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Mongy´s questions about English


by Christa Maas
Have you met Mongy on http://kids.mongabay.com/mongy/? Well, if you haven´t, why don´t you go visit him there?

Mongy asks me a lot of questions every day, especially about English. You see, Mongy was born in Brazil. Just last week he had two very important questions:

MONGY:  Where does the word "wedding" come from?

ENGLISH COACH: The word wedding comes from "betting" (English) or "wetten" (German) which means "apostar". Can you imagine!

MONGY: Where do the names of the English week days come from?

ENGLISH COACH: There are names with Roman origin and Nordic origin, which were brought to England by the Vikings.
Roman origin:
Saturday (Saturn-day)
Sunday (Sun-day)
Monday (Moon-day)
The others are of Nordic origin. Odin was the god of the Vikings. See:
Tuesday= Tyr (try´s -day) was one of Odin´s sons
Wednesday (Woden's-day) Odin= Woden
Thursday (Thor's-day) , named in honour of Thor, the god of thunder. ( trovão)
Friday ( Frigg's-day). Frigg (also called Friia), Odin´s wife.

MONGY: But how did the Vikings have so much influence over England?

ENGLISH COACH: The Vikings used to attack and plunder (saquear, pilhar) the coasts of England. The English even had a prayer ( prece) "From the wrath of the Northmen, save us, o God"  ( Que deus nos salve da ira do homem  do norte)

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