English for practising

Worshippers were told to reflect on the Christmas story and what it means to their lives this year

Arch Bishop Denis Hart told followers to remember God’s love and worth all people: “All of us, old or young, can learn to value the people that surround us, respect their different points of view and learn that great peace and happiness comes from giving of our time to others rather than indulging ourselves in food, drink and pleasure”

To indulge: (đãi cho chính mình, thưởng cho chính mình = tự thưởng, thỏa mãn, xả láng)

Until: before

She said until Santa spread his magic it hadn’t felt like Christmas (không thấy không khí giáng sinh)

The child didn’t miss out on Santa’s visit either. (bỏ lỡ cơ hội)

It’s actually been a lot of fun -> (thật sự là vui) I used to say: “it has a lot of fun”

It’s a wonderful feeling -> (cảm giác tuyệt vời) I used to say: I have a wonderful feeling

It’s actually a wonderful feeling -> (cảm giác thật tuyệt với)

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  10. If you have any difficulties or problems, not that I’m anticipating you will but you never know

We three kings of orient are

1
We three kings of orient are,
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain,
Moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright.
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

2
Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain,
Gold I bring to crown Him again
King for ever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign.

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright.
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

3
Frankincense to offer have I,
Incense owns a Deity nigh
Prayer and praising, all men raising,
Worship Him, God most high.

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright.
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

4
Myrrh is mine,
Its bitter perfume breathes
A life of gathering gloom.
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone cold tomb.

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright.
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

5
Glorious now behold Him arise,
King and God and Sacrifice!
Al-le-lu-ia, al-le-lu-ia,
Heaven to earth replies.

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright.
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

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orient : (old-fashioned) the countries of eastern Asia

moor: a broad area of open land that is not good for farming

yonder: (old-fashioned) over there

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1: Psalm 72,8-11 and Isaiah 60,1-6

2: crown – thorn crown

3: Isaiah 60,6 Deity nigh – God is near owns: to acknowledge (know) either God or special one related to God very much Incense: used for God or King

4: Myrrh: for his death Mk15,23 and Jn19,39

5: King: Gold / God: Frankincense / sacrifice: myrrh

 

Joy to the world

Verse 1

Joy to the world! the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room, (Luke2, 6-7 / Psalm96, 1-6)
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing, (Psalm96, 11-12)
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Verse 2

Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns; (Genesis3, 17-19)
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

Verse 3 (optional)

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

Verse 4

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

English practise

It’s lovely, everything is in the right place and I finally have an en suite (The bathroom is en suite) Is everything in the right place? (mọi thứ đâu vào đấy roi phải không??)

a rambunctious, out-of-control bunch = huyen nao, mat trat tu

I am always sick with worry thinking you can hear me screaming at the kids. We are so feral (hung dữ, dữ tợn)
And I would say: “same, same, same”

I don’t want to cast aspersions or anything (noi xau or vu khong: to cast aspersions on s.o)

Would you stop swinging that poor dog on the hammock? (would you stop: may co ngung khong)

Don’t leave your toys outside, who do you think will bring them in later? (who do you think will do: may nghi ai se lam)

A perennial favourite “Dinner’s ready”, followed five minutes later with, “Dinner’s ready, and if I have to say it one more time I’m feeding it to the dogs” (sounds like Vietnamese saying)

I realize I sound like a tired old witch (Toi noi nhu la mot mu phu thuy gia)

It’s not always that good to hear your neighbors, their loud conversation or their quiet ones.

and sometimes it’s not that good to hear their just-plain-quiet (completely quiet)

It took me ages to work out whether my mind was playing tricks on me. (she couldn’t think clearly, choi kham, choi xo ai)

My view – The weekly review

O Come All Ye Faithful

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
Born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing:
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all ye citizens of heaven above;
glory to God in the highest.
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Adeste fideles laeti triumphantes,
Venite, venite in Bethlehem.
Natum videte
Regem angelorum:
Venite adoremus
Venite adoremus
Venite adoremus
Dominum.

God of God
Light of light
lo he abhors not the virgin’s womb;
very God begotten not created (Nicene Creed)
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.