Daily English Discussion–Friday, June 12, 2009


Hi everyone,

I have a news item for today. But before that, let me remind everyone that this Daily English section is for you to study English. Many folks have been telling me one way or another that you guys want English study. So you need to do your work. And reading is not doing your work; it is doing 1/10 of your work. Writing English is 10 times more effective than reading, as far as English study is concerned. So, if you want to take your study seriously, then write.

Just write something to comment on these news articles. Whatever you write doesn’t matter. If the news article talks about nuclear war and your comment is about coconut cake, so what? You’re writing, that’s important.

“Work smarter, not harder.” We all have only 24 hours a day. We cannot increase the hours. We can only increase the efficiency of each hour. So, trust me. Study smarter, not harder. Stop reading and start writing. Trust me.

And here is the news item for today.

Ministry announces HCMC megacity plan

Ho Chi Minh City will become a regional megacity with an area of more than 30,000 square kilometers, according to a 2020-2050 masterplan announced in Dong Nai Province Monday.

According to the Ministry of Construction’s plan, HCMC will be a key metropolis linking with other southern provinces including Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc and Dong Nai.

Vo Van Mot, chairman of the Dong Nai Province People’s Committee, said the plan would make the city the key economic zone in Vietnam and an economic hub of Asia.

The announcement was made at a meeting between the Dong Nai People’s Committee and the Southern Urban-Rural Zoning Sub-institute.

Reported by Hoang Tuan

This sounds good. But I wonder if the City will have a good water drainage plan or as the City gets bigger the inner-city water will rise higher on the streets.

How would citizens of Saigon be sure that city officials will have a good water drainage plan before the “megacity” plan is approved? Could someone introduce a law to that effect?

I have heard enough of flooding in HCMC city in the recent days, and I wonder if the City officials are working on the issue at all, or they are sitting on their rear waiting for the water to approach.


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Chi Huệ has 4 Celine Dion songs today to translate into Vietnamese. And the above discussion article also. They all can be used to translate.

That’s it, everyone. Enjoy your day!


Một suy nghĩ 4 thoughts on “Daily English Discussion–Friday, June 12, 2009”

  1. This is a oppoturnity for HCMC to more devolop. I thinks when the most of active in it that will be more focus and management more difficult. Every officer must be do more and more effect.


  2. Hi brother Hoành,

    You warned us not to criticize anybody, anything. We should discuss in positive thinking. But many problems in our society are beyond our responsibilities.

    You heard of flooding in HCMC in the recent days. In fact, the flooding took place some years ago. Government have spent a huge amount of money. And we suffer from acrossing the rough and stony roads with heavy blockhouses everyday. We hope we can eliminate the flooding at 2010, as officials mentioned.

    Now, we are in middle 2009. There are only some rains at the beginning rainy season. And what we see? Even light rains can make flooding! And government explain that technical process we are using are out of date. We continue needing a amount of money to repair mistakes..

    What we can say anymore…?


  3. Hi chị Kiêm Yến and brother Hung,

    You are right, bro. Hung, the “megacity” plan is an opportunity for Saigon. Indeed, the trend for urbanization will continue in Vietnam intensely for the next 50 years. It means, for the next 50 years, we will see a continuous flow of rural farmers into cities for jobs and opportunities. And we will see the growth of many mega-cities: Saigon, Hanoi, Hue, Nha Trang, Hai Phong…

    And you are right that city officials need to focus on their planning work.

    However all citizens must be involved for things to go well. I mean, the citizens should talk, discuss and demand PUBLICLY AND LOUDLY that city leaders do their job well.

    Chị Kiêm Yến, I didn’t say you should not criticize. I said, we need to know how to criticize positively (That is the gist of my article yesterday on “How to criticize positively.” But we will talk more about criticizing later, especially about using the legal process to criticize the government effectively).

    If there is too much flooding (and I think there is), then the citizens should ask some city leaders why the water drainage system of the city is so out of date, and who is responsible for that? Someone in the city’s administration has to be responsible for that. Things are outdated because someone did not update them. Who is that someone? If there is no one, then the Chairman/woman of the People’s Committee has to be responsible.

    Someone has to be responsible. And for that person to appear, the citizens will have to ask questions, loud and clear. If the newspapers do not publish citizens’ complaints, tell them to go to Dotchuoinon. I will publish it.

    Great day, chi Yen, brother Hung and all.

    Hoanh 🙂

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