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About taumntev

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  • Location Now in Minnesota
  • Interests kawm hais lus Hmoob, gardening, hiking, kev kawm ntawv

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  1. taumntev added a post in a topic Hmongza Christmas Caroling 2014   

    I had a nice quiet Christmas with my parents and a couple of my brothers. Mostly just rested all day.
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  2. taumntev added a post in a topic Hmongza Christmas Caroling 2014   

    Merry Christmas to you too, Silly! Any special plans for Christmas this year?
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  3. taumntev added a topic in Video Clip Sharing ( Duab Mus Kev )   

    Hmongza Christmas Caroling 2014
    Anyone for some Christmas caroling? I haven't been around Hmongza as much as I would have liked this year, but I still wanted to wish my friends here a Merry Christmas!


    Merry Christmas rau nej sawvdaws!

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  4. taumntev added a post in a topic Trust   

    Oh dear. Well, let's hope he's not quite that evil. Maybe we should trust him enough to assume that's not what he was talking about? At any rate, better to keep the conversation wholesome, bro.
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  5. taumntev added a post in a topic Trust   

    Thanks for the insight, KevNpauSuav. By the way, I've noticed that you start some really thought-provoking and worthwhile topics, and I really appreciate it.

    As for the question about trust, I think it depends on exactly what kind of trust you mean and also whether we are talking about giving trust to other people or expecting trust from others.

    In my mind, there are two kinds of trust, just like there are two kinds of friends. There are friends--you know, the ones you talk with, spend time with, are pleasant with. But then there are also FRIENDS--the kind that you know will always be there for you and that you would be willing to die for and that you are proud to stand together with. The first kind is common, but the second kind is very rare and very valuable.

    In the same way, I see two kinds of trust. There's the trust you give to each person you meet--right along with the respect you give them just because they are another human being created in the image of God. It's the trust that means that you are not suspicious of them and that you will always try to give them the benefit of the doubt. But then, there's also TRUST. In a friendship, that means that you have known the person long enough and seen their character well enough to know what they are made of--and you know that they won't back down. You know they'll be there when trouble comes, and not just because they feel sorry for you but because they are like a brother. If you're talking about work, this kind of trust means that you know the person well enough to know their skills and abilities, their earnestness, and their hard work. When you are given an assignment, as a leader, you know that you can safely put work into their hands and know that it will be done well--without you having to look over their shoulder. For example, at the school where I teach, I wouldn't leave a stranger alone with my students--only someone whom I know well enough that I can absolutely trust them. There are also a few people I know who seem to have wisdom and I trust them for advice. Then there are the other people I know-- they may be friends, but they are not as wise. I don't usually go to them for advice, and when I do, I am very careful about following the advice they give. You could go on and apply the same idea to all parts of life and human relationships. So as to the two kinds of trust, I give the first kind right away, but the second kind of trust comes gradually, more and more, as I get to know someone better and see their character.

    To my mind, it also depends on whether you are talking about giving trust or expecting it. You may give trust freely, but don't expect it freely. Don't be hurt if you have to earn the trust of a new friend, a new employer, a new manager, or anyone else. You are not entitled to their trust. Prove to them that you are trustworthy. It is always wise to expect more from yourself than you do from others.

    At least, that's the way I look at it.
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  6. taumntev added a post in a topic Trust   

    My father always used to tell me "Trust isn't something that's given. It's something that's earned."

    You can give trust in the sense that you're not overly or needlessly suspicious of people, but real, deep, genuine TRUST is something that you have to earn.
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  7. taumntev added a post in a topic Lus Hmoob-Lus Askiv: Hmong phrases   

    Those ones are new to me, but on "nplooj siab nplooj ntsws"--here's my take: Nplooj is probably a classifier here. Some people say "lub siab," but "nplooj siab" is the same thing.
    Thanks for the expressions. I think that I'm going to start a txwm lus section in my vocab notebook.
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  8. taumntev added a post in a topic Lus Hmoob-Lus Askiv: Hmong phrases   

    Interesting.... The way I've seen it used is like in "Kuv xav paub koj kawg siab kawg ntsws."

