Saturday was so much fun! Thay Tuan took us outside to practice bartering in Vietnamese. He gave us all little slips of paper to use as money and he sold candy out of a plastic bag. I think Thay Tuan was kind of left out of the joke though. Thay Kiet told us one time that he came home from Cambodia grunting at people because that's the sort of thing you do at markets in Cambodia when you don't like the price or something. Anh ca Bruggeman thinks its awesome, so he likes to grunt at people now. I think everyone except for me grunted at Thay Tuan during the bartering, and everyone except Thay Tuan laughed about it evey time anyone did it, but Thay Tuan just looked at us oddly. He served in Houston, and I guess Thay Kiet never told him about the grunting. We had a great time. It was just nice to be outside I guess.
Anh ca Bruggeman came up to me one day and said that he didn't understand why our teachers had named me "flower" so he was going to give me a new name and it was going to be epic. After a couple days nothing had come of it, so figured he had just forgotten about it, which was probably a good a thing. Then on Saturday he announced to our class that he had given me a new name and was Ky Vi (huyen on the y, nga on the i). It's the Vietnamese adjective epic. His name for me was literally "epic." He promptly forgot the word and therefore never calls me that which is good because Thay Tuan wouldn't stand for it. I still find it amusing though. Anh ca Bruggeman is really funny about our names. Before we were all named, he was trying really hard to get our teachers to name him Elder Beast, but he kept saying the Vietnamese word for beast incorrectly so Thay Kiet would just look at him funny every time it came up. Just before Thay Kiet left, we finally found out that the reason Thay Kiet was so confused by the name Anh ca Bruggeman kept saying he wanted was because the word he was actually saying was the Vietnamese name for Confucius.
The TRC on Saturday was really fun too. We taught our first forty-minute lesson and it wasn't too bad. We were not proficient by any means, but we were able to talk with our investigators in Vietnamese for forty minutes and we all understood each other more or less. We even explained what "first estate" as used in the book of Abraham in Vietnamese. I was surprised at how well we managed that one.Talk about in the moment inspiration.
The fire alarm went off at 12:45 AM last night, so all the sisters in the building sat in the parking lot until 1:15 AM. It was exciting, but we still don't know what happened.
Vietnamese is wonderful!