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Origin of the word “Mignon / minion”

Just learned the origin of the word minion (mignon) which I thought was pretty interesting.   min·ion [min-yuh n]  —noun a servile follower or subordinate of a person in power. a favored or highly regarded person. a minor official. Printing. a 7-point type. Definition of minion: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/minion at Dictionary.com Although Henry III valued privacy, he […]

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International Journal Việt Nam

Saigon Stories – Observations of the Week in Saigon

First, let me say that you must take the last entry about the French with a grain of salt. I like France and French people. Parisians still annoy me though. In fact, I’m reading a French book called “les États- Unis aujourd’hui; les maîtres du monde?” (The United States Today; The masters of the world?) […]

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Culture International Journal Việt Nam

Saigon Stories – Vietnamese vs. French people

Another glorious day here in Saigon. I just got back from Parkson (best department store in Saigon) where I go to get Gatorade for only 85 cents per bottle. Those other damn stores charge up to 4 dollars a bottle and so I make it a habit to get to Parksons at least once a […]

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E-mails Japan - 日本

E-mail to Sophie 9.19.2004

Hello Sophie! Nice to hear from you.  Congratulations with your new job, I hope it goes well and that you enjoy it. As for me, I’m still living in Japan but am moving to Vietnam October 1st. I find the business environment much better there and hope to obtain a job in importing, exporting or […]

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E-mails Japan - 日本

E-mail to Mathias 8.20.2004

Mathias! My classes at Waseda are finally finished and I’m very happy to not have togo to those boring lectures anymore.  I think it’s time to study Japanese onmy own without the teachers troubling me with too many tests that I alwaysreceived a bad grade on.  : ) Now, I’m just teaching English at night, […]