    It would be interesting to get some more txwm lus on here.
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  9. taumntev added a post in a topic Why Most Hmong Born with Negative Attitude?   

    Sis silly os,

    I know someone who changes people from the inside out.

    Other than that, when you try to help someone see themselves, how they respond depends on the person. "Tsis txhob qhuabntuas tej neeg khavtheeb, lawv yuav ntxub koj. Tiamsis yog koj qhuabntuas tej neeg muaj tswvyim, lawv yuav hwm koj." A wise person will listen to what you say and try to see if it is true or not. A foolish person will get defensive. Personally, I like my friends to point out my faults to me because I can't always see myself. With other people that you care about, some people just need a word and they will hear. Others need someone to be aggressive with them before they will hear. Others need you to listen to them, and then they will hear. Some won't listen to you no matter what you say. With those people, you may have to let them go and hope that you can still
    help them when they've made enough problems in their life to realize that they need help. Still others won't listen to you, but they might listen to somebody else. In any case, how you act and what your attitude is and what example you set will go a long way toward making someone willing to listen to you and see themselves for what they are and what they should be.

    People can be changed. (For myself, I'd say myself that I was born with a very bad temper and very stubborn.) But you are 100% right when you say that people must change from the inside out.
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  10. taumntev added a post in a topic Lus Hmoob-Lus Askiv: Hmong phrases   

    OK. A couple more:

    Tsevntaub--"cloth house" = tent

    Kawg siab kawg ntsws-- "end of liver end of lungs" = completely, fully, "with all my heart and soul"
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  11. taumntev added a post in a topic Yus vs. Luag what's the difference?   

    Thanks for the input!

    This explains why I'm hearing different things about yus and luag. I hope that we will define a lot of these things over the coming years, so that we can preserve the richness of the Hmong language.
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  12. taumntev added a post in a topic Thaum yus tsis hais "yog"...   

    Hey Silly! Yes, I'm back in Hmongza. Looks like I'll be around the forums again for a while! Got lots of learning to do and hope to see some old friends again.

    Thanks to both you and Vahuamsibluag for the responses. The reason that I asked is that some Hmong linguists say that 1) the adjective changes to a verb in sentences like these: Kuv (subject) nkees (verb). One teacher that I know, however, says that 2) they are still adjectives, but "yog" is implied: Kuv (subject) [yog] (verb) nkees (adjective). But if you can't say the sentence with "yog" and have it still sound OK, then I'm thinking that the first way is right--the adjective actually changes to a verb when used in that kind of sentence.
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  13. taumntev added a topic in Ntawv Hmoob   

    Thaum yus tsis hais "yog"...
    In English we say "I am tired" or "She is young" or "You are clever." Tiamsis thaum hais lus Hmoob, peb hais tias "Kuv nkees" losyog "Nws hluas" losyog "Koj ntse." Someone told me that the real sentence is "Kuv yog nkees" but we just leave out "yog" most of the time. Is this right? Would it sound OK to say "Kuv yog nkees," "Nws yog hluas," "Koj yog ntse," etc. or should you never use "yog" in these sentences?

    Ua tsaug.
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  14. taumntev added a topic in Ntawv Hmoob   

    Yus vs. Luag what's the difference?
    I have heard that yus and luag mean different things--that luag means "other people" but "yus" means oneself. Pivxam: Yus yuav tsum pab luag. However, a Hmong teacher I know says that yus and luag mean exactly the same thing and are interchangeable. Which one is right? For example, If you want to say, "One should help others," is saying, "Yus yuav tsum pab luag" the same thing as saying, "Luag yuav tsum pab yus"?
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  15. taumntev added a post in a topic Hmong Dawb Wikipedia needs contributors and new articles   

    This looks like a great idea. I wish that I could help with articles, tiamsis kuv hais lus Hmoob tsis tau zoo. Good luck, though.
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