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Say Dar-gee-ling

by Niraj Lama April 11, 2014 0 Comments

People sometimes have trouble pronouncing the word Darjeeling. Indeed there are a lot of teas whose names can sound a tad too exotic for its own good! We do not want you to not ask or try a tea just because you cannot say it. Because I originally come from Darjeeling, let me help you.
(The video should also help you with my name. :)




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