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Z is for Zavhan

Zavhan is my home province in Mongolia. It is a bit bigger than countries like Scotland and Austria and it is in the western part of Mongolia.

My childhood was spent in these mountains and deserts, riding horses and milking cows, goats and sheep. My book Mongol covers my childhood and it was lovely to remember this picturesque landscape.

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X and Y

I’m just back from a funeral of a kind man we knew. He used to work at a garage next door from us and I would walk there with our oldest son who just started walking then. He played with our son, snowball fights in winter, water fights in the summer, measuring our son’s heights, letting our son play with his super shiny bikes and helped us do many things from carrying furniture to pumping up our kids’ water pool.

Sadly he passed away very suddenly a few days ago. I find comfort in knowing that he would be with his son who passed away a few years ago.

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V and W ~ Vest versus Waistcoat

Oh my word!

I mean literally, oh my words!

I started learning English more than a decade ago and still I can not tell the difference between a vest and a waistcoat. Every time I use one of these words I have to think and end up saying both of them.

Do you have words like these? Please leave a comment and reassure me that I’m not the only one. Thank you.

 

 

 

Waistcoat

Vest

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U is for Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar (Red hero) is the capital city of Mongolia. In English it is written as Ulan-bator. It is the largest city in Mongolia with over one million (2008) people.

In Britain, people seem to know it from mostly pub quizzes and Discovery channels. I went to university in Ulaanbaatar. I was a country bumpkin with long plaits when I started and Ulaanbaatar was this massive city where I struggled to find my ways.

This video shows you an idea of where Ulaanbaatar is and what it looks like.

Have you heard of Ulaanbaatar? Or have you been to Ulaanbaatar? If so, what do you remember?

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T is for Tetris

Photo credit: CC Retropaddle

 

Do you remember Tetris? Have you ever played it?

I do and I did. My dad brought a handset for us and we played with it a lot, in fact we were addicted to it. My parents were addicted to it too. My mum used to say:
– Come on, who fancies a game of Tetris? The person who loses will milk the cows.
Tetris was probably the first computer game I’ve ever played and it was late 80’s then. Apparently it was created by a Russian guy called Alexey Leonidovich Pajitnov in 1984. Well, he certainly provided us with entertainment.

© Guuye ~ Гүүеэ
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