Daily English Challenge — Friday, May 15th, 2009


Hi everyone,

Thank you for being so enthusiastic! You are the best! You guys are much better than I expected. I was nowhere close to where you are now when I was at your age. You guys have just given me a tremendous boost.

Let’s get more friends involved in this English challenge program. We will do our country a big favor by promoting English.

In addition to the challenges that I have in this Daily English challenge section, don’t forget other things, such as the wonderful lyrics of the songs that chị Huỳnh Huệ posts. They can be used as translation exercises. Or other ĐCN postings that you would like to translate. Be free. We don’t really have rules here, other than the rule against offensive postings.

Today I have just placed 3 links below the “Thử thách Anh ngữ” link (in the right column of our homepage). They are for Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus, Tự Điển Ngoại Ngữ tiếng Việt, and Grammar exercises. These are to aid you in your study.

For yesterday exercise, I will pick out just some points to discuss.

“There are many trees and grasses there.” Grass is a non-countable noun. Change to something like “There are trees and there is grass.” Very simple, but rhythmic.

“My friend living in Đà Nẵng.” Not wrong grammatically, but unclear. It can be changed to something like “My friend from Da Nang who has arrived here three days ago on a visit.”

“My grand mother was fell down” should be changed to “my grandmother fell down.”

“Fortunately , the doctor said that she had been fine , but she must have been rest in bed for one months” should be changed to “Fortunately, the doctor said [that] she would be fine but she must be on bed rest for a month.”

“Not problem” should be changed to “No problem.”

“Not importance” should be changed to “not important.”

“My life looks like monotonous”:

To look + adjective: to describe the look. Ex: She looks so gorgeous with that ao dai. Or, the house looks much bigger in the sunset. Or, you look great today. Or, my life looks monotonous. But in the context here, “My life may look monotonous” sounds better.

To look like + noun : to compare. Ex: He looks like a monkey. She looks like a difficult princess.

That’s it. Let’s use these challenges to get to know each other more and more.

Now, here is the happy challenge for today:

Please tell me about the city where you live. I would like to know more about your city.

You tell me about your city and I will tell you about my city (Washington DC). Oh, if you have a couple of interesting pictures of your city, you can send them to me and I will place them in your post. I am at tdhoanh@gmail.com.

Have a great day!


One thought on “Daily English Challenge — Friday, May 15th, 2009”

  1. The most beautiful city I have ever seen is my dearest hometown, Nha Trang . This is the place where I was born and have unforgettable memories.

    Nha Trang is a center of politics, economy, culture, science and technology, and tourism of Khanh Hoa Province. The beautiful beaches differentiates Nha Trang from other cities in Viet Nam. This place is also known as a very popular resort area for both travellers and locals alike. Besides, it is an ideal place for organizing a lot of major national and international events such as Sea festival, Miss Viet Nam, Miss Universe, Miss World, etc. Coming to Nha Trang, you will be impressed by the hospitality of the people here. Nha Trang is famous for sunny weather, lovely white sandy beaches, and rows of Casuarina-trees and coconut-trees.. The beach is beautiful with lines of neatly manicured coconut palms and an abundance of outdoor drinking areas and places to eat.

    Morever, people know about Nha Trang as a city of fresh seafood. If you have once come to Nha Trang, you must have eaten crap, setinel-crap, shrimp and some specialities of this area. Nha Trang is also ranked as one of the most –developed cities of our country. The economy of Nha Trang is mainly based on tourism and service. The income of this city greatly depends on the number of visitors .

    Nha Trang is always on the top of the list which foreign tourists choose for their summer holidays. Institute of Oceanography is the biggest institute which carries out research into the sea in Indo-chine. There are many thousands of sea creatures and a library with many science books here. Nha Trqang has quite a few of beautiful sights such as Hon Chong, Thap Ba, Van Phong Bay, and several islands like Monkey Island.

    If you haven’t been to Nha Trang, come and enjoy the hidden beauty of my hometown , and you will have an incredible holiday.

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