầm Dần. Dần is positioned the third of the twelve Chinese/Vietnamese zodiac symbols, after the rat and the ox. In Vietnamese culture, the tiger is considered “chúa tể sơn lâm” (king of the jungle), a well-respected animal frequently mentioned in…

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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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The Cat Says Meow! Posted by on Jul 12, 2021

Meow! This post is dedicated to the word “cat”. It’s all about “cat” in the Vietnamese culture, language, belief, and its metaphoric use. Whether you are a cat lover or not, you may find that cats play a significant role in our human history, dating back thousands of years. In Vietnamese culture, the cat is one…

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Summertime Posted by on Jul 5, 2021

Father’s Day is usually marked as the start of Summer in the United States. However, the celebration of July 4th, Independence Day, is the real kick off for all summer activities. The end of summertime is usually marked by the celebration of Labor Day in early September. Officially, the summer of 2021 started on June…

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WORDS FOR WEATHER Posted by on May 18, 2021

Thời tiết (weather) plays a critical role in our lives. It affects our daily activities and our moods to various degrees. I don’t know about you, but the first thing I do in the morning is quickly check dự báo thời tiết (weather forecast), so I know how to dress appropriately for the day, whether…

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Animal Vocabulary in Vietnamese Posted by on Apr 26, 2021

We have all learned vocabulary about animals at an early age. Most toddlers become attached to some kind of stuffed animal toy as their “buddy” on their beds, or have an actual pet to play with. Trips to the zoo is often on the list for children’s school field trips and family vacation itineraries. We all…

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