by Christa MaasHave 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.
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)