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] —nouna 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.comAlthough Henry III valued privacy, he liked to surround himself with…… Continue reading Origin of the word “Mignon / minion”

SPEAK AMERICAN – Fun lesson in language

Speak American – The title was just to get your attention. I do not plan to get into politics at all with this post, (well maybe a little, I can’t help myself) but rather the VERY INTERESTING revelations I’ve had during my language studies.  These are the enlightenments which really made language learning fun and…… Continue reading SPEAK AMERICAN – Fun lesson in language

Saigon Stories – My fellow students – Irritations in Saigon

As I mentioned in the previous post, I’m studying Japanese here in Ho Chi Minh city. All the other students are Vietnamese and it’s really interesting to study along side them. The foreigners here in Saigon usually only interact with the Vietnamese at work, or with those who work in the bars, but rarely get…… Continue reading Saigon Stories – My fellow students – Irritations in Saigon

Saigon Stories – Need a break from Saigon

Living in another country can be and usually is one of the greatest experiences a person can have. But from time to time it is absolutely necessary to take a break when you find yourself being negative and complaining about too many things in the host country. I have reached that point since I haven’t…… Continue reading Saigon Stories – Need a break from Saigon

A Practical Guide to Learning a Foreign Language

      Learning a foreign language can seem like a daunting if not unachievable task to many of us.  I am here to tell you that learning a new language does not have to be the boring, monotonous travail that we begin to think it is from the outset of our freshman year high school language classes.  Thus, I…… Continue reading A Practical Guide to Learning a Foreign Language